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Luxury Montenegro Holidays: An Overview

'At the birth of our planet,' claimed Lord Byron, 'the most beautiful encounter between land and sea must have happened at the Montenegrin littoral.' Astonishing that it's taken the rest of us Brits so long to cotton on, but this tiny slice of beautiful Adriatic coastline is all set for a serious resurgence for luxury holidays.

No wonder the Serbs were so miffed when the Montenegrins chose to go it alone a couple of years ago. Overnight Serbia lost its complete coastline, and what a coastline it is - 200 miles of beaches (117 in total, if you like a good stat), coves, fjords, dramatic cliff faces and picture perfect medieval towns such as the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kotor.

Sveti Stefan is a small island connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus, it has been developed into the home of a luxurious hotel by award-winning Asian chain Aman (their first real venture into Europe). The former fishing village with heavily fortified walls was originally designed to ward off passing pirates and has remained exactly the same since its construction over 500 years ago. We think this is one of the most significant hotel openings in Europe of the last few years.

One of the main attractions of a luxury holiday in Montenegro is that the country offers some of the finest beaches in the Adriatic. Montenegro's shoreline has everything from secret rocky coves only accessible by boat, to large stretches of wide sandy beach. Bound by the clean, crystal clear waters of the Adriatic and with a backdrop of mountains, fields, olive groves and heavily scented pinewoods, this is one of the most appealing corners of the Mediterranean and is perfect for a beach holiday with a difference.

There are less eye-wateringly expensive boutique hotels on offer, and even private apartments to rent. Several members of the Original Travel have visited Montenegro in the last few years, and know the best beaches, bars, walks and restaurants to recommend.

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Bay Of Kotor

Sail around the Bay of Kotor and take in the spectacular scenery: deep blue waters and green mountains, small fishing villages and Venetian palazzos. Discover Herceg Novi's rich cultural heritage, hike Kotor's Castle of San Giovanni for panoramic views and visit Our Lady of the Rocks - a tiny man-made island. For a real treat, dine on the edge of the Adriatic Sea in elegant and charming Perast.

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Visit Lake Skadar

Marvel at the wild wonder that is Lake Skadar, one of the largest freshwater lakes in Europe. Take a boat trip admire the diverse flora and age-old fishing villages while enjoying entertaining stories from local guides. Birdwatching is a must - this being one of the largest bird reserves in Europe - as well as visiting the village of Virpazar to sample regional wines and traditional loza (grape brandy).

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Tara Canyon

Situated in Durmitor National Park, the Tara River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world, after the famous Grand Canyon. Embark on a river rafting expedition to witness the best views of this natural spectacle as you drift pass beautiful beaches, high cliffs and cool caves (over 80 in total). For a different view of the gorge, hike Mount Curevac for a panoramic perspective of the sensational surroundings.

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A Note on Price

All of our holidays are completely tailor-made and prices will vary based on things like when in the year you will be travelling, how far in advance you book and the level of accommodation you choose. The guide prices shown across this website are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip.