Montenegro’s luxury Luštica Bay, a waterfront home away from home

Updated 04 September 2019
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Montenegro’s luxury Luštica Bay, a waterfront home away from home

  • The development will feature more than 1,500 waterfront homes, seven hotels, two marinas and the country’s first-ever golf course
  • A stone’s throw from the UNESCO world heritage Bay of Kotor, Luštica Bay is already home to a bustling community of homeowners

LONDON: With plans for more than 1,500 waterfront homes, seven hotels, two marinas and the country’s first-ever golf course, Montenegro’s partially completed luxury Luštica Bay looks set to be the home away from home for scores of buyers across the Middle East.

Potential buyers and members of the press were treated to a revealing look at the development — fronted by Egypt-born developer Orascom Development — at an event in London on Thursday night, complete with a showcase of all that the residential and touristic haven has to offer. Thursday’s event also showcased Egyptian jewelry house Dalseen’s refined new collection, inspired by traditional doorways in the country.

Within reach of three major airports and just a stone’s throw from the UNESCO world heritage Bay of Kotor, Luštica Bay is already home to a bustling community of homeowners, as well as the Marina Village boasting a waterfront promenade of shops, restaurants and lifestyle outlets along with its newly opened hotel, The Chedi Luštica Bay.




Luštica Bay. (Supplied) 

Developers are now looking to attract buyers from the Middle East.

“As soon as we saw that FlyDubai launched their new route, we thought, ‘Ok, this is a market we need to look at,’” Nevine Coutry, international marketing advisor, said, referring to the airline’s Dubai- Podgorica route, announced in 2017.




A property with a pool in Luštica Bay. (Supplied) 

“We did have a few buyers from the region prior to the flights… but I think that once we saw that FlyDubai was on board we thought, ‘Ok, it’s time to invest in attracting more buyers.’”

For such a unique project — bordered by rolling hills and the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic — it should come as no surprise that the Middle East’s discerning buyers are on the radar.

“The project is quite unique in terms of what it has to offer, it’s quite different to the other projects in Montenegro,” Coutry expanded.

“They key selling points are that it’s a sustainable project — it’s the largest greenfield investment in Montenegro, it’s seven million square meters in total and only 10 percent of that (area) will be built. The rest is going to be open green space. What also makes it different is that it’s not just a residential or touristic destination, it’s also a long-term community so we will be developing a school, a hospital, there’s going to be a sports center…  everything you need to be really self-sufficient,” she added.




The interior of an apartment in Luštica Bay. (Supplied) 

Luštica Bay also boasts two marinas offering 225 long and short-term berthing options for sea-lovers. The main marina, launched in 2018, offers accommodation for 176 power and sail boats up to 35 metres in length and a sizeable secondary mooring area for smaller vessels.




The interior of an apartment in Luštica Bay. (Supplied) 

Last year also saw construction begin on the town’s second neighbourhood that will become its new town centre: Centrale. With the highest concentration of commercial, cultural and communal facilities in Luštica Bay, it will be home to a range of apartment types — from studios through to three-bedroom offerings — intermingled throughout the public buildings. It is planned to host a population of 3500 people, with up to 1000 permanent residents.




Last year also saw construction begin on the town’s second neighborhood that will become its new town center: Centrale. (Rendering supplied) 

Investors from the region will likely be buoyed by the country’s citizenship by investment scheme, announced in 2018. The limited-time scheme is set to run for three years and offers individuals the opportunity to obtain Montenegrin nationality, in return for investment in the country’s real estate plus a donation to fund an aspect of its development.


Celine Dion returns to Canada to kick off world tour

Updated 19 September 2019

Celine Dion returns to Canada to kick off world tour

  • The Grammy winner also recently announced the release of a new album titled “Courage”
  • She said in April that she felt motivated to create new music and hit the road after the 2016 death of her husband and manager

QUEBEC CITY: After living and crooning for years in Las Vegas, French-Canadian superstar Celine Dion returned home to Quebec to kick off her first world tour in a decade on Wednesday.
At 51, the Grammy winner also recently announced the release of a new album titled “Courage,” which will be her 12th in English and is due out on November 15.
The first single “Flying On My Own,” featuring her powerful vocals backed by techno beats, has already hit the airwaves, while three more dropped Wednesday: “Courage,” “Lying Down” and “Imperfections.”
Known for her blockbuster ballads, Dion said in April that she felt motivated to create new music and hit the road after the 2016 death of her husband and manager Rene Angelil.
“When I lost Rene, he wanted me back on stage. He wanted to make sure I was still practicing my passion,” she said. “I wanted to prove to him that I’m fine, we’re fine, we’re going to be OK. I’ve got this.”
So, after more than 1,140 concerts for 4.5 million fans over 16 years in Sin City, she bid adieu to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace with a final two-hour show.
“Courage is exactly the way I feel,” she told public broadcaster CBC at the time, talking up the upcoming tour of the same name.
“In the past three years, it has been difficult for me to talk to my children, to raise them, to lose my husband, wondering am I going to sing again... so much has happened, but at the same time I feel that I’m in control of my life.”
Some 60 dates in North American have been confirmed so far, her label said, with two arena shows in Quebec City on Wednesday and Saturday kicking off the tour, which will run through April 2020, and will be her first world tour since 2008-2009.
Her show was almost two hours of mastery, as she performed some of her greatest hits — from “I’m Alive” to “My Heart Will Go On” — as well as new material to an ecstatic crowd of roughly 20,000.
“It was really impossible to miss Celine at home,” Nicolas Delivre, a French university exchange student in Montreal, told AFP.
Donald Berard, from Quebec City, said he had grown up listening to Dion. “We love her like a member of our family.”
“Courage” marks the first album and tour in Dion’s long career without Angelil, who steered her success beginning in 1981 when he mortgaged his house to finance the young teen’s debut album.
The pair began a personal relationship in 1988 when she was only 19 years old, and married in a lavish ceremony in 1994. Angelil died of throat cancer at age 73.
In an interview with NBC’s Today show, Dion revealed that she longs for the hugs and laughs that come with a relationship, but added, “I’m not ready to date.”
The youngest of a family of 14 children raised in the suburbs of Montreal, Dion has sold 250 million copies of 23 studio albums in English and French, including collaborations with French singer-songwriter Jean-Jacques Goldman, Barbra Streisand and Stevie Wonder.
Back in Canada, she told the Montreal Gazette that the tour schedule was “a little crazy,” but that she had found time in advance to take in life’s small pleasures.
At a press junket last Friday, Dion told Radio-Canada: “There are good wines that age well, and there are good wines that age badly. I hope to be a good bottle of wine.”
“I’m not a new Celine,” Dion added. “I’m a continuity of myself.”