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Breathing New Life into a Historic Montenegrin Fortress

by Aoife O’Riordan

Nov 15, 2022

© Mark Anthony Fox, Mamula Island

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Mamula Island, a historic islet off the coast of Montenegro, sees its 19th-century fortress transform into a luxury hotel by Design Hotels, complete with world-class culinary offerings, a spa and memorial gallery. The stronghold opened in 1852 under Austro-Hungarian general Lazar Mamula. Now referred to as “Mamula,” the structure marks the first and only hotel and spa on the island.

 

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© Mark Anthony Fox, Mamula Island

 

The hotel features a glass-covered courtyard, three restaurants, four bars, three outdoor pools and its own beach. Architecture firm MCM London preserves the existing buildings, restoring and renovating them to blend the fortress’ history with the function and comfort of contemporary design. The fort’s most prevalent motif of the arch weaves itself throughout the property, symbolizing renewal and openness.

 

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© Mark Anthony Fox, Mamula Island

 

Rooms and suites see an infusion of local Cevsky stone, aged brass, solid oak and organic textiles. Each component draws from the surrounding region and cultural heritages. Local artists created artwork specifically for the hotel, incorporating colors reminiscent of the islet’s landscape, with earthy tones and bright hues providing a contrast.

 

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© Mark Anthony Fox, Mamula Island

 

The hotel’s holistic spa features a wellbeing program, while the restaurants include culinary visions from French-Canadian chef Erica Archambault. Mamula Island’s restaurants, bars and spa are available to book for both guests and non-guests, with boat transfers offering to both overnight and day visitors.

 

exterior

© Mark Anthony Fox, Mamula Island

 

The hotel’s memorial gallery, accessible year-round, elaborates on the island’s history. The gallery highlights the fortress’ initial foundation to protect the bay of Kotor, as well as its use a prison in World War II.

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