●Bianca Resort & Spa – Mirka Vesovica; 011-381-38-22-086-3000; biancaresort.com; handsome ski lodge and 1st-rate spa.
●Savardak – Biocinovici; 011-381-38-26-905-1264; try polenta-like dish, kacamak.
●Galion – Suranj; 011-381-38-23-231-1300; some of Montenegro’s best modern cuisine, especially seafood.
Sights & Sites
●Cathedral of St. Tryphon – town; built in 1166; entire town is UNESCO World Heritage Site.
●Kotor Fortifications – Old Town (northern & south-western side); whc.unesco.org/pg.cfm?cid=31&id_site=125; integrated historical fortification system that protected medieval; bastions, castle, citadels, forts, gates, ramparts, towers & ancillary buildings and structures; incorporate Austrian, Byzantine, Illyrian, and Venetian military architecture; UNESCO World Heritage site; St. John Mountain top fortified during Illyrian times; in 6th Century, Emperor Justinian I reconstructed fortress; in 1420, then independent Cattaro Republic succumbed to Venetian rule & as Albania Veneta part fortifications received current structure; 2 successful Ottoman sieges followed by occupations (1538-71 & 1657-99); in 1797, fortifications passed to Habsburg Monarchy; in 1805, Kotor assigned to Napoleonic Italy; with Congress of Vienna returned to Austrian Empire; after WWI defeat, Austrians left and fortress unmanned; severe earthquakes damaged in 1979; most prominent portions include Kampana tower and citadel (13-14th Century) near where river enters bay.
PERAST (includes Ljuta)
●Hotel Per Astra – town; 011-382-32-373-608; hotelperastra.me; beautiful hotel plagued by extremely negative reviews re service attitude, in particular.
●Stari Mlini – off main road that borders Boka Bay; 011-382-38-23-233-3555; starimlini.com; traditional Montenegrin fish and meat dishes in waterside restaurant that occupies old mill.
●Hotel Rosi – Gusinje; 011-355-382-6963-4835; hotelrosigusinje.webs.com; bright yellow building in primarily Muslim community.
●Hotel Podgorica – 1 Bulevar Svetog Petra Cetinjskog; 011-381-38-22-040-2500; hotelpodgorica.co.me; large terrace overlooks Moraca River.
●Aman Sveti Stefan – 011-382-33-420-000 or 800-477-9180; amanresorts.com/amansvetistefan; 1960s glamour destination in renovation process; service still very uneven but gorgeous setting.
●Villa Milocer – 011-382-33-420-000; amanresorts.com/amansvetistefan; 8 rooms; on mainland.