Fogo Island Inn

Fogo Island Inn is a startling and exceptional feat of architecture, perched of the sea’s edge on Fogo Island, off the coast of Newfoundland. But after spending just a few days at this magical hotel, I now understand it is the story behind – and around – the building which makes this place so special.

Fogo Island Inn

Fogo Island Inn is the realisation of native Newfoundlander Zita Cobb’s dream to regenerate and revitalise the business and traditions of Fogo Island. When the cod fishing industry crashed, the population of the island began to dwindle and Zita stepped in to save the island’s future, building this Inn and helping save one of Canada’s oldest rural communities. The Inn is part of a larger social enterprise, Shorefast, which aims to support the people of Fogo Island, and any profits from Fogo Island Inn are reinvested into the island.

Local architect Todd Saunders designed the structure with the history of Fogo Island in mind. The stilts mirror the construction of Newfoundland’s waterfront fishing sheds, while the stark white colour blends in with the snow in winter and reflects the abundant light in summer.

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We checked in and were welcomed immediately into the warm and friendly Fogo Island Inn family. Greeted with giant smile, we were handed a brass key – a metal cast of a rope – one of many Fogo Island motif’s. All the keys are different items found on the the island and cast in metal. Decorative and functional, they hang in order downstairs, almost an artwork in their own right.

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The bedrooms (all suites) have a light and nostalgic feel. All of the 29 rooms face the ocean and boast floor to ceiling views of the endless waves… in warmer weather guests may spot whales or seals as they migrate through the Newfoundland waters.

Every detail in the room evokes memories from the island. Handicrafts from the local community are found throughout, from the beautifully made multi-coloured quilts and specially illustrated wallpaper, to the quirky furniture that is made and sold in a nearby studio on the island. Though there is a Scandinavian slant to the design, the overall character of the rooms is quite unique and unlike anything I have seen before.

Fogo Island Inn

The impressive glass-walled restaurant resembles the front of a ship and points out towards the Atlantic Sea. Meals at the Inn are wholesome and showcase the best local ingredients. The Inn’s Executive Chef Jonathan Gushue brings international experience to the Inn offering creative dishes inspired by the seasonal flavours. When we visited in March, seafood and partridgeberries featured on the menu as well as a variety of root vegetables and game.

In the mornings guests are treated to a pre-breakfast snack, the “daybreak box” includes a thermos of tea or coffee and freshly baked treats from the onsite bakery. It was such a pleasure to enjoy these snacks each morning from bed while watching the sunrise.

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The common spaces at the Inn are calming and encourage guests to unwind and reflect. In the tea room you can settle with a hot drink and a book by the fire, while upstairs there are open air hot tubs and a sauna for spa relaxation.

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On the second day of our stay we visited the Chef’s hut (next door to the Inn) for a special crab feast. An array of stunning cured and fermented ingredients were used to create colourful and tasty salads, which accompanied local Atlantic snow crab and homemade bread and butters. For dessert we were given delightful partridgeberry tarts, a baked treat I’m told is a Fogo Island favourite.

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Fogo Island has just over 2000 inhabitants, which is less than in previous years, though it seems to be beginning to rise again as Shorefast continues to create opportunities encouraging the younger generations to return home. Each of the towns on Fogo Island has its own history and heritage, different regions of this small island have varying accents dependant on where their ancestors hail from.

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A few hours of Island orientation are included in each stay and given by a knowledgable community host. It was wonderful to explore the island a bit on our tour – we visited a couple of the Shorefast Artist’s studios, beautiful contemporary studio spaces which are given to artists each summer. Built amongst the rugged landscape, I can’t imagine a more inspiring space for a creative to work.

Fogo Island Inn

Fogo Island may be remote and challenging to get to, but I assure you that within minutes of arriving on the shores of this unique place you will forget all about the journey and live entirely in the moment, relishing every minute in this incredible place.

More information and book a room to stay at Fogo Island Inn here.

I was a guest of Fogo Island Inn.

Nobis Hotel, Copenhagen

The Nobis Hotel in Copenhagen excels at design in every way. Even before entering our room for the weekend, I was stunned by the chic minimalist entrance and stylish common areas. The hotel, which opened in September 2017, is housed in the iconic 1903 building which was once home to the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music. It was the first concrete building in Denmark, and there are still original features, like the sleek concrete check-in desk, to be admired inside.

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The hotel has 77 rooms including 13 spacious suites. We were very at home in 318, a deluxe room on the third floor. All the rooms are decorated in moody blues with design details and attractive furniture. The room had plenty of natural light and a cosy feel, a huge four poster bed took centre stage and a small desk and TV were tucked in one corner.

Perhaps my favourite part of our room was the bathroom, a stunning pale grey marble wet room. There was a small bath and rain shower, Byredo toiletries and Meraki bath bombs. It was an immaculate showroom of beauty and design.

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Before leaving we were given a viewing of the indulgent Nobis Suite, an expansive room with grand living area and huge grey marble clad bathroom. For a special occasion this room (which was once an old music classroom) would be perfect, and I can see why it is a popular choice for events.

Nobis Copenhagen

Each morning we feasted on the breakfast buffet downstairs, which included streaky Danish bacon and eggs, pastries, fruit and yoghurts. If you have time try the modern Scandi-style food of Chef Jeppe Foldager at the hotel restaurant Niels. The glamorous bar has a menu of creative cocktails, we loved chatting to the mixologist here and trying his delicious drinks. On the ground floor there is also a small luxury spa for the use of all hotel guests, we spent a few hours relaxing in the sauna and plunge pool.

Nobis Hotel is in a prime location, nearby to the famous Tivoli Gardens and nearby to many of the cities greatest museums and sights, rent a hotel bike to see the city the way the locals do. The Nobis Copenhagen exceeded all my expectations, and I wish I’d had longer to enjoy all the lovely facilities.

More information and book a room at the Nobis Hotel Copenhagen here.

(I was a guest of the Nobis Hotel Copenhagen.)

Loews Miami Beach Hotel

Loews Miami Beach is a sunny resort hotel, conveniently located in the heart of the Art Deco district in South Beach. The hotel recently completed a $50 million renovation, leaving it looking smarter and slicker than ever before… there has never been a better time to stay.

Loews Miami Beach

Loews was my first stop on my January Miami trip, a modern and comfortable place to catch our breath in-between stints of exploring the city. The hotel is set on the beach with many of the rooms boasting epic sea views. We entered the hotel through a sparkling marble lobby, and after a quick check-in travelled up to the 14th floor to get acquainted with our airy and luxurious room.

Loews Miami Beach

There are 790 rooms at Loews Miami Beach including 69 suites, but despite it being the obvious choice for business groups it is also popular with families and couples, offering a range of appealing facilities for all age groups.

Loews Miami Beach

Our bedroom was decorated in civilised shades of grey and lavender, with accents of silver. The huge plush bed was the main feature of the room but there was also plenty of space to relax or work at the marble desk. A generously sized bathroom featured a powerful shower and toiletries by hair stylist Julian Farel.

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When the sun is shining guests flock to the large lagoon-style pool, which also offers cabanas for shelter and a moment of shade. The Exhale Spa is on site for treatments, gym use and Core Fusion yoga and meditation exercise classes. There is also a hair salon, Glam + Go, for last minute blow-dries!

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Those not staying at the hotel should consider stopping by for seafood at the hotel’s celebrated restaurant Lure Fishbar. The hotel also works with local foodie leaders on flavour collaborations; I was delighted to discover speciality coffee by Panther at home in the hotel.

Whatever it is that brings you to Miami, the Loews Hotel will ensure you have a relaxed and comfortable stay, if you choose to stay with them.

More information and book a stay at Loews Miami Beach here.