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PLANNING & DESIGN

PLANNING & DESIGN Luštica Bay Marina and village are surrounded by some of the best scenery in Montenegro. A scenic paradise in Montenegro Luštica Bay, one of the most scenic locations in Montenegro, is being transformed by Orascom Development into a mega paradise with two new marinas. Donatella Zucca reports Location was a primary spur for Orascom Development in its decision to make its biggest investment to date in a new nautical destination in the Adriatic part of the Mediterranean. Situated between the beautiful coasts Below & right: Village homes are built using local materials. of the Luštica peninsula, in the bays of Trašte and Kotor, the Luštica Bay site winds its way through a hill of scrubland that slopes down to the sea. Distant views encompass the mountains of the Durmior National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The goal of the project, to create a luxury town that reflects and enhances the surrounding natural beauty and local culture, follows the lead of architect François Spoerry in France with the perfectly integrated Port Grimaud in the Gulf of Saint Tropez. Orascom joined forces with the Government of Montenegro in 2008 in a joint venture to develop, build and manage Luštica Development AD. Orascom has a 90% stake. Planning the site Although covering an area of 690ha (1,710 acres) only 6% of all land space will be developed to create a new town with thousands of residents. Over 1,000 apartments and over 500 villas and townhouses will be built to provide the residential offering. Seven hotels, the first 18-hole championship golf course in the country, and two marinas – the largest incorporating maxiyacht berths – are integrated, along with all necessary public services including a school and a medical centre. All residents enjoy the benefits of the Montenegrin tax system. Building began in 2013 and the first properties were completed in 2015 for Luštica Bay to enjoy its first summer season. In 2018, the first marina and the marina village opened, along with five-star hotel Chedi Luštica Bay, which swiftly launched the project as a top level destination. In its first full year of activity (2019), Hotel Chedi enjoyed 72% occupancy in July, 90% in August and 71% in September. Although COVID-related issues, predominantly travel restrictions, caused the hotel to close for several months this year, work on the overall site did not stop, with construction continuing on apartment buildings in the marina village. The main marina, the lighthouse and the majority of the golf course were also completed. “The main marina currently has an 85 berth capacity. Of the two planned, this will have 176 berths and the other – in a secondary mooring area – will have 56,” confirms Orascom Marine Management director Philip Jones. “The steps next year will be a fuelling station, dry docking and port entry.” “From opening in 2018 to 2019, the 30 www.marinaworld.com – November/December 2020

PLANNING & DESIGN number of berths expanded from 50 to 85, with average occupancy at around 70%. The completion date will not slip significantly due to COVID-19 and occupancy has not been significantly affected by the pandemic,” he states. Interest for property remains good although the number of actual sales has naturally been reduced due to travel restrictions and global uncertainty. “To avoid possible contagion between guests, we have followed and we are following, suggestions and measures issued from the government,” he added. Travel is a clearly important factor when it comes to property sales, with the majority of buyers coming from Russia, the UK, Germany and the Balkans. Over 40 different nationalities have, however, bought into Luštica Bay to date. Less important, so far, are nautical visitors. “Our marina can take boats up to 45m [148ft] but the most frequent boats are day boats and sailing boats, perfect for daily use for family and friends spending the day on the sea. This is ideal for us but, at the same time, we also have a few larger yachts in residence. Most of the boats in the marina are on long term moorings as their owners live in the resort. During the summer season we also have many charter boats that stay in the marina for short periods of time.” The marina offers short-term daily or monthly mooring options and long-term contracts for one, three or five years. Services and facilities With several shipyards and other technical support facilities in the vicinity, Luštica Bay can cater to the nuts and bolts of all vessel maintenance and Jones believes that boat moving A wine bar and impressive chandlery store are to be found amidst many shops and restaurants. equipment will be installed at the second marina next season. Waste collection, grey and black water disposal are in place. Dock hands are ready to greet all new arrivals with mooring lines or RIB assistance depending on requirements. A helipad is located on site and three international airports are close to hand: Luštica Bay, 15 minutes away; Podgorica, 90 minutes away; and Dubrovnik, Croatia, 90 minutes away. Marina shuttles offer connections to all three. Visitors and residents can visit the yacht club, and facilities have been designed specifically for crew use. Residents have access to swimming pools and a private beach and other beautiful beaches are to be found at the Chedi Beach Club and the Almara Beach Club, connected by shuttles and a water taxi service. Sports opportunities abound in the mountains, the countryside and on the sea, and beauty and health requirements are met at high-level references such as the BR Beauty Embassy and Linea An outdoor bar at the lighthouse can be reached via a quayside walk. Beauty Sophie. The MC2 gallery of contemporary art is a venue for debates and events. A long walk along with quay past shops, bars and restaurants, culminates at a special bar at the lighthouse with spectacular views. Building the marina The marina is protected by a durable breakwater made of solid rock and 6.5m (21ft) high antifers. The antifer cubes have a rock and rubble core. All floating elements have been designed and built by Italian company Ingemar in a modular layout that can be swiftly reconfigured according to season and special requirements. Pontoons are manufactured in concrete and galvanised steel with environmentally friendly decking. According to Ingemar, the first in-water installation in July 2018 offered moorings for boats of 22-38m (72-125ft). A floating dock with an 8 x 3m (26 x 10ft) walkway and eight www.marinaworld.com – November/December 2020 31

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