March 25, 2017
Iceland’s Blue Lagoon to open first Luxury Hotel
Iceland has exploded onto the tourist scene in the past two years. With Wow Air offering $100 flights from the US to Reykjavik and $200 flight to Europe with connections in Reykjavik, more tourists than ever are making the stopover. There’s lots to do on the European island, like seeing the northern lights, taking a reindeer sleigh ride, hiking through ice caves, swimming in the Blue Lagoon (geothermal outdoor spa), whale watching, and more!
The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s most popular attractions, drawing an estimated 700,000 visitors a year! Bill Gates rented out the entire Lagoon back in 2015 for a private midnight swim and celebrities like Justin Bieber, Jay Z, Beyonce, and the Kardashians have been spotted snapping Instagram pics there as well.
Don’t fret if you’re not a celebrity, as you’ll soon be able to enjoy a private experience in the Lagoon as well. The Moss Hotel is building the first luxury hotel on the Blue Lagoon and is slated to open Fall 2017. The 62 room property will provide access to a private swimming section of the Lagoon separate from the area available to the public-which means you can dodge the massive crowds of tourists.
Some of the rooms on the ground floor will even offer private terraces with direct access to the blue waters. Rooms on the higher floors will have large windows and balconies, giving guests panoramic views of the water. The hotel will also offer a ‘Lava Cove’, a private underground spa carved from the volcanic rock. The property is being designed with Icelandic architecture in mind and will offer the best in Icelandic cuisine as well.
Room rates for the Moss hotel will start around $1,000. So, how can you stay here without spending $1,000 a night? The Moss isn’t part of a hotel chain, so you can’t book rooms for free using hotel points in the traditional sense. But here’s a couple way you can lower your costs:
- The Barclaycard Arrival+ earns 2X points per dollar on all purchases and comes with a 50,000 point sign up bonus after spending $3,000 in the first three months. You can redeem the points for travel expenses at a rate of 1 cent per point. So the sign up bonus alone gets you $500 towards the price of the room.
- The Citi Prestige give you a fourth hotel night free when you book three nights through the Citi concierge service. You’d still have to spend a minimum of $3,000 for three paid nights at the Moss hotel, but your fourth night (worth $1,000) would be free!
I still haven’t made the trip to Iceland but it’s definitely on my short list. What’s everyone favorite place to visit on the island?
Featured Image Courtesy of Moss Hotel