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The Retreat at Blue Lagoon, Iceland: When earth, water and design fuse together

Celebrating the beauty and healing properties of mineral-rich water with AXOR Starck and AXOR Showers
Schiltach, November 2019. At the Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland, earth, water and design come together as never before. An 800-year-old lava vein runs through the heart of the complex, and the rock’s unique qualities are everywhere incorporated into the architecture. But the real star is the water. Created in a tectonic realm of searing heat and immense pressure, the mineral-rich water of the Blue Lagoon is fabled for its healing properties and otherworldly beauty. This water completely surrounds the Retreat’s 62-suite luxury hotel, to stunning effect.

Luxurious calm and natural beauty also in the bathrooms

And the special relationship with water continues indoors, where bathrooms are equipped with AXOR Starck faucets and AXOR Showers in Chrome and Brushed Black Chrome. Featuring faucets with classic pin handles, AXOR Starck is a meditation on minimalism. AXOR ShowerSelect thermostatic controls and AXOR overhead showers also contribute to the atmosphere of luxurious calm and natural beauty at this one-of-a-kind destination. “The Retreat is built into an 800-year-old lava flow and we wanted the design to celebrate that. The fireplaces are made of lava rock, as are the tables. We selected custom faucets by AXOR to fit the overall mood we wished to create”, explains Sigurdur Thorsteinsson, Chief Design Officer, Design Group Italia.

Although secluded, the Retreat is just twenty minutes by car from Keflavík Airport and fifty minutes from Reykjavík. The road itself carves through the Reykjanes Peninsula, a landscape of lava fields, cone-shaped volcanoes and ancient mud pools. For guests who wish to explore its remarkable surroundings, the hotel offers hiking excursions, whale watching and private helicopter tours. But with a subterranean spa, a geothermal lagoon and a restaurant, Moss, that reinterprets Iceland’s culinary tradition for today, those staying at the Retreat may find they already have everything they need.

About AXOR

AXOR develops, constructs and produces taps, showerheads and accessories for luxurious bathrooms and kitchens to perfection. At the highest aesthetic and technological levels, avantgarde, one-of-a-kind pieces and collections are created. Some of them are considered classics of bathroom design to this day. Collectively they embody the claim „Form Follows Perfection“: not ending the developmental process until nothing more can be added or removed. Pace-setting design objects have been developed with this recipe for more than 25 years with world-renowned designers, among them Philippe Starck, Antonio Citterio, Jean-Marie Massaud and Patricia Urquiola. AXOR is a brand of the Hansgrohe Group.


Astrid Bachmann
Deputy Lead Corporate Communications, Global PR AXOR