Europe's New Riviera: Turkey, Croatia, and Montenegro
Forget St-Tropez. For Condé Nast Traveler's March issue, Julia Chaplin headed further east to the coasts of Turkey, Croatia, and Montenegro and found glamour, barefoot chic, and bargains.
Take Montenegro. A few luxury properties have already opened in the medieval town of Kotor.
* The 13-suite Villa Duomo is in an old baronial villa with exposed stone walls and hand-carved antiques (82-323-111; suites, $155-$340).
* Farther down the coast in Budva, the Hotel Splendid is an over-the-top Russian-owned resort that resembles a massive cruise ship (86-773-777; doubles, $236-$272).
* For a more local experience, Cesarica is a friendly, family-run konoba (restaurant) in Kotor. The black cuttlefish risotto is sumptuous (375 Stari Grad; 82-336-093; entrées, $7-$20).
To read about the hotspots Julia found in Turkey and Croatia, pick up a copy of the March issue or find "Europe's New Riviera" on cntraveler.com.