Fogo Island Inn redefines getting away from it all. On an island off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, accessible only by ferry or tiny prop plane, the inn stands at the very edge of the rolling Atlantic. This is probably the most audacious hotel opening in Canada to date.
It makes no attempt to blend in: this is bold modern architecture by Newfoundland-born, Norway based architect Todd Saunders. A long, cross-shaped building, four storeys talls it stands on a nummer of pilotis, offering panoramic views of the rocky coastline through floor-to-ceiling windows. And yet, with its driftwood-white walls, minimalist interiors, and furniture and textiles made by local craftspeople, it also seems perfectly in keeping.
It can go toe-to-toe with any world-class, five-star hotel: big rooms dreamy beds, hot tubs on the roof - perfect for late-night star-gazing- and superb food made by using local ingredients. Other facilities include a lounge, bar, gym, cinema and a set of wood-fired saunas.
• 29 suites
• Architecture: Todd Saunders
• Interiors: Studioilse
DNA: Founded by Zita Cobb, an islander who made millions in fibre-optics, the inn is run by a charitable foundation that feeds profits back into the community. The foundation also runs an artist-in-residence programme with striking architect-designed artist studios scattered across the island.