Awards | Blue Lagoon Iceland

Awards. Honors. Recommendations.

Over the years, Blue Lagoon Iceland and its creative partners have received numerous accolades.

Awards in 2019

Red Dot Award: Best of the Best for Interior Design

Red Dot

“Establishing a sensual balance, the interior architectural forms have been designed to interact with the elements of the surrounding landscape – creating an atmosphere of noble refinement that is further enhanced by a skilfully implemented colour composition and a clever lighting concept.”

It List: Best New Hotels in the World

Travel + Leisure

“Otherworldly barely begins to describe the setting of the Retreat at the Blue Lagoon, a luxurious new hotel located on one of Iceland’s most popular tourist attractions.”

AFAR’S The Stay List: One of the Best New Hotels in the World

AFAR Travel Magazine & Guide

“The 62 minimalist rooms, with their private balconies and deep stand-alone tubs, all have floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing the surrounding bright blue waters and moss-covered lava fields to set the visual tone.”

Icelandic Concrete Award

Steinsteypufelag Íslands

Iceland’s concrete association honored the Retreat for its creative, innovative use of concrete.

Recommended (Moss Restaurant)

2019 Michelin Guide

“A hotel like this deserves a fine dining restaurant. Enter Moss, located on the highest point of the property, which “reimagines Iceland’s culinary traditions” through three tasting menus (five- or seven-course, or vegan).”

Most Innovative Lighting Project

Iguzzini Lighting Design Awards

Reykjavík-based Liska was honored for creating the Retreat’s lighting design—a framework that preserves the enchantments of Iceland’s natural light while seamlessly incorporating artificial light that is energizing, relaxing, and engaging.

Best of the Best Hotel Awards: Best For Wellness

“The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland, an ethereal wellness escape at the edge of the Blue Lagoon, embodies everything we love about its home country.”

Awards in 2018

World’s 100 Greatest Places

Time Magazine

“Now the country’s most popular attraction has its own hotel, carved into an 800-year-old lava flow. It features a gourmet restaurant, a subterranean spa and 62 rooms, four of which are suites with access to private pools of the lagoon.”

Fodor’s Finest Hotels: The 100 Most Incredible Hotels In The World


“The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s most visited and beloved attractions...Now, with the opening of the Retreat at Blue Lagoon, visitors can make the extraordinary location homebase and indulge in the holistic spa experience as much as they like.”

T&C Hotel Awards: The Best New Hotels In The World

Town & Country

“To enjoy these geothermal waters without the crowds, Bill Gates reserved the entire lagoon. Stay here and you have it to yourself before it opens for the day. The hotel’s 62 sleek suites are built on lava fields surrounding the lagoon, and some have direct access to it.”

Reader’s Choice: Ultimate Mindblowing Spa

British Airways’ The Club

“One of the world’s best-known natural spas, it’s worth booking in for a day visit to experience the effects of the lagoon’s restorative, geothermal waters.”

Icelandic Design Award Winner

Icelandic Design Awards

“Basalt Architects have a unique ability to intertwine architecture and landscape and have become a role model in designing nature baths in Iceland. The architecture is of the highest quality with every detail deliberated over and spaces designed with respect."

Professional’s Choice Awards: Favorite New International Spa

American Spa

American Spa is an industry authority on matters concerning health, beauty, and wellness. Each year, its Professional’s Choice Awards are given in a range of categories that honor the best spas in the world.

Surface Travel Awards: Best Spa


“The Blue Lagoon has become the setting for a million selfies, but a new luxury spa and hotel—designed by Iceland’s Basalt Architects and Milan-based Design Group Italia—promises a much more serene experience.”

Best New Food Experiences For 2019 (Moss Restaurant)

Lonely Planet

“Already popular with visitors seeking outdoor thermal bathing bliss, Iceland’s Blue Lagoon now offers a hotspot for foodies, Moss Restaurant, within its new luxury Retreat hotel.”

Design Strategy For The Blue Lagoon

ADI Design Index

Design Group Italia was recognized for its comprehensive Blue Lagoon positioning, identity, and brand strategy—a framework that touches all vectors of the resort: retail spaces, online content, POS material, packaging, and service and experiential design.

Tatler Travel Guide’s Best European Hotels in 2018

Tatler Travel Awards

“One minute you’re settled into an armchair with a glass of wine, the next you’re hanging up your dressing gown and padding towards the calm, blissfully warm water – perhaps for an in-water massage, wrapped in algae, the spa’s signature treatment.”