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The Retreat at Blue Lagoon, a 5-star in Iceland

Erin Tallman
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Ever hear someone say Iceland isn’t worth the flight? Of course not. And this year, there’s a new reason to go.

Sigríður Sigþórsdóttir, founding partner of Basalt Architects, in collaboration with Design Group Italia, designed The Retreat at Blue Lagoon in Iceland, completed this year.

Awarded with the title of Iceland’s first five-star hotel, The Retreat has been constructed harmoniously with the environment—yes, the one that has always wowed travelers—, and reveals views of the lagoon’s turquoise water and surrounding lava formations.

They developed a natural palette for the brut concrete superstructure that acts as a fusion of the surrounding elements: grey lava, terrazzo, sand, water and Iceland’s vibrant green moss. They selected B&B Italia to provide all the millwork and furnishings for most of the interiors, as well as the decorative lighting for the hotel, Moss restaurant, library and spa.

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon, a 5-star in Iceland

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon in Iceland. Courtesy of Basalt Architects.

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