Experience the VIP treatment with an unforgettable holiday to Iceland
Although Iceland’s dramatic geography and natural phenomena may seem like another world, you can touch down in this magical Nordic island in under three hours.
With such an array of otherworldly sights on offer – from bubbling geothermal springs to black sand beaches – it’s easy to understand why Iceland is quickly becoming a must-visit destination for luxury-seeking holidaymakers, including A-list celebrities like Beyonce and Jay Z. It’s one of the only places in the world where you can be speeding across a glacier on a snowmobile at sunrise, strolling across secluded sand beaches in the afternoon and gazing up at the Northern Lights at night-time.
Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavik, is where you’ll find most of the top-shelf hotels, as well as sleek architecture, modern art installations and fantastic shopping districts. As much as there is to see and do here, it’s also just a fraction of what a luxury holiday to Iceland has to offer. Luckily, the city is within easy reach of most of the must-see attractions, such as the Golden Circle route, which includes the Gullfoss waterfall, the UNESCO World Heritage Thingvellir National Park and the impressive Strokkur fountain geyser.
Other luxury holidays to take a look at
If you’ve still got your sights set on a luxury holiday but aren’t entirely such which part of the world you’d like to see, we can help you out. Take a peek at destinations with similarly chilly terrains like snowy Lapland, mountain-clad Slovenia or even Bulgaria. But if, when all’s said and done, the allure of Iceland still has you hooked, make sure to take a look at our travel guide to find out more about this fascinating country, and check out some of the plush hotels on offer below.
Lapland | Slovenia | Bulgaria
Living the high life in Iceland
No luxury holiday to Iceland is complete without a luxurious day trip. A good portion of the high end hotels in Reykjavik include excursions within the holiday price, so make sure you take advantage of the VIP treatment on offer. Among the top magical experiences is the chance to see the elusive Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, which are best viewed via a guided tour to a secluded location in the countryside away from the bright city lights.
The famous Blue Lagoon is closer though, at just a 30-minute drive from Reykjavik. You can easily spend a couple of hours soaking in the steamy waters, and there are also a range of massages and other spa treatments available if you want to treat yourself to a complete pamper package.
In Reykjavik, the nightlife is something that has to be experienced, with most of the action centred around the 101 district. Whether you’re heading to an upmarket cocktail bar like Loftid or sleek nightclubs such as Austur, there are plenty of chances to put on your glad rags and party VIP-style into the early hours.
The largest hotel in Iceland, the 4* Fosshotel Reykjavik prides itself on its fantastic location and first class service. Reykjavik's main highlights are less than a 10-minute walk away, including the shops, bars and restaurants in Laugavegur. This impressive hotel also offers modern interiors and each room features special added details like walk-in showers, flat screen TVs and sweeping city views. Providing plenty of opportunity for rest and recreation, you'll also find a fine dining restaurant in a sleek setting, a beer garden, guest lounge and fitness centre.
The state-of-the-art Storm Hotel benefits from a spectacular location right in the centre of Reykjavik. Just a five-minute walk will take you to the city's main nightlife and shopping street, making it the perfect base for exploring the city. This Nordic-style hotel opened in 2015, meaning that everything inside feels modern and fresh. A stylish dining room offers guests a sumptuous buffet breakfast, while the rooms have all the home comforts you need to enjoy your stay, including flat screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and a spacious walk-in shower.