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Carolyn Meers

The tiny country of Montenegro has always been a premier yachting destination, owing to its location on the Adriatic Sea, just south of Croatia and half a day by speedboat from Italy. With the Porto Montenegro project, the country has a new marina village designed to meet the needs of the world’s expanding community of superyacht owners. The development fronts the Bay of Kotor—Europe’s southernmost fjord and the largest natural harbor in the eastern Mediterranean, and also a UNESCO World Heritage site. The marina currently has 250 berths but plans include another 600 slips to be built, with 460 ready by 2015; 120 of those berths are for superyachts, which will make Porto Montenegro the largest superyacht homeport in the Mediterranean.

Overlooking the marina, the Regent Hotel and Residences opened in May to help accommodate the influx of nautical and other visitors. Britain’s ReardonSmith Architects designed the five-story, Venetian-inspired hotel, which features a terra-cotta roof and a central double-height atrium. Fifty-one double rooms ($950 to $1,500 per night) are available as well as 35 one-to-three-bedroom, whole-ownership residences that range from approximately 680 to 4,330 square feet (two of which are still available and priced at $2.9 million each). Interiors for all of the units were designed by Tino Zervudachi of the European firm Mlinaric, Henry and Zervudachi (MHZ) and feature a midcentury modern aesthetic with dark wood flooring, bespoke Italian furnishings, handmade gypsum moldings, and bathrooms with Visocica limestone flooring and white marble counters. Most units offer kitchens outfitted with stainless steel countertops and Miele and Samsung appliances, and every unit opens onto a private terrace with views of the marina, the Balkan Mountains, or the Adriatic Sea.

Guests and residents looking for a secluded experience may opt for the hotel’s pool and spa, complete with a Turkish hammam. Just steps away, however, Porto Montenegro’s marina village has three outdoor tennis courts, a yacht club, boat transfers to a private beach, shops and restaurants, and the posh Lido Mar beach club, where the activity centers around a 210-foot infinity pool cantilevered over the sea, featuring indoor and outdoor bar areas and pool-side cabanas.

Ksenija, another new residential project, is scheduled to open next year. Also designed by ReardonSmith Architects and MHZ, Ksenija’s 48 units will range in size from one to three bedrooms (measuring 764 to 3,000 square feet), with south- and west-facing terraces offering unobstructed views of the sea and nearby mountains, and the property will have private pools and a gym. Units will range from about $476,000 to $3 million, but only 10 of the residences remain unsold. (www.portomontenegro.com)

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