If you’re planning a ski trip to Montenegro, there are two main ski resorts in the country: Kolasin and Zabljak.
Kolasin is the more advanced and modern of the two Montenegro ski resorts, with more runs and more up-to-date lifts, whereas Zabljak is in a beautiful setting near Durmitor National Park but the ski scene is a little more rustic.
As a result, many avid skiers choose to ski in Kolasin on their ski holidays in Montenegro for the combination of wonderful mountains, epic scenery, up-to-date amenities, and small mountain town vibe.
While Kolasin isn’t nearly as big of a ski town as other Balkan ski resorts like Bansko, it has quite a lot to offer, including a ton of great accommodations, ski resorts, and guest houses.
Here are our top picks for chalets, guesthouses, and ski resorts in Kolasin, Montenegro!
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Budget Apartments & Ski Resorts in Kolasin
These cozy apartments are located close to the center (in a quiet location) and nearby to a lot of restaurants and shops. It is a new Kolasin accommodations option, which only opened its doors to guests in 2018.
The rooms are either a double (twin) or a triple. They use wooden furniture and most of the décor is white, making use of cozy minimalism. There is a small balcony facing the town for beautiful views.
Although it is an apartment-style accommodation, housekeeping is provided, and they replace towels every day. Coffee and tea making facilities are provided so you can start your day perfectly caffeinated to your preference! Breakfast is optional, not included, but you can easily get one for $3 USD — a great deal. You can also buy some snacks and sweets at their on-site mini-grocery.
It is a family-owned apartment, and so the owners also want families who stay at their apartment to feel comfortable and safe — just like how they want to live there. They have strollers available, as well as child safety covers for the electrical sockets — great for families with young kids who don’t want to bring every single thing with them on their ski trip.
If in case you need shuttle service to the ski slopes, they can arrange one for you. The owner is really helpful with local tips, especially if you are looking for cool places to visit nearby and snap some nice photos. Hospitality is one of their main goals, so you’ll be treated like family while you enjoy the surroundings and breathe in the fresh air from the mountains.
The lovely Chalet Breza offers a ton of features that can make a longer stay extremely comfortable, just like being at home. It is set in a quiet part of Kolasin, where you feel like you’ve woken up inside a landscape painting.
This charming wooden chalet has a total of three bedrooms, great for families or groups of friends going skiing. It also has extra-long beds, so everyone — even the tallest amongst us — can sleep comfortably.
All rooms have hardwood floors and most areas have some decorated rugs which add style, warmth, and coziness. There isn’t much in the way of furniture, but there are some wooden cabinets and closets, where you can place your clothes or other items you want to store safely and neatly.
Most of the common areas are just beside each other (since it is a small chalet) but everything you need is all here. There is also a wood stove fireplace in the living area — so cozy! — where you can keep warm while drinking some wine or having your breakfast. The host usually has this lit with burning wood once you enter, to really get the mountain vibes going right away.
Other activities can be enjoyed here, and it’s really the heart of life in the chalet. For relaxing, there is a PS2 game console and a flat screen TV with satellite channels which you can use, all while you sit on their comfy sofa.
There’s no need to go to a nearby spa just to soak in a hot tub — there’s one inside! It’s located inside, in the bathroom. The washing machine is also located here, making this a great choice for longer stays as you don’t have to stress out over finding a laundromat.
Etno Smjestaj Bjelasica
This is a beautiful, pet-friendly chalet with typical Montenegrin ethnic styling. It was built from unpolished wood left looking raw, which gives it a beautiful rustic charm.
The owners of the chalet wanted to give guests the opportunity to “travel through time” by experiencing how the houses near the mountains were like many decades ago. Guests will love how the unfinished raw look makes it look shabby-chic.
There are two bedrooms inside the chalet, with synthetic animal hides used as rugs on the floor. It also makes use of different patterns like printed curtains and ethnic printed sheets for the beds. The overall effect is lovely, cozy, and undeniably Montenegrin.
Outdoors, there is a yard with a small hut where you can also have lunch or coffee during the warmer seasons. The garden also springs to life with different flowers during spring, if you’re visiting in the later part of the ski season.
The house is a little small; it can fit a maximum of 4 guests. However, for smaller parties, it may be all you need. It is equipped with a kitchen that has a stove, oven, and refrigerator — great if you love to cook meals for yourself or your family while on vacation. There is also a high chair you can use if you have kids with you.
The hosts can also help you arrange services at nearby spas, as well as bike rentals, shuttle service, and other wintry activities you can do to make the most out of your stay in Kolasin. It only makes sense why past guests praised the hosts of this lovely and charming chalet!
Mid-Range Chalets & Ski Resorts in Kolasin, Montenegro
This is a comfortable two-bedroom cottage close to most of the shops and attractions in Kolasin. It is also right beside a taxi company, where you can easily book a ride to get to the slopes.
The owner and host work at a tourist agency, so they are happy to help arrange tours or day trips for you and your family easily. She can also help you hire winter sports equipment and schedule a session with a nearby ski school.
The apartment is filled with comfortable wooden furniture that fits the small space perfectly. The wooden beds have lovely quilts and blankets to help you sleep warmly at night! The entire walls, floors, and ceilings are made from wood, giving you that real “cabin in the woods” aesthetic.
The shared bathroom has a tiled floor, and the shower area has a smoky glass wall to keep the water from getting the toilet wet — something that’s not always so common in the Balkans, believe it or not. Toiletries are also included free in your stay.
The kitchenette is also well equipped, so you can cook anytime you want. It has kitchen utensils, an oven, a microwave, a full-size fridge (not just a mini one!), coffee and tea making facilities, and a stovetop. The dining area sits just beside the kitchenette and the living room. There is a long sofa (convertible to a bed) and a flat-screen TV with cable where everyone can sit back and relax.
Bringing your pets won’t be a problem, as long as you inform them about your special requests when you book. Heating is provided during the winter so you can ensure you’ll be cozy and warm during your ski trip.
You can also request a babysitter if you need to leave the kids while you are away enjoying some ski time or want to go out for a meal. Car rentals can be arranged for you by the host, and parking is also free on-site.
Four Points by Sheraton Kolasin
The hotel first started its operations around 2006. It is perhaps the largest ski resort in Kolasin, with a total of 5 floors and 72 rooms which have quite a selection of room types.
This beautiful hotel offers luxury services at a mid-range price. The rooms have a chalet style and wooden furniture that looks a little rugged and rustic.
The private bathrooms are well decorated with wooden walls and cabinets; note that if you want a bathtub during your stay, you should book a suite. Toiletries, towels, and plush bathrobes are free in your stay. There is also a closet where you can store your clothes and really unpack and feel at home. Safety deposit boxes in each room will let you keep your valuable items securely.
It is also only 10 minutes away from the ski slopes. You can easily rent equipment on-site, or even attend a session at their ski school if you need a refresher or crash course in winter sports. Ski storage is available so you can keep your equipment in a safe locker at an additional charge.
While you can have breakfast in bed at a charge, you can also enjoy their breakfast buffet for free. There are also kid-friendly selections on the buffet. The restaurant where you can order a la carte dishes, White Restaurant, is open from 7 AM to 10 PM. If you feel hungry in the afternoon, you can check the sandwiches, desserts, pizza and drinks that Flame Bar offers. Special menus are available for those with dietary needs.
Public transport tickets, as well as an airport shuttle, are also available — just inquire at their front desk. There’s also an ATM on-site where you can get cash as needed (helpful as credit cards aren’t always accepted everywhere!)
Wellness facilities like the steam room, fitness center, and sauna are inclusive, except for optional massages if you want to soothe your aching and tired muscles after a long day of skiing. While you are relaxing at the spa, you can have your kids under the supervision of a babysitter for an extra charge.
Stone Lodge is a beautiful house made out of stones and wood. All of the furniture is custom-made to adapt to the structure of the interiors and add more comfort to the guests. Everything seems like a perfect fit!
The living room is small but cozy, and it has a comfortable sofa with throw pillows. In here is where you will find a freestanding wood-burning stove that also acts as a fireplace. It also adds a designer touch to the space because of its antique look.
The rooms are all soundproof and hypoallergenic, with one bedroom and a sofa-bed in the living room, fitting a maximum of four guests. The rooms are all extremely cozy with loads of wood details.
The private bathroom looks like a mini sauna because everything is made out of wood! The shower has glass walls to keep the other areas dry. Past guests loved the shower and how perfect the water pressure was! One of its corners has a dressing area where you can sit at the vanity and do your make-up or skin care.
The kitchen, aside from the usual cooking tools and utensils, has some wine glasses — perfect so you can enjoy some delicious Montenegrin wine during your stay. You can cook here at any time you want a cozy meal with the family or friends. The dining area is quite small, however, with more of a bar-style set-up rather than a large dining table. You can also fire up the grill for some BBQ outside!
Luxury Ski Resorts in Kolasin
Bianca Resort & Spa
Bianca Resort & Spa almost looks like an art museum from the outside! It has modern architecture and beautiful hexagonal windows. Meanwhile, the interior looks inspired by a forest hunting lodge.
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed with some fresh fruit and water. The lobby has a unique wooden fireplace in the middle, making it incredibly welcoming and cozy. There is comfortable seating also in this area, inviting you to relax in the common area. The look is completed with beautiful unique touches like stone walls and natural details, like an entire tree trunk used as a support column!
The rooms are spacious with wooden walls and carpeted floors. The hexagonal windows in the rooms provide a wonderful view of the city and the woods. Each room has its own TV, cabinets, and work desk, plus a mirror.
The private bathrooms have a tub with a shower area, and it also has a ceramic sink on top of a wooden desk where the beautifully-scented toiletries are placed. The toilet has a separate washing-up area too.
Both the concierge and service desk are available 24 hours a day. They can arrange a variety of nature and winter activities for you upon request. There’s also a ski school, and ski storage is free.
Aside from winter activities, they also have both an indoor and outdoor pool (seasonal), hammam, hot tubs, and a fitness center! You can also try their massages to enhance your relaxing experience.
Breakfast is free, and there are also special menus if you have dietary needs. There are several restaurants and bars at the property, so you almost never have to leave the ski resort!
Chives Restaurant is where they serve a lot of local and international dishes, plus they have a wine cellar where they keep finely aged wines (rare and vintage ones!). Bianca Restaurant is perfect for functions, as you can arrange parties and events here.
Meanwhile, Pines is a lobby bar where you can try their delicious drinks for a relaxing apres-ski experience. Tara Lounge is where you can get cocktails and enjoy a night of partying! Vienna Café is perfect for breakfast, coffee, tea, and dessert. Meanwhile, Wild Berry Café is ideal for vegetarians (who often feel forgotten about in many Balkan countries!) and those who want healthy options.
Lodge Breza Lux
This wooden holiday house will give you charming city views with three bedrooms, perfect for bringing along the whole family! It has a huge yard with outdoor seating and free parking area outside. The property is also fenced off, so that you can really enjoy the house privately. It has a simple living room with wooden walls and floors. There is also free storage for snowboard or ski equipment.
The three bedrooms each come with a cabinet and closet where you can organize your stuff and clothes. However, note that the chalet only has one bathroom, with a toilet and enclosed shower, which can be quite a problem if you bring in a crowd. The maximum number of guests is up to 6, so this is still something workable if you plan out shower times in advance!
The kitchen has all the tools you need to cook a nice meal for the family. You will love that there is a dishwasher, so clean up is super easy! There is also a barbeque grill outside where you can cook steak or sausages over a burning fire — so cozy even in the winter!
It is also a pet-friendly holiday home, and you can definitely bring your dogs or cats with you (just let them know!). If you just want to warm yourself up from the cold weather, then you can try the sauna or the hot tub. It’s inclusive of your stay, so don’t worry about an extra charge!
Amazing Chalet in Kolasin Montenegro
This lovely chalet will remind you of those luxury tiny homes – the only difference is it’s not so tiny!
The chalet has a spacious living area with a comfortable sofa and table. The dining area is in the middle of the lower floor, and it is matched with modern chairs covered with fluffy wool. They also add a little freshness to the room by using some artificial plants as décor. The place is very clean and minimalist, and you will surely enjoy the fresh air from the mountains and the beautiful views.
The property can accommodate from 6 to 12 guests — a crowd! You can also have their continental breakfast for $ 11 USD. However, this is quite costly for Montenegro. You can always go around and check nearby for some places to buy food.
The holiday home has a total of 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, so it’s great for large groups and families. Just note that the WiFi in the property is not that strong, and it is mostly centralized in the bedrooms, so it is best that you purchase a local SIM so you can have network connection if needed.
The kitchen is also completely equipped, and it even has high chairs available for your kids. There’s also a washing machine and tumble dryer, perfect for longer stays. Cleaning products and detergents are also available so you can wash the dishes or do your laundry.
If you are not confident enough with your ski skills, then you can request the host to book you into a ski school. Another great feature of this chalet is the free ski storage. Free parking is available on-site for those who have brought or rented cars.
Lodge House Tara
Lodge House Tara is a log cabin owned by two sisters. It can accommodate from 7 to 9 people inside. Upon arrival, you will see your welcome drinks ready — a nice touch to truly make you instantly feel at home.
Most of the décor is inspired by traditional and ethnic style, which adds a subtle appeal of a hunter’s house. It has two floors, and the second floor is where you will find the three bedrooms.
The beds are covered with warm covers that you can snuggle in, keeping warm from the cold winter weather. There are no extra fees for towels, sheets, and housekeeping. Siberica toiletries and French Marseille soaps are also free. It is great when almost everything is included – fewer things to pack!
The lower floor is where you will find the common areas like the dining area, living room with fireplace (with electrical and wooden heating), kitchen, bathroom, and summer terrace.
The dining area has lovely fine porcelain and dinner sets that you can use – perfect for hosting a dinner party. The kitchen is also complete (even breakfast cereals) and there’s also a dishwasher so no one has to fight abut doing the dishes. The living area also has video games for kids. One thing to note is that the property only has one bathroom, which can be a bit annoying for a larger group.
If you drove or rented a car, their parking area is large and can accommodate 3 vehicles for free. There is also room for storing your ski or snowboard gears, and they can assist you if you need to rent some winter sports gear as well.
Guest House Sergey
Guest House Sergey is a house which was converted into a holiday home. It has four bedrooms, so it’s a fantastic place for a large group. The owners made sure that the best materials were used to build the house because they themselves wanted to live comfortably inside it, before it was turned into a guest house!
It has a kitchen with complete cooking utensils and an oven, mini fridge, different kinds of cups and drinking glasses, plus storage cabinets. The living area is quite simple with a sofa and some wooden chairs. Cleaning equipment is also inside if you need to clean or vacuum during a longer stay.
The two bathrooms have tiled floors with a toilet and separate wash area. One of them is equipped with two sinks and a bathtub with a shower curtain, great for if you want to take a long relaxing soak to soothe your sore muscles after skiing. Winter sports equipment can also be stored in one of their storage areas for free.
There are 4 bedrooms in total, and it also has extra sofa beds if needed. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. The only issue guests thought were the use of the bed sheets because they were not so smooth and comfortable, but the beds were still comfortable and big. One of the bedrooms has a small area in the corner with puzzled mats for kids, where they can enjoy the toys and stuffed animals — great if traveling with kids!
If you want to relax and go to a spa, massage, or public bath, then you can ask the host to arrange one for you. Outdoors, there is a patio and balcony where you can admire the view of the town. You can also grill some sausages or BBQ during the summer here. Another convenience of the property would be their laundry and press services, plus free parking on-site.
What to Pack for Montenegro in Winter
We have a full Montenegro packing list, but in case you just want the quick version, here are a few essentials you shouldn’t forget to pack!
A good guidebook: While travel blogs are great, we still think a good guidebook is always handy. We recommend the Lonely Planet Western Balkans for travel in Montenegro and much of the Balkans.
Plenty of winter clothing: You can check our packing list above for our full winter packing suggestions for men and women. At a minimum, you’ll want to bring a warm winter jacket (I love this North Face parka), cozy snow boots, warm wool socks, touch-screen friendly gloves, a scarf, and a winter hat.
Any ski equipment and clothing (if skiing): We’re not skiers ourselves, so we don’t have specific ski gear equipment, but special ski clothes — waterproof pants and jackets, goggles, etc. — and ski gear obviously should be on your packing list, unless you have decided to rent it all when you arrive at your Montenegro ski resort.
Moisturizer: Travel will beat your skin up in the best of times — and winter travel in addition to skiing will really do a number on it! If you use a moisturizer at home, bring it. If you’ve never used a moisturizer before, you really should start. You’ll be happy to give your face a boost before heading outside in the cold all day.
Sunscreen: We strongly suggest wearing sunscreen when you spend time outdoors, no matter the weather outside. The higher altitudes combined with the reflection of the sun off the snow can lead to unexpected sunburns. I love this solid Neutrogena sunscreen – it’s mess-free, works well in carry-ons, is ultra-protective, and blends in well.
Montenegro Travel Resources
First, you may want to check out this post on how to pack for Montenegro, which includes a winter section.
Be sure to also check out our piece on travel writers’ favorite places to visit in Montenegro!
If this will be one of your first trips in the Balkans, check out our massive list of things to know before traveling the Balkans as well as our Balkan bus, road trip, and itinerary guides.
We publish new articles and trip advice nearly daily! For more information about traveling to Montenegro and the Balkans, bookmark our Montenegro and Balkan travel pages, where you’ll find our entire archive plus anything new we publish before you leave for your trip.
Finally, Don’t Forget Your Travel Insurance!
I’m sure you’re aware that travel insurance is a good idea for Montenegro and for travel in general! This is especially true when visiting a country like Montenegro, where you’ll be enjoying a mix of city and outdoor activities — especially in the winter. If your stuff gets stolen or you get hurt in an accident, it’s good to know that travel insurance will cover the costs.
Do note that if you are visiting Montenegro on a skiing trip, the standard level of World Nomads does not cover skiing/snowboarding incidents; you will have to purchase the Explorer Plan in order to have coverage for winter sports accidents.
Stephanie and I have both been paying customers of World Nomads for the last three years. We love the peace of mind it gives us in case of emergencies, accidents, illnesses, theft, or trip cancellation or disruption.
While Montenegro is perfectly safe to travel around, there’s always a risk inherent in everyday travel, so it’s better to play it safe.
Originally from California, Allison has been living in Bulgaria for the last two years and is obsessed with traveling around the Balkans. She has been published in National Geographic, CNN Arabic, Matador Network, and the Huffington Post. She loves befriending dogs, drinking coffee, geeking out about wine, and cooking food from around the world.