A hotel at the edge of the world: The Fogo Island Inn by Saunders Architecture

Although the edge of the North Atlantic doesn’t sound particularly appealing when planning a seaside vacation, this incredible little hotel and spa on the remote Fogo Island,  located off the Northeast Coast of Newfoundland, Canada – makes the idea rather tempting.


Owned by the local Shorefast Foundation, The Fogo Island Inn is part of a project aiming to develop cultural and economic resilience for this traditional fishing community. For this project the foundation comissioned Norway based architect Todd Saunders, a Newfoundler himself from only a couple of hours from Fogo Island.

The hotel has 29 beautifully decorated guest suites all  of which have ‘unbroken floor-to-ceiling views of the North Atlantic Ocean’. In addition to the spa, the Inn houses a library, an art gallery, restaurant, lounge, lobby and cinema. The Inn also works as a ‘hangout’ for the locals, making this place even more special. Definitely if the idea was to make it attractive to tourists and  promote the region, I’d say they are doing a fantastic job!

And here’s a brief description from Saunders Architecture:

A five star inn for the Shorefast Foundation on Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada. Using wood as the main material, Saunders designed the 29 room Fogo Inn as a means towards the island’s  economic and cultural survival, but also as a timeless piece of architecture, which would be ‘made just for Fogo’. The Inn includes a restaurant, directed by one of Canada’s best chefs, together with a lobby, a library, a small movie theatre and an independent art gallery on the ground floor; four floors of rooms above ground level; and a sauna and spa facility on the top of the building.

Credits: Todd Saunders with Ryan Jørgensen, Joseph Kellner and Attila Béres

Size: 4000 m2
Location: Fogo Island, Canada
Completion: 2013

Images Fogo Island Inn & Architecture Norway