Wednesday 19 December 2018

Now you can stay over at Iceland's Blue Lagoon... for a price

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon

Mother and Daughter apply a Silica mud mask
Mother and Daughter apply a Silica mud mask
Retreat at Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Blue Lagoon, Iceland. Photo: Deposit
Blue Lagoon, Iceland. Photo: Getty
The Retreat at Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Blue Lagoon
Iceland: Family bathing in a geothermal pool
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

It's one of Iceland's most famous tourist attractions, an Instagrammer's idyll set among desolate lava fields on the Reykjanes Peninsula.

And now you can not only visit and bathe in the famous Blue Lagoon, but stay there too - thanks to the opening of a new luxury hotel.

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland, including a 62-bed hotel, subterranean spa and restaurant, is described as "a place where guests can leave the world behind and enter a timeless realm of relaxation, rejuvenation, and exploration."

The 62 hotel suites features floor-to-ceiling windows, private terraces with Lagoon views and "human centric lighting set to mimic the phases of the sun".

Retreat at Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Retreat at Blue Lagoon, Iceland

At the Retreat, guests are welcomed by individual hosts that act as guided and attendants, from managing itineraries to providing tips and insights on local culture.

And the price?

Entry-level suites are available from ISK144,000 (€1,165) per night as we publish, including breakfast, Blue Lagoon skin care amenities, valet parking, turndown service and access to guided group hikes and yoga sessions.

If that stretches the budget, an older, 35-bed Silica Hotel sits a 10-minute walk from the Blue Lagoon. Rooms there start from ISK52,400/€424 per night... complete with private verandas and a bathing lagoon overlooking the volcanic landscape.

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon, Iceland
The Retreat at Blue Lagoon, Iceland

The Blue Lagoon itself was founded in 1992 in the heart of an 800-year-old lava plain in southwest Iceland, and steaming in its geothermal waters while lathering your face in natural silica mud has become a must-do for tourists.

The resort is a 45-minute drive from Reykjavik, so many visitors book it as an excursion, going to and from the capital in tour buses.

Basic tickets, with a drink and towel, cost ISK9,990 (€80pp).

Read more:

Iceland Travel Tips: The ultimate guide for your bucket list trip

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