Retreat at Blue Lagoon

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

At a Glance

  • The Blue Lagoon Retreat was built on an 800-year-old lava flow less than an hour from Reykjavik. It is just a 20-minute drive from Keflavik airport so is the perfect first or last stop on an Iceland itinerary.

  • Enjoy unlimited access to the Retreat Spa as well as the Original Blue Lagoon. Try an in-water treatment where you will be massaged while floating in the silica-rich waters of the lagoon itself.

  • All suites have floor to ceiling windows with views of the lava fields or the blue waters of the lagoon. Looking for something unique we recommend the Lagoon suites which have direct access to mini versions of the lagoon.

  • Enjoy complimentary guided hikes & yoga.

  • Moss restaurant boasts breath-taking views of the lagoon as well as fine dining with Icelandic tasting menus and world class wines.

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Nordic climate - May, June and July are the driest months of the year. Mid-June to August is high season, but most highland tours don’t operate until July because of snow. At other times, many tourist facilities outside Reykjavík are closed. From September through March, the night is dark enough to see the Aurora Borealis.

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Insider's View

Opt for a Lagoon Suite to benefit from direct access to your very own private section of the Blue Lagoon.

Start the day in style with a complimentary yoga class with views across the rugged lava fields.

Be sure to head down to the hotel's incredible wine cellar on their daily 5pm tour. A naturally formed lava cave 6 stories below the hotel, this incredible space boasts thousands of bottles of wine, they will even give you a taster! 

Leave yourself enough time to enjoy the spa facilities and the special amenities of this beautiful hotel.

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Description

Overlooking rugged lava fields and surrounded by the healing waters of Iceland's iconic Blue Lagoon, The Retreat at Blue Lagoon effortlessly combines nature and luxury to create the ultimate spa destination, perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Set in an other-worldly scene of moss-covered lava and bright blue geothermal waters, The Retreat at Blue Lagoon lives up to its name, offering a luxurious escape from Iceland's wild and rugged landscapes.

Comprised of 62 suites, The Retreat at Blue Lagoon has been designed to provide the utmost in comfort while feeling like a real home away from home. Decorated in neutral tones, every suite acts as a soothing, relaxing sanctuary, with luxurious materials used throughout and blackout curtains to block out the Midnight Sun, ensuring a good night's sleep during the summer months. Each suite also boasts a private terrace or balcony, overlooking either the rugged lava fields or the private stretch of lagoon surrounding The Retreat. A selection of suites even offer access to their own private heated lagoon, the perfect place to unwind in the healing waters at any time of day or night.

While the suites provide a tranquil atmosphere, the spa at The Retreat is the star attraction. Nestled within an 800-year-old lava flow, the spa incorporates the surrounding nature and its health-giving properties into its treatments and facilities. Winding through the lava is The Retreat's private lagoon, where guests are able to enjoy a peaceful experience soaking in the mineral-rich waters, although the spa also offers direct access to the main Blue Lagoon. Guests can choose to relax in a huge variety of spots in the spa, many of which have combined contemporary architecture with the towering walls of lava. Warm up in the sauna or steam cave, enjoy the view from one of the comfortable hanging nests, or enjoy one of the revitalising treatments on offer. Each guest can also benefit from the Blue Lagoon Ritual, a relaxing therapy making use of the Blue Lagoon's unique natural properties - mineral salt, silica and algae.

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon provides three dining options which also incorporate Iceland's natural products, with many dishes featuring local seafood. Choose from the relaxed Lava Restaurant, where delicious Icelandic cuisine is served throughout the day, the Spa Restaurant for lighter fare, or Moss Restaurant, where five and seven-course fine-dining tasting menus are on offer in stylish, contemporary surroundings.

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Accommodation

The 62 suites at The Retreat at Blue Lagoon are spacious and luxurious, each offering a private balcony or terrace. Every bathroom has a rain shower and the majority of rooms also provide a free-standing bathtub, complete with Blue Lagoon amenities. Guests will enjoy use of the complimentary minibar and, while there is no TV, entertainment is provided in the Bang & Olufson bluetooth speakers.

Childcare

While there are interconnecting room options and bedrooms can take a cot, we feel that this hotel is best suited to couples looking for a relaxing, spa-focused experience.

Services

Each suite at The Retreat at Blue Lagoon benefits from a dedicated host, who will look after every aspect of the guest's stay, from booking spa treatments to restaurant reservations. Every room has an iPad installed, which guests can use to call their host.

Facilities

Guests can choose from three dining options at The Retreat at Blue Lagoon. Lava Restaurant is the main restaurant at the Blue Lagoon, serving delicious Icelandic cuisine inspired by the unique landscapes of the surrounding lagoon. Moss Restaurant offers a more fine-dining experience, putting a creative twist on Icelandic delicacies in its five and seven-course tasting menus. For a unique experience, sit at the chef's table and watch the team in action creating fresh, locally-sourced dishes. Finally, for lighter fare, the Spa Restaurant offers an all-day menu and views across The Retreat's private lagoon.

Activities

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon boasts a fantastic spa, complete with its own private stretch of Blue Lagoon weaving through the centuries-old lava. After soaking in the therapeutic waters, guests can unwind in a suspended nest chair, warm up in the sauna or steam cave and rest by the warm light of a fire. Included in each stay is The Ritual, a unique therapy which makes use of the Blue Lagoon's natural health-giving properties. There is also a selection of treatments on offer, including in-water massages. For those looking to stay active, The Retreat provides daily complimentary yoga classes and guided hikes through the incredible surrounding landscape.

Reviews

5

Gwen Nicol (Staff)

The Retreat at the Blue Lagoon is a hotel unlike any other in Iceland. The modern design, attention to detail and five star service lives up to the name of the hotel, it is truly a retreat. The rooms are spacious and offer everything you could possibly need during your stay. Even the mini bar is complimentary! My suite had an extra large bathroom with a rain shower and a large soaking tub by the window. The hotel common areas feel expansive and a bit intimidating as you kind of feel like you have to whisper. There is a yoga room upstairs and the full service spa is one of the main reasons to stay at this hotel. The spa offers specialized treatments and it offers private access to the Blue Lagoon. There is also a cafe in the spa that looks out over the lagoon so you can enjoy a relaxing lunch after your treatments. The Retreat also has a wine cellar that is 6 floors below ground deep in a lava cave. The hotel offers free tours every day at 5pm and it includes a complimentary tasting during your tour. We enjoyed the 7 course wine pairing dinner at Moss and it was one of the best meals I had while in Iceland. All in all, this hotel feels like the ultimate Icelandic oasis.

5

Pippa Carey (Staff)

 Wow, what a remarkable hotel! After travelling through Iceland this hotel felt almost futuristic in its chic design, grand open spaces and incredible spa. For the most exclusive experience available in Iceland, enjoy the hotel's spa which boasts its very own, totally private section of the blue lagoon. The spa here is unlike any I've seen before, from treatment rooms, relaxing areas complete with fire place and comfy loungers, steam rooms and sauna's in abundance, and the most incredible treatment area featuring black sand for exfoliation, silica for cleansing and algae for moisturising, I felt like I had completely new skin! The Moss restaurant at the hotel boasted the best food we had in Iceland and the wine pairing was clever, interesting and overwhelmingly good. The room was up there with any other super luxury European hotel, massive bathrooms with spa products, balcony with stunning views, floor to ceiling windows, clever mod cons and a complimentary mini bar which always goes down a treat! I would do anything to return. 

Experiences

  • ATV tour in the Reykjanes peninsula

    Explore the Reykjanes peninsula on an exhilarating ATV experience, driving across stunning black sand beaches and through dramatic scenery. Start on the easy terrain of the beaches as you get to grips with your ATV before exploring rugged landscapes.

  • Bathing in the Blue Lagoon

    One of the world's most unique spas, Iceland's Blue Lagoon is an outdoor, geo-thermally heated spa providing an amazing experience that cannot be missed when visiting Iceland.

  • Blue Dragon ice cave by helicopter

    Take to the skies and fly over Vatnajokull National Park in a helicopter towards the Skeidararjokull glacier, where, as part of a small group tour, you'll have the chance to explore the stunning Blue Dragon ice cave, one of the region's most remote.

  • Buggy and ice cave adventure

    Discover the dramatic scenery of southern Iceland on an exhilarating tour with your private guide. Begin with a hike across a glacier, followed by a visit into an ice cave, before driving a buggy across one of the south coast's black sand beaches.

  • Essential Iceland helicopter tour

    Explore Iceland from the air, discovering Iceland's highlights from a brand new perspective in your private helicopter. Fly above the iconic Golden Circle, spotting waterfalls and geysers, and admire the multi-coloured mountains of Landmannalaugar.

  • Giljabod canyon baths

    Explore the beauty of western Iceland with a gentle hike through Husafell canyon, passing by incredible scenery before reaching the Giljabod pools, hidden in the canyon, to enjoy a relaxing soak in the geothermally-heated water.

  • Glacier hiking

    If adventure is high on your holiday checklist, hiking on one of Iceland's monumental glaciers is a must. An immense wonderland of ice sculptures, ridges and deep crevasses await discovery!

  • Glacier snowmobiling

    Langjokull is Iceland's second biggest glacier with several enormous ice filled volcanic craters, encircled by imposing volcanoes. Exploring by snowmobile is an adrenaline-fuelled way to experience the breathtaking landscape of this region of Iceland.

  • Horse riding in Iceland

    Known for their distinctive trot, Icelandic horses offer a unique horse riding experience. A completely pure breed, introduced to the island during the Viking settlement, these horses are perfect for both beginners and advanced riders alike.

  • Inside the Volcano

    This is an extraordinary opportunity to explore the heart of a volcano. Thrihnukagigur is a unique natural phenomenon and the only place on earth where you can enter a magma chamber.

  • Jökulsárlón by hovercraft

    Discover the beauty of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon from a unique perspective, on board a hovercraft floating across the icy water. As you travel on this small group tour, admire the incredible icebergs and look out for seals lounging on the water's edge.

  • Jökulsárlón private tour

    Visit the breathtaking Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and witness bright blue icebergs floating across the lagoon's glassy surface, with the Vatnajökull glacier towering in the background. A magnificent sight, this makes for a truly unforgettable experience.

  • Kayaking on Heinaberg glacier lagoon

    Try kayaking like never before as you glide across the surface of Heinaberg glacier lagoon in east Iceland. Kayak through the mirror-like waters, and depending on the time of year, you may be paddling between incredible ice formations.

  • Lava tunnel caving

    Witness the inner workings of a volcanic eruption; walking in the path of 5,000 year-old lava, for a truly unique experience.

  • Northern Lights Hunt

    Venture out in search of the elusive Northern Lights, with your private guide leading the way and using expert knowledge to give you the best chance of finding them. Head away from the artificial lights of Reykjavik and discover this wonderful phenomenon.

  • Private Super Jeep Tour to Thorsmork

    Explore volcanoes, waterfalls, glaciers and more on this amazing volcano safari super jeep tour to the dramatic landscapes of Thorsmork. Your expert private guide will take you to places very few people get to experience up close and personal.

  • Snorkelling between Tectonic Plates

    Snorkel the crystal-clear waters of Iceland's Silfra fissure and discover the secret underwater canyon located between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates.

  • Snowmobiling on Eyjafjallajökull

    Perhaps Iceland's most famous volcano, Eyjafjallajökull makes for a thrilling snowmobile experience. Join your private guide as you ride across the surface of the glacier and take in the incredible views of Iceland's south coast.

  • South Shore safari

    On this amazing guided jeep safari you will see the South Shore’s most treasured natural sights, including impressive waterfalls, epic landscapes, as well as its black lava sand beaches and dunes.

  • Superjeep tour to Landmannalaugar

    Experience the spectacular landscapes of Iceland's highlands with a private guide at the wheel of a superjeep - don’t forget to bring along your bathing suit and towel for a dip in one of the area's geothermal pools.

  • The Golden Circle

    Iceland's ruggedly beautiful and tectonically active landscape offers some amazing natural attractions, known as the "Golden Circle". These include the Gullfoss waterfall, Strokkur Geysir and Thingvellir National Park.

  • Visit the Westman Islands

    Head away from mainland Iceland to discover the fascinating Westman Islands, located just off the country's south coast. Take the ferry to Heimaey, the only inhabited island in the archipelago, and explore its dramatic landscape with your private guide.

  • Westman Islands and lunch on Elliðaey

    Fly from the mainland to the Westman Islands to explore this beautiful archipelago. Visit the only inhabited island, Heimaey, before sailing to one of the smaller islands, Elliðaey, for a truly unique lunch.

Location & directions

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon is located 40 minutes from Reykjavik, at Iceland's iconic Blue Lagoon.

How to get there

British Airways and Icelandair fly direct from London to Reykjavik, with a flight time of approximately three hours. The Retreat at Blue Lagoon is approximately a 20-minute drive from Keflavik International Airport.

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