The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland
What We Love
- Daily afternoon tea service
- Direct lagoon views from most guest rooms
- Traditional Icelandic yogurt (skyr), featured in the gratis breakfast buffet
- In-water massages at the subterranean spa
What To Know
- The property offers guided hikes to nearby Thor’s Bear hill each afternoon
- The minibar in your guest room is complimentary
- The nature-inspired light installations in the public spaces here include sun and moon-replicas that glow intermittently
- There are no televisions in the guest rooms
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Iceland’s ritziest retreat, with design-forward suites, an underground spa, and dead-on views of the Blue Lagoon
Wellness wanderers dominate the guest list at this ethereal escape, sprawled on 800-year-old volcanic terrain. They come for the resort’s standout feature: an underground spa decked with clandestine lava canyons, subterranean steam caves, and the very geothermal waters that regularly draw millions to Iceland (a float in the silica-rich lagoon is a must). The Retreat’s own restaurant serves a squeaky-clean selection of gravlax, ceviche, and sushi, which you can devour in the comfort of a fluffy Rivolta Carmignani robe. Thankfully, the hotel’s soothing properties aren’t just limited to its world-class wellness facility: 62 earthy suites, a mix of slates and grays, are spread across low-slung concrete dwellings, are furnished with heated floors and a terrace or balcony to enjoy enchanting lagoon vistas. The showstopper is the Lagoon Suite, a two-room sanctuary with private water access featuring a striking fireplace built from slabs of lava as well as local ceramics—constant reminders of the landscapes that surround this otherworldly refuge.
In the Area
Located 45 minutes from Reykjavik, the Blue Lagoon occupies a far-flung stretch of already-isolated Iceland. Expect to spy steam from a nearby geothermal plant, along with the occasional Northern Lights sightings. The closest town is Grindavík, a fishing village with one of the only harbors on Iceland’s southern peninsula. Your host (all suites come with one) can help arrange excursions to other legendary area hot springs such as Gunnuhver (though swimming is not possible there). The resort is also within day-trip distance of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a geologically significant point that marks the meeting and separation of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.
How to Get There
The Retreat takes simplicity to luxurious levels. The private side of The Blue Lagoon is drop dead gorgeous offering fine dining, spa treatments, and impeccable service.
Your room is stocked with gourmet snacks, wine, Blue Lagoon signature toiletries, and rainforest shower heads. Schedule an underwater massage at the spa in advance, or you’ll miss out. They book up fast.
Slather your hair with their supplied conditioner before swimming. If not, your do will feel like straw for a week. (The only negative about my stay, and I did use conditioner.)
You will wear a tracking bracelet during your stay, a bit off-putting, but you get used to it.
A tasting menu in The Moss restaurant pulled out all the stops. It starts with a trip to the wine cellar and a glass of bubbles. Each course was creative (think cucumber ice cream) and paired with a marvelous wine. A wonderful experience all in 1.5 days. It is pricey, but a great way to end your trip to Iceland. It will relax you for your flight back home to reality.
Stunning hotel. Staff very efficient without really being seen. Some other reviewers have commented on this as poor service but I would disagree. They don’t greet you as passing but every gets done really quick. I think they are trained that way and I hunk it works very well.
The lagoon was super quiet and felt like we had it to itself most of the time.
Try all the little rooms in the spa when you go as they are amazing to just hang out in and very relaxing.
The whole hotel is difficult to describe in ambience but it’s incredible and something you have to experience.
I have been blessed to stay in $2000 a night hotels which are of an incredible standard and I have to say this is the best I have stayed in.
You have to try it. Totally worth the money and simply indescribable.
A perfect hotel that is difficult to leave as you know nothing on the rest of your trip round Iceland will be able to equal.
The roof terrace provides a great platform for the northern lights, the restaurant is expensive for a tasting menu but worthwhile.
The retreat spa is not to be missed