Fogo Island Inn rated the 3rd best hotel in the world

The World’s Best: Fogo Island Inn rated the 3rd best hotel in the world

Posted: July 20, 2020

Fogo Island Inn has been voted the third best hotel in the world as part of the 2020 World’s Best Awards.

Hosted by Travel and Leisure, The World’s Best Awards asks more than one hundred thousand people to come together and vote on their favourite places across the globe, from hotels, islands, tour operators and much more.

Each hotel on Travel and Leisure’s list of the top 100 hotels in the world was ranked based on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Fogo Island Inn joins others including Capella Ubud in Bali, Hotel Amparo in Mexico and Secret Bay in Dominica, all of which have an outstanding commitment to excellent service, great locations, and amenities that make them unique from the rest.

Why is Fogo Island Inn so special?

View out the ocean facing windows at the Fogo Island Inn


Located on the largest offshore island in Newfoundland and Labrador, the 29-room Fogo Island Inn was designed by Newfoundland-born architect Todd Saunders, who festooned the property with objects from the area’s fishing communities and craftspeople. Woven rugs line the floors, for example, and handcrafted quilts drape over armchairs. The furniture is also traditional to the island’s outport heritage.

The Inn offers much more than just contemporary architecture and traditional furnishings, however. The restaurant, for instance, is award-winning and serves delicious dishes and fine wines to guests, who dine amidst four-story views of the wild Atlantic.

From each of the 29 rooms, guests are offered a one-of-a-kind view across the rugged Atlantic coast and can watch – through floor-to-ceiling windows – as the rolling waves crash ashore. Even better, guests can also enjoy a cocktail chilled by iceberg fragments (yes, iceberg fragments) and soak in a rooftop hot tub, gazing out into the unending universe.

A few other amenities include:

  • 37-seat cinema offered in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada
  • Library with historic collections on the region
  • A fleet of bicycles for guest use
  • Common lounge areas with six wood-burning fireplaces
  • Contemporary art gallery featuring internationally acclaimed artists
  • Conference center with meeting amenities and ocean views
  • Wi-fi throughout the inn and free local and long-distance calls

Fogo Island Inn is a glorious space away from the trials and tribulations of the world at large. With COVID-19 in full effect and what feels like a world uprooted and overturned, retreating to a safe haven like this in 2020 is almost a necessity. Above all else, Fogo Island Inn offers guests a respite from the overactive and busy mind and creates space for peaceful reflection.

Venturing beyond the Inn: Exploring Fogo Island

Girl running towards a white house in Sandy Cove Beach Area on Fogo Island in Central Newfoundland


As well as the Inn, there’s a lot to explore on this historic piece of land. Guests of the Inn can experience Fogo Island through the eyes of those whose families have lived here for some 400 years, enjoying their stories, songs, recipes, and much more.

Steeped in rich history, Fogo Island was once home to the Beothuk, an indigenous group native to Newfoundland. In the 16th Century, Portuguese explorers and early fishing crews settled here, and Fogo became a port for those venturing across the Atlantic. By 1750, it was a thriving part of Britain’s system of fisheries.

Today, the island is home to fewer than 3,000 residents. Dramatic coastlines, sweeping barrens, thick boreal forests and ancient rock formations shape the Fogo Island ecology, and guests can explore the wild nature by booking with a private guide, discovering puffins, whales, icebergs and more.

By hopping on one of the Inn’s bicycles, guests can also venture across the island and explore the fishing village of Joe Batt’s Arm, as well as hike to one of the island’s artistic sanctuaries hidden along the coast.

Needless to say, Fogo Island offers more than just one of the best hotels in the world. The ecosystem, while commanding, is a fragile being, and a chance to experience all that the island has to offer while staying at the Inn is a luxury known to only a few.

How can I experience Fogo Island Inn?

Fogo Island Inn offers guests something that is hard to come by today: a chance for peaceful solitude. With only 29 rooms available at any one time, the hotel is one of the most exclusive and remote places in the world, and a comfort like this is unmatched anywhere else.

Because of this exclusivity, Fogo Island Inn is constantly in high demand, and reserving a room can be tricky. Booking a once-in-a-lifetime experience that exceeds just a room, then, can be even harder.

Experience Fogo Island Inn with The True North Collection

Here at The True North Collection, we’ve crafted a personalised itinerary that offers guests a remote luxury experience like no other. As well as a room at the Fogo Island Inn, our itinerary offers door-to-door service for guests, private airport transfers, guided tours and much more so that you can immerse yourself in one of Canada’s greatest ecological treasures. Above all, a trip to Fogo Island Inn offers you a chance to escape, and right now, escape is what most of us are looking for.

To find out how to book one of the last spots at Fogo Island Inn for the 2020 season, contact our destination specialists today.

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