Sveti Stefan

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Sveti Stefan
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Sveti Stefan Island City
General information
Location Sveti Stefan Islet, Municipality of Budva, Montenegro
Coordinates 42°15′18″N 18°53′46″E / 42.25500°N 18.89611°E / 42.25500; 18.89611
Opening December 2008
Owner Aman Resorts
Design and construction
Developer Adrian Zecha
Other information
Number of rooms 50
Number of suites 8
Website
Aman Sveti Stefan
Sveti Stefen, 2010

Sveti Stefan, pronounced [sv̞ê̞ːtiː stê̞faːn], now Aman Sveti Stefan including the Villa Miločer (pronounced [vîla mîlɔ̝tʃe̞r]; formerly Sveti Stefan Hotel) ("Saint Stephen"; Cyrillc: Свети Стефан, Italian: Santo Stefano di Pastrovicchio) is a small islet and hotel resort in Montenegro, approximately 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) southeast of Budva.

The resort includes the islet of Sveti Stefan and part of the mainland, where the Villa Miločer part of the resort is located. An Adriatic playground for the rich and famous from the 1960s to the 1980s, the hotel is now a 5-star franchise hotel of the international group of Aman Resorts, completed in 2009 and operating under a 30 year lease. Formerly an island, Sveti Stefan is now connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus. The resort in total contains 50 rooms, cottages and suites on the island and 8 grand suites at the Villa Miločer.

The hotel won the Hotel of the Year award from Gallivanter's Guide in 2010.

Geography[edit]

The island has a 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) coast line in the central part of Montenegro Adriatic coast line. It is situated to the south of Budva between Przno and Sveti Stefan villages. The pink sandy beaches of Sveti Stefan, Miločer Beach and Queen’s Beach are part of the coast line. The island encompasses an area of 12,400 m2 (133,000 sq ft).[1]

History[edit]

Formerly a village, all of the buildings were acquired by the Yugoslav government and turned into an upscale hotel during the Tito regime.

In the 15th century, the fortified village was built to defend against the Turks and became a haven for pirates of the Adriatic.[2]

Initially, the island with its fortress had 12 families.

In the 1800s, a village came to be established on the island with a population of about 400 people.

Villa Miločer built between 1934 and 1936 was the summer residence of Queen Marija Karadordevic (1900–1961) of the Karađorđević family of Serbia, which was refurbished as part of the Aman Sveti Stefan resorts that opened in 2008–2009.[1] The villa, surrounded by 800 olive trees is laid out over a 32 hectares (79 acres) plot.[3]

Subsequent to the villagers being moved to the mainland by the Tito regime, the island village became an exclusive resort frequented by high profile elites of the world.

One of the four churches belong to Praskvica Monastery on Sveti Stefan was turned into a casino by the communists.[4]

Formerly under the ownership of the Radenović family for some forty years,[5] between the 1960s and 80s, the place was visited by many celebrities, including Orson Welles, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Princess Margaret, Carlo Ponti, Ingemar Stenmark and Kirk Douglas.[6]

The resort was described as "a '70s Adriatic playground on a hilly peninsula that's barely connected to the mainland".[7] It was also a venue for political conferences,[8] and an occasional chess venue, attracting top-class players such as Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer.[9][10]

However, in the 1990s, the separation of Montenegro from Yugoslavia saw the decline of this resort.

The Government of Montenegro proposed to recreate the old charm of the island. Action was initiated by inviting international bids for the revitalization project. The contract was awarded to Aman Resorts in 2007. The refurbished resort, completed in 2009, retains the old world charm of its exterior view, with interior facilities to contemporary modern standards.[1] The Aman Sveti Stefan has a 30 year lease.[5][11]

On 13 July 2010 Montenegrin Statehood Day, Italian tenor, Andrea Bocelli gave a concert at the resort, to mark the Golden Jubilee of the hotel.[12] The hotel won the Hotel of the Year award from Gallivanter's Guide in 2010.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Aman Sveti Stefan" (pdf). amanresorts.com. 
  2. ^ Cantacuzino, Sherban (1975). New uses for old buildings. Architectural Press. ISBN 978-0-85139-499-2. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Aman Sveti Stefan". Kiwicollection. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Манастир Прасквица". Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Annalisa Rellie (22 May 2008). Montenegro, 3rd. Bradt Travel Guides. pp. 150–. ISBN 978-1-84162-225-5. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  6. ^ Travel & leisure. American Express Pub. Corp. 2008. 
  7. ^ Metzelthin, Pearl Violette Newfield (2005). Gourmet. Condé Nast Publications. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  8. ^ United States. Foreign Broadcast Information Service (1995). Daily report: East Europe. The Service. p. 39. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  9. ^ Chess life. United States Chess Federation. 2001. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  10. ^ The bulletin. J. Haynes and J.F. Archibald. 1992. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "Aman Sveti Stefan". amanresorts.com. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  12. ^ "The anniversary of the Sveti Stefan Hotel marked by a concert by Andrea Bocelli". Travel Daily News. Retrieved 30 April 2011. .

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