Drobnići, Montenegro

Photo: Ānanti Resort, Residences & Beach Club

Montenegro has been on your radar for years. The Balkan country lies just south of your longtime favorite Croatia. It’s home to rugged mountains, Europe’s southernmost fjord, glistening beaches, and medieval towns. There was only one thing holding you back. Accommodations. Hotels and resorts in what used to be Yugoslavia just didn’t meet your high standards.

That changed with the opening of Ānanti Resort, Residences & Beach Club earlier this year. The new resort is on the Budva Riviera, a 22-mile stretch of Central Montenegro’s coastline. It’s near Budva, a 2,500-year-old city, and the picturesque towns of Reževići and Sveti Stefan. Plus its buildings, including eight freestanding villas, are tucked into a hillside lined with olive groves. They have an unobstructed view of the Adriatic Sea and, at night, the setting sun.

Ānanti’s setting is certainly spectacular. Now the rest of the resort just has to measure up. Both villas and suites (the only difference is the number of bedrooms) are decorated in soothing, neutral tones. Their kitchens have little wooden tables and espresso machines. Their bathrooms feature Italian ceramics, freestanding whirlpool tubs, and rainfall showers. Plus their balconies have that stunning view.

The restaurant, Anankha, does, too. After a buffet breakfast, its chef serves Asian fusion food for the rest of the day. The Wellness & Renewal Spa Center will open next spring. It’ll have cold and hot pools, a jacuzzi, a steam room, and photo- and sono-therapy programs. There are nine—yes, nine—outdoor pools, as well.

The biggest draw to this resort, though, is its Beach Club. A golf cart will transport you down the hillside to the hidden beach, where you’ll find a floating pier, a little bar and grill, and sun loungers with umbrellas. It’s your own private hideaway in the Adriatic. Montenegro finally meets your criteria.

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