The Retreat is a new luxury hotel and spa, with private access to the increasingly popular mineral-rich waters.
A new five-star hotel called The Retreat has opened at Iceland’s famous Blue Lagoon, one of the country’s most visited attractions.
According to the Blue Lagoon’s marketing manager, Már Másson, advance bookings have surpassed expectations.
A night at the luxury property costs at least 144,000 Icelandic krona (€1,187), but the privileged guests have access to a private lagoon from their suites and a personal waiter.
More than 700,000 people visited the mineral-rich waters of the lagoon in 2014, a figure which is likely to be far higher this year. So having private access will please tourists who have the necessary resources.
The Retreat offers 62 rooms with freestanding bathtubs and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the surrounding volcanic landscape. Rooms on the ground floor have direct access to the geothermal waters via private terraces, while upper-floor rooms have balconies.
The hotel is part of a complex that also includes a subterranean spa carved into the volcanic rock, with saunas, mineral-based treatments and a lava rock-heated steam room.
An even more exclusive experience can be found at the private spa Hidden Cove, which comes with a butler, on-call chef and private masseuse.