Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Aman Sveti Stefan

Rates from (ex tax)$912.06

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR828.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

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Style

Village peaceful

Setting

A meander from the mainland

Connected to the mainland by a narrow strip of pink sand, boutique hotel Aman Sveti Stefan lets guests bed down in the fishermen’s cottages of a tiny 15th-century village. Preserving the island’s historic buildings, the hotel has deftly added restaurants, spa rooms, multiple pools and a yoga pavilion to the ancient isthmus. Take advantage of being adrift (almost) in the Adriatic; ask staff to charter a boat, skip between the three beaches nearby and dine on the freshest of fish. You can also stay by the shore: the hotel also maintains a villa on the mainland that was once the summer residence of the Queen of Yugoslavia.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

58, including five suites.

Check–Out

Noon. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $912.06 (€774), excluding tax at 7 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.50 per person per night on check-out and an additional service charge of 10% per booking on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR828.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include a generous breakfast spread with baked goods, eggs, fruit and Montenegrin pies (savory hand pies).

Also

The pink sandy causeway connecting the island to the mainland is set up as a private beach, with shaded lounge chairs beside the placid, warm water.

Hotel closed

Sveti Stefan Island is closed from October to May, but Villa Milocer on the mainland remains open.

At the hotel

On-site parking, private beaches, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, air-conditioning, a minibar, a coffee-maker and a fireplace.

Our favourite rooms

Inspired by traditional Montenegrin fishermen's homes, the one-bedroom cottages on Sveti Stefan are blissfully secluded, and rather handsome, with beamed ceilings, stone accent walls and ocean views. Off the island, Villa Milocer, open year-round, holds sea-facing suites with Juliet balconies.

Poolside

There are three. Tucked into the hillside overlooking the Adriatic, the heated, adults-only Cliff Pool is a pine-shaded, infinity pool with black tiles that create a striking reflection. The family-friendly, heated, indoor-outdoor infinity pool is large enough for laps. Inside the spa, there is a heated, indoor, adults-only plunge pool.

Spa

Sveti Stefan’s minimalist, wood-accented spa is reason enough to visit. The team uses hundreds of foraged local herbs, concocting treatments that would probably work equally well on the restaurant menu. In addition to massages and hydrotherapy, the spa offers exfoliation with mint-infused olive oil and wild honey, and hydrating oat-and-milk soaks.

Packing tips

Mariner’s maps will help aspiring sailors chart courses to seemingly untouched villages along the Adriatic.

Also

Salute the sun with private classes in the yoga pavilion.

Children

All ages are welcome, though the serene setting is not ideal for energetic little ones; steps and winding paths can be difficult to navigate with a pram. The family-friendly pool and gardens are excellent.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Take a table on the lower terrace of Aman, for extra privacy and a view of the historic church.

Dress Code

Suit the setting with maxi dresses and linen in stony neutrals and sea blue.

Hotel restaurant

Up on the cliff, with sweeping Adriatic views, the signature Aman restaurant serves Mediterranean and classic Montenegrin dishes, made with locally sourced ingredients, including regional cheeses, cured meats and octopus and sea bass fished from the surrounding waters. A local specialty, lamb in milk, is perfectly tender and ideal with a glass of Vranac Reserve red wine. The aptly named Piazza is an alfresco restaurant set over several terrace levels in the village square. The menu includes snacks, pastas and seafood, served on candlelit tables.

Hotel bar

Rakija Bar, an open space attached to Aman restaurant, is an ideal spot to try the hotel's signature cocktail, with local fruit brandy, elderflower extract, grenadine and vanilla. Guitarists play live music twice a week.

Last orders

Aman serves breakfast from 7am to 10am, and dinner from 6pm to 10pm; Piazza offers food all day, from 7am to 10pm.

Room service

In-room dining is available anytime on the main island, and from 7am until midnight in Villa Milocer. The menu includes a selection of baked goods, salads, seafood dishes and sandwiches.

Location

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Address
Aman Sveti Stefan
Aman Sveti Stefan Hotel 85315 Sveti Stefan Montenegro
Sveti Stefan
85315
Sveti Stefan
Montenegro

Planes

Tivat Airport, 35 minutes away, offers flights to major European countries, including London, Paris and Rome. Transfers are available for €80. Slightly further afield, Podgorica Airport is a 45-minute drive from the hotel; transfers can be arranged for €110.

Automobiles

All you require for island exploring is your own two feet – and ocassionally the hotel's boat.

Worth getting out of bed for

Less a hotel than a private island village, Aman Sveti Stefan offers plenty of crannies for aspiring explorers. For those who prefer to laze in the Mediterranean sun, the pine-shaded infinity pool and sleepy pink-sand beach await with sunloungers at the ready. The Aman spa is a luring knot-shouldered guests and locals in search of herb-oil massages or hydrotherapy sessions. The staff can arrange day trips throughout the region, including sailing trips with picnic lunches and hikes in Lovćen National Park. Head out by car or boat to explore the architectural bounty north of the hotel: Montenegro's Adriatic coast is dotted with breath-snatching medieval towns, including the centuries-old walled town of Budva and Kotor, a Unesco World Heritage Site with Romanesque churches and striking red-tiled roofs.

Local restaurants

Sea views mean unparalleled sunset vistas at Restaurant Konoba Langust, a 10-minute drive north of the hotel, in the fishing village of Przno (Obala 34; +382 33 468 369). As its waterfront setting should indicate, seafood is the specialty, including bass hauled in by the owners. Just outside the medieval fortress walls of Budva, Demizana serves destination-worthy seafood. Though it's a 20-minute drive north of Aman Sveti Stefan, the restaurant (Slovenska Obala 3; +382 33 455 028) is renowned for its grilled fish and fresh pasta, all best enjoyed at tables in the private garden.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Montenegro and unpacked their swimwear and sun hats, a full account of their Adriatic Coast break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Aman Sveti Stefan…

Aman Sveti Stefan is less like a boutique hotel than an opportunity to make believe you live in a tiny, 15th-century Montenegrin fishing village, tethered to Europe by one tiny stone path. The island is a warren of beautiful nooks to poke into with eye-drawing vistas at each turn. Lining cobbled lanes, the hotel’s suites have been meticulously restored, adding warm lighting to original accents, soaking tubs and windows places to maximise views. Interiors of the island’s cottages were inspired by old fishermen’s dwellings, with stone walls, neutral textiles and views of the Adriatic. As a local might have done, head to the main square for Adriatic-sourced seafood at Piazza, a restaurant set across terraces with sea views. Though the world-class spa and sensational service are entirely new, they contribute to fantasies of an entirely modern nature.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Aman Sveti Stefan’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Everything. Service was impeccable and nothing was too much trouble. After the first day, we never had to give our room/cottage number: the staff just knew. The cliff pool (child-free) was gorgeous. Take the ferry from Tivat To Kamenari and have lunch at the Catovica Mlini in Morinj.

Don’t expect

Muzak (thankfully) or elevators. There are a LOT of steps.

Rating

Stayed on 23 Sep 2017

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