The French Riviera and Lake Como may have the glitz and cachet, but the jet-setting cognoscenti have always had a soft spot for Montenegro. Since the 1960s when the likes of Sophia Loren and Richard Burton – and before them, the 17th-century Venetians – decamped to this pristine stretch of the Adriatic coastline for their summer frolics far from the madding crowd, Montenegro’s sun-drenched charms have been irresistible.
Leave it to One&Only Portonovi to stake out one of the most dramatic spots on the coastline – Boka Bay’s deep water canyon edged with dark conifer forests, hidden lagoons, old Italian towns speckled with grand palaces, fishing villages and bijoux island fortresses.
Here, on a slender peninsula set within a sprawling 60-acre estate where each suite opens out to views of silver and green-cloaked mountains, cerulean sky and sapphire waters, the days drift by in splendid grandeur. Sailboats take you along that magical coastline – Croatia, Greece and Italy are just beyond the horizon – stopping, perhaps, in a private cove for sun, a dip, and lunch. Tour the countryside’s heady wine route in a vintage car. Or just escape to the resort’s Chenot Espace for a bio-energetic check up, cryotherapy, or phyto-mud treatment.
And in a resort this attentive to the smallest detail, it’s also no surprise that the dining experiences are first-rate. Whether it’s the day’s catch, organic produce, Montenegrin flavours, or a sunset picnic on a chartered yacht bobbing gently on the current, each is an extraordinary culinary moment that more than lives up the resort’s moniker.