It was a good few months ago now that we went on our sneaky Easter minibreak escape to Montenegro and I’m ashamed that I haven’t had a chance to publish a travel post about it yet! So, before we go on our summer holiday (2 weeks and counting!) I thought it only fair to give our trip a little write up and share our photographs seeing as it was so stunning.

The first question most people asked us when we mentioned where we were going was.. well.. why Montenegro? It’s a fair question. Up to this point we are the only people we know out of all of our friends and extended family that have ever been! Scores of people seem to flood to Croatia these days, so I find the lack of the same enthusiasm for it’s neighbour odd, as Montenegro shares a similar vibe, climate and even looks similar! Plus, it’s still a pretty undiscovered gem, so perfect for a quiet, secret escape!

Our holiday

As it was a quick ‘let’s get out of here’ last minute holiday affair, we decided to go inexpensive and simple. Out of season (early April) the climate in Montenegro looked good and we found a great value all inclusive deal at a five star hotel in the holiday beach resort of Budva. All inclusive is not usually something we would go for our main holiday because we like to cook for ourselves and eat out in different places, but for the type of super relaxing short break we wanted we decided to go for it.

The hotel was called the Iberostar Bellevue and it was absolutely stunning. I was blown away when we first got there. Mainly because I’ve never seen a beachfront hotel over looking the sea which is also surrounded by spectacular mountains on the other side! The landscape was just something that you would never see in your normal Spain/ Portugal holidays and I couldn’t get over it! I was super happy to take loads of gorgeous photos with the stunning backdrop. Our room was fine, perfectly comfortable and functional with a lovely big balcony and a sea view which we weren’t expecting and was a lovely surprise. We could actually hear the sound of the waves at night which was amazing.

The Iberostar Belleview hotel

The weather we had was mixed. A bit of rain on the first two days so we took the opportunity to explore the local historic town of Budva and the montain city of Kotor to get some culture and sightseeing in. Due to it being out of season, Budva was a bit dead with a lot of shops and restaurants closed, but Kotor was much more lively and seemed to have a lot of tourists visiting despite the weather. Budva would definitely be worth a day trip particularly the old town to see the historic architecture, and the harbour which had some pretty pricey looking sun seekers! There were also some nice craft shops and cute restaurants.

Budva harbour

Budva old town

The city of Kotor was about an hour bus ride away and it was a whole other level of beautiful! If I had visualised a perfect, quaint Eastern European town then this was it. You can climb up some mountains at the back towards a church and get a load of this crazy stunning view.

The holiday was perfect for what we wanted, a ‘do-nothing’, relaxing break with a bit of sunshine.

 

I would thoroughly recommend considering Montenegro for your next holiday. It’s got great summer weather, beautiful safe beaches and stunning landscapes. Kotor is a stunning historic city and well worth a visit, as it’s a pretty small country most of it is accessible with a short car or bus journey. Although it was a bit quiet when we were there, you could tell that they were gearing up for a busy summer season so there would be no shortage of things to do there.

Have you been to Montenegro? Would you consider it?

 

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Who doesn’t love a groupon?! And with V-Day coming up they’ve got a ton of fantastic deals for couples and non-couples alike. So if you’re stuck for ideas for a Valentine’s Day date then here is my low down on the best deals on Groupon right now which are guaranteed to impress.

Six course tasting menu + prosecco at Nivana Kitchen, Marble Arch £49

I actually bought this deal when it was available last year so I’ve got first hand experience – and they be brought it back for Valentines Day. You can read my full review here, but essentially this is an absolutely winner for a classy atmosphere, impeccable service, 5* food and a decent price!

5* afternoon tea at the O2 £39

Impress your other half with an afternoon tea for a King/Queen at one of London’s best known landmarks! Cakes, scones & sandwiches – a classy date for a classy couple.

Couples massage in Bond Street £29

Having a couples massage is a super romantic treat and having one at a salon in Bond Street is even better!

Crazy Bear hotel break with dinner & champagne £229

Push the boat out and treat someone special with a quirky hotel break in one of the Crazy Bear hotels! The hotels are unique, decadently decorated and a real experience! With dinner and champagne included you can’t go wrong.

Two course meal with drinks at The Trafalgar, Greenwich £29

Maybe I’m biased because this is our local! Nevertheless, it’s a lovely traditional pub situated in picturesque Greenwich with an impressive view of the Thames. The food is good quality here and for a two course meal with drinks for two people this is a real steal.

Three course meal & sparkles for two, Hoxton £39

This deal caught my eye because the food looks super swanky! A fine dining experience for two in the trendy Hoxton district. Delicious!

I hope these ideas might have given some ideas to those who are perhaps lacking! It just goes to show that you can get amazing experiences in lovely places without taking out a mortgage to pay for them! Whether you love it, hate it or love to hate it I hope that you have a fantastic Valentine’s Day full of lots of love and laughter!

Mwah!