Aman Sveti Stefan, Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
In a country famed for its beauty, the most iconic images associated with Montenegro are of the tiny islet named Sveti Stefan. Attached to the coast by a narrow isthmus, the island lies across the bay from Villa Milocer (please see separate entry), and together these two historic sites comprise Aman Sveti Stefan.
Once a fortified village dating back to the 15th century, the island of Sveti Stefan is a uniquely atmospheric setting of cobbled lanes, quaint courtyards and remarkable sea views. The stately villa of Villa Milocer – once the summer residence of Queen Marija Karadordevic – lies on a 32-hectare seaside estate graced with more than 800 olive trees and embraced on three sides by ancient cedar and pine forests.
Sveti Stefan island is open for the summer season, Villa Milocer remains open during the winter.
Location and Transfers
Aman Sveti Stefan is located in the centre of Montenegro’s Adriatic coastline, south of Budva and between the villages of Przno and Sveti Stefan.
Tivat Airport in Montenegro is the closest airport to the resort with a transfer time of 30 minutes. Guests may also choose to arrive at Dubrovnik Airport in Croatia which is approximately 2.5 hours away by car.
Aman Sveti Stefan offers a total of 58 guest accommodations with 50 rooms, cottages and suites on the island and 8 suites at Villa Milocer.
The island’s accommodations are divided into Village Rooms, Cottages, Deluxe Cottages, Grand Suites and the Sveti Stefan Suite which has its own private swimming pool. Views from the different accommodations are of the sea, rooftops or quaint courtyards and piazzas, depending on their location. Every room, cottage and suite on the island is completely unique, just as one would expect from a place which evolved from a 15th-century fortress.
All accommodations are decorated in a subtly elegant fashion, providing every modern comfort whilst retaining the historic air and ambience of the island. Priority in designing the interiors was given to preserving the original walls and to reminding one of the village’s origins. Furniture was designed especially for the island and much of the detailing, from the latches to the doors and windows, is based on what would have been on the island originally.
The island of Sveti Stefan itself offers diverse dining options in a uniquely atmospheric setting, reminiscent of its fabled past – The Piazza. This open-air square is the heart and soul of the island’s village setting featuring a number of dining venues including a Taverna, an Enoteca, a Pasticceria, an Antipasti Bar and a Cigar Room. Ideal for al fresco tapas and drinks, the Enoteca offers a sea-facing terrace and cellar-like interiors. The Taverna is the nerve centre of the Piazza serving simple European and American breakfasts as well as fresh and pastoral Mediterranean dishes for lunch and dinner. The Pasticceria (bakery) recalls the simplicity and craftsmanship of Europe’s rich baking and pastry traditions serving breakfast and lunch. Adjacent lies the Antipasti Bar, a convivial space open in the early evenings. The Cigar Room, a masculine haven of wood and leather, offers a selection of fine Cuban cigars as well as rare cognac, vintage Armagnac and single-malt whiskeys.
On the mainland are three other Aman Sveti Stefan dining venues: Queen’s Chair, Olive Restaurant and the Beach Café. Perched atop a rocky precipice, Queen’s Chair offers breathtaking views of the Bay of Budva. Open for dinner, the restaurant serves Pan-Adriatic fare with a distinctive Italian flavour. The Olive Tree is a casual venue invoking the ambience of a beachside brasserie. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the beach. The menu features a large selection of cut-to-order meats and seafood prepared on two signature wood-fired grills and an olive-wood-fired rotisserie. Tucked into a cove near Villa Milocer, the Beach Café provides informal dining throughout the day. It enjoys an alfresco setting shaded by cypress trees and century-old olive groves, and offers a simple café menu.
Facilities and Activities
Spa Cottages – guests can enjoy a range of massage and body treatments in one of the six spa cottages scattered over the island or in the privacy of their own accommodations