Inside One & Only’s first European hotel – in the Adriatic paradise of Montenegro
The rooms are sumptuous havens of peace. Mine, a panoramic view of the bay, was large, with an open-plan bedroom and bathroom (including a tub big enough for two), wooden and marble floors. Run said tub deep, soak in lush Abahna bath oil, turn down the lights and activate the “fireplace”. The meaning of this dancing hot flame in a glass case is twofold: in Montenegro, before the advent of television, families would sit around the hearth and tell stories; the flame is also the symbol of Azerbaijan, the “Land of fire”, where the investors come from. Afterwards, stretch out on the lounge chair in flowery cotton bathrobes handcrafted in Uzbekistan.
Mediterranean summer seaside destinations have long faced the challenge of extending their season. What to offer guests, outside of the sunny months? In this regard, the hotel spa, with its Chenot Espace wellness program, is a winner. With its 26-meter indoor swimming pool with wall fireplaces, its white marble hammam and saunas, it will be an ideal cozy retreat for winter.
For the uninitiated, the Chenot Method combines Chinese medicine and Western technology – Chenot has a loyal following of loyal customers in its nine wellness properties across the world. Its intensive, multi-day detox programs are highly individualized, overseen by doctors and nutritionists, and could not be more relevant as the world emerges from confinement in search of healthier, happier lifestyles. My Chenot “facial drainage treatment” left me glowing – and apparently mildly sedated.
Other treatments include cryotherapy, which takes place in a succession of three chambers (like large refrigerators), with temperatures ranging from -10C to -110C – athletes love it, and is said to trigger a condition. exhilaration, followed by total relaxation about three hours later.
The landscaping here sees the gardens opening up to a bay with a beach. It was still a bit cold when I visited, but during the summer there will be kayaking, paddleboarding, water polo and beach volleyball. Immediately above the beach is a row of three pools, identical in size but varying in temperature, as well as a gorgeous infinity pool, bordered by a wooden deck, lavender bushes, and cypress trees.