“A glittering jewel on the Bay of Kotor coastline, with 10 bedrooms, a sweet spa and fine cuisine in the romantic over-water restaurant”
Having just 10 rooms and suites has allowed plenty of space for individual, creative design. Each room’s aesthetic is based on a different geographic location: from Buddhist murals and paisley fabrics in the India Executive Room, to carved masks and natural wood in the Africa Standard Room.
We felt the Executive Rooms were the real show-stoppers. They’re extra spacious inside, but their real strength lies beyond the sliding glass doors where sheltered balconies look across the water to the rocky peaks beyond. In summer, you’ll gaze out to glass-perfect mountain reflections; as the seasons shift you might be lucky enough to watch a storm tumble over the hills and race across the bay - autumn storms are quite a treat here.
If your budget is limited, you might be tempted by a Standard Room, but we'd encourage you to upgrade to a Deluxe, as these have more space and privacy. Ours, a Montenegro-themed Deluxe Room, was on the first-floor with a partial sea view, but most look out to the simple garden, and possibly the hills beyond. Though all have glass doors for balcony access, the balconies themselves are either too narrow to sit out, or are shared with a neighbouring room.
Ensuite bathrooms have stylish mosaic tiling, enormous rain showers, sumptuous Prija products and piles of fluffy white towels to match the crisp white sheets on your kingsize bed. Note there are no twin rooms.
Dinner was the highlight of our stay: the dining terrace is fabulous at any time of day, but especially at night, when gauzy linens are pulled around the pergola, creating a magical backdrop for the candlelit tables and moonlit bay. Service is impeccable - our waiter George was knowledgeable but discreet, allowing us to soak up the beautiful setting.
So to the food. We each enjoyed a different 5-course spectacular, with dishes including smoked doroda, fresh fish carpaccio, beef carpaccio, goats’ cheese with vegetables, steak, and a salt-baked sea bass fillet (all excellent). For pudding we shared a delicious fruit, cream and pastry concoction, though we were sorely tempted by the hotel's ice cream parlour.
Breakfast is a continental buffet, including hams, cheeses, cereal, fresh fruit and yoghurts, plus fresh fruit juice and the option of a cooked dish. If the weather turns, there’s an elegant indoor dining space with open views of the bay, as well as a cute 50s-style bar for afternoon drinks and informal lunches.
Dobrota has a couple of other restaurants, but if you feel like dining out you’re likely to end up in Kotor Old Town (a 5-minute drive). Staff can make recommendations and bookings and order taxis. The hotel also has a partnership with the exclusive Sveti Stefan resort, which allows Forza Mare guests to visit the island restaurant for dinner (enquire for details, request in advance).
Hotel Forza Mare welcomes all ages, but it's a stylised setting and popular with couples, so it's probably best suited to well-behaved children.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)
The Deluxe and Executive Rooms each have space for a rollaway bed or baby cot.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The hotel is split over 4 floors so there are lots of steps. There are also a lot of high terraces, and the water beside the restaurant and beach is deep and unfenced.