BBC2's Amazing Hotels: Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland, Canada

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Singapore, Ecuador, Nairobi, Marrakech – and now the Amazing Hotels team is decamping to Canada for the penultimate episode in the series.

This week it’s all about Fogo Island Inn, a futuristic architectural feast for the eyes in Newfoundland. This hotel was also recently rewarded Coolest Creative Hub in the 2017 Mr and Mrs Smith Hotel Awards.

Where is it?

You’ll find Fogo Island Inn off the wild and rugged northern coast of Newfoundland, which is the most easterly province of Canada. Sea-sprayed, rocky and remote, Fogo Island is often described by locals as ‘far away from far away’, so far perched out it is into the bolshy Atlantic Ocean. The island Is only nine by 15 miles long and steeped in its fishing history.

What’s the style?

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Finished only five years ago, the hotel is already seen as a design icon. Angular, white and balancing on zig-zagged stilts, it was built to reflect the houses of local fishermen. Owner and founder Zita Cobb drew on the island’s past and area’s rich heritage to create this striking and unique retreat. In 2017, Cobb received the Order of Canada in Ottawa for her dedication for rural development.

The contemporary structure and sleek suites are filled with sublime details from hand-loomed artisanal rugs to furniture made by former boat builders – that keep the sense of island and community at the forefront of its ethos.

Is it eco-friendly?

The inn’s environmental impact was a crucial consideration in its design – all the building materials were locally sourced and sustainable, and recycling, composting, renewable solar and wood-burning energy sources are in place throughout.

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How many rooms are there?

It has just 29 rooms, which are all suites – so you don’t have to worry about your slice of wilderness feeling overcrowded.

What about food & drink?

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In keeping with the sustainable theme, it’s all about local, organic and seasonal food at Fogo Island – in fact, the hotel has even established the Fogo Island Agricultural co-op. It has a fine dining restaurant – with magnificent views and a vaulted ceiling – whose award-winning chef boasts the North Atlantic as his larder. Everything here is made in-house, from the grainy mustard to the caribou sausages.

Any other facilities?

There’s a cosy library with a wood-burning fire, where you can bury yourself in books focused on the history and culture of Newfoundland. There is also a 37-seat cinema, inspired by Art Deco movie houses but adapted to fit within Fogo Island’s design, which also doubles up as a lecture theatre. The fourth floor rooftop desk is home to the hotel’s wood-fired saunas and two outdoor hot tubs, from where you can stargaze.

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If you want to keep up your exercise regime, there’s a gym, and a studio for yoga and pilates.

What is there to do?

Fogo Island has a whopping seven seasons, and during each one you’ll find different things to do. Everything from hiking and bicycling, to picking wild berries and cross-country skiing is on offer.


Double rooms from £914, excluding tax at 15 per cent;

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