Heaven at the Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro.

Though it has a booming tourist industry, the Eastern European country of Montenegro has managed to remain slightly off the radar in comparison to neighbouring Croatia. It’s beauty however is as equally breathtaking, and perhaps even more extraordinary with a diverse landscape dominated by snow-capped mountains, lakes, forests and an expansive crystal clear coastline. I was lucky enough to spend five days on the private island resort of Sveti Stefan, a small fifteenth-century fishing village connected to the coast by a narrow isthmus.

Sveti Stefan. Montenegro
Looking towards the island of Sveti Stefan.
Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
Aman resort, Sveti Stefan. Montenegro

After being the Adriatic playground for the rich and famous in throughout the 60s-80s, Sveti Stefan was leased to the Aman group in 2009 with the provision that the heritage of the island remains intact.

 

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The charming shaded courtyards, open dining restaurants, two sea view swimming pools, and unique cottages are all accessed by stone footpaths designed to follow the organic contours of the island. The island houses 50 hand-restored rooms, cottages and suites for guest use, and two small original functioning chapels for locals to use. The identity and soul of the island is excellently preserved with its 600-year-old tiled roofs and, cobbled walkways and wild gardens scenting the air with floral and pine.

 

A shaded swimming pool overlooking the ocean. Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

 

Main swimming pool next to the restaurant. Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

 

Dock where private boat transfers to the mainland. Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

 

View from the main restaurant. Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

 

Crystal clear waters surrounding the island. Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

The resort has a private boat which transports guests to the property’s villa on the mainland and one of three private beaches under its care. The Villa Milocer which was once the summer residence for Serbian royals has 8 grand suites overlooking the sea and an incredible al-fresco restaurant.

 

Villa Milocer Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

 

View from restaurant Villa Milocer Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

 

Villa Milocer Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

A five-minute walk along the coast lies the smaller “queens residence” with its own private bay. The stunning restored building has been made into a 1,600-square-metre spa and wellness facility and includes a gym and studios for Pilates and yoga.

 

The private Queens Beach Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

 

The private Queens Beach Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

 

Swimming pool at the Queens residence and spa. Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

 

 

The food at all three restaurants has a similar menu with fresh, local produce filling the pages. Beef is pasture feed from the north of Montenegro, organic fruits and vegetables are market bought and the sea bass, octopus and rock oysters come directly from the Adriatic Sea surrounding the island. The menus at the three different restaurants each have a different focus, with the piazza being used mainly for breakfast, the ocean side villa for lunch, and the sea view terrace used for stunning sunset dinners. And if you’re feeling lazy, the in-room dining menu has a variety of choices including a delicious cheese platter filled with a variety of local cheeses, pickles, and olives.

 

Fresh fruit salad Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

 

Lunch at Villa Milocer Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

 

View from the main restaurant. Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

 

 

The Aman resort was unlike any place I had ever stayed before. From the moment we walked in the door to our seaside cottage it felt like my soul had found it’s home. The sound of soothing Spanish guitar was playing on the Ipod dock and the lights had been perfectly dimmed. The open plan living space, large exposed beams and smell of cedar wood was beckoning me to make a cup of tea and snuggle up into a cosy waffle blanket while overlooking the ocean below. The bathroom was also open plan, connecting to the adjacent bedroom through a large concrete archway exposing the thickness of the ancient solid walls. Two opposing closets were big enough to house an extensive holiday wardrobe selection, and the matching vanities each had individually equipped amenities in refillable, handmade ceramic pots.

I felt like I had found the place I wished to hibernate for the rest of the year.

 

Romantic bath setting. Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

 

Relaxing in the gorgeous cottage. Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

 

Our cottage Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

 

A small gift focusing on holistic health was presented to us each night. Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

 

 

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Eat well, travel well, live well. XX

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Ainsley DS