Blue Lagoon, Iceland
An exclusive hotel and superb subterranean spa with private lagoon pools, stunning architecture and fabulous cuisine has opened in this UNESCO Geopark. One of the world-class spa retreats
Basalt Architects’ concept was very ambitious from the outset. They conceived a contemporary design refecting colours and tones from the surrounding nature with tone-totone colour pallette requiring contrasting textures and a very high attention to detail and finishing. At the same time as conveying warmth and welcome in a fairly hostile environment, they were also prepared to modify their design at any time when construction revealed lava forms which would not support the building or exposed features so captivating that they should be incorporated. The result is superb and manages the almost impossible – to have a cutting-edge contemporary building feel at home in nature.
The beneficial effects of Blue Lagoon’s geothermal seawater were first discovered in the 1980’s and the lagoon fast became a popular spa. The Retreat opened in 2018 so that a lucky few can enjoy this amazing phenomenon in exclusive luxury and tranquility, comfort and a very high degree of sophistication.
Sixty-two state-of-the-art suites have private terraces or balconies and some have private lagoons, there is a superb semi-subterranean spa, spa restaurant and the superb Moss Restaurant with Chef’s Table and wine cellar, deep in the rock. Everywhere, lava formations are exposed to enhance the striking architecture and floor to ceiling glass brings in the views over lagoon and moss-covered lava flows all the way to the mountains.
Suites are on either lower or upper level with terraces or balconies. The three Lagoon Suites are duplex and have direct access to private lagoons, kitchens, living rooms and dining rooms and a little private spa with butler service. Junior Suites and Moss Suites have super views, bespoke furniture and fittings and all guests have use of the main private pool, gymnasium, spa and other facilities.
This is a world-class award-winning spa retreat, bringing long-awaited sophistication to the Blue Lagoon