This popular hotel is situated near Öskjuhlíð hill and Nauthólsvík beach, a short walk from Reykjavik city centre. There’s a distinctly Icelandic flavour to proceedings here, with a geothermal indoor pool and lots of local art. Guests can choose from a variety of accommodation types, from Standard and Family rooms or Poet Suites – there are ten of these in all, each named after one of Iceland’s best-loved poets, and guests staying in one of these rooms get access to a private lounge on the hotel’s fourth floor. The hotel’s restaurant, Satt, serves light Icelandic snacks and wood-fired pizzas and the bar’s happy hour lasts for four from 2-6 on Friday afternoons.
The hotel’s restaurant, Satt, provides a relaxed and fun place to enjoy a meal. In Icelandic, 'satt' means ‘true’ or ‘honest’, and this is the philosophy: true, honest Icelandic food, locally sourced and seasonally prepared. The recent installation of a traditionally Italian pizza oven doesn’t dampen this spirit, as the local ingredients used give a distinctly Nordic touch to an otherwise Mediterranean concept.
The Standard rooms are perfectly Scandinavian elegant, with motifs inspired by the extraordinary Icelandic landscapes. Poet Rooms and Art Rooms at Natura are larger, and each themed individually to reflect the work of Iceland’s favourite poets and artists, which means you’ll be immersed in Icelandic culture 24-7. Suites are also distinctively designed, while Flora Family Rooms are designed and decorated with children’s needs in mind.
One of nature’s greatest spas, the Bláa Lónið, or the Blue Lagoon as it’s more commonly called, is close by, and an indoor version, the hotel’s Sóley Natura Spa, is closer still. Choose from a range of organic creams, oils and balms and settle in for a treatment session that is tailor made to fit you, and see why this spa is known as the best in Iceland. Rekjavík offers several more cultural delights, and the wilderness, with all its jaw-dropping geography, is easily reached.