Aman Sveti Stefan | GM, Sven Van den Broeck
My guest today is Sven Van Den Broeck, the GM of Aman Sveti Stefan, a property nestled on the darling coastline of Montenegro.
If you love a modern blend of history and luxury, you’ve got to add this property to your list. The hotel comprises an entire island and part of the mainland that made up a 15th century fishing village, a home of former Queen Maria, and a government run hotel in the time of Tito. Staying true to heritage, as Aman always does, Sveti Stefan renovated its rooms right into the existing structures and around winding cobblestone streets.
Sven has deep roots with Aman, formerly running Amanzoe and Amanyara, but he just gushes about Montenegro.
We discuss why this is such an up and coming destination, how the property is like a private Dubrovnik, and all the history the walls of this famous hotel have seen.
Listen to hear:
02:12 – About Sven’s favorite viewpoint on property
04:33 – The meaning of the name Montenegro and its notable coastline
06:09 – What Queen Maria of Yugoslavia’s favorite beach was
07:28 – How Montenegro can be a destination on its own
08:50 – Why Montenegrins have such a family-oriented culture
10:37 – How ancient through communist history transformed the property
12:27 – About the royals and world leaders who once stayed at the property
15:14 – About the secret passages and the old signs that were left as memorials from the past
16:42 – Why the island is like a treasure hunt for adults
21:01 – What Montenegro is all about, from relaxing on a boat to helicopter tours
26:57 – The story behind Sven’s passion for hospitality
29:16 – What you will learn about the world after visiting Montenegro and Aman Sveti Stefan
Listener Exclusive Amenities
Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
Continental breakfast daily for two guests per bedroom
One complimentary lunch for two people, once during stay (excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities)
Aman Sveti Stefan wine as amenity in the room
Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability