The mention of Iceland brings to mind the Golden Circle, the elusive Northern Lights, and one of the most beautiful hot springs on earth — the Blue Lagoon. Situated within the UNESCO Global Geopark just a 30-minute drive from Reykjavik, the latter is a geothermal spa comprising a series of pools rich in minerals like silica and sulphur (reputed to be beneficial for the skin).
First opened in 1999 with spaces designed by Sigurdur Thorsteinsson of Design Group Italia and Sigríður Sigþórsdóttir, the Blue Lagoon spa and hotel has been a destination in itself within Iceland — and has even expanded to incorporate a restaurant.
Now, it will also be home to the Blue Lagoon’s first luxury hotel, The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland, dreamt up by Reykjavik-based Basalt Architects. Built on a lava flow on the Reykjanes Peninsula, the retreat’s design aims to take advantage of the lagoon’s natural beauty, whilst minimising the building’s impact on its surroundings.
The hotel features 62 stunning suites nestled into lava formations that overlook the iconic crystalline turquoise waters. Throughout the remarkably curated interiors, the property’s structure is incorporated into the natural terrains in a seamless fashion. All suites feature a streamlined minimalist aesthetic, each boasting a material palette that complements the hues and textures of the landscape, flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows — treating guests to breathtaking vistas of the lagoon studded with mossy rocks.
Unsurprisingly, the hotel places a strong focus on wellness, with The Retreat Spa offering a myriad of amenities including a steam room, in-water massages, a cold well, and a full-service restaurant.