Westman Islands, Iceland
Providing a comfortable retreat in the remote Vestmannaeyjar, or Westman Islands, the hotel offers direct access to the islands’ famous Atlantic puffin colonies and other outstanding seabird watching, plus hikes just out the door into scenic landscapes including Eldfell volcano. Spacious double rooms, decorated in neutral gray with bright red accents, have two twin beds with cozy duvets that can be joined to make one king. Each room has an en suite bath with shower and hair dryer, armchairs, flat screen TV, Wi-Fi, telephone and an electric kettle for coffee and tea. The hotel’s Einsi Kaldi Restaurant is surprisingly sophisticated for this far-flung location, featuring fresh local specialties such as lobster soup, crusted cod, reindeer carpaccio and broccoli risotto creatively presented by an acclaimed chef in a setting of casual elegance. The spa has two wooden hot tubs and a sauna, with massage therapy available.