Monte Bay Retreat

After a hectic few months in London, all I wanted was a holiday full of rest and relaxation – a bit of a challenge considering I’m the type of person who spends weeks researching all the sights to see, places to go and best restaurants to eat in.

I have wanted to visit Montenegro for years and when I discovered the Monte Bay Retreat on I knew it would be the perfect base for the relaxing holiday we were looking for.

When we arrived we weren’t disappointed. It is a boutique hotel with only 6 rooms so you get a great level of service and personal attention during your stay.

We spent most of our time there relaxing on the sun loungers by the pool, with the beautiful views of Kotor Bay and the surrounding mountains before us. There’s also a wood fired sauna and jacuzzi by the pool, you just need to give about 2 hours notice and they will fire it up for you.

The rooms are kitted out with all the mod cons you could need – including a rain shower with mood lighting. I may have opted for the purple hue and howled out a few verses of purple rain with accompanying moves! There is also Netflix in the room, we took full advantage and watched season 4 of A Line of Duty – the connection wasn’t always reliable however but then again that’s not what you are there for!

The village of Perast is accessed via 126 stone steps, the walk down is a lot easier than the walk back up! There are maybe 6 or 7 restaurants in the village and generally we ate very well there. As you would expect for a coastal location like this there is an abundance of seafood options on the menu. One of my favourite meals was the seafood risotto I had on the first night at Konoba Skolji. It was packed full of seafood and was cooked perfectly. They grill the meat and seafood in the view of the customers adding an element of gastronomic theatre to the experience.


We flew into and out of Tivat with EasyJet, departing from London Gatwick. Dubrovnik airport is about an hours drive away and is probably the best option if you are traveling from Ireland. We rented a car but to be honest for the amount of driving that we did it wasn’t worth it for us. From what I could see there is no public transport from the airport but there are local buses running between towns in the area.

Happy travels,

M x

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  • Karen Geraghty

    It looks so dreamy! Notes taken as this one has to go on the bucket list. Great post Miriam! xo


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