Fogo Island, Canada
Standing in splendid isolation off the coast of Newfoundland, with a population of just 2,500 hardy souls, the remote island of Fogo feels like a place lost in time. And yet this windswept isle is fast becoming the spot du jour, thanks to locally born tech-millionaire Zita Cobb, who’s made it her mission to revitalise the island’s struggling economy. At the centre of this endeavour is the architecturally stunning 29-room Fogo Island Inn, a building constructed entirely by local hands and set on stilts to echo the area’s traditional fishing stages. Massive expanses of glass draw the outside in — a particularly dramatic and otherworldly sight in the beautiful and often severe Canadian winters — while wood-burning stoves in the rooms, star-gazing hot tubs on the roof and sunny staff at every turn ensure that you’ll never feel the chill.
Fogo Island Inn (+1 709 658 3444) Audley Travel (+44 1993 838000; www.audleytravel.com) Isle of Eriska, Scotland