Villa Ruza was a very well appointed property, spotlessly clean with very comfy large beds and spacious rooms. Beautifully decorated whilst retaining all the charms of an old stone villa. The views over the bay from the house and terrace are stunning. Swimming in front of the house in the warm waters of the bay before 'breakfast on the terrace' was a favourite moment. Sitting in the living-room with a glass of local red wine with the front doors and windows open, looking out over the bay and the mountains and waiting for the sunset , was another. The small fisherman’s bar and restaurant just across the car park was great for fresh fish (caught by the owner that morning). This mix of old world charm with the vibrancy of Porto Montenegro Yacht Harbour restaurants and bars within a 15 minute beachside walk gave us a superb few days here. I just can’t wait to go back!!
Villa Ruza is guaranteed to delight even the most difficult-to-please holiday-maker. The property video and the photo gallery do full justice to the great ambience of the Villa which has air-conditioning, a massive benefit in Montenegro. All fixtures and fittings are of the very highest standard. The beds are spacious and comfortable and a huge advantage is the two bathrooms. Luxury at all levels is guaranteed. We did not hire a car and had no need to do so. For cheap transport round the bay use Red Taxi or the one-euro-gets-you-anywhere bus service. I recommend a flight from Manchester to Tivat for an entirely easy and stress-free trip. James the owner’s driver collected us at Tivat Airport and whisked us to Villa Ruza in fifteen minutes. James, Montenegrin ID-holder, will arrange everything you need, so if you have special requests (sailing, boat trips, mountain drives, white-water rafting etc) please be sure to ask him. We wanted a boat-trip to Kotor City and James arranged a serene afternoon/evening glide across the Bay. The lights of the Kotor Battlements are truly spectacular at night, not only from the water but when viewed from the waterside of Restaurant Galion which has a great menu. Go for the sea food here. If you want something less upmarket and more “meaty”, give Barbecue Tanjga (“Tanga”) opposite Supermarketa Idea in Kotor a try. You select your own meat (the restaurant doubles up as a butcher’s shop) and your food accompanied by hearty local salad is brought out to you on a dinky terrace out the back. Tanjga has an “honesty fridge”. When you get your bill - which will be outstanding value - just tell the owner how many beers you’ve had. If you can remember. Great fun! On our first evening we ate at Café Giardino right next door to the Villa and once the staff knew we were guests of James’ on subsequent meal times we had food sent across for us to eat on the Villa’s floral terrace. If you prefer DIY catering, cooking facilities in the villa itself are super. If Giardino pales, (it didn’t for me as it became my “local”) there are many konobas in easy walking distance. If you want a close-up dekko at some of the world’s most mega-expensive super yachts I recommend a trip to Porto Montenegro, only a twenty minute walk away. Porto Montenegro, now highly fashionable among rock stars and royalty, has some excellent restaurants which won’t break the bank.
Villa Ruza occupies a truly spectacular location right on the waterline. But there are other treats: between the Villa and Giardino is a WWII Partisan Memorial. If you opt for a boat-trip (for me this is a MUST when near Kotor) ask your waterman to take you to the old submarine pens. You will become fascinated by the History of the Bay. Trips to Perast and Our Lady of the Rocks are essentials. A major advantage of Villa Ruza is sun-bathing and swimming. The Bay is only a hop across the terrace and though a little bracing in November the water was generally calm and peaceful.
My husband and I, along with our 2-year son enjoyed a fantastic week at Villa Ruza. As a self-confessed worrier of a Mum, this is the perfect property for me as it’s so safe and child friendly. There is a self-contained, private terrace that my son took huge delight in charging around on. The terrace also has a built-in seating and table area which was lovely for having breakfast whilst looking out at the water which is quite literally a few steps away.
Next door to the house is a quiet family run bar/ restaurant that serves really good quality (and exceptional value) food. A highlight for me were the grilled prawns that were divine. The owners of the bar were so friendly and welcoming and always gave us a wave when we returned home after a walk/ swim.
A short walk from the villa is Porto Montenegro. We visited here almost every day to wander around the shops, eat in the wonderful restaurants and of course, gaze at the super yachts!
The Villa itself has recently been renovated to a very high standard. The whole property was tastefully decorated and furnished with quality items. The kitchen was fully equipped – far better than my own kitchen at home! The bathrooms again very tastefully done with a really nice touch in the towels that were lovely thick Egyptian cotton. The bedrooms are big and spacious with a super king-sized bed which was so nice to have. Perhaps my favourite part of the house is the view from the bedroom – you’re so close to the water all you can see whilst you’re lying in bed is bright blue sea. The location of the property makes it so you get to see the most incredible sunsets. I recommend enjoying them with a glass of something cold on the terrace.
This is the first family holiday that we have had in a privately hired self-catering property. From the initial booking through to getting back to the airport with a taxi the owner organised for us, we couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
My family and I visited recently for a short break and we wish we had stayed longer! We flew in to Tivat airport which is literally a 5-minute Taxi ride away so extremely convenient. We arranged to meet the onsite contact who was waiting for us on arrival and showed us all aspects of the house whilst informing us about the surrounding location. The House is situated in a quiet square with the ocean directly in front with a beautiful old church right next door. Additionally, the house has a fantastic enclosed outside terrace/patio with seating area where you could easily seat 8-10 people whilst enjoying a sea view.
When they opened the doors for us we were astounded by the quality of the house which has recently been renovated to an extremely high standard whilst maintaining all the original charm. There are some lovely features like the original marine style lighting which goes so well with the property, as well as the lovely large beds and high quality linen which makes sleeping a pleasure. All the rooms have full blackout shutters and on the first day we slept until 1.00PM as they completely block the sun when closed. Bathrooms are extremely well appointed with fantastic quality towels and powerful rain showers, and the kitchen has superb facilities and all the appliances a family could need including a dishwasher (which we never used because eating out was so reasonable!)
Next door is a quaint bar/restaurant “Café Giardino” which is amazingly good value and serves a selection of excellent freshly cooked food. The owner was so kind and brought food over to the house for us to eat on the terrace whilst serving us drinks there as well. A few minutes’ walk away is the world acclaimed Port Montenegro which is a great place to spend time Yacht watching, eating in any of the fabulous restaurants, and enjoying the beautifully maintained promenades.
James and the local team were fantastic at promptly dealing with any of our queries, and were on hand at any time to assist us. I would recommend this property to anyone without hesitation as it was a first-class experience from beginning to end.