Montenegro's Portonovi Marina set to welcome superyachts next summer
by Sophia Wilson
A €650 million luxury development in Montenegro’s picturesque Boka Bay is set to welcome its first superyachts to its state-of-the-art marina next summer. Portonovi marina will have 238 berths and be able to accommodate yachts up to 70 metres. Larger yachts, up to 120 metres, will be able to make use of the seasonal berths, located on the external marina wall.
Once complete 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.
“It’s more than a marina, it’s a complete luxury lifestyle package,” said Marko Skuletic, business development manager at Portonovi. “Its position is ideally located for discovering the best that Montenegro has to offer.”
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 a hundred 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 by the summer of 2018. 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.