Montenegro is certainly one of the most interesting places in the world. It is a south European and a Mediterranean country, being one of the most southern European states and faces the south part of the Adriatic Sea. It is a superb holiday destination, still less well known than other Mediterranean destinations.
Despite its size, Montenegro offers a wild beauty rarely seen in modern-day Europe: steep mountains climb above the coastline and untamed forests cloak the landscape (in their depths, bears and wolves still roam free). It’s refreshingly different to a traditional Mediterranean vacation.
The tiny islet of Sveti Stefan is the most iconic image associated with Montenegro. After several phases of careful renovation the islet is today home to Aman Sveti Stefan offering unique, luxury accommodation amongst original stone buildings.
Described as “Informal luxury at its best: an Adriatic beach resort spread between an iconic Unesco island and a former royal residence – great for families and romantics alike.”
Byron had it right: “At the birth of our planet, the most beautiful encounter between land and sea must have been on the Montenegrin coast”. Never is that more evident than at Sveti Stefan. Google Montenegro, and chances are you’ll see this little island several times over. First settled by 15th-century fisherman, it later became a resort but fell into disrepair during the Yugoslavia war.
In 2008, Amanresorts conducted a sensitive restoration and renovation, revealing, amongst other things, a hidden centuries-old church. Across the causeway, they also gave Queen Marija’s early 20th-century summer residence a makeover. The end result? Montenegro’s most luxurious boutique hotel was born.
Aman Sveti Stefan offers a total of 58 guest accommodations with 50 rooms, cottages and suites on the island and eight suites at Villa Milocer. All the rooms have been sensitively designed to retain the historic atmosphere while providing the modern touches you expect. All rooms are different and views range from sea, rooftops, courtyards or piazzas, depending on their location.
Along the narrow stone lanes you will find a wealth of olive trees, herbs and shrubs giving a wonderful aroma. The main piazza, which is the heart and soul of the island is a stunning al fresco location for some of the hotels’ many dining venues including a Taverna, an Enoteca, a Pasticceria, an Antipasti Bar and a Cigar Room. Guests can also enjoy a sumptuous breakfast here. At Villa Milocer there are a further three dining venues with a wonderful beach side terrace. The Queen’s seat is a special cliff top restaurant serving fresh fish and seafood with amazing views.
The cliff swimming pool lies beneath the shade of the trees on the island with beautiful views out to the Adriatic sea – here you can enjoy poolside drinks and light snacks.
Aman Sveti Stefan is situated within a 32 hectare estate including two kilometres of coastline. The resort offers a beach exclusively for the use of hotel guests; the Queen’s beach is a beautiful, secluded bay with clear shallow waters. A state of the art spa with gymnasium, yoga, pilates, indoor pool and a further lower outdoor pool on the island.
Why is it the best family resort in Montenegro?
As you would expect children of all ages are welcome, and families will love the security of the self-contained, vehicle-free Sveti Stefan Island. You can’t go far wrong with 3 beaches, 2 child-friendly pools, a weekly activities schedule, although it needs advance booking, and expansive grounds so there’s plenty of ways for kids to let off steam. Babies and children under 12 years stay for free in an extra bed or baby cot. Most rooms have space for 1 extra bed or baby cot although the Village Room and Deluxe Sea View Cottage with Terrace are for a maximum of 2 people. The resort is effectively in two parts with Villa Milocer and the Sveti Stefan Island.
The Grand Suite on Sveti Stefan Island has space for 2 extra beds, and the Two-bedroom Grand Suite has 2 bedrooms, each with a private lounge and ensuite bathroom, accessed via a private courtyard – great for families with older children.
Of course there is Babysitting, Baby equipment, Baby cot and High chairs, children’s meals with breakfast lunch and dinner menus.
There are two child-friendly pools, three beaches, Treasure hunts, Pizza making, Kids watersports and games always with a lifeguard present.
In addition there are drawing classes, and kids yoga.
There is a doctor on call 24 hours a day, and parents should note that the island has lots of steps and uneven walkways, so you’ll have to keep a close eye on toddlers.
The biggest bonus is the fact that the whole resort is enclosed and the island is vehicle free which removes a great worry.
Our first stay at an Aman and definitely not the last. Our family of five was spoilt rotten with the service, our quirky demands and never did we ever hear a no from the staff. Rooms were always cleaned only when we left them and there was never a knock on the door. Whether it was breakfast, lunch or dinner, all our requests were met with efficiently and with a smile. Kevin Brooke, the General Manager is the most accessible person on the resort. He always has time to speak with you patiently and personally meets the guests at the front when they check in and see them off when the check out. Food is not expensive at the property as mentioned by earlier reviewers. It was refreshing to get out and visit other restaurants of the Aman which were outside of the “village”, namely the Olive Tree and the Queens Chair. The Queen’s Beach and the Kings Beach are pristine and the Aman is so self contained that its best to be at the property during your entire stay!