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Iberostar opens Two Hotels in Montenegro

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montenegro perastIberostar Hotels & Resorts has announced this month the opening of two fully renovated hotels in Montenegro: the Iberostar Herceg Novi and the Iberostar Perast. The Iberostar Group has been operating in the country since 2005, when it took over the Iberostar Bellevue, a sun and sand hotel in the southern city of Budva.

The two new hotels, the Iberostar Herceg Novi and the Iberostar Perast, are further examples of the company’s continued commitment to offer its customers first class accommodations in truly outstanding locations. In fact, the Bay of Kotor, where the two new hotels stand, has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1979 due to its environmental, cultural and historical assets. Additionally, it’s a superb location on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, an area boasting a rich historical legacy, dating back to the days when several towns formed part of the Venetian Republic between the 16th and 18th centuries.  

The Iberostar Herceg Novi was the first hotel to open on June 1. The hotel boasts 183 rooms and is located on the seafront in the city of Herceg Novi. It has been fully renovated and the facilities include its own dock and a beach club offering breathtaking views of the bay. It is the ideal location to discover the area’s history, explore the stunning natural landscapes, and enjoy numerous water sports.

The excellent services and amenities include a modern spa and a Fit & Fun activity program. The hotel also features a buffet-style restaurant serving a mouth-watering selection of Mediterranean and local dishes that will suit all tastes.

The new five-star Iberostar Perast is a unique hotel housed in an 18th century palace that has been renovated in an avant-garde style while still retaining its original architecture. It is part of Iberostar Heritage, the chain’s historic hotel segment made up of unique hotels that combine art, history, culture and beauty.

The new Iberostar hotel is situated in Perast, a small seafaring town in Montenegro and home to the finest examples of Baroque architecture in the Adriatic region. Magnificent palaces and churches whose beauty and secrets remain intact, nestle along the shores of Europe’s southernmost fjord. Two small islands, Sveti Dorde – the site of a 12th century Benedictine monastery – and Gospa od Škrpjela, the only artificial island in the Adriatic Sea, add the perfect finishing touches to a setting that for centuries enchanted nobles, princes, sailors and adventurers.

Situated a mere 16 feet from the shoreline, the Iberostar Perast stands out due to its soul and character, old-world charm and prime location. From the hotel, guests can explore the beauty of the town and surrounding area, as it is just 7 miles away from Kotor’s historic quarter, 28 miles from Buvda Citadel, and 2 hours from the Dubrovnik city center.    

The Iberostar Perast is housed in the town’s largest palace, which was built in the 18th century by the Smekjas, a family of wealthy merchants. The first mention of this dynasty dates back to the second half of the 16th century, but it was in the mid-18th century when Petar Smekja, on board the ship ‘Leon Coronato’, contributed to the creation of profitable economic connections between the Baltic nations and Venice, which would make him extremely wealthy. In 1748, he received the title of Count, and in 1779 his family was included amongst Kotor’s nobility. The building of the Smejka family palace, which currently houses the Iberostar Perast, began in 1764, using stones obtained exclusively from the island of Korčula. The entrance still bears the family’s coat-of-arms, featuring a hand holding the stem of a plant (čičimak) with stars. Work on the building was finally completed in the 1930s.

The hotel, which has approximately 100 rooms, offers a first-class range of services and facilities, as well as superb local and international gastronomy and a private dock. All the amenities are tailored to cater for families or adults, ensuring all guests will enjoy the charms of the past in an avant-garde building steeped in history, set against a spectacular natural backdrop.