08 July 2013 | Montenegro
As I said before, we were heading to a marina (without a reservation) which I had read was being developed by a billionaire into a Mega-Yacht haven. Turns out that its actually 5 billionaires who are developing this resort and its not in the planning stages anymore. It wasn’t hard to find because even from a distance you could see the ships lined up in perfect rows. Great, I think. Another instance of us looking like trailer trash amongst the jet-setters. But it would not be so.
It is amazing what can be done with a vision and unlimited amounts of money. “Porto Montenegro, Porto Montenegro, this is Palarran over” I called on the vhf. “Yes Palarran, this is Porto Montenegro” came the reply. “Do you have a slip for a 17 meter catamaran for one night” (because I was afraid to ask how much it would cost). “Yes, please proceed to D-24 and we will have someone assist you”. As luck would have it, D-24 is the premier position in the marina, normally reserved for a signature yacht.
Assist – this is something you normally don’t get much of at marinas. At the most they will catch your stern lines and feed you the lazy lines. Here “Assist” means showing up in a golf cart, helping tie the boat up, connecting your power and water, taking you to the Port Authority, Customs, and Immigration offices, filling out the paper work for you, giving you a tour of the marina, and finally returning you back to your boat. Assist – they have a concierge on staff to make dinner reservations, book tours, rent cars, pretty much anything you need, they assist with. And, everyone speaks perfect English.
The port has about 15 high-end boutique stores, 5 excellent restaurants, salon, spa, florist, grocery, bakery, chandlery, and the most amazing pool club called Puro-Beach. Everything is brand new from the docks to the villa / condo units built in the complex. There are dozens of large water fountains set along impeccably manicured floral areas. It really is a marina beyond compare and they are now expanding it to twice the size. When completed it will be the largest Mega-Yacht marina in the world.
As I wrote before, I was afraid to ask how much it would cost per night but it’s a question that has to be answered so to the office I go. The receptionist looks up the price and says, for your boat it will be 200 euro per night. “Can I stay another night”!! This is less then we were paying for crap spots along commercial quays in Croatia. We ended up staying three nights in the port and due to some assistance from our new friend Megan, they dropped the price to 150 euro per day. With water, electricity, and berthing it cost 475 euro. Now, this is significant for another reason. They also sell duty free fuel from the marina when you clear out of the country. We needed 500 liters of diesel, which cost .75 euro instead of the 1.50 euro in Greece and Croatia. 500 x .75 = 375 in savings so our total stay for three days at this amazing port cost a whopping 100 euro, or $130. Can you tell I’m a fan of Porto Montenegro?