126 YEARS OF NAUTICAL HISTORY
When in 1886 Maximilian von Sterneck, the commander of Austro-Hungarian Navy, arrived in the little fishing village of Tivat, the fate of this destination changed irrevocably. The Austrian Navy was the seventh most powerful maritime force in the world before the First World War and he immediately recognized the strategic position of the bay, hence the idea to build a main naval base, which they called Arsenal, that would transform the image of the city. The Austrian naval base later played an important role in history, the story of which you can learn more through an interesting photo-journal that you can see once you go through the Regent’s main entrance.
THE VISION OF PETER MUNK
Tivat’s destiny turned once more when this picturesque bay impressed Peter Munk, the Canadian businessman with Hungarian roots. In 2007, he sailed into Kotor Bay with his yacht, Queen of Drachs, was immediately mesmerised and thus was born the idea of a marina for mega yachts up to a length of 160 metres. Munk gathered his friends who were willing to invest: Lord Jacob Rothschild and his son Nathan from the respected Rothschild banking dynasty, the French luxury brand magnate Bernard Arnault and the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripask. The construction of the Adriatic Monte Carlo immediately began and the first part of the marina was inaugurated in 2009.
The former Arsenal naval base was a major ship repair facility of the former Austro-Hungarian and Yugoslav Navy and the investors’ concern for its rich history and the environment is responsible for two interesting details. The entire hotel is equipped with extremely interesting technical images of the base’s past, which were rescued before its degradation and before every fan had the chance to siphon them off to private collections. The most impressive feature of the Naval Heritage Museum are the two completely reconstructed former Yugoslav Navy submarines. The P821 submarine, Hero, allows you to experience first-hand how to be a submariner and work in the submarine force, showing how things are in the most demanding and most dangerous war vessel.
The complex designers have placed their bets on sustainability and pleasure in designing a more modern and functional hotel in the Venetian palace-style, which yields a bit to traditional Montenegrin hotel clichés. The architecture is the work of Reardon Smith Architects, but Tino Zervudachi, primarily known as a decorator of luxury yachts, has designed the interior. The result is an incredible level of detail with stunning elegance. During a visit, it was possible to envisage a series of ideas of how an event could be organised: superb landscaped terraces and romantic paradise-like gardens are all in place, and everywhere picturesque views of the marina and the Bay of Kotor frame the view.
THE CREATORS OF A NEW CULINARY SCENE
Despite his tender age of 29 years, Croatian Chef Željko Knezović already has a wealth of experience. Among other places, he worked up dishes in the Danish cult Noma restaurant and in some of the best restaurants in the Adriatic. His culinary creations focus on Mediterranean tradition, with superior local ingredients at the heart of its cuisine, and his work complements the exquisite hotel story. Guests can enjoy the superb cuisine in the Dining Room and Gourmet Corner, the latter acting as a house bistro with delicious dishes suitable for light lunches and dinners. Everything here is about detail, which is overseen by the chef and his 31 colleagues.
A special story is the unprecedented breakfast, the likes of which you won’t find anywhere else on the Adriatic. It is a bona fide true fine-dining experience, where it’s evident that the individual dishes are prepared very carefully and with an eye on the origin of the ingredients. Recently, Harpers Bazar has named this kitchen the best on the Montenegrin coast.
THE HIGHEST STANDARDS FOR EVENTS
Lifestyle events, sumptuous weddings and memorable outdoor incentives are the main events at the hotel, with the global jet-set elite has quickly discovered the charms of the Montenegrin coast. The hotel also offers a series of events of their own production. The biggest congress hall, Teodo, accommodates up to 200 guests. In addition to this are the salon Boka, 2 foyers and the Regent Lounge. There is also the impressive Regent Spa.
FUTURE - REGENT POOL CLUB RESIDENCES
Regent Pool Club Residences will soon join the hotel. The modern apartments will be connected to the hotel and inspired by the style of the Italian Riviera. The special feature here is a central atrium with pool, which will act as a green oasis and also be suitable for organising events. Privately connected to the Regent Porto Montenegro, each residence has direct access to all the facilities and services of the five-star hotel. Following a ‘Hotel Condo’ concept, Regent Pool Club Residences offer hassle-free ownership with an onsite management team to take care of all maintenance and rental administration.
In the first year of operation, the hotel earned 12 nominations and awards, including the World Luxury Hotels award for the best hotel and spa centre. It also ranked among Conde Nast Traveller magazine’s top hotels, VIP hotels in the Sunday Times, and got shortlisted for a European award for hospitality quality in the European Hospitality Award. On top of all this, the hotel is also ranked top according to the methodology of Kongres Magazine – Hidden Congress Guest. In the evaluating process it received a record 4.90 points out of a possible 5.
Hero Submarine has been active for almost 23 years and in 1991 was lifted from the sea to the shore. In its day, the submarine carried out 726 days and 910 dives, travelling 46,659 nautical miles, equivalent to twice around the Earth. It is 50.4 metres long, 4.7 metres wide, 9.75 metres high and weighs 706 tonnes.
INFO ABOUT THE HOTEL
Regent Porto Montenegro offers 86 accommodation units ranging from double bedrooms to one-, two- and three-bedroom suites and residences.
RESTAURANT, BAR & LOUNGE:
Regent Porto Montenegro has 3 in-house restaurants: Dining Room, Library Bar and Gourmet Corner. Its gastronomy represents a distinguished mixture of Mediterranean cuisine.
The hotel’s signature Regent Spa offers a wide array of treatments and a holistic approach to rejuvenation. Facilities include: Four treatment rooms, a relaxation room, separate his and hers changing rooms with lockers, experience shower, sauna, steam room and Hammam, fitness Studio and Juice Bar, indoor pool with Jacuzzi.
Other recreational facilities: The 20m infinity-edge infinity outdoor pool with expansive views over the marina and the Boka Bay. Also, within the marina village, guests have access to two outdoor tennis courts and sports club, where priority access is guaranteed. Guests arriving during the summer should not miss the Lido Pool, a gorgeous 64-m infinity outdoor pool.
SERVICES & FACILITIES:
Concierge service, 24-hour room service, Housekeeping service twice a day, Pressing & laundry service, Airline ticketing service, Transfers from/to airport, Boat transfers.
Function facilities: the Ballroom Teodo, Salon Boka and Regent Lounge.
POINTS OF INTEREST:
UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Old medieval town Kotor, town of Perast and two signature islands — Our Lady of the Rocks and St George.
Easily accessible through 3 international airports: Tivat (4.6km), Dubrovnik (47km) and Podgorica (90km).
Located in the heart of Porto Montenegro, a luxurious super-yacht marina on the Adriatic Coast (Tivat, Montenegro).