03 May Accommodation Review: Villa Vita, Montenegro
If you can’t afford the pricey Sveti Stefan, playground of the rich and famous, thankfully there’s another equally lovely place to stay along the Budva Riviera: Villa Vita.
Owned by Dusan Delic, Villa Vita is a resort with a farmhouse-type feel. Thanks to its elevated position up in the hillside, the views from the infinity pool and the outdoor seating area are phenomenal, and the sunsets are even more jaw-dropping.
The resort boasts an open tennis court, an outdoor swimming pool, a sauna, a taverna-style restaurant, and an incredible wine cellar containing thousands of bottles of fine wine. It also happend to have a goat farm of 400 goats, and I can honestly say I had the best goats cheese I’ve ever tasted from the morning breakfast buffet.
When I arrived, a lovely Explore Montenegro welcome hamper was waiting for me containing a selection of local produce including figs, olives, chocolates and cheese. It’s not often I see a hamper like these aside from Christmas Day!
This boutique resort consists of a handful of stone villas built in the traditional architectural style, and offers spectacular views of the Budva Riviera. Below is the view from my balcony just as the sun was beginning to set.
The villa I stayed in was very spacious: downstairs there was a large living room with fireplace and balcony, as well as a small bathroom and kitchen with dining table. Upstairs there was one large bedroom with en suite and two other spacious bedrooms with a shared bathroom. If you need Wireless Internet access (essential for me!) there are USB dongles available, although I did struggle with getting it to connect sometimes.
Villa Vita is just a short car journey away from the iconic private island hotel of Sveti Stefan as well as the old town of Budva. After a day of sightseeing and lazing on the sandy beaches, there’s nothing like sitting on the balcony watching the sunset with a bottle of Montenegrin red wine…and perhaps a shot of Rakia or two!
Vila Vita is bookable through Explore Montenegro, who can also arrange return flights to Tivat or Dubrovnik (Croatia), SIXT car hire, a catering service to select villas and excursion programmes including kayaking, biking, hiking and rafting with partner Black Mountain.