UMI is a Japanese word for sea. It is a fitting name for the UMI Hotel, since it stands so close to the ocean – it only takes about 20 minutes to walk to a vast, private, black sandy beach. Once on the beach it is just you and the elements. The owners have created a hotel in harmony with the landscape, so their guests can spend each day in the heart of nature. On one side of the hotel there is a majestic view of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, which achieved infamy when it erupted in 2010. On the other side there are stunning views towards a black sandy beach and the Westman Islands.
The hotel is located directly between south Iceland’s most popular tourist destinations, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, as well as many other interesting attractions. UMI provides an ideal base to discover the south coast of Iceland, and there are endless places to explore, ranging from waterfalls and volcanoes to museums – those looking for adventure will find a seemingly endless landscape to enjoy. The team at UMI can arrange private tours of the surroundings directly from the hotel. And if you want an aerial view of Iceland, then a helicopter trip can be arranged, complete with pick-up from the hotel! For thrill-seekers there is snowmobiling, ice-climbing or paragliding, and be sure to book a super-jeep ride onto the glaciers.
The hotel has 28 beautifully designed rooms, a gourmet restaurant and a bar with breathtaking views of the volcano. The modern guest rooms include wi-fi, mini-fridge, satellite TV and safe. UMI’s comfort and serenity is realised by colours, shapes and patterns inspired by the surrounding landscape.
UMI Hotel is family-owned and run. Their love and dedication ensures that guests have the very best stay. The fine dining restaurant promises a gourmet meal after a day’s activities – complete with the restaurant’s extensive wine selection every evening is special. The chefs always use the best fresh, seasonal and local ingredients. The hotel bar has a great selection of wines and cocktails and is the perfect place to unwind, to chat about your day, play some cards or just read a good book. Θ