Podgorica – Aman resorts will not change the outside appearance of Sveti Stefan and Milocer, while the architecture of the new hotel Kraljicina plaza will be adjusted to the Mediterranean style – announced the president of the board of directors of Singapore company, Adrian Zeka.
– It would be a shame to change the outside appearance of Sveti Stefan, seductive hotel on the island with old fisherman’s houses…fantastic place in which a lot of famous people used to come. We hope that we will be able to restore its old glow, because Sveti Stefan deserves that – said in the interview for “Vijesti” the founder of Aman, Indonesian businessman who in one of the previous interviews said that he replaced his vice of “chasing of beautiful women” with chasing of the beautiful places.
Still, Sveti Stefan will have some great changes in the interior, adds Zeka, so the number of rooms will be reduced from the present 90, in order for the rooms to be more spacious.
– The word luxury, especially for elite tourist for whom we are specialized for today means – more space. I guess that the rooms in Sveti Stefan will have the surface of 50m2 up to 60, 70m2 – said Zeka.
He added that the hotel Kraljicina plaza will be ruined because the space has not been used efficiently. In the hinterland of the hotel a wellness complex Aman Spa with additional contents is planned to be built.
– New hotel will be built in a modern style. Still, with an expression modern we should be careful, because today exists and avant-garde modern style, which is not really attractive and hospitable. Of course we can not imitate the look of Sveti Stefan, but the architecture will be adjusted to the Mediterranean – said Zeka, rejecting the possibility of construction of “modern monsters”, because that would be “awful”.
According to the estimates, the guests of Sveti Stefan, Kraljicina plaza or Milocer will pay about 1.000$ per day (more than three average Montenegrin salaries) after the reconstruction (in 2008).
– That is not a high price for the places from where the tourist will be coming. For the west Europe that is not much – says Zeka.
Aman well known by its intimate – luxurious hotels and villas has a fateful clientele which is literary addicted on their rest places and carries the name “Aman junkies” (from the word Junkie which means a drug addict).
– We have 160.000 Aman junkies as we like to call them. Those are our regular guests who are traveling from one Aman rest home to the other – explains Zeka.
He announced that the arrival of the Aman will bring to local citizens new working places, and it is also expected that the development of tourism will stir the businesses which are connected with it.
– In the countries in which we are developing tourism, the effect is usually huge, whether good or bad. The bad thing is that as much as careful you are with the development of the tourism in a place where earlier it didn’t exist (it is not the case with Sveti Stefan) you are dividing the citizenship in social classes. For e.g. when I was in one of the villages in the east of the Indonesian archipelago where we have a rest home, I asked the manager can he recognize the houses in which people who are employed by us live. He couldn’t, so I drew his attention to the roofs of the houses – the houses which had new roofs belonged to our employees. The positive thing was that we have brought the development, and the negative was that we have made two social classes and separated people who for hundreds of years were equal in poverty – marked Zeka.
Infrastructural problems which are accompanying the tourist season in Montenegro will not be a disturbance for Aman, thinks the Indonesian businessman. Aman resorts often builds its own systems of supplying with water, electricity, and builds its own sewerage systems.
– We do not allow the waste materials to go directly into the sea or on the land. If we have to, we will build our own systems in Montenegro too. Though, as minister of tourism announced, on Sveti Stefan where now the waste materials are directly going into the sea through the pipes, they are planning to connect them with the sewerage system – said Zeka.
Singapore company usually has several rest homes in various places in one country, making the satellites, so in Montenegro too they will consider the new opportunities for investments. Still, Zeka says that he still doesn’t have anything concrete in mind.
UNCONTROLLED CONSTRUCTION IS DEVASTATING THE SHORES
As a biggest threat which could imperil the plans of Aman in Montenegro, Zeka sees in the construction boom and devastation of the shore.
-In Croatia and Montenegro the beauty of the shore is still preserved and I hope that it will remain like that. The worst thing would be if the success in tourism brings with itself the shores too filled occupied buildings, as it is the case in the west part of the Mediterranean. That would be a great damage and it would ruin the charm of the Montenegrin shore – warned Zeka.
He expects that after Aman other investor will come in Montenegro.
-They usually do that. Competition is a good thing, because without it there is no progress or quality. Look at the economies of the closed countries – they are uncompetitive because in them you don’t have the market competition – said Zeka.
AMAN DOESN’T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH KARADJORDJEVICI
Zeka knows about the demands of the hers of the Serbian royal family Karadjordjevic to get back their property which was taken away from them after the WW II, among which are Kraljeva and Kraljicina plaza (KING’S and QUEEN’S BEACH), but he claims that that will not be a problem for them.
– I have met the descendants of the queen who lived there and they have some demands… That is not a problem which is related towards Aman. The Government has given as insurance that we can perform the investments which we are planning to do – said Zeka.
The president of the Crown counsel Dragomir Acovic two weeks ago announced that, if their rights are not fulfilled before the local court, the heirs of the dynasty Karadjordjevic will address to the court in Strasbourg. If the property is not returned to them in the natural shape Karadjordjevic’s will demand from Montenegro the payment in money. The authorities in Montenegro negate the right of Karadjordjevici on any kind of property.