The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland
Lava Lagoon is sourced from the same volcanic aquifer of geothermal seawater as the Blue Lagoon and contains the same natural elements: silica, algae, and minerals. The lagoon’s open spaces, plateaus, waterfall, and lava corridors invite discovery, enable serenity, and provide shelter from the wind and storms that move across Iceland. Built into an 800-year-old lava flow on the south bank of the Blue Lagoon, Lava Cove is an extraordinary subterranean spa that unlocks the radiant powers of geothermal seawater. Where Lava Cove ends, the Blue Lagoon begins. The full spectrum of Blue Lagoon in-water treatments is just beyond the lava walls of Lava Cove. Exiting the spa, you enter a secluded expanse of the Blue Lagoon where in-water treatments—formulated from the treasures of geothermal seawater—are given.
Chosen in 2012 as one of National Geographic’s 25 Wonders of the World, the Blue Lagoon is a place where the interplay of architecture, design, and geothermal seawater brings forth a world of unparalleled well-being. the water’s unique beneficial powers were first discovered in the early 1980s when local residents began to bathe in the warm blue reservoir that had formed in the lava field beside the Svartsengi Resource Park. Engineers at the facility had expected the water to seep through the lava and return to the earth’s volcanic aquifers. However, owing to the fluid’s high concentration of silica, proper drainage did not occur and a beautiful body of water took shape.
The lagoon eventually became the focus of intense scientific study, giving birth in 1992 to Blue Lagoon Limited, a company dedicated to the research and development of the water’s primary elements: silica, algae, and minerals.
The Blue Lagoon’s geothermal seawater is born in volcanic aquifers 2000 meters within the earth where freshwater and ocean water converge in a tectonic realm of searing heat and immense pressure.
This water is unlike any other water on the planet.
Once considered an unusable byproduct of geothermal energy production at the Svartsengi Resource Park, it is endowed with powers all its own, powers derived from the mineral and organic properties of the volcanic earth. It cleanses, heals, rejuvenates, and undoes the effects of time—bringing radiance, in all its forms, to the mind and body.
It is also the foundation of the Retreat. It flows through the spa, fills the lava corridors of the Retreat lagoon, encircles the suites, and ultimately creates the umbilical connection with the original and enduring source of wonder: the Blue Lagoon.
With interiors inspired by the terrain of the Reykjanes lava plain—and architected by renowned Italian and Icelandic designers—the hotel evokes both sophistication and timelessness.
Conceived to provide a profound sense of comfort, luxury, and tranquillity, the rooms and suites are both elegant and spacious—ranging in size from 40 m² to 200 m², each possessing a balcony or terrace affording sublime views of the hotel’s volcanic horizon.
With floor-to-ceiling windows dissolving the boundary between interior and exterior, the Retreat’s 62 suites were designed for comfort and architected for wonder. On the lower level, the suites have terraces with entrancing views of the centuries-old lava and the surrounding lagoon. Some of these suites even give you direct access to the lagoon’s mineral-rich waters. On the upper level, the suites are endowed with unforgettable perspectives on the moss-covered horizon—stunning views that change with the weather and the light. But regardless of location, each suite is the foundation of a transformative spa experience.
Seated at a table in Moss Restaurant, looking out at the majestic landscape, you can travel the island by way of the culinary creations that emerge from the kitchen. With a la carte and set menus that move effortlessly from the mountains to the farmlands, to the rivers,
to the oceans, each dish opens the door to the living heritage and diverse delights of Icelandic cuisine. Complemented by design and architecture calibrated to bring interior and exterior together, highlighting the ever-shifting colours and tones of the moss-covered horizon, Moss’s menus are likewise mercurial: changing with each season but intimately bound to the land.
The Chef’s Table is a seven-course gourmet journey founded upon heritage, tradition, and reinvention. Fresh, local, seasonal ingredients are the guiding lights for this unforgettable feast.
With a 900 sqm lagoon and multiple experience areas spread across more than 4000 sqm of organic architecture, the spa at the Retreat is a sanctuary of serenity. Carved into the volcanic earth, the spa brings you into harmony with nature. Transporting the mind and body to new dimensions of peace and rejuvenation, the spa journey takes you through an underground realm of inspiring design, enchanting geology, and radiant wellness. The spa journey culminates with the Blue Lagoon Ritual, an exhilarating cycle of well-being where you experience the treasures of the Blue Lagoon’s geothermal seawater: silica, algae, and minerals. Each element unlocks a dynamic array of benefits: silica strengthens the skin’s barrier function, providing a healthy, radiant appearance; Blue Lagoon algae increases collagen production, leaving the skin nourished and youthful; minerals stimulate circulation and have revitalizing effects on both the mind and body.
The northern lights, the midnight sun, lava flows that stretch all the way to the horizon—Sky Terrace is a place for experiencing the full enchanting beauty of the hotel’s volcanic surroundings and the celestial majesty of the Arctic sky.