Pink-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters and rugged, pine-cloaked mountains form the untamed backdrop to Aman Sveti Stefan, in one of Europe’s last corners of wild beauty – Montenegro. Stretching across a causeway from a rustic island village to a former royal residence on the mainland, the 80-acre estate divulges charm and sophistication at every turn.
A fortified village dating back to the 15th century, the island of Sveti Stefan is a uniquely atmospheric setting of cobbled lanes, handsome courtyards and serene sea views. Hand-restored stone buildings house the 50 Rooms, Cottages and Suites on the island, each one individually styled to showcase original details and to harmonise with the centuries of history that give the isle its inimitable charm.
Secret coves, a serene Aman Spa and a spectacular clifftop pool all play their part in this private haven, while intimate venues, scattered from shoreline to the rocky precipice, offer endless inspiration for celebrations. A stroll along the shoreline, Queen’s Beach, the scallop-shaped bay considered Montenegro’s finest, is at the exclusive disposal of Aman guests.
A temple to wellbeing on the mainland’s 32-hectare estate, the Aman Spa draws from Montenegro’s over 650 recognised medical species of herbs and a centuries-old tradition of wild harvesting. Treatments in the nearly 1,600-square-metre spa–which also includes a gym and studios for Pilates and yoga–follow a holistic, personalised approach, incorporating movement, relaxation, therapies and nutrition.
Aman Skincare draws on the knowledge and wisdom of ancient wellness traditions while harnessing the power of nature whilst the spa also specialises in creating personalised journeys that rebalance body, mind and spirit. Joining the property’s two pools, the spa’s three hydrotherapy suites include steam rooms, saunas and plunge pools.
The coastal regions of Montenegro enjoy a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, sunny winters. The coldest months are December and January (lows of 7°C at night) while the hottest months are July and August (highs of 30-35°C). Light clothing is appropriate with a sweater or jacket in the evenings. Sports shoes are suitable for light touring, while hiking boots are recommended for treks. Legs, shoulders and upper arms need to be covered when visiting places of worship.