Sveti Stefan

Sveti Stefan is sometimes also called “Montenegrin palm of Dubaii”!

According to traditional stories, Sveti Stefan was made in the 15th century when a great Ottoman empire fleet sailed in the Adriatic area with the intention to loot the property of coastal towns. One day when the weather was bad, the fleet sailed in Jaz beach and disembarked, so the Ottoman soldiers could set off towards Kotor.

When Pastrovici heard about this, they immediately gathered their army and set off towards Kotor as well to help them in defense. After their victory in Kotor, Pastrovici came to Jaz beach on their way back, and took over Ottoman galleys. They returned to Drobni Pijesak to share their prize of war, and this is when and where they agreed to raise a fortification on the island that will serve them as a defense against Turks, pirates and other enemies, a shelter for women, children and the elder and an arsenal during war.

Sveti Stefan, photo: Wikipedia

Inside this fortification Pastrovici built thechurch of St. Stefan who is a Saint patron of Pastrovici, after whom the island and the whole area around it was named. Half a century ago this island was turned into peninsula (it was connected to the mainland) and a unique island-hotel.

Today Sveti Stefan is the most prestigious and luxurious summer resort in Montenegro and one of the most luxurious resorts in the Adriatic area. Many of well known leaders and celebrities stayed here, some of which are: Timoshenko, Kirilienko, Yakubovski, Malro, Moravia, Yuri Gagarin, Mikis Teodorakis, Sofia Loren, Monika Vitti, Marina Vlady, Kirk Douglas, Sergei Bondarchuk, Sylvester Stallone…

One of the most popular weddings, called even by the whole world media – a wedding of the century – was the one of a tennis champion Novak Djokovic and Jelena Ristic which took place in 2014 on Sveti Stefan.

Novak Djokovic and Jelena Ristic, photo: jelenaristicfanclub.wordpress.com

A few years ago Aman Resorts rearranged the island so as to preserve a historic atmosphere which existed throughout the centuries. Streets, walls, roofs, facades of houses kept their original shape, while houses interior features the most modern and luxurious hotel comfort. This comfort is as up to 3000 euro per night. This is why it’s not surprising that renting beach furniture costs “only” 100 euro.

Aman resort Sveti Stefan offers their guests 58 accommodation units, 50 rooms, apartments and little houses to rent on this island, and 8 apartments in Milocer Villa, but also a versatile choice of restaurants in this unique surroundings. There are almost no world famous travel magazine that did not write about Sveti Stefan or ranked it among top 10 must-see destinations in the Adriatic.

Aman Sveti Stefan, photo: aman.com

There is a lovely walking path that joins Sveti Stefan with Milocer and Przno through a thick pine woods and along the coast.