Review: ultra-luxe One&Only Portonovi (Montenegro)


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Right now: Evaluate of One&Solely Portonovi (Montenegro)

The Adriatic Sea has a brand new nautical playground: the ultraluxurious One&Solely Portonovi Resort in Montenegro. With its spacious rooms, suites, and villas, Riviera-style eating helmed by Michelin-starred Chef Giorgio Locatelli, and idyllic location on the secluded entrance to Boka Bay (which is a UNESCO World Heritage Website), this 60-acre retreat is a must-stay for discerning vacationers. The resort’s world-class services embody a non-public seashore, eleven swimming swimming pools, and a wonderful Chenot Espace wellness middle.

One&Solely Portonovi options in my prime 10 record of one of the best luxurious seashore resorts in Europe.

Have you ever ever stayed at One&Solely Portonovi? In that case, what was your expertise? Depart a remark.

On this evaluation (extra information and images under my YouTube video):


PROS & THINGS I LIKE
  • One&Solely Portonovi is a wonderfully positioned sanctuary from which to discover the charms of Montenegro, a nonetheless largely undiscovered vacation spot. Standing on the sting between the east and the west, Montenegro has been influenced by totally different civilizations and religions, creating a novel, fascinating and wealthy cultural heritage. Moreover its historic websites, Montenegro additionally gives a few of Europe’s most spectacular coastal surroundings. Medieval castles, Venetian stony partitions, and vibrantly painted Orthodox monasteries cling to mountains that rise sharply from crystal-clear waters. It’s simple to get to the lodge because it’s only a one hour drive from both Dubrovnik Airport (Croatia) or Tivat Airport (Montenegro); transfers could be organized by the resort.
  • The ultraluxurious property enjoys a wonderful location on the entrance of Boka Bay, one of many sunniest year-round spots on the Adriatic and sometimes dubbed “the southern-most fjord in Europe.” With its shimmering waters, dramatic mountains and a meandering shoreline fringed by lush forest, Boka Bay is among the most gorgeous bays on the earth and has been categorized as a UNESCO World Heritage Website since 1979. The bay is residence to numerous hidden lagoons and coves, in addition to century-old moated walled cities like Kotor. Visitors of One&Solely Portonovi can journey between the numerous secluded seashores and historical cities which have preserved their unique structure and allure with the resort’s personal personal boat.
  • One&Solely Portonovi is designed by well-known architect Jean-Michel Gathy and his crew from Denniston Worldwide Architects. Taking cues from the tradition, historical past and geography of the vacation spot, the resort’s dazzling structure has been designed to include the grand façades, majestic colonnades, and gabled terracotta rooftops, symbolic of Montenegrin structure. The property is comprised of a number of multi-story, neoclassical pavilions, that are modeled after the historic Venetian-style palaces and mansions of the area. All through his design, Gathy saved three phrases in thoughts – luxurious, area and privateness to make sure final luxurious is offered to One&Solely’s visitors.
  • One&Solely Portonovi contains a magnificent inside design, created by Hirsch Bedner Associates. The decor is at its most stunning within the majestic foyer, which completely frames the views of Boka Bay by monumental floor-to-ceiling home windows. Barrel vaulted ceilings in a platinum tone, completed with wooden marquetry, embody the foyer area together with marble partitions and flooring. Above the heads of visitors hangs a cover of hand-blown glass in smokey, amber tones fastened to a community of intertwining branches that kind the form of a mimosa tree, from which Montenegro’s eponymous nationwide flower sprouts. Beneath the cover, sits a boulder sculpture crafted in likeness of the area’s topography of jagged cliff edges and jutting rocks.
  • Scattered all through the property, One&Solely Portonovi’s 113 residential-style rooms and suites provide an opulent home-away-from-home expertise. Throughout my go to, I stayed in a beautiful Bayview Room, which featured a heat colour scheme of pure wooden flooring and millwork with strokes of gray and burnished bronze. The lavatory doubled as an prolonged lounge area fitted with a hearth, a central chaise lounge and a window-side daybed. The latter could possibly be transformed right into a {couples}’ tub, designed to face the blissful panoramas of the Adriatic waters past. Flooring-to-ceiling sliding home windows – designed to maximise the views of the bay – gave solution to an out of doors patio with views of the seashore membership and bay, fostering an open feeling.
  • One&Solely Portonovi can also be residence to a few unique three- and four-bedroom villas, that are nice for accommodating bigger journey events. The four-bedroom Villa Orjen comes with its personal personal seashore, roof backyard and jetty, providing the right playground for households. Villa Lovcen boasts panoramic views of the Adriatic with open archways main onto the villa’s very personal courtyard and personal gardens. These in the hunt for final privateness will discover it on the blissfully secluded Villa Rumija. A two-storey coastal hideaway throughout the resort, the residence consists of three en-suite bedrooms which open onto landscaped roof decks, every its personal personal haven of indulgence and leisure. All three villas have been named after the trio of black mountains that rise from the Adriatic basin and maintain nice historic significance within the area.
  • The resort’s major pavilions – which home the general public services and lodging – are surrounded by expansive lawns and plush gardens that are residence to 11 swimming swimming pools. The primary pool advanced is situated on the personal seashore and includes one giant infinity pool which is split into two interconnecting sections: a serene pool for adults and a calming pool for households. At brief distance from the primary pool, overlooking the seashore, are three temperate swimming pools of various water varieties and temperatures. Different swimming pools embody a 26 m (85-ft) indoor spa swimming pool (extra on that under), the lap pool on the energetic Tapasake Membership, and 5 personal swimming pools throughout Villa Lovcen, Villa Rumija, Villa Orjen, and the totally different resort clusters.
  • Straight situated on the blue, tranquil waters of the Adriatic Sea, One&Solely Portonovi provide two various kinds of seashore experiences:
    • The resort boasts a pristine golden-sand seashore, which is just accessible to visitors of the resort (one of many few personal sandy seashores within the nation). Exuding a serene atmosphere, the seashore space overlooks the magnificent bay and is surrounded by 4 swimming pools. Plush solar beds with towels and umbrellas can be found to visitors, and seashore service is offered all day lengthy. The seashore faces west, providing attractive sundown views.
    • Positioned between the primary resort and One&Solely Non-public Residences is Tapasake Membership, a vibrant pool membership and buzzing social spot, which is open to each resort and out of doors visitors. The pool membership doesn’t provide a seashore as is partly suspended over the water, overlooking the resort’s personal yacht harbor. Visitors can lounge by the pool throughout the day (with a selection of sunbeds or luxurious cabanas) and revel in performances by legendary DJs by night time. Tapasake Membership can also be residence to a superb Japanese restaurant (extra on the under).
  • Meals lovers are spoilt for selection at One&Solely Portonovi, a must-visit culinary vacation spot in Montenegro. Championing native producers and specialty farmers, the resort’s award-winning Government Chef Nancy Kinchela showcases the flavors and tradition of Montenegro and the Mediterranean. The property options 3 eating places and one bar:
    • The resort’s signature restaurant, Sabia by Giorgio Locatelli, is helmed by famend Michelin-starred chef Giorgio Locatelli, his first restaurant on the continent. Serving Southern Italian delicacies with a give attention to contemporary, domestically sourced seafood and greens, Sabia gives indoor and outside eating, with mesmerizing views of the Adriatic shoreline and mountains.
    • The resort’s vibrant Tapasake Membership is residence to a up to date Japanese restaurant, which serves scrumptious tapas fashion dishes of ceviche, carpaccio, sushi and sashimi, in addition to a collection of marinated fish and meats cooked over sizzling coals, together with salads, vegetable tempura, and spicy, flavorsome small bites.
    • Conventional native delicacies with a contemporary twist is obtainable at La Veranda, One&Solely’s genuine Montenegrin restaurant, which is situated one ground under the foyer. Every morning, this venue additionally serves a lavish breakfast buffet (complimented by à la carte dishes).
    • The Caminetti Bar is situated subsequent to the foyer. Right here, visitors can marvel at breathtaking sundown views as they sip completely crafted cocktails in fashionable environment.
  • For visitors who want to dedicate their time away to a severe well being overhaul, One&Solely Portonovi is residence to a Chenot Espace spa, one of the crucial complete wellness facilities in Europe. That includes a wonderful design, the spa gives intensive and transformative journey of detoxing and resetting the physique based mostly on the famend Chenot Methodology. The Chenot Espace wellness middle additionally options hydrotherapy and cryotherapy services, sauna and steam rooms, a shocking indoor pool, a number of leisure areas and an outstanding gymnasium, guaranteeing visitors depart feeling absolutely recharged. A collection of rooms and suites are positioned instantly above the area, providing these collaborating in multi-day wellness applications easy accessibility and whole privateness.
  • The resort is managed by One&Solely, considered one of my favourite lodge manufacturers on the earth. The fabulous One&Solely model was created in 2002 solely for the posh resort market by Solomon Kerzner – a South African accountant and enterprise magnate – and now options among the highest-rated resorts in probably the most idyllic spots on the earth, such because the Maldives, Mexico, Rwanda and Cape City. Every resort within the One&Solely assortment not solely gives distinctive design and ambiance which embraces the native environment, but additionally an unparalleled dedication to the best expertise on each attainable degree. Luxurious lodging is complemented by impeccable service, unique wellness sanctuaries, energetic leisure and a bunch of actions, in addition to beautiful culinary adventures from among the world’s most achieved cooks.

CONS & THINGS TO KNOW
  • Lodging, meals, spa remedies and actions are costly and priced in line with the ultra-chic commonplace and legendary fame of the One&Solely model (however it’s best to know that getting into). Room charges are nicely above 1000 euros per night time in the summertime season.
  • At 60 acres with over 100 keys, One&Solely Portonovi is the most important resort property in Montenegro. The huge scale of the lodge permits for fewer crowds and a peaceable vibe however it may additionally make getting round a tad tougher (this isn’t the place to overlook one thing in your room when you’re on the seashore). If you’re searching for a small and intimate boutique lodge expertise, it’s essential look elsewhere.
  • According to One&Solely’s model coverage, a gown code is enforced on the resort’s major restaurant, Sabia by Giorgio Locatelli. For instance, gents are requested to don lengthy trousers and shirts for dinner. Whereas the gown code provides to the stylish ambiance, it is likely to be barely uncomfortable throughout sizzling and humid summer season days.

MY VERDICT
  • Location: 9/10
  • Design: 10/10
  • Pool: 10/10
  • Rooms: 9/10
  • Meals: 9/10
  • Breakfast: 9/10
  • Spa: 10/10
  • Service: 10/10
  • Worth for cash: 9/10
  • Total expertise: distinctive 9,6/10

TIPS FOR FUTURE GUESTS & SAVE MONEY
  • Get monetary savings: get complimentary VIP perks at One&Solely Portonovi when reserving through Virtuoso (e.g. improve, day by day breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD meals & beverage credit score).
  • Get monetary savings: learn right here my suggestions for getting one of the best deal at a luxurious lodge like One&Solely Portonovi (and/or obtain many free perks).
  • Learn my suggestions for making ready your journey in time.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The coastal areas of Montenegro get pleasure from a Mediterranean local weather with sizzling, dry summers and delicate, sunny winters. The coldest months of the yr are December and January when temperatures can drop to round 7°C (44°F) at night time. The coast is at its greatest in Might, June and September. July and August, are the most well liked months when temperatures peak between 30-35°C (85-95°F). November is usually the wettest month.


HOW TO GET THERE

One&Solely Portonovi is a one hour drive from Dubrovnik Airport (Croatia) and a 50 min drive from Tivat Airport (Montenegro); transfers could be organized by the resort.

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PHOTOS OF ONE&ONLY PORTONOVI
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SABIA BY GIORGIO LOCATELLI RESTAURANT
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LUNCH AT SABIA RESTAURANT
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CHENOT ESPACE WELLNESS CENTER
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CHENOT ESPACE WELLNESS CENTER: TREATMENT ROOM
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CHENOT ESPACE WELLNESS CENTER: ENTRANCE TO GYM
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CHENOT ESPACE WELLNESS CENTER: HAIR & NAIL SALON
CHENOT ESPACE WELLNESS CENTER: HAIR & NAIL SALON
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STAIRCASE TO LA VERANDA RESTAURANT
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BOAT TOUR IN BOKA BAY
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BOAT TOUR IN BOKA BAY: OUR LADY OF THE ROCKS
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BOAT TOUR IN BOKA BAY: KOTOR OLD TOWN
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