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Aman Sveti Stefan: stopping time in Montenegro

When luxury meets history… the Aman hotel chain has worked wonders with a XVᵉ century peninsula, transforming an ancient fortified village into a luxury resort that has perfectly preserved the spirit of the place. To our delight, a huge Aman spa brings total zenitude, and a multitude of activities are on offer (yoga, paddle boarding, martial arts). A highly recommended place for a wellness and cultural retreat cradled by the turquoise waters of the Adriatic (hotel closed until further notice) .

One of the hotel’s beaches (Photo: Aman Resorts)

An invitation to travel back in time

With an air of Mont Saint Michel, Montenegrin version, the hotel is enthroned on a peninsula linked to the coast by a small sandy path. To borrow it, the guardian’s agreement is required, as in the XVᵉ century. Here, the spirit of yesteryear reigns. This former fishing village, now entirely reserved for guests of Aman Sveti Stefan, is almost as it was 600 years ago. Hundreds of stone houses, several Orthodox churches and a stone bridge have remained frozen in time. In the 1960s, the islet was transformed into a luxury hotel for the leading personalities of the day. On one condition: that the owners preserve this breathtaking historic site.

Aerial view of a private pool (Photo: Aman Resorts)

The hotel is located just outside the medieval town of Budva, 5 km away. Other Montenegrin gems are within easy reach of the resort: Lake Skadar and the Unesco-listed Kotor Mouths. Aman Sveti Stefan extends right down to the coast with Villa Milocer and its 800 olive trees. It is none other than the former summer residence of Queen Marija Karadjordjevic.

View of the pool and sea (Photo: Aman Resorts)

Tivat airport is the nearest (28 km from the hotel), while Podgorica airport is 70 km away. And for a perfect arrival, the hotel has its own private pier.

A showcase of history with contemporary decor

The uncluttered, contemporary decor of our accommodations invites you to relax. The remains of the fortified village are carefully incorporated into a décor of exposed beams, light wood furnishings and stone walls. The historic charm is preserved within the homes themselves. The resort’s 51 rooms, cottages and suites are housed in the old village houses.

A bedroom (Photo: Aman Resorts)

The white and gray accommodations are divided into eight categories. Even the smallest rooms, the Village Rooms, are relatively spacious: 40-50 m². The largest suite, the Sveti Stefan Suite, covers an area of 165 m². With up to three bedrooms and even three private terraces for the Adriatic Suite, the hotel’s suites and cottages are like small vacation homes, full of conviviality. Bathtub in the center of the bathroom, private pool and hammam, each category of accommodation has its own special feature.

A bathroom (Photo: Aman Resorts)

At Villa Milocer, you can choose from three types of top-of-the-range suites. They are decorated in a more classic contemporary style, and all feature a Juliette balcony (with garden or Adriatic Sea views).

Relaxation and fitness by the water

The wellness and fitness center is also shared between the peninsula and the mainland. While a few cottages on Sveti Island are dedicated to spas, most of the facilities are on the other side of the island. The Aman Spa reigns over Queen’s Beach with its four double cabins, three hydrotherapy zones with steam rooms, saunas, plunge pool and superb 24-meter-long indoor and outdoor pool. A beauty and hairdressing salon is also available, not forgetting the famous Aman Signature treatments.

The indoor-outdoor pool (Photo: Aman Resorts)

A 140 m² indoor and outdoor sports area is also available. Modern machines from Technogym accompany you during your sports session, either on your own or with a coach. In fact, qualified trainers are on hand to give personalized lessons, or simply advice, in all kinds of sports. Yoga and pilates also have their own dedicated space.

Kickboxing class (Photo: Aman Resort)

To top it all off, the resort boasts three beaches of pink sand and white pebbles. One of these is reserved exclusively for guests of the Aman Sveti Stefan, while the other two are open to the public at a charge. Few vacationers from outside the hotel come to soak their feet. A splendid setting, to feel almost alone in the world. Particularly popular: the chance to take a stand-up paddle around the peninsula at sunrise

To ensure that its treatment menu is firmly rooted in the Montenegrin territory, the spa draws its expertise from the teachings of local traditions, its revitalizing seawater and, above all, its rich repertoire of 650 medicinal herbs.

Aman has developed its own cosmetics brand (Photo: Aman Resorts)

If you want to take advantage of the abundance of plants on the Montenegrin coast, the Adriatic Rejuvenation treatment is a must. After your skin has been rehydrated with an oat milk bath, you’ll enjoy an olive oil scrub infused with fresh mint, wild honey and raw sugar. The final relaxing step is a balancing massage with lavender and palmarosa oil. A moment of relaxation with intoxicating fragrances!

The yoga room (Photo: Aman Resorts)

Wine-lovers beware: in collaboration with a local winemaker, the hotel produces its own organic signature wine, Aman Sveti Stefan Vranac. It can be tasted in all the resort’s restaurants, and above all you can visit this exceptional vineyard. With its typical Balkan aroma, Vranac is an ancestor of Zinfandel or Primitivo, and is a very deep red. To be consumed with (or without) moderation…

A variety of restaurants with breathtaking views

Two bars serve appetizers and refreshments, both in charming surroundings. The Cliff Pool Bar by the infinity pool overlooking the Adriatic and Budva Bay. And the Rakija Bar, ideally located for watching the sun set over the sea.

Restaurant with sea view (Photo: Aman Resorts)

From breakfast to dinner, La Piazza is the village’s flagship restaurant. Fresh, organic cuisine delights every guest. Inspired by local cuisine, the menu offers a variety of dishes, always with an international touch. You can sit under a mirrored ceiling indoors, or near the Alexander Nevsky Church and swimming pool outdoors.

Wonderful views (Photo: Aman Resorts)

Right on the beach, Queen’s Beach Grill serves Mediterranean cuisine. Enjoy a casual lunch between two dives.

Last but not least, Italian flavors take center stage at Arva’s gourmet restaurant. Montenegro’s finest seasonal ingredients are creatively combined in elegant dishes. On the menu: fresh pasta, risottos, organic vegetables and seafood are served just above the Adriatic.

Book (hotel closed until further notice)

Take advantage of our expertise in wellness breaks and contact us for a personalized quote for Aman Sveti Stefan.

The hotel is closed until further notice. Visit the One & Only Portonovi page for an excellent alternative in Montenegro.

Call us on +1 (646) 980 6652 from the USA to discuss your stay or +44 20 4577 3258 from the UK.

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