Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond The Lobby returned on Tuesday night, this time delving deep into a luxury Icelandic retreat.
Presenters Monica Galetti and Giles Coren visited ION Adventure Hotel, a design hotel levitating out from a dormant volcano – and it’s so remote the nearest shop is 20 miles away.
Guests from all over the globe visit here expecting the adventure of a lifetime and can explore lava flows, glaciers, and snorkel in near-icy waters.
The ION Hotel is located on Mount Hengill, a volcano which last erupted 2000 years ago.
Although the mountain is active and does tremor from time to time, it is not likely to erupt for another 2000 years.
There are 45 guest rooms in the hotel and one suite. As you might expect, one night’s stay in a deluxe room will cost a pretty penny at £358.
Although the rooms are small, measuring up to just 20 square metres, they are ideal for recharging the batteries after a day jam-packed with adventure.
Guests can also relax in the outside pool, which is heated by the geothermal hot water from the nearby hot pools.
The premise also boasts of a hotel bar sat in a six-metre-high glass box which offers 180-degree views of the surroundings.
‘You are sitting and taking it all in,’ Monica exclaimed as she took in the setting.
The ION hotel is the ideal base from which to explore the landscape, whether you’re searching to soak up the Northern Lights or spend a day fly-fishing in plentiful icy rivers.
Giles described the spot as a ‘safe and comfortable stay for which to explore such a dramatic landscape’.
‘It’s surely something to be celebrated,’ he added. ‘I think it’s the most adventurous time we’ve had in Europe.
‘It’s all about getting people out into Iceland. They clearly want to show what they’ve got and you’ve got to get out and experience it. They’re on the cusp of finding out what mass tourism could mean.’
Viewers were blown away by the remote escape and rushed to Twitter to comment.
‘Absolutely fascinating episode again,’ one wrote.
‘I really do enjoy this show, I’ve watched every series and they’re still finding incredible hotels and adventures that surprise me.’
Echoing a similar sentiment, another penned: ‘I’m watching #AmazingHotels and would quite like to live in Iceland. Dramatic scenery, harsh weather, warm, comfy hotel rooms. Bliss.’
Next week, Giles and Monica explore Reid’s Palace, Madeira, one of Europe’s greatest hotels.
Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby continues on Tuesday at 8pm on BBC Two.
Credit: Original article published here.