Introducing the Newest Hotels on the Icelandic Scene
Exiting times have been and are arriving in Iceland! Last year we saw the opening of the Skalakot Lodge on the South Shore, ION’s City escape hotel and now in 2018 we are seeing the much anticipated opening of the Blue Lagoon’s Latest property ‘The Retreat’. This 62 suite property located on a 800 year old Moss Covered Lava flow and features an underground Spa. And the summer see’s the sister property of Hotel Borg opening. Hotel Exeter, a cool contemporary hotel located by the Reykjavik Old Harbour, a restoration project from a house dating back to 1904.
Skálakot lodge is a luxury farm hotel on the South coast of Iceland with 14 bedrooms and an excellent restaurant in addition to a selection of all the services that can be expected from a top class hotel of this kind. The hotel is built as an extension from the farm where the owners actually live and they look at all visitors as guests of the family – the Icelandic sense of hospitality that we have been brought up on.
Skálakot lodge offers romantic, comfortable and luxurious mood and the design is based on details and atmosphere generating wellbeing and relaxation.
The interior design of the hotel echoes the Art Deco period, which is a style of visual arts and architecture, which first appeared in France at the beginning of the 20th century. This movement was characterised by a fusion of luxury and modernism, in which exclusive materials and great craftsmanship blended in a modern form.
The Retreat – Blue Lagoon Iceland
Blue Lagoon Iceland is expanding its horizons with an exclusive destination that opens in spring 2018 – the first of its kind. The Retreat at the Blue Lagoon will offer spa, accommodation, and culinary experiences. Built into an 800-year-old lava flow in the heart of an astonishing volcanic frontier and surrounded by the mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon, the Retreat will be a place of relaxation, rejuvenation, and exploration. The Retreat's architecture and design create the harmonic interplay between interior and exterior, blurring the distinction between volcanic nature and radiant hospitality.
The experience is built on four pillars:
Spa: Carved into the volcanic earth, a spa that brings you into harmony with nature as you move through a realm of unique and inspiring design. The journey culminates with the Blue Lagoon Ritual, an exhilarating cycle of wellbeing based on the Blue Lagoon’s three defining elements: silica, algae, and minerals.
Accommodations: Sixty-two elegant guest suites set in the lava and surrounded by the revitalizing waters of the Blue Lagoon.
Culinary journey: A dining concept based on the reinvention of Iceland’s culinary heritage, with emphasis on locally sourced ingredients brought forth from the country's seas, mountains, rivers, farms, and geothermal greenhouses.
Exploration: Located in the heart of the Reykjanes UNESCO Geopark and sitting astride the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the Retreat will offer guests unforgettable expeditions into a landscape that is alive with an extraordinary array of volcanic phenomena.
ION City hotel
The 18-room Ion City Hotel is the citified version of Ion’s original countryside retreat – ION Adventure Hotel. The hotels embody the spirit of Nordic design and is located in the heart of Reykjavik, with access to many shops, cafés, bars, and restaurants. The hotel is housed in a smartly renovated building that retains its original architectural beauty yet is augmented by outside walls featuring a motif inspired by traditional Icelandic weaving. Inside, guests discover luxuriously organic interiors defined by clean lines, Icelandic art, and a palette of grey and white, contrasted by warm-hued wooden floors. Here, a world of gunmetal greys, fine-grained woods, and regional design pieces are bathed in light that spills in through large windows that offer expansive panoramic views of Reykjavik. A stay at Ion City also includes farm-fresh cuisine, a go-to bar for locals, a gym, and a private dining room.
Exeter Hotel is a cool and contemporary design hotel by the old Reykjavík harbour that offers local experience with all the perks of a hotel stay. The hotel’s main building is a restoration of a house originally built in 1904. Now renovated and linked to new and modern buildings the hotel’s exterior is a tribute both to contemporary architecture and times when fishing and trade where the area’s main industry.
Leading from the entrance to the back garden is an open floor plan that includes a restaurant, bar, lounge and reception area. The ground floor’s high ceiling, together with the open garden, create a loft like feeling that connects the upstairs garden view rooms to the flow from the bustling street in the front.
Exeter Hotel features 106 rooms designed in an industrial yet modern style. The rooms are decorated with selective pieces that are as much about function as style, with emphasis on humble materials.