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Welcome to Iceland's coolest new hotel

Iceland's iconic attraction just got even more attractive, thanks to the luxury hotel that's transformed the Blue Lagoon into the coolest hotspot around

By Connor McGovern
Published 7 May 2018, 09:00 BST, Updated 14 Jul 2021, 12:51 BST
The Blue Lagoon.

The Blue Lagoon.

Photograph by Getty Images

If you've taken a plunge in Iceland's Blue Lagoon already, then you should probably think about taking another dip. But this time, you can do it in serious style. Check in to The Retreat, a sumptuous new bolthole that's just opened its doors on the Lagoon's north shores. It's powered, of course, by geothermal energy and marks the Lagoon's first venture into luxury accommodation. And while a night in one of the Scandi-chic suites will set you back a cool £1,029 (a standard visit to just the Lagoon starts at £63), you'll be right at the heart of all the steamy, aquamarine action. And we mean that quite literally, by the way — many of its 62 rooms are encircled by the Lagoon's waters, meaning you'll get your own access to all of its much-revered healing properties.

If that weren't enough of a draw, then you can head straight to the spa instead. Perhaps the highlight of all the Retreat's offerings, the subterranean sanctuary is built within the Lagoon's ancient lava flow. Expect yoga and a range of spa treatments that use the revitalising trinity of the Blue Lagoon's salt, silica and algae. Who knew hot water could be so cool?

Did you know?

The Lagoon itself is actually man-made and relatively new; it was created in 1976 with the waste water of a geothermal power plant. The rocky lava flow surrounding the pool, however, is much older (around 800 years).

Published in the June 2018 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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