Fogo Island Inn
by: Marie La France
Summer adventure & inspiration.
Me & my husband Ken.
View of the hotel from the water’s edge. That’s the restaurant with the big windows in front. It’s hard to understand just how dramatic the place is until you see it in the context of the small fishing villages that dot the rest of the island.
This “daybreak basket” was left silently outside our door each morning at sunrise. Fresh berry juice, fresh pastries and blissfully strong coffee.
The bath is lovely with salts and bubble bath provided. Trying to figure out how to file this mirror under “stealable stuff.”
The cedar hot tubs on the roof are heated by a wood-burning fire. We had the roof all to ourselves at night - magical.
The bar gets lively in the evenings and there’s plenty of room for everyone.
The activity board in the lobby is updated throughout the day to reflect changes in the weather. We were supposed to go cod fishing but the ocean didn’t allow it – as an alternative, the hotel arranged for a local guide to give us a tour of the island and it ended up being the best day of our trip. Sometimes the most memorable experiences are the ones you don’t plan.
Sunset in the lobby. Furnishings were designed by a roster of international designers and built locally on Fogo Island.
The weather changes dramatically throughout the day. Fortunately every room has a wood burning stove – just dial “0” for wood!
Frette linens + homemade quilt + ocean sounds = zzzzzzz.
Our room on the third floor, facing north. Rooms don’t have TVs – watch for whales instead.
A very welcoming entrance for a very imposing building.
The Fogo Island Inn...the building is impressive from any angle.
Highs + Lows
All profits from the hotel go directly to the Shorefast foundation, which is committed to supporting the people, environment and history of Fogo Island. The price of your stay genuinely benefits this storied community.
Thought and care was put into every detail of the hotel, from design to furnishings to food – and it shows.
There’s a lot to do outside the hotel, including hiking foraging, fishing, stargazing…recommend asking the concierge for advice. Most of the staff are born and bred Fogo Islanders – they have a lot of pride and knowledge (and are generally super fun and nice) so it’s worth striking up as many conversations as your vacation-brain will allow.
From the “Daybreak basket” quietly left outside your door at sunrise to a nightcap at the convivial bar, every bit of food and drink is memorable.
Remember this is an island – be prepared for limited options and a slow pace.
It takes a bit of effort and planning to get there, even more so if you plan to go in the winter – the hotel staff can help guide you and sort out logistics before you arrive.
- Life Changing
- Environmental Consciousness
- Overall Value
- Night's Sleep
- Stealable Stuff
- Refer a Friend
Luxury design hotel perched on an island in the North Atlantic.
Cozy comfort in a dramatic setting.
On the edge of a small island off the northern coast of Newfoundland.
Pleasant live local folk music in the evenings at the bar. Peaceful silence elsewhere.
- Year Opened
- Designed By
Hot tubs & saunas on the roof; small gym + walking trails around the property.
The restaurant alone is worth the trip. The dining room is strikingly beautiful but people dress comfortably. The menu emphasizes local ingredients, including the freshest seafood ever and local herbs and berries. If you want to try everything on the dinner menu (you should), the kitchen will create a tasting of all the dishes. And even though you’ll get an early morning snack in your room, don’t skip the epic breakfast in the dining room.
Yes. Go for the cocktails made with ice from the icebergs (!) or any of the excellent beers from Newfoundland’s Quidi Vidi brewery.
No but all meals and snacks are included with the room. Alcoholic beverages cost extra.
Yes, free and fast everywhere.
Plenty of activities for kids including a little cinema with unlimited homemade candies.
Once in a lifetime. Or twice. Worth it.
In the Area
Visit the four artist studios around the island, also designed by Todd
Four Artist Studio, Fogo Island, Canada
Explore on your own, or better yet have the hotel arrange a tour with a local.
Fogo Island Inn
Hotel Cinema, 210 Main Rd, Joe Batt's Arm, NL A0G 2X0, Canada
Visit the design studio across the street to see the hotel’s textiles and furniture being made.
Hwy 334, Joe Batt's Arm, NL A0G 2X0, Canada
Tip: prices for quilts are significantly cheaper at the workshop than inside the hotel lobby.
Fogo Island Inn
Fogo Island Inn, 210 Main Rd, Joe Batt's Arm, NL A0G 2X0, Canada
Hotel Location: 210 Main Rd, Joe Batt's Arm, NL