The Iceland craze continues. This spring, The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland will make it’s much-anticipated debut. Located on a private inlet of the UNESCO Global Geopark, the 62-suite Retreat will also have the Retreat Spa, the Retreat Lagoon and Moss Restaurant. The hotel will be developed by Dr. Grímur Sæmundsen, founder & CEO of Blue Lagoon Iceland; Sigríður Sigþórsdóttir of Basalt Architects, who designed the Blue Lagoon spa complex, Silica Hotel, and LAVA Restaurant; and Sigurður Þorsteinsson, chief creative officer of Milan-based Design Group Italia.
Each of the hotel’s 62 suites will have a minimalist aesthetic intending to bring the outside in with floor-to-ceiling windows and “human-centric lighting set to mimic the phases of the sun.” The suites on the lower level have private terraces, with some offering guests direct access to the lagoon. The upper level suites will have private balconies overlooking the moss-covered horizon.
Built into an 800-year-old lava flow on the south shore of the Blue Lagoon, the Retreat Spa will have: a steam room built into the lava rock; a cold well; in-water massages; treatment rooms offering bench massages and beauty treatments; a spa restaurant and more. A signature treatment is the Blue Lagoon Ritual, which takes place in “a spacious sanctuary of interconnected chambers” with ingredients coming from the lagoon’s geothermal seawater—silica, algae and minerals. The Retreat Spa will also allow guests to access the Retreat Lagoon, a new Blue Lagoon experience where the mineral-rich water flows around The Retreat through a terraced concourse of lava.
At the Moss Restaurant, guests can sample Iceland “reinvention and heritage,” with dishes from the seas, mountains, rivers and farms. Moss Restaurant will also have a 10-seat Chef’s Table made of lava rock that was quarried on-site, and the Wine Cellar, which was built into a cavern of multi-hued, frozen-in-time lava that erupted in 1226.
Guests of The Retreat will also be invited to partake in complimentary daily yoga sessions as well as guided hikes through the UNESCO Global Geopark. Additionally, The Retreat will offer guests exclusive access to Iceland’s lesser-traveled, unique surroundings including lava hiking in a lunar environment, one-of-a-kind Northern Lights viewing tours and more.