Regent Hotels and Resorts has been named as the operator of the first hotel to be developed in Porto Montenegro, the new marina destination on the coast of Montenegro, masterplanned and designed by ReardonSmith Architects. Work on-site has already begun, and the hotel, with detail design also by ReardonSmith, is scheduled to open in the summer of 2014.
The inspiration for the architectural design of Regent Porto Montenegro is said to have come from the houses on the Adriatic coastline. As such, all the buildings are clad in Montenegrin stone and render, with terracotta roof tiles. The arcade that wraps around the hotel also echoes the arched colonnades typical of the region’s architecture.
Regent Porto Montenegro comprises of 34 guestrooms and 46 serviced residences. Two four-bedroom spa penthouses, each with a pool and surrounded by terraces, top the two sea-facing wings. Also, two two-bedroom penthouses top the central section of the fifth floor. All the guestrooms and apartments have balconies; hotel rooms are typically 40 to 45 square meters (430 to 484 square feet), excluding outdoor terraces. All the guestrooms and apartments offer sea and mountain views.
Inside, the double-height atrium includes a café style tea lounge and leads out onto the water garden. A feature of the garden is a submerged stone path leading to an island in the middle of the pool.
A grand staircase leads to the first floor on which is the main banqueting hall extending the length of the hotel between the two wings. This floor also has a green roof with a private garden.
Also on the first floor are the Regent Spa, which includes an indoor pool; and the Regent Yacht Club, which has an exclusive members’ area comprising a lounge and private rooms.
The property will also have 100 car parking spaces at the basement level; indoor/outdoor spaces of a patisserie café with its own bakery; an all-day dining restaurant; a library; and sunken terraces surrounded by water channels.
The interior design of both Regent Porto Montenegro and the residences, by Pisano Atelier, will also have regional Montenegrin references. The construction of the hotel will coincide with the expansion of the marina from 185 to 370 berths, 50 or more of which will be for yachts over 45 meters (approximately 148 feet), and a new refit and maintenance facility for superyachts, as well as the development of apartments, boutiques and restaurants.