The Best Resorts in Montenegro

Montenegro offers pretty seaside towns, jagged mountains and a distinguished culinary scene
Montenegro offers pretty seaside towns, jagged mountains and a distinguished culinary scene | Courtesy of Regent Porto Montenegro / Expedia
Ellie Ross

Sitting on the Adriatic coast, Montenegro is awash with pretty seaside towns. But it’s not just sea-and-sand beauty that’s got travellers adding it to their bucket lists. Jagged mountains, ancient towns and a distinguished culinary scene offer much excitement. And whether you’re heading to the coastal town of Budva, the Bay of Kotor or perhaps the island of Sveti Stefan, there’s a resort in Montenegro to suit your needs.

1. Aman Sveti Stefan

Resort, Hotel, Villa

Guests walking on the isthmus to Aman Sveti Stefan, an island resort with terracotta roofs and trees surrounded by sea, near Budva, Montenegro
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If you can’t decide whether you’d prefer to stay on an island or the mainland, this resort has you covered. Located just south of Budva, it’s spread over two properties – a 15th-century island fortress with 51 rooms and a 19th-century villa with eight suites on the mainland. Unwind in the spa, or laze on the three beaches. Cuisine ranges from Italian seafood in the Arva restaurant to Adriatic cuisine in the Villa Milocer Restaurant.

2. Portonovi Resort

Resort, Luxury

Loungers and palm trees around the outdoor pool at Portonovi Resort, with views to the hillside beyond
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Come to this resort on the Bay of Kotor to make the most of the wonderful waterside setting. There is a range of water sports on offer, including sailing and kayaking, though you could also explore from land with hiking or mountain biking. Prefer something more chill? Simply drink in sea views from the pool, private sandy beach or your luxury villa. Splash out on treatments in the spa or private dining in your accommodation.

3. Regent Porto Montenegro

Hotel, Luxury

A large potted plant in the indoor pool at Regent Porto Montenegro
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This chic waterfront property in Tivat has unrivalled views of the marina at Porto Montenegro. It also has a Venetian style and feels elegant and refined. The two main buildings are divided by an open-air pool club with infinity pools, children’s pools and relaxed Mediterranean dining. There’s also a gym and spa with an indoor pool, sauna and steam room. The main restaurant, Murano, showcases that Venetian island’s chandeliers and offers dishes such as chicken with orange and oregano.

4. La Roche Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel

Loungers under umbrellas, potted plants and cabanas around the outdoor pool at Boutique Hotel La Roche in Montenegro
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Perfectly positioned beside the Adriatic in the town of Tivat, this bijou hotel has just nine guest rooms and a small and friendly feel. Accommodation is decorated with shades of cream and blue. Watch the sunset over the Bay of Kotor as you swim in the rooftop pool, or while sipping a cocktail at the beach bar. Learn about local vintages in the wine room, or head to the in-house La Pirogue for a casual dinner of grilled fish.

5. Splendid Conference and Spa Resort

Hotel, Luxury

An aerial view of the outdoor pools and hot tubs, with bridges and palm trees between them, at Hotel Splendid Conference and Spa Resort in Montenegro
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Tucked away in a sheltered bay just 2km (1.2mi) from Budva, this resort is a great option for families. There’s a private beach, and children will love splashing in the three indoor and three outdoor pools with cascades. A babysitting service and a children’s club are available, so parents can relax in the spa knowing their little ones are in good hands. Rooms are spacious and plush, with large baths and calming yellow decor.

6. The Chedi Lustica Bay

Hotel, Luxury

Loungers in the water at the outdoor pool at the Chedi Lustica Bay
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Cradled by Trašte Bay within the coastal town of Luštica Bay, this modern resort is just a 10-minute drive from Tivat airport but feels a world away. Expect shimmering sea views, an infinity pool, private beach, wellness centre and 111 contemporary rooms and suites. There are also two restaurants including the Spot, where tables spill out onto the waterfront terrace and the menu includes Asian and local dishes.

7. Iberostar Bellevue

Resort, Luxury

An aerial view of the pools, tennis courts, grounds and palm trees at Iberostar Bellevue in Montenegro
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Set on the Bečići beachfront, 2km (1.2mi) from central Budva, this seaside resort is ideal for active travellers and families. Dive into the four pools, or make the most of the other sports facilities, including tennis and beach volleyball courts. Parents can unwind in the whirlpool bath in the spa while little ones play in the children’s club. Choose from two restaurants – the Terrace serves delicious grilled prawns while the Grand Restaurant is the place for a traditional moussaka.

8. Hotel Perla

Resort, Luxury

Covered seating next to sunbeds with blue umbrellas on the beach at Hotel Perla in Montenegro
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Located in the coastal town of Herceg Novi, at the entrance to the Bay of Kotor, this resort is an affordable option for everyone from solo travellers to families. Rooms range from standard doubles to superior one-bedroom apartments that sleep up to two adults and two children. It’s worth paying extra for a balcony with a sea view. There’s a lovely open-air restaurant, a children’s play zone and spa treatments.

9. Dukley Hotel and Resort

Hotel, Luxury

A view of Dukley Hotel & Resort, built into the cliffs and surrounded by green trees and clear turquoise water
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Step into luxury at this sea-view resort in Budva. The residences feel super private, and range from one-bedroom (sleeping two adults and one child) to three-bedroom pads that can accommodate up to six adults and one child – ideal for groups of friends or families. Want more indulgence? Go for a penthouse – they have bags of space, the best views and vast terraces with outdoor hot tubs.

10. Hotel Forza Mare

Hotel

Loungers and palm trees along the sea at Hotel Forza Mare in Montenegro
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Just a few kilometres north of Kotor, this boutique hotel has a front row to the sea. Enjoy the view from your balcony or the private beach. With only 10 rooms, there’s personalised service and a friendly feel. The two restaurants serve gourmet cuisine, such as sea urchin with monkfish ragout in the à la carte Forza Mare.

11. Iberostar Herceg Novi

Resort, Luxury

The outdoor pool, with sunbeds and umbrellas, and a view of the mountains in the background at Iberostar Herceg Novi
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This family-friendly four-star hotel offers direct beach access, a rooftop bar and a children’s club. There’s also a wellness area, with a fitness room and relaxing sauna, plus a pool bar that’s perfect for light snacks and a sundowner. Or fill up on traditional Montenegrin cuisine in the bright and modern main restaurant. Contemporary rooms come in seven categories – the sea-view junior suite is the best, with an open-plan living area and inviting terrace.

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