Fogo island is remote, untouched and quite unlike anywhere else on earth. The scale of the project is extraordinary - from the hotel (a giant white cabin on stilts) to its pets (two huge Newfoundland dogs that will greet you excitedly), we know you'll be slack-jawed for days.


The Inn has an impressive roster of guides at your disposal: choose multi-day intensive mountaineering (spot the coyotes roaming the plains) and you'll be kitted  out in super-swish Arc'teryx adventure clothing.

Or why not explore the bay by wooden skiff, go giant-squid fishing, or head north to see the icebergs, where locals chip off a chunk or two for their evening's whisky.

The inn itself is quaint and nautical, yet also a techie's dream, like a grounded space station filled with home comforts. You can't help but marvel at an island that has more or less been left alone for centuries.

This is a contemplative destination with a side of off-the-beaten-track adventure. Wimps need not apply.

WOW FACTOR: This is the place for spectacular stargazing, with binoculars and telescopes in every room. You'll feel  as if you can touch the sky.

GO: Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombie offers seven days in Canada and Newfoundland, including three nights at Fogo Island Inn, from £3,450 per person.

FLIGHT TIME: 5 hours, 30 minutes (includes flights and transfers).