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.

The stunning view from Vila Vita in Montenegro

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.

Breakfast Buffet at Vila Vita, Montenegro

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!

Welcome basket at Vila Vita

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.

Balcony View from Vila Vita, Montenegro

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.

Living Room Vila Vita

Kitchen Vila Vita, Montenegro

Bedroom at Vila Vita, Montenegro

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!

Sunset at Vila Vita, Montenegro

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.

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Victoria Brewood

Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

  • Scarlett
    Posted at 09:48h, 03 May Reply

    That morning brekkie buffet looks incredible!! And the views are really beautiful x

  • D.J. - The World of Deej
    Posted at 14:48h, 03 May Reply

    Awesome looking spot!

    • Victoria
      Posted at 00:25h, 07 May Reply

      It was so nice! I was spoilt with fantastic views!

  • cristina
    Posted at 01:15h, 07 May Reply

    Stunning! I still think Montenegro is one of those untouched spots so worth exploring!

  • Sam
    Posted at 03:01h, 07 May Reply

    OMG all that food! Yum!

  • Amanda
    Posted at 14:59h, 06 July Reply

    I had to read your review twice I was so taken aback by it. We were at Villa Vita six days after you and whilst the views are indeed stunning and the people very friendly, the taverna wasn’t open, the swimming pool was an icy destination point for the muddy rain water that ran down the mountain due to inadequate drainage, the villas had little equipment, bare wires, water running through the walls and down the stone staircases, showers that didn’t work, and the promised gym and sauna hadn’t even been built. Other than the very last night there was no food or wine available and the hamper we received looked very different to the one in your photograph. Rotten fruit anyone? The list of things that were wrong goes on and on. I’ve no doubt Villa Vita will be lovely when it’s finished, in the meantime, we, and three other couples we met there are looking for a full refund. I can only think the villa you stayed in was the only one they’d actually completed, I certainly hope it wasn’t just because you’re a Lonely Planet blogger. Very glad you had a good time, but Explore Montenegro shouldn’t be selling accommodation that’s incomplete.

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