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Fall in love with Montenegro this summer on a romantic holiday that feels like a fairy tale. Boasting dramatic scenery, fascinating history, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, delicious food and a warm welcome from the locals, a very happy ending lies ahead for couples heading to the new Ananti Resort, Residences & Beach Resort on the Adriatic coastline.
Opening its doors in May 2020, the deluxe Ananti Resort, Residences & Beach Club on the Budva Riviera provides the perfect hideaway for a romantic weekend or a memorable honeymoon, far from crowds yet remarkably close to some of the most enigmatic Montenegrin sights and experiences. Here is a selection of some of the reasons for couples seeking a stylish retreat should discover this relatively hidden gem of a European destination now.
1. Enjoy Spectacular Scenery
Montenegro, which translates as "Black Mountain", is located on the Adriatic and boasts majestic snow- capped mountains, thick forests and mesmerising lakes, all within close proximity. The nation's Tara River canyon is the deepest and longest in Europe and is just one example of the jaw-dropping sights that pepper the Montenegrin countryside. The unspoilt nature of Montenegro is an idyllic backdrop for a romantic picnic, boat ride or hike.
2. Stay In Style
A member of the exclusive Leading Hotels of the World, the elegant Ananti Resort, Residences & Beach Club offers the ultimate base for a romantic getaway. Tucked into the wooded mountainside of the Budva Riviera coastline and looking eastward over the Adriatic Sea, the resort offers guestsbreathtaking views from each of the 14 Seaview Suites and eight Seaview Luxury Villas, each complete with private pool.
The stunning resort is home to a blissful Wellness and Renewal Spa perfect for relaxation, and a private Beach Club lapped by the turquoise waters. Guests can make memories on special excursions such as helicopter rides, speedboat charters or day trips to nearby Bay of Kotor – UNESCO World Heritage site and nearby national parks.
3. Step Inside A Real Life FairyTale
Montenegro is home to several enchanting castles where it feels like time has stopped. Some of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast can be found in Montenegro, with architectural influences ranging from Roman to Byzantine, Ottoman to Venetian, drawn from the country's colourful history. The Budva Citadel, less than eight miles from Ananti, passed through the hands of the Romans, the Venetian Republic and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, leaving it a perfect example of the country's fascinating history. Feel like a real life princess or 'King of the Castle' wandering the ancient walls.
4. Soak Up Cosmopolitan Glamour In Tivat
Porto Montenegro is a luxury marina located in nearby Tivat and offers a stylish destination for shopping, lunch and dinner, or to people watch and soak up the vibrant atmosphere. Marvel at the sleek superyachts moored in the marina, hit the Fashion Gallery for some retail therapy and toast the sunset with a glass of bubbly before settling down for dinner at one of the restaurants, that offer world cuisine including Japanese, Italian and Mediterranean fine dining.
5. Unwind With A Spot Of Pampering
Recharge with a luxurious spa day. From a state-of-the-art fitness centre with all the latest equipment to a relaxation haven complete with a sauna, steam rooms, Jacuzzi, hot pools and more, Ananti's Wellness and Renewal Spa is a destination in itself. Select therapies from a spa menu that features exclusive photo- and sono-therapy treatments designed to revitalise and detoxify.
6. Go Peninsula-Hopping On The Budva Riviera
One of the oldest settlements of the Adriatic, Budva Old Town is the epitome of picturesque historic charm. Located on a rocky peninsula that stretches into the Adriatic Sea away from the more metropolitan city centre, visitors can stroll the cobbled alleyways, visit the Budva Citadel and stop for a break on one of the many piazzas.
7. Feast Like A King and Queen
Despite its compact size, Montenegro packs a punch where its culinary prowess is concerned, offering atleast three distinct regional styles: the food of the old Montenegrin heartland; dishes from the mountainregions; and coastal cuisine. Seasonal local produce creates supremely flavoursome and hearty platessuch as tasty stews and rice dishes, fresh fish and grilled seafood, and mouth-watering meat dishesstarring aromatic beef, pork and lamb. Don't miss local delicacy Buzara, a seafood dish made withprawns, shrimps and a delicious white wine sauce.
8. Enjoy A Bespoke Itinerary Away From The Crowds
Whether romance means an action-packed countryside adventure, a gourmet excursion to taste localwines and artisanal produce, or a meander, hand in hand, through one of the charming local towns,Montenegro offers it all. Less busy than neighbouring Croatia, Montenegro is no less alluring and boasts a rich tapestry of historical, cultural and culinary delights. Offering something for every taste, visitors cancreate their dream itinerary with myriad options to choose from.
8. On Bended Knee...
Where better for that special moment than an Adriatic beach at sunset, a speedboat on the Bay of Kotoror atop a pristine mountain commanding unrivalled views? For special occasions such as proposals,anniversaries or birthdays, add a frisson of excitement with a helicopter flight or yacht excursion andcreate lifelong memories together.
10. Go 'Off The Grid' – And Reconnect
With its air of majestic calm, pristine landscapes and tranquil pace of life, Montenegro is the right placeto disconnect from the stresses of everyday life and reconnect with each other. Become immersed in thespectacular nature, relax on the beach or simply soak up the ambience of the historic towns, sharingyour newfound experiences with your travel partner instead of on social media. Disconnect from routine, reconnect with that special loved one.
Four nights at Ananti Resort, Residences & Beach Club start from £415 per person including accommodation in a Seaview Suite with chef-prepared breakfast daily, return flights with easyJet from London Gatwick to Tivat International Airport. Based on two adults sharing, travelling on 14th May 2020. Call 0207 749 7260 or book through www.kenwoodtravel.co.uk.
Discover more about Ananti Resort, Residences & Beach Club Montenegro at www.ananti.me.