“Informal luxury at its best: an Adriatic beach resort spread between an iconic Unesco island and a former royal residence - great for families and romantics alike”
Despite its size, Montenegro offers a wild beauty rarely seen in modern-day Europe: steep mountains climb above the coastline and untamed forests cloak the landscape (in their depths, bears and wolves still roam free). It’s refreshing, just like Aman Sveti Stefan’s understated brand of luxury. There are no gaudy colours or ostentatious chandeliers here; just feather-soft beds, enormous rooms and flawless white linens dressing solid wood beds. It all draws focus to the bewitching coastal setting, where kids can play on the beach, busy-bees can unwind in the spa, and romantics can sail the Adriatic at sunset.
- The island accommodation is wonderfully comfortable, with attentive yet invisible service. Being pedestrianised and residents only, you get a real sense of privacy and security
- With just a handful of suites, Villa Milocer on the mainland offers much more personalised service, and many prefer the airy architecture of this more contemporary building
- Plenty of dining options throughout the resort: an informal Beach Cafe, Mediterranean fare at the Piazza and a sophisticated Signature restaurant
- With great spa facilities, 3 beaches (2km in total), 3 pools and endless excursions, you could happily spend 2 weeks here
- Easily combined with a stay in Dubrovnik, which is 2 hours' drive up the coast
- Sveti Stefan is a famous landmark and some of the grounds are open to the public so they become busy in summer. However, the island and Villa Miločer's immediate gardens are for resort guests only
- It’s expensive, but you get impeccable service and high-spec facilities in a unique, iconic location
- Rates don't include taxes or service charge, and the payment policy varies according to season. The island closes between 1 October-30 April annually, but Villa Milocer's rooms and facilities stay open
- Some may find the winding layout and many steps on the island frustrating, but we loved the character of it all
- No twin beds
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Our top tips
- Beach Resort
- Restaurants and bars (open daily)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Outdoor Pool
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Concierge Service
- Bicycles Available
Rooms are divided between Sveti Stefan Island and Villa Miločer, on the mainland. Guests have unlimited access to the entire resort, but the atmosphere at each location varies considerably.
SVETI STEFAN ISLAND has 50 rooms, with simple décor - white walls, natural wood, cappuccino throws - designed to reflect the original 15th-century fisherman’s cottages. No 2 rooms are the same but that’s part of the island's magic; walkways have names like Poetry Lane, fragrant herbs abound and a sociable piazza is at the heart of daily life.
We stayed in a Deluxe Cottage and got acres of space, plus stunning sea and coast views. Waking up to waves and cerulean seas was unforgettable, and more calming than any meditation session. Though Village Rooms and Cottages are more affordable, they look onto rooftops and piazzas, so we’d recommend splashing out on a Deluxe Cottage. If you’re keen to have private outdoor space you might prefer one of the suites.
Families with older children will like the Two-bedroom Grand Suite, where each bedroom is accessed via a shared courtyard. Both have their own lounge and bathroom, while 3 terraces (2 with sea views) ensure there’s plenty of space for everyone to unwind. The 1-bedroom Adriatic Suite also has 3 large terraces, as well a lounge, dining room and pantry. For something really special, the Sveti Stefan Suite can’t be beaten. There's an airy bedroom, lounge and dining room, plus a steam room, large terrace, swimming pool and endless ocean panoramas.
VILLA MILOCER was originally the summer residence of Queen Marija. It's more intimate than the island, with just 8 elegant suites and a refined architectural design that extends to beautifully manicured gardens.
The 6 suites in the main building are near identical: glossier than those on the island with parquet flooring and double-sided glass fireplaces dividing the sleeping and living space. Each suite has a good-sized Juliet balcony looking over gardens or the Adriatic. Families and groups may prefer the privacy of the 2 Queen Marija suites, which sit discreetly beside Villa Miločer’s main building. They’re larger than the other suites and have a shared terrace; views extend over the gardens and towards the beach.
Bathrooms are a strong point regardless of where you stay (island or villa) - most have twin basins, free-standing tubs and showers - and every room has fluffy robes, Aman products and crisp white sheets on the heavenly kingsize bed (no twin beds).
- Air conditioning
- Central heating
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
- Safe box
- Satellite tv
There are myriad dining options at the resort. On the island, Signature, a calming haven of cool stone, serves as the resort’s main restaurant, its tall windows gazing across the water towards the rugged coastline. We dined on wafer-thin veal tonnato, followed by perfectly cooked chicken breast with a juicy tomato and balsamic salad. The menu allows you to construct your own dish with a choice of succulents meats and fish, deliciously fresh sides and accompaniments like salsa verde or mushroom ketchup.
The Piazza is reminiscent of traditional island life with a couple of small Mediterranean eateries - The Taverna and the Antipasti Bar. Wonderfully informal, these are great spots for relaxed family dinners or sociable drinks later in the evening.
At Villa Miločer, the Loggia and Dining Room offer classic and contemporary Adriatic dishes for lunch and dinner. Breakfasts can be taken here or at Signature - an enticing morning menu of healthy Bircher muesli and fresh fruit, as well as indulgences like buttermilk pancakes with banana and honeycomb.
There are 2 more dining spaces on the mainland. Families love the Beach Café’s relaxed all-day alfresco dining (open June-August), while the independently managed The Olive Tree has a prime position beside Sveti Stefan Beach.
The resort also offers a comprehensive room-service menu, and tasty picnics if you're off on a day trip (request in advance). If you're here for a special occasion, seize the opportunity for a sunset dinner cruise on the Adriatic - magical.
- Children meals
- Room service
- Vegetarian menu
Day trips: personalised excursions can be arranged to the following sites (amongst others):
Back at Aman Sveti Stefan:
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Plantlife / flora
- Private guided tours
- Scuba diving
- Wine tasting
Children of all ages are welcome, and families will love the security of the self-contained, vehicle-free Sveti Stefan Island. With 3 beaches, 2 child-friendly pools, a weekly activities schedule (advance booking required) and expansive grounds there's plenty of ways for kids to let off steam. Babies and children under 12 years stay for free in an extra bed or baby cot.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
Most rooms have space for 1 extra bed or baby cot (the Village Room is for 2 people max).
Villa Milocer: the 2 Queen Marija Suites are located in a separate building and are very spacious and secluded with a shared terrace - great for couples with an older child.
Sveti Stefan Island: the Grand Suite has space for 2 extra beds, and the Two-bedroom Grand Suite has 2 bedrooms (each with a private lounge and ensuite bathroom) accessed via a private courtyard - great for families with older children.
Available on request
- Baby cots
- High chairs
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
- Children's breakfast menu: pastries, cereal, juice
- Children's lunch and dinner menu: soups, sandwiches, burgers and puddings
- The Piazza, on Sveti Stefan Island, offers informal breakfasts and Mediterranean-style lunches and dinners
- The Beach Cafe and The Olive Grove, on the mainland, are open for informal lunches and dinners
Kids Activities on site:
- Two child-friendly pools
- Three beaches (Queen's Beach closed in winter)
- Treasure hunts
- Pizza making
- Kids watersports and games (lifeguard present)
- Drawing classes
- Kids yoga
Families Should Know:
- General physician on-call 24 hours a day (located in Budva)
- The island has lots of steps and uneven walkways, so you'll have to keep a close eye on toddlers
- The Cliff Pool and and Aman spa pool are not suitable for children
- Airport: 35 minutes' drive (Tivat)
- Shops (including a pharmacy): 5 minutes' drive (just outside the resort)
- Hospital: 15 minutes (Budva)