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Spotlight on: Fogo Island Inn

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20 April 2017 by Julia Hudson

In recent weeks travel lovers around the world have been captivated by BBC Two's series Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby. Hosted by Giles Coren, columnist and food writer for The Times, and Monica Galetti, Masterchef judge and chef, the show has been transporting viewers to some of the most unique properties in the world and showing them what it takes to make these places run. On Monday, 24 April, the show will visit one of our favourite hotels in Canada – Fogo Island Inn.

Travel to rocky Fogo Island, off the coast of the Atlantic province of Newfoundland, and it won't be difficult to find the hotel. The striking modernist building was designed by architect Todd Saunders to combine Newfoundland's traditions with a starkly contemporary attitude. Local builders and craftspeople made up the building crew, ensuring that the community was deeply tied to the structure, and that it reflected not only a sharp design sensibility, but also the values of the region.

Exterior of Fogo Island Inn”><br></p><p>Chief among these values is ecological sustainability. With wings of the building jutting out on top of dozens on elegant, thin stilts, the structure doesn't negatively impact the nearby landscape – the rocks as well as the berries and lichens have been left intact. The exterior of the building is black spruce, a local sustainable wood milled nearby. The steel-frame building and triple-glazed windows are all insulated to the highest standard, keeping the seaside chill off even in the deepest of Canadian winters. Cisterns collect rainwater to be filtered and reused in toilets and other facilities, and solar panels capture enough energy for underfloor heating, and hot water for the kitchen and laundry.</p><p style=Fogo Island Inn guest suite”><br></p><p>What makes this hotel one of the amazing few to be featured by the BBC is not just its incredible location overlooking the sea, or its laudable local support, but its top of the line guest facilities. Each of the 29 guest rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing every visitor their own world-class ocean view. Locally-sourced textiles and furniture decorate each room, and many have individual wood-burning stoves.</p><p style=Exterior of Fogo Island Inn at dusk”><br></p><p> </p><p>Venture from your room, and you'll find a locally-curated art gallery (<a href=

Fogo Island Arts is a renowned residency-based contemporary arts organisation), as well as a bar, lounge and dining room – the latter of which features a menu sourced from the island and focussed on seafood, berries, mushrooms and more. A library showcases the best of Fogo Island's history and heritage, and an on-site cinema, gym, saunas, and outdoor hot tubs mean guests' needs are fully considered from check in to check out.

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