Their first day here was spent exploring the incredible space. There’s a spa with its heated outdoor pool and swim-up bar overlooking a valley between the mountains as well as an outdoor sauna, and treatment rooms have floor-to-ceiling glass walls (as does much of the hotel) just in case the Northern Lights call whilst you’re relaxing.
Dinner was extensive and showcased Iceland’s growing food scene, with all guests eating around one big table. Each dish of the three-course meal was accompanied by wine, with the chef and sommelier talking through exactly what it is in front of you. Unsurprisingly, the food is locally sourced – predominantly from a sheep farm one kilometre away (sheep outnumber humans more than 2:1 in Iceland). Laura and Ruari were also let in on an in-the-know secret, with bottles of whiskey hidden in the fireplaces around the property for guests to hunt out and enjoy.
The penultimate day was undoubtedly their highlight, with whale watching on the agenda. Pelorus clients will have the option to privatise the experience and enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime sights with their loved ones. The whale watching lasted roughly two hours, with the team on board providing snacks, hot drinks and extra layers.
“They were everywhere and so close to the boat. You’d be almost guaranteed to see them” – Laura