Join the glamorous lifestyle along Montenegro's Budva Riviera
With flights from the UK of just over two and a half hours, and average July temperatures of around 26°C, holidays to Montenegro offer a balance of beach life and sightseeing, with a distinctly cosmopolitan twist.
The pretty Budva Riviera is where most of the holiday resorts are, and along its 320-kilometre stretch of coastline are some 100 beaches to enjoy. Becici is a fashionable mecca for the wealthy with a selection of luxury hotels. The seafront is where many of them are situated and the likes of Madonna and Angelina Jolie have been known to stay in the area. The sand and pebbled beach is situated just in front of the town and offers a cocktail bar, a choice of watersports and plenty of space to relax and sunbathe.
Down the coast, Petrovac is a relaxing holiday base. The town beach has reddish sands in a crescent bay with plenty of sunbeds, parasols and watersports for fun-packed beach days. Close by, Lucice Beach offers an array of bars behind the small pebble beach.
Living the high life in Montenegro
Becici’s promenade is packed with restaurants serving delicious Balkan specialities, souvenir stalls and crafts shops. Follow the promenade west to find Rafailovici, a delightful fishing village with a selection of upmarket fish restaurants serving the freshest catch of the day.
And, with its Venetian fortress and terracotta topped dwellings, Petrovac is a delight to explore. Spend leisurely afternoons people-watching at streetside cafes or find a beachfront bar to enjoy cocktails at. For day trips head to historic Budva, with its Venetian old town and grand Citadel fortress. Aside from fine dining and plenty of shopping opportunities there’s a fascinating archaeology museum to explore. The old town of Budva itself is a must-see with an array of exclusive boutiques and jewellery shops lining the quaint narrow alleyways.
Other luxury holidays to take a look at
If you’re not quite sure where to spend your luxury holiday take a look at some of these other worldwide destinations. Greece and her islands provide a heady combination of great beaches, sightseeing and active pursuits, or maybe Mexico appeals with its stunning beaches, ancient Mayan sites and top-notch hotels. Or perhaps historic Cyprus is the one for you, providing a mix of sightseeing, beach life and upmarket hotels.
However, if Montenegro has charmed you, check out our travel guide, packed full of handy hints and excursion ideas. Start planning now with our selection of luxury hotels below.
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The 5* Splendid Spa Resort Hotel has a lot to offer, including a large buffet restaurant and two la carte restaurants. The pool is delightful and, if you prefer to feel the sand between your toes, the beach is just footsteps away. An air-conditioned gym provides ample opportunity for a workout, or relax with a drink at one of five bars, including a beach bar, lobby bar and pool bar. The highlight of the complex is the sumptuous spa, which offers a range of treatments for an additional fee. There's also a hotel casino if you fancy a flutter.
Just a short walk from the sea, the waterfront Palas Hotel has a boutique vibe with excellent access to a selection of local bars, cafes and taverns. The hotel's restaurant serves a variety of local and international cuisine and there's also a pool bar serving drinks throughout the day. A wellness centre is equipped with a Finnish sauna, Turkish bath, salt room and whirlpool, with numerous treatments available for an additional fee. In the evening entertainment is varied and may include salsa, karaoke and folklore evenings. Families with children can make use of the play centre and playground.