Travel Picks: Hot stuff-Stylish hotels at volcanic destinations

Fri May 21, 2010 4:02am EDT
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SINGAPORE (Reuters Life!) - Iceland's volcano may be wreaking havoc on the travel industry, but not all mountains with a rumble are bad, with boutique hotel specialists Mr. and Mrs. Smith ( coming up with a list of stylish hotels in volcanic destinations.

The list is not endorsed by Reuters.

1. 101 Hotel, Reykjavik, Iceland

They don't call it the Land of Fire and Ice for nothing, but if it's cool you're after, make a date with the 101 Hotel in Iceland's happening harbor-side capital, more than 100 km from headline grabbing volcano Eyjafjallajokull. Behind the classical facade you'll find a vision of metropolitan monochrome, with sleek bedrooms and freestanding baths. Dine on Mod Icelandic cuisine at the restaurant or consider the local art at the 101 Gallery. Then warm up in the basement sauna.

2. Hacienda de San Antonio, Colima, Mexico

Backstroke up and down the enormous pool at this coral-pink, classically decorated heritage hotel and you'll be able to eyeball the unmistakably steep slopes of the Colima volcano in the distance. Nestled near the Pacific coast west of capital Mexico City, this elegant 120-year-old retreat offers stately manor luxe amid lush landscaped gardens. You can't beat the El Quetzal Junior Suite, which boasts panoramic views of the smoke-haloed volcano from its pretty terrace. The hacienda runs its own organic ranch so you can dine on delicious local produce, then kick back with a margarita made from local mango grappa.

3. Mystique, Santorini, Greece

Set on a rugged Cycladic island summit with vistas of a cliff-lined volcanic bay, this getaway is high on romance, relaxation and nature. Soaring above the rocky heights of the southern tip of Oia, in the north of Santorini, its serene, all-white suites are spacious and airy with private terraces overlooking the sea. Gym freaks will love the spa-inspired Spiritual Suites, which come with a jacuzzi, exercise machine and spa bed to ensure you're looking your best.

4. The Boatshed, Auckland, New Zealand   Continued...