(April 22, 2016) In a today’s ceremony attended by the Prime Minister of Montenegro, other senior Government ministers and senior executives from Portonovi parent company Azmont Investments and One&Only Resorts, construction officially commenced on Europe’s first One&Only Resort.
The luxury resort will be an integral part of Portonovi – a new 60-acre luxury lifestyle development being built on the picturesque shores of the Boka Bay. The first phase of the development is due to be completed in 2017 with One&Only Portonovi planned for opening in 2018.
Prime Minister Mr. Milo Djukanovic expressed his satisfaction for the Investor obligations from the Lease Agreement. ‘’Today we proudly begin new phase of the Portonovi that is to be of our pride – the Montenegro as today is and its citizens and investor. Through realization of the projects like this, we ensure 3 goals to be reached: employment on quality working places, additional impetus to dynamic economic growth of Montenegro and by all this Montenegro gets better offer and becomes of one of the most prestigious destinations in Europe’’. Mr. Djukanovic has specially emphasized cooperation between Montenegro and Azerbaijan – ‘’exceptional understanding, friendship and frequent political dialog that enabled us to more easily enter in this big and demanding investment as Portonovi is. Now we come to the point to give additional impulse to further improvement of our relations and all through responsible execution of this Project phase and soon completion of the Portonovi project.’’, concluded Mr. Djukanovic.
Mr. Ahmet Erentok, Chairman of Azmont Investments, says: “Today marks a very significant milestone in the development of Portonovi as we officially start construction of One&Only Portonovi. To us, One&Only Resorts is not only an excellent partner for Portonovi; it is undoubtable perfect match to creating an unrivalled luxury lifestyle destination that will attract visitors and residents from across the globe. Besides, this combined effect of Portonovi and One & Only is additional value in overall promotion of beautiful Montenegro as we tend to be recognized as high-end luxury destination. Promoting destination along with Portonovi and One & Only is inevitable activity and we are eager to contribute even more through the well planned sales and marketing activities in near future.” Praising the reputable partners Mr. Erentok emphasized the clear vision of all that embarked this journey ‘’We are going to set together the benchmark not only in this region but in the world.’’
Mr. Seyran Mirzazadeh, Head of Azerbaijan Mission in Montenegro, was pleased to welcome the estimated guests and pointed that “this is the biggest investment project of Azerbaijan outside of country, out of energetic sector and it is not by chance that is happening in Montenegro; for that there are many factors such as friendly relations, favorable conditions for investors, political and economic stability and trust’’.
One & Only Portonovi will boast approximately 120 luxurious guest rooms, suites and villas, dining and retail options, and a wellness and vitality center in partnership with world-renowned wellness brand, Espace Chenot Health Wellness Spa, which will provide guests with an unrivalled destination wellness experience.
“We are very excited to be in Montenegro to mark this special occasion. One&Only is an unparalleled ultra-luxury resort collection with an enviable portfolio of properties in spectacular locations, with Montenegro being no exception,” commented Mr. Philippe Zuber, President and Chief Operating Officer, One&Only Resorts. “We are looking forward to opening our very first resort in Europe, and we know that Portonovi represents a driver for change, with significant investment in the region. We are confident Portonovi, Montenegro will become the elite new destination in Europe for sophisticated travellers.”
Redefining luxury in the region, One & Only Portonovi will set a new level of guest experience through the impeccable service and offering, and will showcase the beauty of Montenegro’s natural elements. Jean-Michel Gathy and the team from Denniston International Architects are responsible for the architecture and interiors, as well as the design of the exterior spaces surrounding the resort. One&Only has worked with Jean-Michel Gathy on many projects, most recently One&Only Reethi Rah where he was tasked with keeping three words in mind - luxury, space and privacy to ensure ultimate luxury is provided to guests, and the same will apply for One&Only in Montenegro.