Extending Montenegro’s opulent appeal, The Chedi Lustica Bay is the luxury brand’s newest outpost, joining its stellar sisters in Andermatt and Muscat. A whopping eight-figure amount was lovingly spent on the development of this mega marina, and it shows: huge glass windows frame the water at every chance, there’s a bar built into the cliffs and several sceney restaurants, and a pro-designed golf course is on its way. Kotor has been hogging the superyachts docking along this elite coastline… now it’s time to step forward, Lustica Bay.
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One 50-minute massage a person (for up to two guests)
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability and an extra charge. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from £117.73 (€129). Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of 10% per booking on check-out and an additional local city tax of €1.00 per person per night on check-out.
Rates include breakfast.
The first golf course in Montenegro is coming soon to a multi-million-dollar marina near you; in the meantime, guests can get their exercise fix with a PT session, or a yoga class on the beach.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout, beach, gym with personal trainers, jetty, playground, car park. In rooms: free bottled water, Illy coffee machine, minibar with local and international wines, air-conditioning, flatscreen TV and Acqua di Parma bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Floor-to-ceiling windows show off the sea to varying degrees in most rooms, though some get a foresty-mountain backdrop instead: pick one with a bay view and watch the ships come in. Kitchenettes are a handy/redundant feature in some of the rooms, depending on your desire to cook or be cooked for, but we're sure almost all guests will appreciate the curated collection of wines.
There are two: an infinity-edged outdoor offering flanked on three sides by the hotel buildings, so you get all the views but none of the wind. Another (it’s over-16s only) awaits in the spa. The main pool is open between 9am and 9pm; the indoor one’s hours are 7am to 9pm.
The Chedi Spa has four treatment rooms for hosting Voya rituals, a relaxation area, sauna, steam room and ‘experience shower’. It’s open from 7am until 9pm every day.
Boat shoes, chinos and salmon-pink shirts for seafaring Mr Smiths; oligarch-worthy oversized shades and sailor pants for Mrs Smith.
Four rooms have been specially adapted for wheelchair users and most of the communal areas are accessible.
All ages are welcome. Under-6s go free; extra beds (€29 a child a night) and cots can be added. Babysitting is available, but must be booked in advance. There’s a play area and sandpit.
Out on the terrace in the Restaurant; on the promenade or watching the mixologists at work in the Spot.
There are two: the Restaurant and the Spot. The former cooks up local cuisine, including a breakfast of breads and pastries from the in-house bakery, wildflower honey and seasonal-fruit salad. Freestyle types will enjoy the counter where orders can be placed for whatever you fancy at that particular moment. By night, a buffet takes over, offering meats from this mountainous part of Montenegro, fish from the Adriatic, a selection of sourdough and some award-winning cheeses. The waterside Spot is in the middle of the marina, serving Asian-inspired curries, superfood salads and simple grilled fish, set to a regular soundtrack of DJs and live music. Don’t miss an expertly muddled cocktail, finished with locally foraged herbs.
You’ve two drinking dens from which to choose: one in the lobby and another called the Rok that’s, predictably, set on a geological formation along the cliff edge. Light bites are served in both.
The Restaurant opens for breakfast from 7am until 10.30am, and dinner from 6.30pm to 10pm. The Spot’s hours are 11.30am until 10pm (though drinks are served until 1am). Both bars are open from 8am to 11pm, with the kitchen running from 11.30am till 6pm.
The hotel is in a shiny new purpose-built town, Lustica Bay in Montenegro.
Tivat airport is 10 kilometres away; the drive should take 20 minutes, and hotel transfers cost €60 each way. Further afield, Podgorica is another option; transfers for this two-hour trip will set you back €150 each way.
Tivat is roughly 20 minutes away by car; Kotor is a similar distance. Parking is available, but make sure you request a space in advance.
If you’ve got your own boat, the jetty may be able to let you dock (provided Abramovich’s yacht isn’t taking up all the spots). Helicopter transfers from any local airport to the hotel are also possible.
Worth getting out of bed for
Those who prefer to be on dry land should probably look away now. This marina is heaven for those happiest afloat, whether you want to commandeer a captain to take you to Dubrovnik or get behind the wheel yourself, flex that core on a stand-up paddle-board or kayak around the largest lake in the Balkans in Lake Skadar National Park. For those yet to get their sea legs, there are plenty of opportunities for hiking and biking through the mountainous Lustica Peninsula, past valleys, waterfalls and rivers; or trail the rugged peaks of the Durmitor National Park. Guests can also day-trip over to Kotor, which does have an Old Town, flanked by Venetian fortress walls no less. Boka Bay is a Unesco World Heritage Site for a reason – don’t miss its best views from the highest mausoleum in the world, Njegos.
For a romantic setting that your purse strings sure will pay for, head to Galion in Kotor, where you can watch superyachts with your steak and seafood. Along the Lustica Peninsula, try Ribarsko Selo, where the catch of the day is served up with organic, homegrown ingredients straight from the kitchen garden.
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 hotel in Montenegro and unpacked their sunhats and sunglasses, a full account of their coastal break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Chedi Lustica Bay…
Montenegro has long been attracting those with dollars to burn, but the developers of this glossy marina took it up a notch, gladly being relieved of two billion euros in the making of a modern super resort. Every last building is brand new, with bars, boutiques and nightclubs on the doorstep of this townhouse-style hotel (there’s no token Old Town to check out here). Seafaring sorts can arrive direct from Dubrovnik; if you haven’t docked your own boat at the jetty, you can borrow one of the Chedi’s – Montenegro’s famous limestone cliffs and cool Adriatic coast are best explored from the deck of your own glossy vessel. And you won’t need to be far from the shore throughout your stay, courtesy of the views (and balconies) in most rooms. Ahoy, sailor: let’s get nautical.