Few beautiful places in the world can still be considered quiet today. Where picturesque scenery and sunsets exist, the crowds follow. Dobrota, in Montenegro’s bay of Kotor, is a different story, however. Set against a dramatic mountainous backdrop, this sleepy seaside town has an atmosphere all of its own. We could not have picked a more charming spot for our getaway.
Mornings here are slow and relaxed, the sun rising hours before everyone else. Fishermen tend to their boats perched on the side of the bay while the rest of us slowly begin our day. Out on the small pier in front of our hotel, the only sound is that of the lapping waves and the view of breathtaking mountains, an ideal reading spot.
Later in the morning, the town begins to wake, the sounds of life present again. A man selling fruit from his truck along the promenade entices us with fresh watermelon and strawberries; I smile as I hear arbuz, the same word for watermelon in Polish. At the mention of fruit, our stomachs rumble and we make our way over to breakfast at the hotel, a delicious serving of local produce complete with freshly squeezed orange juice. Following a spot of breakfast, it’s back out onto the pier for more relaxing and basking in the sun.
Come lunchtime, we pack our belongings away and make our way to a little tavern a few yards down from our hotel. The food here is fresh and delicious and the atmosphere cosy and quaint. Each day is a different dish: bruschetta with anchovies, creamy pasta, seafood spaghetti, Greek salad… the choice is plentiful. We marvel at our discovery over sparkling water and the beautiful view of the bay in front of us. It becomes a daily occurrence.
After some yummy Mediterranean dishes, a post-lunch walk along the coast is in order. Here the buildings are made of creamy stone with traditional orange rooftops typical of the area. There’s a small church not far but we’re not quite dressed to look inside. As we stroll along the coast, the contrast of the beachy scene on one side and the regal imposing architecture on the other becomes prominent, adding to the charm of this beautiful town. Everywhere we look is picturesque. The sun eventually hurries us back to the shade and comfort of our hotel.
The only way to refresh after a lengthy walk is with a dip in the pool. While everyone bathes on the pier out in the front, we have this part of the hotel all to ourselves. It couldn’t be a more blissful way to unwind. The water feels cool and welcoming, a gentle breeze washing over our sun-kissed skin. Only the thought of cocktails and dinner can make us leave this little tucked-away haven.
One of my favourite moments throughout the week is happy hour cocktails on the terrace of our hotel. Strawberry daiquiris, piña coladas and margaritas are all presented in the most beautiful way. We sit back and look out onto the view of the bay, a cruise ship or two passing by every now and then. It really is the most incredible way to transition from day to evening.
Evenings wind down in a similar fashion to how the days here begin, only with dinner and slow sips of wine. The beaches start to clear, the last of the sun seekers revelling in the sunset atmosphere. On one of our evenings we dine on the pier directly in front of the setting sun, the sky awash with a delicate coat of pink. We don’t want the evening – or our time here – to come to an end. As the last of the light begins to fade, we make our way back inside, ready for a new day.
Palazzo Radomiri for antique charm or one of the many apartments lining the promenade for a down-to-earth base.
Eat & drink
Nothing but the breathtaking views. Take a taxi to nearby Kotor or hop on a boat to Perast.
What is your idea of an idyllic break?