Lazure Marina and Hotel Review: My boutique hotel stay in Herceg Novi, Montenegro
My favourite thing about staying at Lazure Marina and Hotel was going down to breakfast each morning. I’d sweep down the staircase and head towards the breakfast room where two enormous double doors would be propped open to let in the morning sunshine. Through the doors I could see the marina where the water was so still and calm it was like an inky mirror, reflecting the perfect boats that bobbed lazily on the surface. I could see the mountains in the distance, the blue sky and the sun emerging with the promise of another beautiful day in Montenegro.
I’d have to peak my head out the door for a few minutes to soak up that view before strolling into the breakfast room where I’d be greeted with strong coffee, fresh fruit and warm pastries.
Is there a better way to start the day!?
Lazure Marina and Hotel Review
I stayed at the Lazure Marine and Hotel for 5 nights in May-June 2019.
Nestled inside Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor and a 5-minute drive from Herceg Novi’s Old Town is the Lazure Marina and Hotel. The boutique hotel was transformed from an 18th century Venetian stone building into a minimalist yet luxe hotel that stays true to it’s past and surroundings giving, guests a tranquil base for an epic break in Montenegro.
All 24 rooms have views of the sea, courtyard or garden meaning all guests are guaranteed a view outside to match the stylish decor inside. The Lazure Hotel complements its authentic, exposed stone walls with bright whites and cool blues bringing the marine views and fresh sea air into the furnishings. The stone walls, indoor plants and light wooden accents and all of the attention to detail help Lazure Hotel bring the outside in whilst still creating a comforting, cosy atmosphere. There’s an extra luxury feel to the bathrooms: expect big white fluffy towels, walk-in rain showers and some rooms even have free-standing baths.
Another unique feature of the hotel, and something I haven’t seen anywhere else, is the sensored lights under the bed. If you get out of bed in the night or first thing in the morning, dim lights from under the bed with automatically illuminate to give you enough light to make it to the bathroom and back without disturbing anyone. They’ll then go off again a few seconds after you get into bed. Very clever!
I had a suite so I was lucky enough to have two bathrooms and a very large, spacious living area!
As well as the amenities in the rooms and suites, Lazure Hotel also has the most incredible spa and fitness facilities. Their huge swimming pool has windows on nearly all sides meaning it’s light and airy and they also have a number of saunas, jacuzzis, a gym and workout areas both indoor and outdoor. The spa offers massage and treatments as well as a hair and beauty salon for their guests to be as pampered as they like.
I honestly think the spa is one of the biggest selling points for the hotel and it’s worth staying for a couple of nights just to be able to relax in this pool!
The decor and relaxed vibe flow throughout the hotel and into its five restaurants and bars. Lazure Hotel’s prime restaurant is the Rosemarine which has outdoor tables meaning you can tuck into your meal with a stunning view over the marina. The restaurant serves Mediterranean fare for lunch and dinner with an emphasis on fresh seafood. Think grilled sea bass served with local vegetables and risotto with lobster. Another option is the Lazure Hotel’s Augusto Brasserie which is situated both inside the hotel and in the rustic, picturesque courtyard which serves contemporary french-style fusion cuisine.
The 1729 Wine Bar, Rocco Lounge Bar and Lazure Beach Bar are all fantastic places to relax with a selection of the best international and local Balkan wines with light bites and snacks on offer. The beach bar is ideally located next to a picturesque sandstone beach right on the water where guests can unwind on loungers and order fresh lemonade, smoothies and snacks for the beach lover’s convenience.
Lazure Marina and Hotel also offers guests free WiFi, free parking, room service and airport shuttle booking facilities. There is even a small 18th-century chapel on-site for wedding ceremonies. The chapel is an original feature from the days when the hotel was a quarantine building and is a beautiful reminder of what the hotel once was. As many of the original chapels features as possible were kept during the restoration work and they’ve somehow managed to make a chapel in the middle of the bar blend seamlessly with the hotel.
The hotel is located about a 20 minute walk from the Old Town. I actually really liked this location just outside of the main action of Herceg Novi, particularly because there is a promenade which runs along the seafront so it’s an easy walk into the main area as it’s smooth all the way and there is no traffic.