Porto Montenegro is not a city, which I mistook it for the first time I read about it and the international sounding name raised my suspicions. No, Porto Montenegro is a luxury yacht marina just outside of coast town Tivat, made to cater to the overly rich and famous. Here, the luxury apartments all surround the five star Regent Hotel and the all-new streets have shops that sell clothes by Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and the likes. And the yachts. Oh the yachts.
The streets are empty though, as are many of the luxury apartments and it’s clear that no local Montenegrins live here, which the sushi restaurant, Montenegro’s only from what I hear, is another proof of. It is clean. It is beautiful. It’s a little too perfect for my taste and I feel slightly out of place in these surroundings.
When you walk along the marina you will reach the Lido Mar yacht club, which used to be a Puro Beach Club, known from glamorous spots around the world but today it is no longer owned by the beach club franchise. Upon entering, we are greeted by two or three smiling young women who welcome us, inform us of the price and escort us to the pool area. There, staff is waiting, asking us which sunbeds we want. The ones by the pool, of course! Quickly, towels are placed on two chairs and ice and water is served for us, but I’m already in the pool, floating and looking up to the sky, enjoying every little second of it. I soak in the air, study the crowd of the rich, young kids ordering bottle after bottle of rose wine, hop up on my sunbed and let my skin barely dry before I’m cooling off in the pool, gazing out over the ocean.
The service is impeccable. Staff are attentive to your every need and when we order our first round of mojitos they are quickly served to us while we’re in the pool, music blasting in the background, and they are delicious – the best one in Montenegro so far.
Later that day, we get hungry and order lunch from the pool restaurant menu, which has something for everyone. The food is served on a big tray by our sunbeds and we enjoy every last bite of it, order some wine and just enjoy our little day of luxury.
Suddenly, while we’re in the pool, big drops of rain are falling on us and we hide under the parasol, hoping for it to go away but it’s not looking any better 15 minutes later. So we pack our bags, pay our bill and go back to the car. When we’re back in the car, the rain has stopped and the sun is once again peaking out from behind the clouds, but it’s a bit too late to turn back so we head home.
If you’re in Montenegro, I’d definitely advise a visit here, if you’re after some real relaxation.