Wellness & Spa

Hotel with thermal bath in Iceland – extinct volcanoes and blue lagoon for wellbeing

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Iceland’s “Blue Lagoon” hotel with thermal baths unveils a cool new luxury in a resort for guests who are enthusiastic about wellness and spa while staying there. For many visitors, a trip to the steaming geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon is a highlight. Now this highlight could get even better. Due to the growing popularity, the new hotel with thermal baths was opened next to the turquoise-blue, mineral water, on a lava field.

Away from civilization in a hotel with thermal baths

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The tourists can expand their vacation to something extraordinary by convincing themselves of the healing properties of the lake water. The hotel with thermal bath also has 62 rooms and opened its doors in autumn 2017. Above all, the unique wellness area offers hotel guests exclusive access to the invigorating facilities of the attraction. The expansion of the resort also includes a new dining room and the Moss restaurant and spa. The latter is still known as Lava Cove.

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Basalt Architects has completed the venue in Iceland to set the line between nature, wellness, hospitality and prosperity. Due to the unique properties of the geothermal lake water, the beauty of the volcanic environment and first-class service, the hotel impresses with thermal baths and many extras. The project is particularly impressive with the nature area that uses healing water from a geothermal power plant.

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Hundreds of thousands of visitors make the trip to the Blue Lagoon every year to wallow in the gentle lakes. These were created in an 800-year-old lava field, and the attraction’s location in Grindavik on the Reykjanes Peninsula is close to the country’s international airport. Even self-travelers who make a stopover for a few hours can treat themselves to a wellness treatment in the hotel with thermal bath.

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In 2016, the destination completed the first phase of its expansion, enlarging the lagoon by half. The opening of Lava Cove and Moss Hotel with thermal baths in autumn 2017 has therefore turned into an important milestone for tourism in Iceland.

Unique spa experience in the hotel with thermal bath

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As a guest of the health resort, the visitor can admire the view of the deep blue water of the famous lagoon from the hotel suites. This is embedded in the innumerable lava formations through the natural processes and is located in the UNESCO Global Geopark. The whole resort includes a series of pools of geothermal lake water rich in minerals such as silica and sulfur. These mineral substances are primarily known for the treatment of skin diseases and can have a noticeable effect during your stay.

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The original nature area for the resort, the adjoining Silica Hotel and other extensions to the facilities were designed by Sigríður Sigþórsdóttir, co-founder of the architectural office. Sigurður Þorsteinsson and Design Group Italia worked with Basalt Architects on the hotel and thermal bath in Blue Lagoon. In the following years the complex was expanded a lot.

Minimalist forms in the middle of nature

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The new hotel with thermal bath is the culmination of the founder’s vision as the epicenter for health and wellbeing. The sanctuary is designed to take advantage of the natural beauty of the lagoon and minimize the building’s impact on the surrounding area. A thorough analysis of the cracks and furrows that form this volcanic landscape shaped the layout of the project plan.

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A degree of flexibility was also incorporated into the planning to customize the design in response to unexpected discoveries during the excavation work. As a result, the hotel with thermal baths blends in seamlessly with the surroundings and integrates some of the natural features. The architects aimed to present the lava, moss and water as ubiquitous.

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So this landscaping, together with the design, has resulted in an architecture that is intertwined with the surrounding elements. The bare lava forms the walls inside and outside and covers the roofs. The lagoon waters surround, cascade, and flow through the resort, and the lush moss extends to the horizon hidden in a cloud of geothermal steam.

Remarkable construction made of natural stone and building material

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The materials the team used throughout the project were chosen by the designers to complement the hues and textures of the landscape. Raw concrete, wood and lava stone from the site harmonize with the hotel and the surrounding area.

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The predominantly concrete structure is built with elements that have either been prefabricated or cast in place. The exposed concrete is also treated to create walls with different textures and tones. These are also reminiscent of white silica or gray lava. Furthermore, the tailor-made facades in the hotel with thermal bath are characterized by a dark gray color and a perforated pattern. This is reminiscent of the ventilated surface of the solidified magma rock.

Stylish interior ambience

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The 62 suites have a minimalist design and feature floor-to-ceiling windows and designer furniture. The perspective from the hotel rooms also directs the view of the lagoon or the moss-covered rocks.

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The lava rock appears in various shapes throughout the interior to create surfaces and objects that root the building in its context. This includes service counters in the reception area and a cooking table in the restaurant, which is also made of lava that was extracted on site.

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Walls made of visible rock also surround the wine cellar that belongs to the restaurant. Discreet lighting rounds off the whole thing, with additional pendant lights adding to the subdued ambience.

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