New York - July
16, 2010: From its 15-century beginnings as a fortified village through
its 1960s heyday as a destination for Hollywood's elite jet set, the island
of Sveti Stefan has long been an icon of Montenegro's coastline.
Now, 50 years later, the island is undergoing its second renaissance: Its
exciting and painstaking transition to become the second phase of Aman
Sveti Stefan, following the launch of Villa Milocer across the bay in 2009.
Located in the center of Montenegro's Adriatic coast, Aman Sveti Stefan
incorporates one and a quarter miles of coastline including the pink sandy
beaches of Sveti Stefan, Milocer Beach and the renowned Queen's Beach.
The island itself measures about 40,700 square feet.While its historic
exterior remains largely unchanged, the resort's interiors have been restored
and updated to meet contemporary expectations. Aman Sveti Stefan already
offers Villa Milocer's six suites and two one-bedroom Queen Marija Suites
on the Villa's grounds. The island's 50 guest cottages and suites will
unveil themselves in stages, welcoming the first guests this July.
|History of Sveti Stefan (www.discover-montenegro.com)
At the foot of the Lovcen mountain ridge, in one of the
most exotic encounters of land and sea, stands the island of Sveti Stefan.
As legend has it, a fort was built on the island in 1442 when it was first
settled. The island was fortified by walls so families from the surrounding
villages could find shelter from Turkish and pirate attacks. According
to legend, the settlement was founded after a Pastrovic band bested the
crew of a Turkish galley, and with the booty they seized a fort was built
with one house for each of the twelve Pastrovic clans.
On the terrace above the entrance to Sveti Stefan for
decades the Pastrovic court meted out justice and resolved disputes, the
spot known as the "place of justice". Sveti Stefan has three churches:
the church of St. Stephen, after which the island was named, located on
the highest point on the island, the church of Alexander Nevski, and the
smallest one dedicated to the Transfiguration, at the very entrance to
the town, joined by a narrow embankment with the mainland.
Owing to its location, Sveti Stefan was a trading and
communications centre for the whole Pastrovic clan. It possessed strategic
and commercial significance at the time of the Venetian Republic when trade
was lively. The settlement slowly lost importance towards the end of the
19th century when the inhabitants, mostly fishermen, began to emigrate.
During the Balkan wars only about thirty families still
lived on the island. Complete re-settlement took place in 1955 when the
island was totally renovated and converted into the world's most unusual
"town-hotel". The streets, walls, roofs, facades retained their former
appearance, while the interior of the houses acquired modern hotel amenities.
Today it is an attractive combination of an ancient exterior and a sumptuous
interior, intended for the upscale tourist trade. For centuries on Sveti
Stefan periods of turbulence and glory, brilliance and misery succeeded
"I have always been attracted to the natural beauty and elegant coastline
of Montenegro," says Adrian Zecha, founder of Amanresorts, "and it is a
privilege to breathe new life into such storied properties as Villa Milocer
and the island of Sveti Stefan."
Three new restaurants have joined Villa Milocer's existing dining venues--The
Dining Room, Loggia and Living Room--on the mainland, including: Queen's
Chair, serving Pan-Adriatic fare every evening from 6pm, overlooking the
Bay of Budva; Olive Restaurant, a casual beachside brasserie open for breakfast,
lunch and dinner; and the Beach Café, offering informal al fresco
dining all day long in a secluded spot near Villa Milocer. And later
this summer, the island of Sveti Stefan itself will offer diverse dining
options in a uniquely atmospheric setting, reminiscent of its fabled past
- The Piazza. This open-air square is the heart and soul of the island's
village setting, featuring a number of dining venues including a Taverna,
an Enoteca, a Pasticceria, an Antipasti Bar and a Cigar Room. Also
located on the island away from the vibrant bustle of the Piazza is the
Cliff Pool and Bar. Other facilities to open are The Aman Restaurant, Terrace
and Pool Bars and the main swimming pool.
The island of Sveti Stefan will also offer spa treatment suites featuring
a range of signature Aman Spa therapies. Farther afield, Aman Sveti Stefan
provides guests with personalized guided excursions to natural and cultural
attractions in the area - including boating on the Adriatic, visiting the
town of Budva, the royal capital of Cetinje, and the beautifully preserved
baroque city of Perast, discovering the peaceful Skadar Lake and exploring
the Bay of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
"Montenegro has the reputation of being one of the last unspoilt Mediterranean
destinations - an extremely rare phenomenon in Europe," says Zecha.
"Combine this with Sveti Stefan's exceptional heritage, outstanding environment,
architectural merit and promise of privacy and you have a destination which
is utterly unique. I have no doubt that we are launching Amanresorts' new
Just as with Amanresorts' recent transformations of heritage sites
in China (Aman at Summer Palace, Beijing, and Amanfayun in Hanzghou) and
Laos (Amantaka in Luang Prabang), the detailed restoration of Sveti Stefan
has retained the island's history, carefully preserving the cluster of
original stone buildings with red tiled roofs set among the island's evergreen
Rates start from €600 through April 15, 2010, inclusive of roundtrip
transfers from Tivat and Podgorica airports (exclusive of 7% VAT and 10%
taxes and service charges).
For more information about Aman Sveti Stefan, visit: www.amanresorts.com.
Amanresorts was founded by Adrian Zecha who envisioned a collection
of intimate retreats in beautiful surroundings with the unassuming, warm
hospitality of a gracious private residence. The first resort, Amanpuri
(Place of Peace) in Phuket, Thailand, opened in 1988. Amanresorts
has grown to encompass 24 resorts in Bhutan, Cambodia, China, France, Indonesia,
India, Laos, Montenegro, Morocco, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand,
the Turks & Caicos Islands and the USA.