Having played host to film industry luminaries like Sophia Loren and Elizabeth Taylor in the 1960’s, and even members of the royal family, the island of Sveti Stefan in Montenegro is no stranger to the jet-set elite and the innate curiosity of travellers. A bolthole of cultural heritage, the island is connected to the mainland via a narrow isthmus, making the geographical positioning of the island immediately captivating. The island has undergone more than one renaissance; from humble beginnings in the fifteenth century as a fortified village, to an era of glamour for the rich and famous in the 1960s, the tone that reigns on Sveti Stefan now is decidedly chic and luxurious. Aman has not created anything contrived, and instead worked with the island’s natural offerings and contours, taking care not to veer towards anything that could feel artificial.
Discover what lies beneath the veneer of luxury at Aman Sveti Stefan, thanks to quaint traditions that the resort maintains in reverence to past times; for example, lanterns are placed on windowsills in reference to local fishermen’s wives who did so to guide loved ones home. Rooted in antiquity, a stay here can boost the most jaded spirits.
Villa Milocer and Sveti Stefan Island
Villa Milocer is the grande dame of the accommodation inventory; once the abode of Queen Marija Karadordevic, a definitive regal air prevails here. Encased by verdant forestry of cedar, pine and olive trees, and the perfect vantage point for views of the Adriatic Sea, Villa Milocer is in the midst of the region’s natural beauty. Maintaining a rustic note, Sveti Stefan Island pays homage to their coastal setting and rich heritage. Charming and elegant, original detailing and regional influence blend perfectly with the understated neutral colour palette.
The taste of Montenegro encapsulated, Aman Sveti Stefan makes exceptional use of the rich fertility of Montenegrin land, with emphasis on freshness and locality. Chefs personally travel to markets and producers to handpick the best ingredients, and bring their unbridled passion to dishes such as local delicacies at the Antipasti Bar, and octopus and rock oysters sourced directly from the Adriatic. The open-air Piazza is the perfect spot for merriment in a village-like setting; sample a fiery rakia spirit, a mainstay of the beverage offerings at Aman Sveti Stefan.
Located close to Sveti Stefan Island is Lake Skadar National Park. The topography of the park is interesting; shaped like a dolphin, it is the Balkans' largest lake, with its tail and most of the body in Montenegro, and its nose in Albania. In the Montenegrin region of the lake, a large area has been officially protected as a national park since 1983, and today, it is renowned as a haven of fauna, and one of Europe's top bird habitats. Every corner is picturesque; water lillies float on the clear waters, and rugged mountains contrast from the serene lake perfectly.
Aman Sveti Stefan is a natural Mecca for anybody interested in this corner of Europe and its significant convoluted history, seen in the original stone walls, wooden beams and six hundred-year old red roof tiles that lend a historic air to the property. Upholding Aman’s flawless skill of choosing areas blessed with scores of fascinating stories and natural wonders, Aman Sveti Stefan offers an amalgam of cultural immersion and all the luxury one could wish for. For more information on this luxury property, call one of our specialists on 0161 233 0110.