I was kindly invited by the Pineapple Hotel Group to be whisked away on a 48-hour trip to Montenegro. I was intrigued. I must admit my knowledge of Montenegro was extremely limited and I was about to find out that Montenegro is one of the world’s most beautiful hidden gems.
After a 4 am wake-up call, our flight from Gatwick to Dubrovnik was a walk in the park at only 2.5 hours. Montenegro borders Croatia and the transfer time was pretty reasonable at around 45 mins. There are direct flights from London to Montenegro, however, the days they depart didn’t coincide with our trip.
Our first stop of the day was wine tasting in Savina Winery. Needless to say, we were delighted to be welcomed to Montenegro with some sunshine and stunning sea and mountain views whilst getting to sip on the most delicate rosé wine. The tour of Savina was fantastic. You can hold events here for up to 200 guests. This would be the most dreamy backdrop for a private dinner.
After a healthy dose of Vitamin D, we were ready to travel to the Regent Porto Montenegro who would be welcoming us for the weekend.
This place is simply breathtaking. We were greeted by Kai the Managing Director and taken to the front terrace for a glass of bubbly and the most delicious canapes. The hotel is spectacular - so chic and classy. From the fresh coffee to the tranquil music playing throughout the hotel, you really felt like you'd been bought into a peaceful sanctuary. The views are stunning, overlooking the ocean and mountains, with the most magnificent yachts lining the waterfront.
After a few relaxing hours by the outside pool, we enjoyed a show round of Regent Porto Montenegro. The ballroom is a fabulous space with the capacity to hold up to 120 for a dinner. Guests would be blown away with their drinks reception on the connecting poolside terrace. The hotel also has two further event spaces, The Regent Lounge, which has the capacity for 80 guests for a reception, and Boka Salon which is ideal for small boardroom meetings with a maximum capacity of 12 guests.
We had the perfect end to our day with dinner set up on the waterfront terrace in front of the restaurant. We were served the most delicious three-course dinner and wine from Savina Winery.
Saturday morning was an easy wake-up, knowing the beauty we had to look forward to meant I jumped out of bed. We were shown around the other event spaces in Porto Montenegro, all within a five-minute stroll along the waterfront from the hotel. We started at The Yacht Club. WOW, this place is seriously cool. This is the definition of glam, with a stage set across their infinity pool and a giant frame capturing the backdrop. They have a man-made beach which would be the ultimate place to throw a party for up to 400 guests.
The next event space, a few minutes’ walk away, is the museum. It has high beamed ceilings and wooden floors. The ground floor space is filled with interesting war and maritime memorabilia. This would be perfect for a dinner and would be made particularly special with your guest drinks reception being held on the terrace, lit up with fairy lights in front of their impressive submarine. We were lucky enough to be shown inside the submarine and spoke with a wonderful gentleman who told us about his experience living on the submarine with 27 other men for 45 days!
Next on the agenda was boarding a boat to enjoy a Boka Bay cruise. We paid a visit to ‘Our Lady of the Rocks Island’ a beautiful place and so full of history. We also visited The Old Town of Kotor and listened to a choir sing in the Orthodox Church St. Nicola.
We stopped for lunch in Conte Restaurant, one of the best seafood restaurants in Montenegro. I can safely say it was some of the best seafood I have ever had. Everyone in Montenegro knows where their food has come from, as it is from local producers and the fish is caught fresh every single day. They say it's rare for the fish to reach the freezer!
The most incredible weekend ended with a farewell dinner in Citadel’ Fortress, in The Old Town of Budva. The stoned fortress and cobbled paths were paired with wisteria covered pergolas, fairy lights and lamps setting the most magical ambiance for the evening. We dined alfresco again of course. It would have been rude not to with the best backdrop anyone could ever dream of the enjoy their beef carpaccio and delicious local wine.
I could not recommend Montenegro enough to anyone planning an incentive trip or for personal travel. The country is unspoiled and breathtaking. The standards are the highest heights with pure class and impeccable service. We had a jam-packed adventurous weekend and I felt so unbelievably relaxed and refreshed throughout. There are so many different activities on offer for groups, from Jeep safaris with picnics in the National Park, to SUP boarding and white-water rafting for the more adventurous!
Huge thanks to Pineapple Hotel Group!