The Vibe: Other-wordly.
The Area: 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.
The DNA: Fogo Island Inn redefines getting away from it all. It makes no attempt to blend in: this is bold modern architecture; 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. 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. 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.
Suite-Me-Up: The third-floor Newfoundland Rooms make for a romantic nest. Cuddle in the glow of the wood-stove fireplace or soak in a massive tub, all set against the dynamic background of the ocean crashing into the rocky coastline just beyond your wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. As with all of the rooms, each detail – the bright bed quilts, sleek Scandinavian-influenced furniture, throw rugs and wallpaper – is the work of local artists.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 29 suites (31-102m2) (334-1,098 sq ft) • hotel opened: 2013 • architecture: Todd Saunders • interior design: Studioilse • bathroom amenities: locally sourced • two night minimum stay (three June to September)