Iceland's Blue Lagoon Retreat Hotel is Paradise in the Northern Hemisphere


Iceland’s otherworldly volcanic landscape has always needed a truly first-rate luxury resort from which to roam, and the arrival of the Retreat at Blue Lagoon hits all the marks. Located on a private inlet of the titular lagoon, the 62-room property is actually an extension of an earlier complex, but Basalt Architects and Design Group Italia have created a natural transition that blends a concrete superstructure the colour of dark grey lava, with terrazzo, sand, water features and moss. The 62 suites, in particular, feature a quietly rugged mood of walnut and lava surfaces, though the marquee attraction has to be the view of Iceland’s wildly rocky beauty seen through the floor-to-ceiling windows.