When planning our Croatia-Montenegro-Albania-Bosnia road trip, I was lured by photographs of a tiny fortified island surrounded framed by pink sand beaches and crystal clear blue waters. It looked like the perfect place to relax for a few days and so I booked us a room at Villa Levantin just across from the island’s tiny isthmus that connects it to the mainland since the only hotel on the island itself was not dog friendly.
After settling into our huge sea-view suite at Villa Levantin, we wandered down to the beach ready to explore the tiny fortified island. We may as well have been pirates trying to invade the island in the 15th century. But instead of Pastrovics guardsmen protecting the island, Aman Sveti Stefan’s hotel bouncers quickly intercepted us. “For hotel guests only,” an accented voice boomed behind us, halting us in our tracks. “For the entire island?”, Tim inquired. Yep, that’s right! The entire island is reserved exclusively for hotel guests. It’s no wonder I had read the Sveti Stefan had been a playground for the rich and famous such as Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, and Claudia Schiffer. A village room at Aman Sveti Stefan would cost you a cool €750 per night.
For the next two days the tiny island taunted me. I plotted how I might sneak a peek. Were the bouncers standing guard at their red velvet ropes all night long? Could I swim over to the island and heave myself up and over the fortified walls? Could Tim distract the bouncers long enough while I made a run for it across the tiny isthmus?
I’ll never know. Instead, we spent our two days in Sveti Stefan relaxing on the pink sand beach and swimming in the crystal clear waters while imagining the cobbled streets contained within the walls of the tiny island.