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1 Nov 2018

Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
 Euriental | luxury travel & style | Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Our driver pulled up at the guarded bridge, hopping out to unload our luggage. We stepped out of the car, squinting as the sun glistened off the sparkling water, and were immediately greeted by GM Tapa and his wife Jane, who accompanied us across the bridge as we chatted. We had arrived at Aman Sveti Stefan, an incredible hideaway set in a 15th century fortified village on a small island.

There are two options when staying at Aman Sveti Stefan during warmer months. You can opt to stay in one of the cottages on the SS island itself, or in one of the rooms across the water on the mainland at former royal summer residence, Villa Milocer. In winter, the island closes down for the season and the only rooms available are at VM. We stayed on the main island.

Each cottage on the island is unique. Whilst I've read other reviews that slated them for being 'bare bones', I personally appreciated the minimalism and especially adored the exposed stone walls. Our cottage had an abundance of space (a feature very typical of Amans), total privacy from the cobbled streets outside, and the soothing, neutral tones suited my tastes just fine. 

RECOMMENDATIONS

- Eat the truffle pasta at Arva. We had this at least 4 times. It is absolutely moreish.

- Whilst we're on the subject of truffles, spend an afternoon switching from loungers on the private Queen's beach (for guests only, whereas the other 2 beaches are open to the public for a fee) and the cabanas next to Queen's beach. Order the truffle pizza. Maybe order a second one. The Aperol Spritzes are refreshing, too.

- Have sunset drinks on the terrace next to restaurant Arva. If you're lucky enough to get a clear or only slightly cloudy day, the colours and view are magnificent. Plus you get baskets of delicious fresh popcorn to nibble on whilst you drink.

- Even if you happen to be staying in one of the rooms at VM during the summer months, do head over to the island to explore during the day even if only to get lost amongst the cobbled pathways. It's utterly charming (and you definitely will get lost).

- Brave the water - whilst it is likely to be a little cold, it is also wonderfully fresh and clear.

- Ask about the adventure experiences available. With only 3 days to unwind for Jarv's birthday, we missed out but should we return I would absolutely want to hike the nearby mountains with picturesque views and numerous monasteries to visit should you want a rest during your hike. You can also take a sailboat to nearby secluded bays for a picnic lunch.

My absolute favourite part of our stay was taking the private speedboat across from the main island to Villa Milocer for breakfast each morning. We attempted to switch things up one morning and have breakfast in the piazza on the island but the sheer number of other guests seated and the lack of any service staff in sight was enough to drive us instantly across the water to the infinitely more peaceful and romantic VM. That speedboat ride across the clear water is the most invigorating way I can imagine to start my day, plus I have never felt more 007 😄.

This was my second stay at an Aman property (the first being Amanoi - review coming soon). I can say that I am indeed on my way to Aman junkie status ... I haven't a bad word to say about either resort.

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