The Retreat At Blue Lagoon is Iceland’s most luxurious hotel
No matter where you get your travel inspiration from, you’ve probably seen a photo of Iceland’s Blue Lagoon. Its icy blue water has been the subject of millions of camera lenses. In 2014, the oasis attracted around 700,000 visitors, which then skyrocketed to around 1.3 million last year. While the geothermal spa has certainly contributed to all the attention the Nordic country has received, its influx of tourists is largely attributed to the cheap flights to the destination and the exposure of Game Of Thrones. Plus, Icelandair’s layover program makes the island nation even more accessible to travelers looking for an easy two-in-one trip.
But now luxury travelers have the perfect reason to vacation in Iceland. Last April, the long-awaited arrival of the Retreat at Blue Lagoon took place. The 62-suite hotel was built over years, and while there were a few delays along the way, it was certainly worth the wait. Upon entering, guests are greeted by oversized floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook 800-year-old moss-covered lava and multi-level pools of pastel blue water. Modern matte black pendant chandeliers and sleek concrete walls are juxtaposed with warm woodwork and leather seating. The sunken dining room – where breakfast and afternoon tea are served daily – is soft and largely neutral, with beige and cornflower-blue furniture. It is a lesson in harmonizing design with what exists beyond the walls; play on the landscape rather than trying to enhance it.
This same aesthetic is found in the bedrooms, where those on the ground floor with a direct view of the lagoon are decorated with blue accents while those on the second floor which showcase the olive-colored moss are adorned with pieces of green. . Each accommodation has a rain shower and separate freestanding bathtub in addition to floor-to-ceiling windows and a furnished terrace or balcony so that guests can easily connect with nature in the comfort of their own. excavations. Suites also come with free minibars and Blue Lagoon toiletries, with added perks such as a host to help with all your needs and daily yoga sessions and guided group hikes. But for those who want to do it all, the Lagoon Suite, equipped with a living room and a private blue lagoon, is calling you.
The main attraction, however, is the Blue Lagoon. And while Retreat guests have access to where Icelandic visitors flock, the real perk of staying here is entry to the hotel’s own extension of iconic geothermal waters and its underground spa. Relax in the mineral-rich lagoon away from the crowds, book a massage in the water, and take advantage of the oasis’ many amenities. At your disposal, hammams and saunas, a relaxation area with hanging nesting chairs, dark dens lit by a fireplace, and even a terrace for unbeatable panoramic views. If you want more privacy, there’s a secluded lava cove tucked away in a corner with a wood-burning fireplace, private lagoon, and heated lounge chairs. But even if you decide to book the exclusive room, return to the public space and end your spa stay with the Blue Lagoon Ritual, a three-step self-applied scrub and mask using mineral salt and lava, blue. -green algae and silica. The natural ingredients are derived from seawater from the lagoon and processed on site at the Blue Lagoon’s research and development center, and will leave you feeling exfoliated, hydrated and revitalized.
At the hotel you will also find a cozy library with a self-service bar, a fitness center and a gallery featuring 20th century Icelandic ceramics. To nourish yourself throughout your stay, dine at the Spa Restaurant, where simple, light dishes can be enjoyed while swaddled in a comfortable bathrobe and gazing at the calming waters. In the evening, visit the underground wine cellar, where you can choose from 350 different bottles while surrounded by volcanic rock, then make your way to Moss. At this fine dining restaurant, modern Icelandic cuisine takes center stage and a seat at the chef’s table is a must.