The new 5-star Iberostar Grand Perast and the 4-star Iberostar Herceg Novi are the latest additions to the chain’s portfolio in Montenegro, now comprising of 3 hotels and a total of 848 rooms
The two new hotels boast an unbeatable location on the Bay of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979 due to its outstanding natural, historical and cultural value
The new 5-star Iberostar Grand Perast, included in Iberostar’s heritage hotels segment, offers guests the chance to stay in a newly-renovated 18th century palace
June will see the opening of two new fully renovated Iberostar Hotels & Resorts hotels in Montenegro: the Iberostar Herceg Novi and the Iberostar Grand Perast. The Group has been operating in this country since 2005 when it took over the Iberostar Bellevue, a sun and sand hotel in the southern city of Budva. The new hotels, the Iberostar Herceg Novi and the Iberostar Grand Perast, are further examples of the company’s determined commitment to offer its customers first class accommodation in truly outstanding locations. Indeed, the Bay of Kotor, where the two new hotels stand, has been included on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1979 due to its wealth of environmental, cultural and historical assets. In addition to the superb setting on the shores of the Adriatic, the area boasts a rich historical legacy dating back to the days when the several towns formed part of the Venetian Republic between the 16th and 18th centuries.
The Iberostar Herceg Novi was the first hotel to open on 1st June. It has 183 rooms and stands on the seafront in the municipality of Herceg Novi. It has been fully renovated throughout and the facilities include its own jetty and beach club, offering breathtaking views over the bay. It is the ideal base to discover the area’s wealth of history, explore the stunning natural landscapes and enjoy a range of water sports.
The superb services and amenities include a modern spa and a Fit & Fun activity programme. There is also a buffet-style restaurant and four bars serving a mouth-watering selection of Mediterranean and local dishes that appeal to all tastes.
The latest addition to the Iberostar Group’s hotels in Montenegro will be opening in late June. The new five star Iberostar Grand Perast is a unique hotel housed in an 18th century palace which has been renovated in an avant-garde style but retains the original architecture. It is part of Iberostar Heritage, the chain’s historic hotel segment, made up of unique hotels that combine art, history, culture and beauty.
The new Iberostar hotel is situated in Perast, a small seafront town in Montenegro and home to the finest examples of Baroque architecture along the Adriatic. Magnificent palaces and churches whose beauty and secrets remain intact, nestle along the shores of Europe’s southernmost fjord. Two small islands, Sveti Dorde – the site of a 12th century Benedictine monastery - and Gospa od Škrpjela, the only artificial island in the Adriatic, adds the perfect finishing touches to a setting that for centuries enchanted nobles, princes, sailors and adventurers.
Situated a mere five metres from the coast, the Iberostar Grand Perast stands out for its soul and character, its old-world charm and prime location. From the hotel, guests can explore the beauty of the town and the surrounding area, and is just 12 km from Kotor’s historic quarter, 45 km from Buvda Citadel and two hours from Dubrovnik city centre.
The Iberostar Grand Perast is housed in the town’s largest palace, built in the 18th century by the Smekjas, a family of wealthy merchants. The first mention of this dynasty dates to the second half of the 16th century, but it was in the mid-18th century when Petar Smekja, on board the ship ‘Leon Coronato’, contributed to the creation of profitable economic connections between the Baltic nations and Venice, making him extremely wealthy. In 1748 he received the title of Count and in 1779 his family was included amongst Kotor’s nobility. Building work on the Smejka family palace began in 1764, using stone obtained exclusively from the island of Korčula. The entrance still bears the family’s coat-of-arms, featuring a hand holding the stem of a plant (čičimak) with stars. Work on the building was finally completed in the 1930s.
The hotel, which has around a hundred rooms, offers a first-class range of services and facilities, as well as superb local, international gastronomy and a private jetty. All the amenities are tailored to cater for families or adults ensuring guests will enjoy the charms of the past in an avant-garde building steeped in history and set against a spectacular natural backdrop.
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