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Believe it or not, the Blue Lagoon was created as a result of the operations of a geothermal power plant back in the 1970s — nowadays, it’s one of Iceland‘s most popular tourist attractions. Located on the Reykjanes Peninsula, the lagoon houses geothermal water that originates 6,500 feet below the surface, where freshwater and seawater combine at extreme temperatures. As the water travels to the surface, it acquires silica and minerals which supposedly are healing for the skin.

The site sees as many as 700,000 visitors a year, making it one of Iceland’s most visited attractions. For those who don’t love crowds, there’s good news — a luxury property known as Moss Hotel is being built on-site and guests will have access to a private swimming area that’s separate from the main lagoon.

Bathe in serenity at Moss Hotel
Bathe in serenity at Moss Hotel’s private swimming area.

The boutique hotel will have just 62 rooms, some of which will feature terrace access to the geothermal waters. Other rooms will have balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows that allow guests to gaze at the volcanic landscape and other surrounding scenery.

Some guest rooms have terraces that are built directly on top of the geothermal waters. Image courtesy of the hotel.
Some guest rooms have terraces that are built directly on top of the geothermal waters.

The hotel will also be home to a ‘subterranean spa’ called Lava Cove, which is located in an 800-year-old lava flow and promises to facilitate the restorative properties of the geothermal water.

Catch up on some rest and relaxation at the Moss Hotel
Catch up on some rest and relaxation at Lava Cove, the Moss Hotel’s spa.

More discerning guests will be able to visit Hidden Cove, a private spa that’ll boast a private chef, masseuse and butler. Moss Hotel is set to open in the fall of 2017 with room rates beginning around $1,000 per night.

H/T: The Telegraph

All images courtesy of the hotel.

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