Off the top of your head, when I say Portonovi, can you picture where it is? Admittedly, when I first heard it, I had no clue. Being based in North America, I was very unfamiliar with the region of Montenegro. So here I am zooming in on Google maps to explore what looks like an absolute paradise. One&Only Portonovi is the hotel group’s latest property to recently open, nestled on the Riviera at the entrance of Boka Bay. This remarkable destination spot is situated on the coast of Montenegro just outside Dubrovnik, Croatia and what seems like a hop, skip and a jump from Italy across the Adriatic sea.
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If you’ve ever stayed at the One&Only, then you can only imagine the wonders that exist at this European adventure spot.
A Look Outside
Adjoining coastlines for days and breathtaking mountains invite you to explore the glamorous nautical playgrounds surrounding you both on land and water. Prefer to just lounge at the resort instead? The endless sparkling pools including a family pool, the dynamic Tapasake Club pool, temperate pools, an indoor spa pool, and private pools for villas.
“The Architecture Resembles the Style of Old Venetian Palaces”– One&Only Portonovi
The sandy private, secluded beach will stand up to some of the best in the Mediterranean. Overlooking the bay, features One&Only signature experiences, as well as refreshing drinks and cocktails, and beach-side, casual dining to be enjoyed in the tranquil and laid-back surroundings. The resort is an essential part of Portonovi, a luxury lifestyle development on the shores of Boka Bay, which features a 238-berth D-Marin superyacht marina and helipad.
What I personally love about One&Only is that they do what they do best and they bring in the finest talents from all over the world to raise their amenity experiences to a whole new level of refinement.
At Europe’s first One&Only resort, you can expect the cuisine to far exceed expectations.
The Culinary Experience
The ultra luxury retreat’s culinary experience is led by Nancy Kinchela and houses one of the world’s best Michelin-star Italian chefs, Giorgio Locatelli. At Sabia by Giorgio Locatelli, you can expect refined Southern Italian cuisine in a Riviera-style setting, with a focus on fresh seafood and vegetables and a Raw Bar offering organic crudo. Tapasake Club is a relaxed yet vibrant pool club serving contemporary Japanese cuisine, with its own sake bar and regular DJ sets.
Then you have a farm-to-table vibe, championing Montenegrin-inspired cooking styles, La Veranda boasts an open kitchen and live cooking stations. And finally, Caminetti Bar welcomes guests with expansive views over the terrace, gardens and sea, providing an extensive beverage list – ideal for an aperitif or post-dinner cocktail – as well as afternoon tea and a pre-dinner caviar menu.
One&Only Portonovi is truly a dining destination on the Adriatic coast with a variety of distinctive, world-class culinary experiences.
The design of the resort is inspired by the architectural style of the old Venetian palaces of the region including grand facades, majestic colonnades, signature red terracotta roofs, gardens and an extraordinary array of indoor and outdoor pools. If you are familiar with this extraordinary hotel brand, then you can imagine how extravagant, comfortable and luxurious the rooms, suites and villas are. And of course, One&Only’s signature Private Homes that are positioned for guests to enjoy magnificent views of the surrounding marina, bay and mountains perfect for families that need flexibility and space.
Situated on the west side of Montenegro, Portonovi is an easy drive from Dubrovnik (one hour), Tivat (50 minutes), and Podgorica (two and a half hours) airports, all of which are served by a variety of airlines, and well equipped to handle private jets.
The Wellness Experience
Following an exclusive global partnership with leading health and wellness expert brand Chenot, One&Only Portonovi is the first One&Only resort to offer Chenot Espace, a transformative journey of detoxing and resetting the body based on the renowned and established Chenot Method®. Chenot’s pioneering approach to wellness combines the latest scientific advances with the best in Chinese and traditional medicines.
Chenot Espace at One&Only Portonovi enables guests to understand what is aging their body and how to set new pathways to positively improve performance and wellbeing, resulting in increased vitality. One&Only takes relaxation and rejuvenation to new heights which even includes hydrotherapy and cryotherapy facilities, sauna, steam room, indoor pool and relaxation areas. In addition, the year-round resort also offers an Oriental Hamman, a hair salon and a men’s grooming salon.
For those seeking a mindful exercise, the resort offers yoga classes surrounded by the magnificent vistas of Boka Bay.
One&Only Portonovi is a Bucket List Destination
One&Only Portonovi is a nautical playground waiting to be discovered. Guests can cruise the dramatic Adriatic coastline by yacht or speedboat, or learn to dive or sail through the clear, calm waters.
World-Heritage sites, abandoned fortresses and hidden beaches can all be explored, such as the impeccably preserved medieval towns of Perast and Kotor, the fascinating islands of Our Lady of the Rocks and unspoilt National Parks, rich with local culture and folklore.
Montenegro’s diverse landscape is compact and easily accessible, and guests can enjoy a variety of activities and scenery within just one day. A number of activities are available across the resort for guests of all ages, including KidsOnly and OneTribe for children and teenagers.