One of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, Fogo Island Inn sits on stilts on an island off the coast of Canada, affording all 29 suites with floor-to-ceiling views of sea and sky. The remote island can be reached by charter plane, helicopter or airport transfer by Newfoundland.
While the 43,000 square-foot Inn was designed by architect Todd Saunders to make the very best of the astonishing natural landscape outside, its interior boasts a wealth of modern features such as a 37-seat cinema, gym and yoga and reading rooms. The restaurant, which takes inspiration from local produce and ingredients, was rated as one of the Diner’s Club 50 Best Discovery Series last year.
Guests will find wood-fired saunas and outdoor hot tubs on the fourth-floor roof deck – along with some of the clearest possible skies for stargazing. The quilts in each room have been handmade for the Inn by local craftspeople, and suites on the third and fourth floors have wood-burning stoves.
Fogo Island has seven distinct seasons, so there’s a huge range of outdoor activities to be enjoyed. Boat tours of the Little Fogo Islands take in icebergs – and whales too, if luck allows. The island boasts 125 miles of footpaths, from which one can spot caribou, puffins and seals while walking with the Inn’s two gigantic Newfoundland dogs.
In winter there’s snowmobiling, ice skating, snowshoeing and ice fishing; in more clement weather, berry picking and bonfire parties on the rocks.