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The small Balkan country of Montenegro (part of former Yugoslavia) is dotted with rugged mountains, medieval villages, and a narrow strip of beaches along the Adriatic Sea. Here is where you will find Porto Montenegro, a luxurious marina and residential village in the town of Tivat, just south of Dubrovnik, Croatia. This picturesque setting in the UNESCO-protected Bay of Kotorresembles a fjord and has been a magnet for visitors since opening in 2009. Porto Montenegro now ranks and the top super-yacht marina in Europe.
Porto Montenegro is an established destination in itself. It includes dozens of high-end retailers and restaurants, a five-star Regent Hotel, a naval museum, yacht club, and 450-slip marina. Two-hundred-fifty days of annual sunshine and mild temperatures also serve to attract visitors.
Challenging the standards of the most prestigious yacht clubs around the world, the Porto Montenegro Yacht Club (PMYC) combines tradition with contemporary luxury. PMYC members have access to an exclusive members lounge, restaurant/bar, sailing and rowing facilities, gym, tennis courts, and a 64 meter (70 yards) infinity pool with surrounding cabanas. In the same complex, the ever-popular Platinum nightclub escalates the nighttime energy during summer months.
Open every day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. for residents, marina guests, crew, and the local community, the PMYC Sports Club boasts three tennis courts, a squash court, fully equipped fitness center with cardiovascular and weight training equipment, personal training, bowling alley, table tennis, cricket nets, billiards, and a variety of weekly classes that include yoga, Pilates, and Zumba.
The five-star Regent Porto Montenegro Hotel features 86 rooms, including studios, 1-3 bedroom apartments, and penthouse suites designed by Tino Zervudachi of MHZ, Paris. These sophisticated, contemporary living spaces are notable for their multifunctional design. Bedrooms and living areas enjoy a soothing combination of beige and blue hues while spacious bathrooms feature stand-alone bathtubs, rain showers, and underfloor heating.
Reflecting the area’s rich maritime tradition, the Naval Heritage Collection is housed in a beautifully restored building and showcases more than 300 artifacts, from Yugoslav submarines to the diaries of Montenegro’s Princess Ksenija, Austro-Hungarian ship equipment, and industrial machines. The airy, light-filled space attracts visitors young and old. Kids will love the pirate ship playground outside.
And speaking of children, Knightsbridge School International (KSI) Montenegro was founded in September 2010 within Porto Montenegro’s village. It offers first class education for students aged 3-19. It is also a fully licensed school by the Montenegrin Ministry of Education. The primary language of instruction is English.
Porto Montenegro is a year-round destination that provides all the amenities necessary for a quick visit or long-term residency. ■