Fiery red lava, flowing magma and firework eruptions have shaped our world. Volcanic activity dating back millions of years, or just days, has created new islands and, more recently, tourist attractions. Some of the world’s most famous destinations and hotels have extinct and active volcanoes nearby; here are our favorites.
4 stars | Website | Athens International Airport (ATH)
6 | Free WIFI; Room service; Airport shuttle | 1
place Syntagm; Acropolis; Pantheon
Cascading down the side of a volcanic cliff, this 24-room boutique hotel offers sweeping views of Santorini’s magnificent crescent-shaped caldera. Located in the ever-lively and Instagram-famous Santorini village of Oia, its whitewashed rooms and private pools are a luxurious respite from maddening crowds. Located on the most perfect stretch of Santorini, with views of active volcanoes, this is a stay to remember.
5 stars | Website | Reykjavik Keflavik Airport
62 | Garden furniture; Free WIFI; Spa | 3
Blue Lagoon; Þorbjörn mountain; Kleifarvatn Lake
Volcanic eruptions in Iceland have been making headlines for over a decade. More recently, the Fagradalsfjall eruption started spewing lava again on August 3. Located twenty minutes from the last explosion, The Retreat at the Blue Lagoon is surrounded by hardened lava flows. Its unlimited access to the Retreat Lagoon means you can soak in geothermal water heated in underground lava aquifers and exfoliate with volcanic minerals.
5 stars | Website | Bay of Islands Airport
24 | 1 swimming pool; 3 private beaches; Spa | 1
Matauri Bay Beach; The Bay of Islands; Kerikeri Tennis Club
Dozens of active and inactive volcanoes dot New Zealand’s North and South Islands. Four hours north of Auckland, Kauri Cliffs luxury lodge and golf course sits on the edge of volcanic cliffs formed millions of years ago. Consisting of 26 suites, residences and an extremely spacious cottage, it exudes a coastal atmosphere with spectacular views. Its fern-filled spa includes volcanic treatments incorporating thermal mud from Rotorua into a relaxing body wrap.
5 stars | Website | Ngurah Rai International Airport
8 | 1 swimming pool; Private beach area; Spa | 1
Balian Beach; Medewi Beach; Rambout Siwi Temple
On the volcanic black sand of Bali’s most deserted beaches lies LOST LINDENBERG. This new eight-room boutique hotel features treehouses with stunning sea views and beachfront oases. Volcanic stones and jet-black sand can be seen throughout, especially in common areas like the courtyard, tables and an upcoming line of jewelry for customers.
5 stars | Website | Tahiti Fa’a’a International Airport
35 | 1 swimming pool; Free WIFI; Spa | 1
Bird Island; mermaid’s bay; Tahiti; Moorea
French Polynesia was formed by volcanic hotspots, magma seeping out of the earth’s crust and hardening on the surface. The lava-formed island of Tetiaroa is home to a crystal-clear lagoon that doubles as a sunken caldera. It is also home to one of the most glitzy resorts in the world, The Brando. Fly to one of the island’s 36 private plane villas and treat yourself to this lavish Polynesian getaway frequented by A-listers.
4 stars | Website | Hilo International Airport
5 | Free WIFI; Garden furniture; Jacuzzi | 1
Hawaii Volcano National Park; Kilauea Volcano; Kaimu Beach Park
This rainforest lodge is less than five minutes from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the world’s most active volcano. With just five bedrooms hidden among ferns and Ohia trees, it’s the perfect family getaway. This B&B includes breakfast and local Kona coffee, hand-delivered to your lodge before heading out for a day of exploring the volcano.
4 stars | Website | Santorini National Airport (JTR)
59 | 1 swimming pool; Spa; bar | 1
Exo Gialos beach; Megaro Gyzi; Pori Beach
Volcanoes are a pervasive theme at this sleek new Unbound Collection by Hyatt property. Surrounded by vineyards grown in volcanic soil, the resort’s exterior is a jigsaw puzzle of black volcanic rock found on the island. Each of its 59 spacious rooms and suites includes black lava soap and lava stone lampshades. Head underground to the Lava Spa, where the treatments are sublime and the lava stones in the sauna are hot.
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