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2018-10-05

The Chedi Luštica Bay - Embrace The Modern Montenegro's Living


The forces of nature have created spectacular and wild beauty with stunning stone mountain ranges with idyllic towns and villages at the foot of the mountains, many of which lie on the waters edge of the Adriatic Sea. It is just so different yet familiar, it may be a small country, but it is also a hidden gem in the Balkans with rugged mountains, medieval villages and a narrow strip of beaches along its Adriatic coastline. The Chedi Luštica Bay in Montenegro is the newest real find. mylifestylenews writes.


At the meeting point between azure seas and rolling mountains, echoing the region’s traditional coastal villages and drawing on the landscape’s innate hue combining the flare of the local Mediterranean culture and heritage, Luštica Bay is a new development on the coastline that is perfectly positioned to explore the delights of Montenegro, as you are never too far from a multitude of mesmerizing scenes.


Set in a prime waterfront location within the Luštica Bay state-of-the-art Marina, the enchanting resort has a spectacular coastal location where you can unwind in complete tranquility overlooking spectacular Adriatic Sea views, by the cliff. The Chedi Luštica Bay is located in close proximity to 3 international airports, the closest access is the Tivat airport with just less than 15 minutes away to the resort, so accessibility is unsurpassed.



Every turn has a different vista that continually catches the eye and so it was that we found ourselves checking into the new The Chedi Luštica Bay Hotel: the newest five-star, luxury hotel in Montenegro.


We arrived by limousine transfer from Dubrovnik and were taken aback by the spectacular scenery at every turn of the road. The journey was longer than expected due to the local road hugging the coastline, which resulted in traffic moving at a slow pace due to so many residences along this route, taking advantage of the coastal seaside location. Yet our driver was smart enough to use the second and less busy check-point and we were the second vehicle served on the queue that really saved us lots of unnecessary waiting time.


Our driver did confess: “sometimes (most of the time) it will take up easily two hours of waiting or longer depending on the time of the day especially going through the other regular check-point.” We were very lucky, thanks to his almost daily driving routine experience by finding the most convenient way chauffeuring passengers across the borders from the neighboring countries.


After a 2 hours ride on the road, on arrival at the resort entrance at the top of the hill, the resort unfolded below us and we were eager to start sampling everything The Chedi Luštica Bay had to offer. We bid farewell to our limousine driver who was so hospitable, talkative and knowledgeable, that we were already immersed in all things Montenegrin.



The resort architecture draws inspiration from indigenous architecture and local heritage, while fusing the natural with refined luxury and exceptional comfort. Its distinctive style translates beautifully, creating a unique retreat to visit time and time again and designed for modern travelers providing five-star amenities and multi-use spaces for work and leisure in a relaxed ambience.



The stylish corner of the Lobby Bar



Built from local materials of stone, clay tile and natural wood, the properties seem to grow out of the very land itself. An integrated network of walls, courtyards, patios, terraces, gardens and walkways, they step organically down the hillside, maintaining existing views, drainage patterns and vegetation.



Their positioning means almost every property benefits from the site’s incredible panoramic sea views. Interior spaces are harmoniously united with outdoor areas for year-long indoor/outdoor living that takes full advantage of Montenegro’s sunny climes.



The high ceiling lobby is rather inviting, an oversized swing chair juxtaposes the bright and modern décor with sensitive lighting that emphasizes its luxury. Plentiful lounges and sofas with soft plush cushions offer you the home-feel like mood the moment you step in to the resort. The earth tone ambience and wooden beams contrasting the turquoise Acapulco string chairs captures everyone’s eyes and creates the most photogenic spots for recording your moments.


The arty corner at lower lobby


The check-in was seamless and quick and in moments we were on the balcony of our hotel room staring out at the inviting Adriatic Sea. Our semi sea facing light-filled Deluxe Room encompassed all that we had come to expect from The Chedi brand, with a fusion of contemporary coastal ambience, natural accents of marble, glass, timber and ceramic, in a neutral colour palate and an open plan design echoing the movement of the Adriatic Sea and the colours of the Mediterranean beyond.



The floor to ceiling balcony windows and door invited the outdoors in, flooded the room with light and the partially frosted glass walls to the bathroom created the feeling that it is one open space and you could enjoy the views from the bathroom. With the expected supremely comfortable bedding and premium Aqua di Parma bathroom amenities and modern technology, what is not to be enjoyed, but to relax and let oneself be pampered at every moment by the warmth of the Montenegrin hospitality which is already a good start to our journey.



The whole point of choosing to stay at The Chedi, Lustica Bay is to completely relax and chill out, which is not difficult to do. The outdoor swimming pool and terrace has an elevated position overlooking the marina and Adriatic coastline beyond.



There is also a smaller indoor pool to enjoy in The Spa environs, along with sauna and steam rooms and an experience shower to boot. This will also give you more options in the cooler months, but no need in the summer, as you will always want to be outside.


Pebble beaches are quite common here in this region, so some beach shoes or swimming shoes are recommended for comfort. The entire Adriatic coastline has spectacularly clear water and a pleasant temperature for swimming most of the year that surely won’t disappoint. Plentiful of well spaced out sun lounges and umbrellas are dedicated to the hotel guests along this long pebble beach with lounge-side Food & Beverage service.



Food and beverage plays a big part in the success of The Chedi brand and this resort is no exception, offering a variety of taste journeys in various locations throughout the resort, whether it be at an elevated beach location - The ROK by the beach or The SPOT at the marina quay.


The SPOT Restaurant & Lounge by the Marina



Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be had in The Restaurant, offering views of the marina with the addition of an outdoor balcony section and enclosed terrace adjacent to the main dining room. The breakfast buffet spread is not as extensive as some, but the quality of ingredients more than makes up for this.


Breakfast was always a pleasurable start to the day and being in this region, charcuterie is a local favourite and the local cold cuts of salamis, hams and prosciuttos, plus a varied selection of cheeses was simply gourmet heaven, as each had an intensive and distinctive local flavor which we indulged in every morning without fail. There was much to be enjoyed from great yoghurt, to tasty a la minute omelettes. Despite the service being a little disoriented, the service team were so eager to please and look after you.



Lunch and dinner could be chosen from three locations and our experience was equally delightful from all options. Additionally, the local wines and beers were a highlight of these meal times and everything was incredibly affordable – indeed, we were taken aback at the menu pricing, as we had been so used to other European cities where it is difficult to enjoy a main course under EUR 25, but here everything is well below such a price point.


The Spa is not to be missed, with two Thai therapists to deliver a truly Chedi Spa experience, as spa is also one of The Chedi hallmarks. It is on the ground floor and the treatment rooms have a subterranean feel to them, offering a cool feeling and giving some respite from the glare of the sun.


It is a place where tradition embraces modernity and where location, exceptional service and superb amenities unite to create an unrivalled experience. The word “Chedi” typically refers to a place of meditation and is associated with settings where one can find peace.


This is luxury to be explored in the latest addition to The Chedi hotels and resorts globally and very welcome it is. All in all, an unforgettable experience for absolutely all the right reasons: location, Chedi hospitality, sea views, local food and culture and lastly The Chedi team, who always go out of their way to engage with their guests and ensure that one has had an opportunity to sample all that is on offer in the resort and in Montenegro.



Embodying this definition, the tranquil environments and surroundings encourage you to rediscover the joys of stillness and be soothed by the calmness in a backdrop of beauty and comfort to connect the special relationship between the landscaping and local culture amongst which each resides with genuine, intimate experience of the destination. The Chedi Luštica Bay is no exception, opening doors to the best of Montenegro’s extraordinary culture and a Riviera lifestyle.  As the saying goes, life as it should be.


Tried & Tested:
Location: 4/5
Design & Decor: 4/5
Room Amenities: 4/5
Food & Beverages: 4.5/5
Housekeeping: 3/5
Service: 5/5
Value For Money: 4/5
Experience: 4.5/5

Novo Naselie b.b.
Radovici, TIvat
Montenegro
Tel: +382 32 661 266


*The Chedi Luštica Bay Montenegro is a GHM Hotels and a member of The Leading Hotels of the World

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