Steam rising from light-blue waters, lava fields carpeted in apple-green moss and rocky mountains soaring like clenched giants’ fists; landscapes don’t get more ethereal than the Blue Lagoon. The most luxe way to experience it? At this dramatic 62-suite hotel. Sensitively built into the wild scenery and ringed by ice-blue geothermal waters, this concrete-and-lava lair looks like a collaboration between Mother Nature and a Bond villain.
Bedrooms are sci-fi sensational, with views of lunar-like vistas best admired from the free-standing tub. The hotel is home to the world’s most special spa experience, too. Guest-only pools mean you can bathe to your heart’s content in the Lagoon’s warm, mineral-packed waters, minus the tourist crowd. Not to be missed are the in-water massages, DIY rituals (where you can slather each other in algae masks) and hours spent lounging in hanging ‘nests’ by flickering fires.
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Spa aside, breakfasts of gravlax on rye and sugary pancakes are served in an art-gallery-feel lounge and there’s fine-dining restaurant Moss for wine-paired suppers of Icelandic bounty (our liquorice fondant with vanilla ice cream resembled a dainty erupting volcano). Oh, and no matter how relaxed you get, switch your ‘Northern Lights wake-up call’ (via the bedroom iPad) to ‘on’. Seeing these mysterious lights curl across the night sky is life-changing stuff. THE LUXE TOUCH Reached peak Zen? Adrenaline rushes are just as appealing; whoosh past volcanoes on a helicopter ride, or skid through lava fields on an ATV tour.