It was a 19th-century party-loving poet called Lord Byron — the same author who penned Don Juan — who said, “At the birth of our planet, the most beautiful encounter between the land and the sea must have happened at the coast of Montenegro.”
Adjectives fail to describe the mesmerising beauty of Montenegro, an oft-overlooked destination lying east of Italy’s south east coast. The lesser known gem is the place to go to avoid bus loads of tourists visiting neighbouring Croatia, Albania, and Bosnia.
“At the birth of our planet, the most beautiful encounter between the land and the sea must have happened at the coast of Montenegro.”
Lord Byron, a 19th century poet on Montenegro’s Adriatic coastline
Today, the dreamy destination is home to Porto Montenegro: a palatial playground for the super rich with super yachts. Yes, it’s no longer enough to just have parking space for a Porsche or Lamborghini SUV.
Located in the UNESCO protected Bay of Kotor, the expansive marina boosts 460 berths for not just any yachts, but super yachts. To qualify as a super yacht, your private boat must measure longer than 24 metres and be operated by a professional crew.
In the gilded age of burgeoning billionaires — there are 145 more billionaires worldwide according to a 2017 UBS / PwC Billionaires report — there is a growing demand for super yachts. There are reportedly more than 500 mega boats under construction in shipyards around the world.
Once the billionaire boaters dock at Porto Montenegro, they enter a leisure paradise complete with a 5-star Regent hotel, 220 residential apartments, and an ever-expanding option of restaurant, bars and shopping spots.
Porto Montenegro becomes a wine lover’s wonderland every July. The SuperWine Festival brings together over 30 European wineries, Montenegrin delicacies alongside DJ performances and fashion shows.
Time to make a stopover at the port of paradise.