Fogo Island Inn Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Radiating both modernity and tradition, this comfortable resort on one of Newfoundland’s most remote and beautiful islands delivers homespun luxury with community-oriented hospitality.

 The welcoming and well-maintained Hazelton Hotel hits all the right luxury, service and style notes to make it popular with the international chic-seeking crowd. This popular favorite is anchored by Mark McEwan’s ONE Restaurant and ringed with one of the hottest patios in town.

As a charitable, socially conscious business, the Inn reinvests profits in the Fogo Island community.

Location:

 

Fogo Island Inn dominates a rocky foreshore of Fogo Island, off the north coast of Newfoundland’s mainland, in the small fishing community of Joe Batt’s Arm. The nearby communities of Fogo and Tilting are a 15-minute drive away, east and west. This part of the province is famous for parading icebergs, cavorting whales, wild storms and the Northern Lights.

Tucked away in the tree-lined heart of Toronto’s up-market Yorkville district. The Hazelton Hotel overlooks a cluster of fashionable boutiques, bars and restaurants, all just a two-minute walk from Toronto’s Mink Mile, the city’s designer shopping strip. The intersection of the two main subway lines, at the corner of Yonge and Bloor Streets, is a 10-minute walk away, as is the Royal Ontario Museum.

Visitors fly to Gander (or make the three and a half-hour drive there from St. John’s), then drive one hour to the Farewell Ferry. The crossing takes about one hour, followed by a 30-minute drive to the Inn.

Style & character:

Sweeping contemporary architecture is contrasted with interiors based on the history, traditions and cultural icons of Newfoundland. The result is an upscale take on the fishing village leitmotif, an unfussy prettiness that is understated yet sumptuous – a meeting of new and old.

Find attentive, luxury-caliber service from a team of staff that is well-practiced at catering to whims, and quick off the draw to call you by name. A full-service spa touts Swiss product line Valmont. The spa and fitness center changing areas have large steam rooms, with a lift that takes you down to a tranquil salt-water pool. A 25-seat screening room can play host to everything from business presentations to sports events to Oscar parties. The Yorkville Room seats 70 people for intimate private suppers or business luncheons.

Colorful locally made furniture, quilting and crafts punch up white-painted wood floors, walls and ceilings. A thought toward the essence of Newfoundland culture can be found at every turn.

Service & facilities:

The hospitality here is sublime. Guests get a feeling they’re at Grandma’s house and can do as they please. The patient staff is accommodating in every possible way, offering luxury service with an extremely warm overtone. The resort’s Community Host Program [sic] matches local people with incoming guests to help orient them to the region and to its heritage. Free excursions include a range of natural, cultural, marine, and artistic activities: things like guided geological hikes, berry-picking, and jam-making, boating and fishing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling, bike rides and bonfire nights. Cars and drivers are available all day to take you wherever you’d like. They’ll even drive your rental car to the ferry lineup the night before you leave, so you don’t miss the boat.

The Inn features a lobby lounge and bar, tea room, art gallery, library, and cinema. Wellness facilities include a gym, and rooftop saunas and hot tubs. An adjacent Shed, a take on the typical local party room beside the house (there are no basement rec rooms on the island), makes room for crab suppers and special events.

  •  Bar
  •  Fitness center
  •  Laundry
  •  Parking
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room service
  •  Sauna
  •  Wi-Fi

Rooms:

The 29 rooms and suites sport floor-to-ceiling North Atlantic views, handy binoculars, heated wooden floors, hand-crafted quilts and rugs, and locally produced wooden furniture and furnishings. Toile wallpaper designs spotlight local architecture. Bathrooms feature electronic toilets and walk-in showers. The 21 rooms have wood-burning stoves and 11 rooms have soaker tubs. Guests can request a king-sized bed or two twin beds in advance.

Food & drink:

Visitors receive crispy boutons in their room upon check-in, a traditional fried bread served with butter and molasses. From then on, the local flavours never stop. But don’t expect a larder full of the usual North American staples – you eat what is available in Newfoundland at that particular time of the year, with limited outside ingredients involved.

Noted chef Jonathan Gushue and his team go the most local, seasonal route: foraged berries, mushrooms, wild greens; produce procured from neighbourhood community gardens; the freshest seafood, including the province’s ubiquitous and delicious cod; salt-cured meats and some wild game. Absolutely everything is homemade with menus changing frequently. A breakfast of braised turnip greens, lamb belly and a fried egg on black garlic sauce is both interesting and satisfying.

Value for money:

Double rooms from CAD$1,975, (£1,215), including all meals (less alcohol), snacks and most excursions for two people, with gratuities, included. Free Wi-Fi.

Family-friendly:

Families are very welcome and children will love the freedom of playing along the shoreline. Pets can be billeted out to localhost. They may never want to leave.

 Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland NL A0G 2X0, Canada.

00 1 709 658 3444fogoislandinn.ca

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