IHG Hotels and Resorts has announced plans for its first Intercontinental property in the Balkan country of Montenegro.

InterContinental Resort Amma, Canj – Montenegro is set to open in the autumn of 2023, and will overlook the Adriatic Sea from its location on the Biserna Obala (Pearl Coast).

Facilities will include 198 rooms, a swimming pool, indoor and outdoor wellness facilities, a fitness centre, a spa with four treatment rooms and three saunas, “a world-class main restaurant”, a rooftop bar, club lounge, and meeting and events spaces including a ballroom.

IHG said that “The idyllic tourist town of Canj is located in southern Montenegro, one of Europe’s fast-growing luxury leisure markets thanks to its eye-catching coastline, sprawling beaches and easy access to Dubrovnik in southern Croatia”.

The Intercontinental property will join the luxury Regent Porto Montenegro, as well as Voco Podgorica and the forthcoming Holiday Inn Express Podgorica, as the fourth IHG-branded hotel in the country.

Last year luxury hotel brand One and Only Resorts announced plans to open its first European resort in Montenegro, located in the coastal town of Herceg Novi.

One&Only to open hotel in Montenegro

Commenting on the news Willemijn Geels, vice president development Europe, IHG Hotels and Resorts, said:

“Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts is one of the world’s best-known luxury global travel brands, and as we celebrate its 75th anniversary this year, we’re delighted to sign an agreement with Celebic Group to welcome InterContinental Resort Amma, Canj – Montenegro into our growing Lifestyle and Luxury Collection.

“At IHG Hotels and Resorts, we are proud to have a positive, assured brand presence in the Balkan countries and we consider Celebic Group to be the ideal partner as we continue our growth in the region throughout the next few years.

“The opening of InterContinental Resort Amma, Canj – Montenegro, anticipated for autumn 2023, adds further momentum to our recent expansion in the Balkans, which saw Voco Podgorica welcome guests through its doors in 2020, and the signing of Holiday Inn Express Podgorica, which is set to open towards the end of this year, also in partnership with Celebic Group.”