Aman Sveti Stefan , SVETI STEFAN, Montenegro
Montenegro's return to the first rank of elite destinations is now assured, and nowhere more so than its coastline's icon – the exclusive, intimate and luxurious island resort of Aman Sveti Stefan.
The 15th-century fortified village that became a playground for the jet set in the 1960's was sympathetically restored by Amanresorts in 2009 to create just 58 unique rooms, suites and cottages.
All have elegant custom-built furniture in keeping with the island's heritage, with myriad views over the Adriatic, gorgeous red-roofed stone buildings, quaint courtyards or piazzas.
For a more intimate stay head to Villa Milo where you'll find old treasures happily rubbing shoulders with modern finds, while leather armchairs, silk furnishings, parquet floors and roaring fires create a timelessly-elegant feel. Each of the six suites sport bathrooms with deep, free-standing tubs that invite you to soak your cares away.
Time spent lounging on the resort's pink sandy beaches or dining at the cliff-top restaurant overlooking the Bay of Budvar is a must. But be warned, once you've discovered this chic, evocative hotel, you'll find it's almost impossible to leave.