Experimental Hotel Group and Dorothée Meilichzon are taking their dalliance to the next level. The debut of Regina marks the third collaboration between the brand and the French interior designer (Ibiza’s Montesol, Hotel Il Palazzo in Venice) in the past four years. Perched on a clifftop overlooking the Bay of Biscay in Biarritz, the property is a marriage of maritime and Art Deco elegance. Meilichzon embraced the Belle Epoque–era hotel’s striking features such as the soaring atrium, bay windows, and a glass roof.
Her touch is evident in the sumptuous furnishings and décor, from dark red and green sofas in the atrium to totemic wicker sculptures and ocean liner–shaped bar top, all paying homage to Regina’s nautical heritage. Each of the 72 guest rooms is adorned with glossy geometric headboards, marine-striped upholstery, and rope-wrapped mirrors. At the restaurant, Frenchie, chef Grégory Marchand turns out Basque-inspired cuisine with local ingredients such as Banka trout, Gascon black pork, and line-caught fish from Saint-Jean de Luz.