Marco Polo: Aman Sveti Stefan • Sveti Stefan

The idyllic coastline of Montenegro runs along the crystal-blue expanse of the Adriatic Sea, with its tranquil waters that seem to invite the city to creep ever closer, in search of greater intimacy. At the meeting point of these two paramours is the historic island of Sveti Stefan, a medieval-era fortress that extends like a teardrop into the sea.

The island has been restored by Aman Resorts from its days as a military fortress, but it maintains a pastoral heritage that can be felt throughout its streets. Sveti Stefan opens up to both the mainland and the Adriatic, a unique merging of worlds that only a few fortunate travelers have the chance to experience. On the basis of its natural beauty alone, the island qualifies as one of the most premium places to stay in Montenegro, with the Aman Sveti Stefan resort offering guests a complete, otherworldly experience.

Within the resort, Villa Miločer on the mainland has attracted many members of royalty and high society from around the world, including Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth II’s sister. Villa Miločer offers six sea- or garden-view rooms that each have a single bedroom, living room, fireplace, and Juliet balcony. For a more private space, there are two Queen Marija Suites that are housed in a separate building that offer the same facilities. Each of these accommodation options is conveniently located near to the Aman Spa, which provides specialized treatments such as hydrotherapy and saunas with cold-plunge pools.

Sveti Stefan island itself has fifty rooms available: three village rooms overlooking the rooftops of the town, seventeen comfortable fisherman’s cottages, twenty-five deluxe cottages, and five private grand suites that meet guests’ every need.

Deluxe cottages are distinguished by their size, views, and location. The Sveti Stefan Suite, the crowning jewel of accommodation on the island, is designed over two floors, with an unparalleled view of the Adriatic. This suite features a single bedroom with en-suite bathroom, a dining area, a pantry, a fireplace, a private swimming pool, and a seaside terrace. There is no better place on the island to watch the sun setting over the sea or to huddle indoors beside a warm fire on a chilly night.

Guests can freely explore Sveti Stefan’s boulevards or enjoy meals at the many eateries that dot the island’s shoreline. The Aman Signature and the Villa Miločer restaurants are perfect for fine dining, whether by the poolside for a fresh summer lunch or on the terrace for a romantic sunset dinner. The Piazza and Cliff Pool Bar, at the heart of the island, offer a more relaxed experience, serving rustic local Mediterranean fare and beverages. To enjoy the Mediterranean sun, guests can visit the pink-pebbled King’s Beach (or Miločer Beach) or Queen’s Beach, which is the only location on the coastline that is reserved solely for Aman guests, making it a prime setting for private enjoyment of the Adriatic.

There are various special activities on offer nearby Aman Sveti Stefan, such as a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kotor, the old town of Perast, or the feudal-era secondary capital city of Montenegro, Cetinje. Nature lovers can find up to 280 species of bird if they venture out to Skadar Lake National Park.

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