Set to open late summer 2022, Mamula Island, a member of Design Hotels will bring new life to a historic islet and 19th-century fortress while preserving and honoring its past. The previously uninhabited islet—a short boat ride from Herceg Novi, Montenegro, and the Croatian coast—and long-abandoned structure are being revitalized to create a sophisticated destination where a luxury hotel concept and world-class culinary offering will be complemented by a holistic spa and a memorial gallery.
Sitting at the entrance to the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro, this location was an optimal place to build a fortress to protect the region and its waters—or at least so thought Austro-Hungarian general Lazar Mamula. In 1852, he opened the doors to a sprawling stone stronghold, and the fortress and small island have been referred to as “Mamula” in his honor ever since. Original Samih Sawiris is now ushering in the dawn of a new era, giving life to the structure once again by creating Mamula Island, the first and only hotel and spa on this land.
Architecture firm MCM London is preserving the structural integrity of the existing buildings while restoring and renovating them to include historic and functional contemporary guest rooms and suites. These will be accompanied by a glass-covered courtyard, a memorial gallery, a holistic spa, three restaurants, four bars, three outdoor pools, and the hotel’s own beach. Taking inspiration from the original fort’s most prevalent motif of the arch—a symbol of strength and support but also renewal and openness—archways will appear throughout the interior of the property.
The 10 rooms, 16 junior suites and 6 suites are full of light and intimacy, with every detail considered and need catered for. Features and fittings have been selected so you can hide away as if you were home. There are four types of rooms to choose from: Garden, Sea, Sky, and Panoramic. In addition, artwork is being made specifically for the property by local artists with color palettes that will draw directly from the islet’s landscape, mixing earthy tones with bright hues in contrasting harmony.
A holistic spa, a wellbeing program, and the culinary vision of French-Canadian chef Erica Archambault—of the Michelin starred Parisian restaurant Septime—will round out the property’s offerings.
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