I was in Dubrovnik a few weeks ago on my way home from Montenegro. It was extremely windy and the old town was almost completely devoid of people.
Here are a few photos of Sveti Stefan Island, a project in Montenegro I have worked on with IPC for a number of years, and where I have been for the past week. Below I have included a concise history of the island, courtesy of Wikipedia.
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“Formerly a village, all of the buildings were acquired by the Yugoslav government and turned into an upscale hotel during the Tito regime. In the 15th century fortified village was built to defend against the Turks and became a haven for pirates of the Adriatic.Initially, the island with its fortress had 12 families. Later, the village came to be established in the 1800s, when the population was about 400 people. Consequent to the villages getting moved to the mainland, the island village became an exclusive resort frequented by high profile elites of the world. There are four churches on Sveti Stefan which belong to Praskvica Monastery. One of them was turned into casino by the communists. However, the separation of Montenegro from Yugoslavia saw the decline of this resort, in the 1990s. Villa Miločer built between 1934 and 1936 was the summer residence of Queen Marija Karadordevic (1900–1961) of the Karađorđević family of Serbia, which was refurbished as part of the Aman Sveti Stefan resorts that opened in 2008–2009. The villa, surrounded by 800 olive trees is laid out over a 32 hectares (79 acres) plot.”
“The old charm of the island was proposed to be recreated by the Government of Montenegro. Action was initiated by inviting international bids for the revitalization project. The contract was awarded to Aman Resorts in 2007. The refurbished resort, completed in 2009, retains the old world charm of its exterior view, with interior facilities to contemporary modern standards.The Aman Sveti Stefan has a 30 year lease.”
“On 13 July 2010 Montenegrin Statehood Day, Italian tenor, Andrea Bocelli gave a concert at the resort, to mark the Golden Jubilee of the hotel. The hotel won the Hotel of the Year award from Gallivanter’s Guide in 2010.”