As an unforgiving, rugged, and largely remote island off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, Fogo Island is the last place you’d presume to be a luxury hotel. To illustrate just how small the island is, only about 2000 people reside on the island full-time…
What many fail to recognize is that while the climate is unforgiving, its landscape is breathtaking, comprising beautiful forests, amazing wildlife, and rock formations that are hundreds of millions of years old; not to mention, it’s just meters away from the Atlantic ocean.
Withstanding its seclusion, Fogo Island is quickly becoming a hub for world-class artistry, cuisine, and thanks to the Fogo Island Inn, luxury accommodations. In fact, you’d be shocked at the level of celebrity that has visited; does Oprah Winfrey ring a bell?!
More on that later…
So, are you eager to learn more about this hidden gem of an island, and more particularly, the Fogo Island Inn luxury hotel? Well, you’ve come to the right place. In what follows, we’ll be detailing what the Fogo Island Inn is, how expensive it is, what it offers its guests, and why YOU should think of booking a stay there.
Let’s get right into it!
What is the Fogo Island Inn?
As mentioned above, the Fogo Island Inn is a luxury hotel located on Fogo Island off the coast of Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada. Luxury, however, is an understatement; if it could rank as a 6-star hotel, it would be…
With that said, Fogo Island Inn is much more than just a luxury hotel. It’s a world-renowned architectural monument designed by none other than Newfoundland’s own Todd Saunders.
Seemingly temporary and modern, yet with tradition and vernacular considerations in mind, the Fogo Island Inn is both functional, foundational, and fascinating.
Offering a level of pampering incomparable to other luxury resorts, gastronomy only found on the island, and scenery only witnessed in movies the Fogo Island Inn is, in short, a must-visit bucket list destination.
Wondering how much it costs? While it might shock you, it’s truly a “what you pay for is what you get” type scenario…
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Why is the Fogo Island Inn so Expensive?
Why the Fogo Island Inn is so expensive isn’t the right question to be asking… Instead, it should be why the Fogo Island Inn is so special! For starters, boasting only 29 rooms, you might be wondering how it even makes its money.
Well, funny enough, it doesn’t…
That’s right, the Fogo Island Inn isn’t a for-profit business but rather a non-profit social enterprise; what’s more special than that?! Not only that but it also provides the few locals that live there with employment opportunities that would otherwise not be available.
OK, getting away from why it’s truly a special place, it is important to share its associated pricing model. After all, if you’re hoping to stay there, it’s a key bit of information that shouldn’t be overlooked.
With consistent rates throughout the entirety of the year, there’s no need to be concerned about price hikes or unexpected fees. With that said, room rates begin at $2575, increasing all the way to $5075 for the Fogo Island Sunset Suite. Finally, for the most desirable yet exclusive of the rooms, the Flat Earth Suite’s price is only available upon request…
The rates don’t end there, however. Instead, it needs to also be noted that you must stay for a minimum of three nights. Oh, and we forgot to mention, those prices don’t include the 15% tax that will be added to the end of your bill!
So, getting back to the question of why the Fogo Island Inn is so expensive. Well, in short, it’s not just a luxury hotel but an all-inclusive resort. In other words, your room’s rate isn’t just the fee for the room. Instead, it encompasses all meals and beverages, guided island orientations, most excursions, island transportation, laundry services, and more.
While it’s not in everyone’s price range, and understandably so, when all things are considered, it’s pretty reasonable, or at the very least, justifiable for those who can afford it.
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Did someone say food?!
That’s right, Fogo Island Inn isn’t only known for its accommodating amenities and breathtaking views. It’s also known for its fine dining offerings of local cuisine.
As an expression of local foodways, the menu at the Fogo Island Inn abides by an ‘off the land’ mentality, with dishes like fresh berries and rhubarb, garden-picked vegetables, and of course, locally-caught Atlantic seafood fished the day of the meal.
Because of this unique approach, no one menu is the same. Instead, its offerings change with the seasons and depend heavily on that day’s environment.
Nevertheless, with each plate provided to the lucky guests of the Fogo Island Inn, you can expect it to be deep-rooted in culinary tradition, paired, of course, with a touch of modern sensibility of elegance.
Some of the staple food items that you can predict to be offered in some capacity include but is certainly not limited to Northern shrimp, succulent sea snails, Newfoundland oysters, snow crab, freshly picked potatoes, halibut, and jams made from wild-picked berries.
While their menu might not be suited to all palates, one thing for sure is that it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience unique to Fogo Island, Newfoundland.
Book Your Stay Today!
If you’ve ever talked to someone who’s been lucky enough to stay at the Fogo Island Inn, you’ve likely gotten a similar response as most; “it’s amazing!”, “the best hotel I’ve ever stayed in!”, “What an experience!”, “Expensive, but it was worth every penny!”…
Unlike any other luxury hotel in the world, The Fogo Island Inn is both unique and tranquil, providing its guests with a once-in-a-lifetime experience unprovided anywhere else.
While it’s unwaveringly and sometimes shockingly expensive, if you can afford it, it’s more than worth it.