The 18th-century Baroque palace turned 10-room hotel is refreshingly at odds with the flashy all-inclusive resorts popping up along the Montenegrin coast. It is located in a quiet fishing village beside a mountain-rimmed bay. Exposed-stone walls and gilded furniture make for rustic-luxe rooms, while outside, waiters carry rakija (plum grappa) to guests as they soak up the sun. The hotel can plan a private trip by motorboat to secluded beaches on the Gulf of Kotor, and will send you off with a picnic of local specialties, such as fresh figs and goat cheese.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.