Montenegro's Portonovi Marina joins forces with D-Marin
by Sophia Wilson
A new marina at the heart of a €650 million luxury development in Montenegro’s picturesque Boka Bay will be run by management group D-Marin.
A member of the Doğuş Group, D-Marin has taken over the running of the 238 berth marina, which is set to welcome its first superyachts later this year, with immediate effect. Portonovi marina, which has been designed to accommodate yachts up to 70 metres with larger yachts up to 120 metres able to make use of the seasonal berths located on the external marina wall, will join the company’s portfolio of marinas which are spread across the Mediterranean.
Once completed the full-service marina will have a helipad and will be an international port of entry for easy arrival and departures. The focal point of the marina will be a members-only yacht club, which will be created by Winch Design. There will also be extensive crew facilities, high-end shopping boutiques and shops for provisioning.
Portonovi’s location, nestled in the fjord-like Boka Bay, means that the marina is not only naturally sheltered but also provides easy access to the calm grounds of the Bay of Kotor. It is just over ten nautical miles to the walled city of Kotor, which is a maze of churches and café-filled squares, with touches of Venetian, Roman and Ottoman architecture. Additionally, the buzzing city of Budva is also less than 22 nautical miles away, with a charming Stari Grad (old town) and energetic nightlife – including the open air Top Hill nightclub which welcomes international guest DJs including Fedde le Grand and Martin Solveig.
As well as the marina the 26-hectare complex, which is being built predominantly on land reclaimed from the sea by the Montenegrin Navy 100 years ago, will offer 275 properties, including penthouse apartments and sky villas with infinity pools overlooking the marina. More than 150 of the properties have already been released for sale including 29 of the marina apartments. This part of the development will be completed and ready for occupation this summer. Harrods Interiors has also partnered with the project and completed design schemes for the show apartments in the Lower Village. Clients will have the choice whether to incorporate elements or the complete scheme designed by the Harrods team.
Portonovi is also going to be home to the first One&Only property in Europe, which is set to open in 2019. The hotel will feature 140 rooms,villas, and residences and will have a vast Espace Chenot Health Wellness Spa. At the centre of the hotel is a vast pool which has been designed to capture the sunset and will feature a bridge with a restaurant above it. The hotel will also have a beach club with private cabanas and multiple dining options.