The medieval village of Sveti Stefan (St Stephen) is one of the tourist icons of Montenegro. No wonder. When our Select team visited this this beautiful place we could immediately see why Sophia Loren, Sylvester Stallone, Queen Elizabeth II and many other celebrities have stayed here.
The entire fortified islet of Sveti Stefan has been turned into a hotel, part of an amazing Aman resort, along with three gorgeous private beaches and a historic villa. Originally a 15th century fishing village it has has a long history and consists of many stone houses and cottages, carefully restored. Aman owns the whole island so guests only are allowed access; the island has a couple of churches and has a real village feel. It is joined with the beaches and mainland by a stone causeway.
|Causeway with one of Aman's 3 private beaches on the right
and public beach on the left
|Church and chapel are nestled among the stone accommodations|
AccommodationAman Sveti Stefan offers a total of 58 guest accommodations with 50 rooms, cottages and suites on the island and 8 suites at Villa Miločer. (Currently this season there are only 30 cottages available to book)
|Medieval stone houses turned into luxury rooms|
|Views from islet|
|Rooms in the fortifications surrounding the islet|
The island’s accommodations are divided into Village Rooms, Cottages, Deluxe Cottages, Grand Suites, the Adriatic Suite and the Sveti Stefan Suite which has its own private swimming pool. Views from the different accommodations are of the sea, rooftops or quaint courtyards depending on their location. Every room, cottage and suite on the island is completely unique with different sizes and layout, however all furnishings are the same. We stayed in the Deluxe Cottage and they were very spacious with huge bathrooms!
|Celebrity hideout on the island, with own pool|
There are only 2 connecting rooms on the whole island.
Outside the island there are 4 beaches; 1 public and the rest private (only for Aman guests). The Kings beach is commanded by Villa Milocer, a stunning residence. This can be used for private use (only 8 suites) with beautiful surroundings.
|Villa Milocer on its lovely pink beach|
SpaJust a short walk away from the Villa there is a large spa (7million Euro complex) on the mainland under construction and will be ready next summer season. They planned no work on the the project during the summer months so there will be no distractions to guests.
|Erland (Norway) and Marita (Finland) on the terrace of |
the Queen's Chair restaurant
|We order a nice glass of chilled Croatian wine |
on the terrace of the Piazza restaurant
Food & beverage4 restaurants, Piazza restaurant on the island, Olive Tree on the Mainland, the A la carte restaurant that is situated in the Villa, plus the Queens Chair restaurant at the top of the mountain. We had our evening meal at the Olive Tree Restaurant on the mainland
|Dining together from left Jennifer (UK), Erland (Norway), |
Pernilla (Stockholm), Marita (Finland)
Who to stayDiscerning people looking for a beach setting in a unique environment with exquisite setting among mountains and turquoise seas. Best for couples. Kids can stay, but they do not have any facilities for children.
We recommend lovely Villa Milocer for persons who have difficulties moving around as the island is quite hilly and has steps.
How to get to Aman Sveti Stefan30 minutes by car from Tivat airport, 1 hour from Montenegro Podgorica international airport, 2 hr 30 min from Dubrovnik international airport. On the drive from Dubrovnik to Aman you pass the city of Ston with an immense wall (probably the second largest after the Chinese wall).
Montenegro is situated in the south of the Adriatic. This little country combines features of both the Balkans and the Mediterranean, near Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Italy and Albania. Despite its small size, Montenegro offers great diversity and abundant natural beauty. It took approx 3 hours drive from Dubrovnik, and the scenery was absolutely stunning with many dramatic mountains and lakes.
On the drive from Dubrovnik to Aman you pass the city of Ston with an immense wall (probably the second largest after the Chinese wall).
In Montenegro there are 2 International airports: Podgorica and Tivat. There is also the International airport of Cilipi located in Dubrovnik in near vicinity of Montenegro (from Cilipi to the border of Montenegro there are only 16 km).
|The fortified islet of Sveti Stefan - rooms with a view|
Following this blog we will report on the rest of our Select familiariazation tour of Montenegro and Croatia.
Note: The images are all informal snapshots by our Select team