We love to explore great new destinations – and with stunning views of the adriatic sea, and a luxurious nautical riviera style, we’re taking a look at the first One & Only Resort to have opened in Europe on the beautiful coast of Montenegro.
When it comes to finding beautiful new places to visit, we’re always looking for a taste of luxury. We’re often found adding new luxury hotels and resorts to our must-visit list – and with a hopeful return to international travel on the horizon, it’s about time we hand-picked a few more beautifully designed hotels to vow to visit. Following an incredible trip to the Dalmatian Coast and the exquisite Villa Dubrovnik a few years ago – we’ve found ourselves dreaming of blissful mornings overlooking historic towns and beautiful sunset dinners al fresco.
We’re now turning our attention to a new resort that’s inspired by nautical elegance – with the same riviera styling and personal service that we fell in love with on our last trip. Perfectly situated in Boka Bay, in Herceg, Novia – a sheltered idyll on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast, you will find One&Only Portonovi Resort. With sparkling sapphire waters and surrounded by striking black mountains that offer fjord-like beauty – this resort is visually striking and eminent of sophistication and charming luxury. Relax on pristine beaches, enjoy sun-soaked sailing, and forest hikes. This is where culture meets natural beauty, glamour, and adventure.
Nestled beside the enchanting medieval town of Kotor and near to Perast which are both revered as Unesco World Heritage sites, and forests that promise adventure. The One&Only Portonovi Hotel and Resort is the jewel of this exclusive, emerging riviera resort region – a year round haven for pioneering wellness and indulgence with around two hundred days of sunshine per year. It’s the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life, and recharge your batteries in serene surroundings. With private transfers offered from both Tivat and Dubrovnik airports – you’ll be in the heart of this nautical playground in no time.
The New Adriatic Riviera – Montenegro’s Nautical Views
An Overview Of The One&Only Potonovi
One&Only Portonovi is the ultra-luxury hotel brand’s first resort to make it’s debut on the continent. With moated walled towns, a backdrop of unspoilt coastal mountains and perched amongst one of the sunniest year-round spots in the region – the One & Only Portonovi resort is a perfectly placed sanctuary to enjoy a luxurious getaway while feeling closer to nature, where you can explore the coastline and natural charm that Montenegro boasts.
Guests at the hotel and resort will be welcomed with the same exacting standards of customer service that the brand have become widely known for – as well as offering a beautiful range of accommodation options. From classic luxury rooms and suites, to private villas and residences – this newly created resort is likely to draw a sophisticated crowd with private sandy beaches, a revolutionary wellness experience in house, and the picture perfect backdrop that the Adriatic Riviera can offer.
With its shimmering waters, dramatic mountains and a meandering coastline fringed by lush forest, Boka Bay is one of the most stunning bays in Montenegro. A still undiscovered destination that should be part of any European’s must see list. The sun-drenched coastline is home to countless hidden lagoons and coves, and guests at the One&Only Portonovi Resort can journey between the many secluded beaches and ancient towns that have preserved their original architecture and charm with the resort’s own private boat.
Exploring the One&Only Portonovi Hotel and Resort
With around two million people exploring the country each year – Montenegro is quickly growing to become one of the most inspiring vacation destinations in Europe for those looking for luxury. The One&Only Portonovi Resort aims to become a destination resort for travellers from across the globe who wish to enjoy the sense of luxury that a riviera style resort can bring.
With a curated selection of stunning accommodation options to chose from, some of the best fine dining and customer service that will ensure you feel welcomed and at home – this new resort is likely to be one to watch when it comes to awards this time next year. While the O&O Portonovi hasn’t had it’s doors open for long – there’s already a huge amount of positive sentiment making it’s way out from those who have been lucky enough to stay so far.
A little under six kilometres from the nearest international airport, the resort is easily accessible and with luxury and escapism at the heart, the natural landscape of the region help to transport you to a more relaxed state on arrival. Inspired by cerulean seas and emerald valleys, terracotta rooftops and crisp silver mountainsides that are synonymous with this area of the continent – One&Only Portonovi offers a sanctuary that reflects and amplifies the beauty of its home in the Bay of Kotor.
Accommodation at the One&Only Portonovi
The Most Coveted Address In The Adriatic
Taking cues from the culture, history and geography of the destination, each of the rooms and suites as well as the dedicated residences have been designed to incorporate the grand features, majestic colonnades, and terracotta rooftops, symbolic of the architectural style of Montenegro. Interiors are elegantly styled, inspired by the venetian style and seasonal palettes found in the nearby port towns – while giving a home feel that ensures you’re able to completely relax during your stay.
Privacy is at the heart when it comes to the various accommodation options at the resort – with only 113 rooms, suites and residences to choose from – this is by all means a spacious and luxurious place to stay. The classic rooms all offer incredible garden or mountain views, that allow you to soak up the peaceful ambience – with a modern heritage feel with the interior design. All of the accommodation choices at the One&Only Portonovi offer an elegant finish, with a great mix of indoor and secluded outdoor space.
All rooms come equipped with relaxation areas, access to the resorts pools and wellness centre, as well as all of the services you would expect from any five star hotel. The rooms are definitely on the pricey side – but with so much on offer, and so much included in the price, it’s worth paying the extra for.
The Portonovi Rooms are around £715 per night, with boka bay view rooms setting you back around £820 per night and ranging upwards from £1890 per night for bay view suites. While we’d definitely recommend any of these rooms for that special trip you might be planning – it does feel a little expensive at the higher end of the price ranges, especially during peak season. Don’t let the prices put you off though, this hotel and resort is stunning from every angle, and you won’t be disappointed with any of the phenomenal views from your room or any of the facilities that all guests have access to during your stay.
If you are not restricted by price for your visit to the One&Only Portonovi Resort, then you can also book one of the private villas at the resort, with a variety of even more exclusive benefits such as private beach access, pools and some of the finest interior design you’ll see in the region.
For example, those in search of ultimate privacy will find it at the blissfully secluded Villa Rumija – a two-storey coastal hideaway within the resort. The residence includes three en-suite bedrooms which open onto landscaped roof decks, each home to its own private haven of indulgence and relaxation. All three vacation villas sit amongst the ten available for purchase at the resort, and have been aptly named after the trio of black mountains that rise from the adriatic basin and hold great historical significance in the region. We’re definitely adding a stay at one of the luxury villas to our travel bucket list, and we’re sure you will too.
Dining at the One&Only Portonovi
Awaken your senses with cuisines from around the world served in captivating atmospheres and some of the finest restaurants in Montenegro. The One&Only Portonovi plays host to three dedicated restaurant experiences as well as a couple of stunning bars and al fresco dining options too. Delight in wholesome Mediterranean flavours, simply prepared and delicious. Share tantalising Japanese bites by the pool or feast on an array of heart-warming dishes, inspired by the Adriatic.
The resort’s signature restaurant, Sabia by Giorgio Locatelli, is helmed by renowned Michelin-starred chef Giorgio Locatelli, with this being his first restaurant in Europe. Serving Southern Italian cuisine with a focus on fresh, locally sourced seafood and vegetables, this is a gastronome’s delight.
At Tapasake Club, revel in the fusion of asian inspired flavours in the resort’s stylish social heart. The vibe will transition throughout the day from a chilled poolside in the sun, to a more vibrant location to enjoy sunsets in the late afternoon, before the tempo picks up for atmospheric evenings with contemporary cuisine.
There are two other dining venues within the resort – with La Veranda, an outdoor dining focus, with an invitation to sample authentic Montenegrin cuisine with a wealth of history and flavour woven into every dish. Home-style cooking prepared with flair – La Veranda is all about simple, fresh, genuine pleasures. You can also wind down in the resort’s Caminetti Bar – where you can sink into the warm ambience and take in views of the lush gardens and stretching coastline all while enjoying perfectly crafted cocktails as well as afternoon tea and light bites.
Chenot Escape – Wellness at One&Only Portonovi Resort
When it comes to spa resorts, we have to say that the One&Only Portonovi have delivered a well considered and holistic approach to wellness facilities. The One&Only Portonovi is home to one of the most comprehensive wellness experiences in Europe, from the wellness experts at Chenot. As part of an exclusive global partnership the One&Only Portonovi introduces Chenot Espace. This facility within the resort is spread over 4,000 metre² – offering guests access to an intensive and transformative journey of detoxing and resetting the body alongside pool and gym facilities.
Chenot Espace also features hydrotherapy and cryotherapy facilities, sauna and steam rooms, an indoor pool and relaxation areas, ensuring guests leave feeling fully recharged. Every wellness journey is individual, so here, every programme is bespoke. Tailored treatments are immersive and include nutritional menus, fitness schedules, targeted spa treatments, stress relieving activities, and cosmetic treatments for guests to choose from. What’s more, you’ll be armed with a wealth of knowledge so you can lead a healthier, more mindful existence when you return home thanks to the expertise of the on site wellness team.
🤵🏻 Staff – Beyond Excellent – providing a level of personal service that exudes luxury – from arrival to departure, everything is meticulously taken care of. Attentive, knowledgeable and courteous throughout. The expertise in the teams here is astounding.
🍴 Food – Great variety between the three restaurants, as well as the in house coffee bar and in-room dining options on offer too. Whether you’re looking for a taste of the traditional, or culinary excellence, there’s something for everyone. Breakfast options are made to order, as well as there being a great cold food buffet which offers a huge amount of choice.
✨ Atmosphere – Sophisticated, elegant and personal. You’ll feel at home with all staff taking the time to get to know you, and be able to be comfortable in the effortlessly luxurious surroundings. While it is a big hotel, in terms of rooms and facilities, the overall mood of the hotel is very quiet and relaxing. The riviera styling of this hotel and resort really help with the privacy, and you don’t feel like you’re bumping into others. Seclusion and the ability to enjoy your surroundings are built into the One&Only Portonovi experience.
💰 Value – Fairly Expensive – with rooms from £720 per night, this resort is definitley on the pricey side, but you get exactly what you pay for here. Our choice would be one of the bay view rooms, which offers access to the same excellent facilities as other guests, without the requirement for such a large space. We’re more than likely to be making use of the dining venues and beach areas than spending time in our room anyway.
Star Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Well deserving of it’s five star rating – and offering so much more!
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