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.
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.