I recently turned 30 and for my birthday my sister gave me an amazing gift; a week holiday in Montenegro. In all honesty I had never heard of the place before she suggested it but I can’t recommend it enough! With a rich cultural history, fantastic sunny weather and friendly locals Montenegro is really up and coming as a destination.
We didn’t choose to stay at a hotel on this trip but instead went for self catered apartments in a small fishing village called Morinj on the Bay of Kotor. The Lavender Bay Apartment complex is a brand new resort made up of modern apartments which sleep between 2-4 people with 1 and 2 bedrooms.
The complex also boasts a cafe, spa with jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, as well as a gorgeous infinity pool and sun bathing terrace area with stunning views across the Bay. The Lavender Bay resort is also a short walk (albeit down a pretty steep road) away from the beach and a useful convenience shop. It is also a short distance from the Tramontana Beach Club which serves affordable good food on the beach and Catovici Milni, a restaurant regarded as the best in the country – review coming soon!
The complex is well situated in the Bay of Kotor and is around 30-60 mins drive from all the towns you might want to visit on your trip. We divided our time between lounging at the apartment and exploring the local towns of Perast, Kotor, Herceg Novi and Budva. We hired a car which made it easy to get around although driving on the left was interesting! Luckily the complex has parking on site, although parking and leaving is a bit tricky due to the limited width of the parking space.
The Lavender Bay apartments are beautiful; they are decorated in a simple, elegant and modern style which compliments the bright white walls. They are a generous size with lots of space particularly in the living/dining/kitchen open plan area which has a fully equipped cooking area with a ceramic hob with 4 rings, a dish washer, a fridge freezer, a kettle, a microwave and a built-in oven. Cutlery, crockery, utensils and basic cooking equipment.
The apartments also have air-conditioning, wi-fi and satellite TV for when you need a break from exploring the area or from the midday sun. The balcony is a great space for alfresco dining and comes with seating and a table for such use. I can also recommend using the balcony for hanging clothes for drying! Our apartment had a master bedroom with en-suite and a second twin bedroom next door to the main bathroom. Both bathrooms have modern facilities with the main bathroom boasting an amazing shower and hand, bath and pool towels are provided.
Overall the Lavender Bay Apartments made for a fantastic home for our week in Montenegro boasting simple and practical facilities along with modern interior design and comfortable furniture. We spent many hours relaxing up by the pool with delicious cocktails and I even indulged in a massage at the spa. All of the staff were helpful and friendly and made us feel welcome and safe. Our only gripe was that the wi-fi didn’t work in our apartment, the only way we could get decent signal was to stand by the open front door!
I award the Lavender Bay Apartments 4 out of 5 stars. It would have been top marks had it not been for the wi-fi signal and the tricky parking. That being said I would definitely go back!