Glamorous resorts and beautiful backdrops at Boka Bay
Boka Bay is where the sun, sea and sky collaborate to do their best work.
Mountains plunge down into the meandering Adriatic, creating a fjord-like landscape bathed in Mediterranean sun.
Ancient terracotta-roofed towns huddle along the shoreline and churches on miniature islands look as if they’re floating on the azure sea.
Adding a little glitz and glamour to area is Porto Montenegro.
The barracks have been replaced with five star hotels and luxury apartments, while the mess halls have been made way for world class restaurants, cafes, bars and a yacht club, complete with its own nightclub and pool.
THE REGENT HOTEL
Grand, elegant and glamorous, the Regent oozes luxury and style.
The hotel is made up of two buildings – the Venezia and the Aqua – each with their own unique character.
The Venezia, as the name suggests, pays homage to the region’s past as part of the Venetian Republic, and is styled like a Renaissance palazzo, complete with Italian garden.
The Aqua wing is newer and more contemporary.
Every room and suite has a balcony so you can take in the amazing views of the bay, whether it be with a complimentary
espresso in the morning or a glass of wine in the evening.
The Pool Club is the perfect place to fill your Instagram feed with photos guaranteed to make your friends and family jealous.
Its palm tree lined lap pool and 40-meter infinity pool look onto the marina and that amazing Boka Bay backdrop.
The hotel’s spa offers massages, face and body beauty treatments and also has a sauna, steam room, hammam and experience showers.
There’s a gym, an indoor sea-view pool with hot tub, and an outdoor pool on the first-floor terrace, overlooking the marina.
The hotel’s restaurant, the Murano, looks out onto the marina and the bay providing the perfect setting whether that be for truffle eggs in the morning or succulent monkfish in a mushroom ragu in the evening.
OUT AND ABOUT
The UNESCO listed city of Kotor is a must-see for any visit to the region and is easily reached by either a beautiful boat ride through Boka Bay or a drive over windy mountain roads.
Its ancient narrow cobbled streets open out onto hidden squares packed with cafes and restaurants.
The city attracts visitors from all over the world and is popular with giant cruise ships which descend on the harbour like alien spacecraft.
The best views of the town and Boka Bay can be found on the walls that once protected Kotor from invasion.
They completely wrap around the city and go high up into the mountains.
A walk up them costs €8 which seems a paltry price given the views that await you.
The walk can be steep at times and on uneven ground, but there are different routes available for those who might find it a bit too much.
Further up the bay from Kotor is the town of Perast.
The town makes for use of its waterside location than Kotor and its seafront restaurants are great places to stop for a spot of lunch, the seafood platter at Conte’s is highly recommended.
The view from the tables along the water’s edge is to die for, and diners could be forgiven for thinking that they’re on Lake Como.
Just off the shore is the church of Our Lady of the Rocks, which seems to float on the sea.
The island it stands on, local legend has it, was created from sailors throwing rocks there after returning home from a safe voyage.
A LITTLE FARTHER AFIELD
Wine lovers and military enthusiasts interested on seeing a bit more of the country may want to consider a trip to Plantaže’s vineyard for a wine tasting.
One of Montenegro’s best kept secrets is its wine but once you taste it you’ll see why they’re keeping it to themselves.
Plantaže is the country’s biggest producer and its headquarters is only an hour’s drive along the rugged coastline from Porto Montenegro.
Plantaže’s cellars, appropriately enough for those staying in Porto Montenegro, are in a converted airforce bunker hewn into a mountainside.
Once used to store fighter jets from the prying eyes of spy satellites, the bunker now houses millions of gallons of quality wine in what feels like a Bond villain’s lair.
Some of the wines that you can try and buy here are unique to the region, such as the white wine Krstač which may be the world’s best value wine at an unbelievable €3 abottle.
Price for a Superior Room on a B+B basis start from £165 per night. Price includes accommodation for two, access to the Spa and breakfast. For more information please visit www.regenthotels.com’
From Manchester fly to either Tivat with easyJet or Dubrovnik with Jet2
Source: Manchester Evening News