Too many guests on luxury yacht charters in Montenegro head straight for the main attractions of Porto Montenegro or Kotor; but other spots are worth visiting in the right conditions.
A simple vignette (navigation permit) system allows multiple changes to the manifest. Yachts can clear out from three locations in the Bay of Kotor: Porto Montenegro, Zelenika or Kotor. Boats that take on duty-free fuel must do so within 24 hours, but otherwise foreign yachts can remain in Montenegrin waters with no restriction on time. Vignettes cost €420 per week for yachts over 24m and Porto Montenegro’s concierge service can handle most of the paperwork.
Charterfleet's three favourite places to visit by luxury yacht in Montenegro
Visit Aman Sveti Stefan by yacht
The superyacht scene: This smooth-as-silk resort is the swankiest in the eastern Adriatic. Aman Sveti Stefan lies just south of Budva, but its scalloped beaches and forest-cloaked grounds feel bucolic and every bit as exclusive as the price list suggests.
The luxury lowdown: Aman Sveti Stefan is a two-part paradise. Villa Miločer sits in formal gardens, its vine-draped restaurant terrace overlooking the beach. Massive suites are modern and chic, with contemporary fireplaces and freestanding baths. Balconies look south to the resort’s main draw: Sveti Stefan island. The fisherman’s cottages on this 15th century fortified islet have been converted into 50 luxury rooms, cottages and suites, tended by 350 staff. The winding footpaths of Aman Sveti Stefan are bordered with figs and pomegranates, and scented by magnolia, rosemary and other local herbs used in a vast spa back on the mainland. Amenities run from a cigar lounge to alfresco dining with vertiginous views on the upper terrace and swimming pools tiled in black so their waters better reflect the towering pines.
Access by superyacht: Superyachts anchor in the bay by Villa Miločer. Guests tender in to the mainland pier, accessed through a cave, or to the pier on Sveti Stefan, conveniently located below the island’s signature restaurant.
Visit Luštica Bay during your superyacht charter
The superyacht scene: The draw of the pristine Luštica Peninsula is natural beauty, so only six per cent of the project’s 690 hectares of rolling hillside will be given over to development. The outdoorsy facilities – including a spectacular golf course 320 metres above sea level – have jaw-dropping views as a result.
The luxury lowdown: The Luštica Bay project is still in its infancy but the plan includes seven hotels, 500 villas and townhouses, 1,000 apartments to buy, two marinas, spas, shops, a school and medical facilities. These will survey soaring peaks around the Bay of Kotor and across the Adriatic. The most exclusive arm will be set apart on a western promontory and will comprise villas plus a luxury hotel, with major brands vying for the tender. The project’s ethos is natural, eco-friendly and stylish: local rock is used in the buildings, with modern wood-and-stone interiors and kudos for its green credentials. The first residents of Luštica Bay have moved in but phase one won’t be completed until 2017.
Access by superyacht: The larger of two marinas will take yachts of up to 35 metres at Luštica Bay. The majority of berths will be for dayboats of about 15 metres, anticipating that owners will keep larger yachts at Porto Montenegro and use smaller boats to zip along the coast or lounge at Luštica Bay’s two beaches.
Check out Dukley Gardens by luxury yacht
The superyacht scene: The contemporary development of Dukley Gardens, curving its way down the side of the Zavala peninsula east of Budva, is a chic retreat for yacht owners and a welcoming haven for the children they look too trim to have produced.
The luxury lowdown: The 202 stepped residential apartments at Dukley Gardens (with price tags that average €1 million) have views over the bay of Budva to the old town. The open-plan living spaces feature massive windows, broad terraces and the highest-spec fittings – think Poliform Varenna kitchens and Lualdi doors. More is in the pipeline, including a boutique hotel and a restaurant. The teak-decked, white upholstered Dukley Beach Lounge is a popular lunch spot for superyacht guests, overlooking the private beach, while on summer nights it is lit with candles for live blues sessions. The best table, however, is on the tiny VIP beach, accessible only by tender, where dinner for 24 can be held. For kids there’s a confectionary and ice-cream parlour, plus a kindergarten.
Access by superyacht: It is a two-minute ride across the bay to Dukley Marina in Budva old town, with 20 berths for luxury yachts of over 30 metres. By September 2017 it will have tripled in size and be modernised as part of a 20,000 square metre development plan.