Source: Croatian Traveller
Sveti Stefan, a peninsula some eight kilometers from the town of Budva is the most luxurious resort in Monte Negro, and one of the most exclusive ones in the Adriatic. This former fishermen settlement was an important center of commerce in the days of the Venetian Republic. Today it is a cultural monument. Some half an hour drive away from the Podgorica airport, or 54 kilometers from the airport in Cilipi, stands a pearl that is washed by the turquoise sea. During Tito’s era it was discovered and made famous by the big movie stars, like Sofia Loren, Kirk Douglas or Sylvester Stallone, and many other famous people from the political and public life.
The privacy of accommodation, bungalows hidden from curious eyes, apartments with a pool, beautiful sandy beaches, olive groves and the intoxicating pine tree smell attract elite guests from all over the world to the peninsula. After WWII, the population was removed, and the luxurious apartments that were built on Sveti Stefan transformed the peninsula into a sophisticated hotel on Budva Riviera that is reached by a narrow isthmus.
The crown jewel of Sveti Stefan is the Aman Resort from the Singapore hotel chain, located two kilometers down the coast between the village Przno and Sveti Stefan. This luxurious resort boasts five starts, and harmoniously blends with the natural surroundings. As much as 58 individually decorated apartments and bungalows on the peninsula, including eight exclusive apartments in Vila Milocer are included on the list of exclusive island hotels, villas and resorts that is compiled by the prestigious Island Hotels & Resorts club. But Sveti Stefan has not lost the charisma of the times gone by – the exterior of the houses remained almost unchanged. Despite the luxuriously decorated interiors, the Aman Resort kept the authentic layout of the 15th century fort that housed 12 families, and the fishermen settlement with a population of 400 that Sveti Stefan transformed into around 1800. Every room, apartment and bungalow is unique, and apart from the lavish interiors, they also boast a magnificent view of the sea, the gardens, heart of the peninsula or the square, depending on where they are located.
Villa Milocer, a stone building framed with pink sand on the other side of the bay, was the summer residence of Queen Marija Karadordevic, under whose reign it was decorated.Much later, it was one of the favorite destinations of Josip Broz Tito. Six luxurious apartments combine the old-Europe atmosphere with modern design. Ancient stone and finest wood, made softer with interior elements made of silk and wood, invite you to relax. Every apartment has a balcony that opens the view of the sea and the gardens. Two most luxurious apartments, named after Queen Mary, are separated from the others. Each spreads on 125 square meters and contains four rooms, including the living room and dining room.
They have open fireplaces and relaxation terraces. Gourmet specialties like the freshest fish and seafood are served in the dining room decorated in Italian style. Finest food and wines are made more complete with the view of the blue skies and sea, and the lush vegetation in the surrounding area. Villa Milocer offers its guests numerous cultural and sports activities. They have a multi-language library at their disposal, as well as organized excursions along the coast. A tour of Boka kotorska region, discovering the baroque Perast or the idyllic Skadar Lake will be thrilling to everyone. You can use your free time to go bike riding, bird watching, sailing or diving. The main concept behind Aman Resort is not to create a grand resort, but an intimate oasis that breathes together with nature, something that people of Sveti Stefan have succeeded in doing perfectly.