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Europe opens up – One&Only with final reflections

Private villas at One&Only Portonovi

As I packed my bags for a short hop north to Germany this morning, I couldn’t resist the temptation for the uber-delicious croissants at One&Only one more time. They are my personal highlight of this 3-night stay. In essence, luxury is a personal matter where each individual has his or her own definition. Comparing notes with my fellow travelers over our last breakfast together, each had their own favorite experience at the property which is exactly the point of One&Only resorts around the world. The best way to describe it is “highly customizable experiences in an effortless cosmopolitan style” taylored to the Uber-rich.

Garden grounds at One&Only Portonovi
Indoor pool with whirlpool function under the alcoves

Designed by an Azerbaijani developer, this former Yugoslav Navy yard is now a bustling yacht harbor with condos and hotels. At the core of it lies the One&Only with 123 rooms, suites, and villas. Operated by South African magnate Kerzner Group, it is the first location in Europe for this ultra-high end brand. It caters exclusively to the well heeled global elites with a contemporary global design, decor, and services.

Master bedroom in suite one
Outdoor dining and seating area of suite one
Living room and bar in suite one
Master bath with panoramic ocean view in suite one

Our group was lodged in deluxe ocean view rooms with private balcony, fireplace and space galore. Villas aside, the top Suite called Suite 001 is a 4500 sqf, two bedroom rooftop unit (see pictures above) that starts at $18000 a night. Every whim and whisper is taken care of by butlers trained I. Switzerland. Three restaurants cater to any and all food and beverage needs and the private classic car collection on property completes any transportation needs – 1968 Alfa Spider, 1971 triumph TR5 and the crown jewel, general Tito’s personal 1970 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow.

Tito’s Rolls Royce

Any traveler seeking undiscovered areas not yet overwhelmed with tourists, note the careful wording here, should come to Croatia and Montenegro as soon as possible. This region offers stunning vistas, millennia of history, charming locals and endless possibilities for activities by air, land, and sea. As lodging choices are still pretty sparse, booking and planning early is key – especially during the late June to Mid-October peak season. My personal recommendation is to come October to November or in April and May. Perfect Mediterranean climate makes that easily possible and tremendously enjoyable. As I wrap up this adventure, I wish everyone safe travels as Europe and, indeed much of the World opens up to vaccinated travelers. Bon voyage!

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