Fogo island Inn has an international reputation for exceptional, embodied, place-specific hospitality and bold, thoughtful, humanistic contemporary design.
Fogo Island Arts was established in 2008 and provides support for artistic exploration and production for artists, filmmakers, writers, musicians, curators, designers, and thinkers. Artists-in-residence come to the island to do research, and selected artists are invited to present their work in exhibitions at the Fogo Island Gallery located inside the Fogo Island Inn.
Fogo Island Inn was designed by Newfoundland-born, Norway-based architect Todd Saunders. The 43,000 square-foot Inn is perched on stilts and hugs the North Atlantic coastline, affording all 29 suites with floor-to-ceiling views of sea and sky. All suites showcase the richness of their locality and clearly express a modern take on traditional Newfoundland outport design and décor. The Inn’s architecture is bold, optimistic, and distinctly of this place. Though radical in its design, the Inn still speaks to the traditional outport Newfoundland aesthetic.
Two floors of guest suites sit atop the Inn’s stilts, a distinct nod to traditional outport fishing stages. These stilts, or “shores,” underpin many of the buildings on Fogo Island due to the rocky, undulating topography. They support the Inn while also minimizing the overall building footprint and impact on the adjacent rocks, lichens, and berries. The Inn’s sharp angles and rough contours feel at home amidst Fogo Island’s jagged and uneven landscape.
The X-shaped structure features a two-storey west-to-east wing containing gathering spaces, and a four-storey South-West to North-East wing, parallel to the coast, containing all of the guest suites. The first floor includes the contemporary Art Gallery curated by Fogo Island Arts, the Dining Room, Bar, Lounge, and a Heritage Library containing works of both fiction and non-fiction pertaining to Newfoundland which is open to Inn guests as well as the local community of Fogo Island. The Cinema, Meeting Room, Gym, and Reading Room are located on the second floor, and the fourth floor roof deck houses wood-fired saunas and outdoor hot tubs.
Guest room sizes vary from 350 to 1 100 square feet, with suites on the third and fourth floors all including wood-burning stoves. The ceilings of the rooms on the fourth floor follow the dramatic slope of the roof, resulting in the three most easterly rooms enjoying double volume spaces with the sleeping area located on the mezzanine. Great care was taken to provide exceptional sound-proofing in order to ensure that guests hear only the sounds of nearby ocean waves. All of the Inn’s rooms were created using only natural materials such as wood, wool, cotton, and linen. The only plastic in the guest rooms is the telephone.
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As Honolulu's ONLY full-service lifestyle hotel, THE MODERN HONOLULU offers a contemporary luxury experience. The highest rated hotel in our class in Honolulu, Forbes Travel Guide says, “The Modern Honolulu lives up to its name: it's modern without being trendy, it's hip without being stuffy. This sleek hotel is perfect for the urban traveler who tends to mix business with pleasure.”
Luxury Hotel, Modern Design: The Best of Honolulu
Step into THE MODERN HONOLULU and you’ll immediately sense: This isn’t Waikiki as you know it. Our design story is but one element that defines THE MODERN HONOLULU as one of the best hotels in Honolulu – and certainly its most uncommon.
It’s not the palette you expect; nor the architectural lines. No stock furnishings or assembly-line art in sight. Every element – from what you see to the essence of Aloha that you feel – is original; authentic to or custom-designed to enhance the experience that is THE MODERN HONOLULU.
Behind the cool curves of the reception desk, color pops from Herbie Fletcher’s installation, an amalgamation of surfboards broken-in-action and signed by their riders, some of the most legendary names in the sport. Fletcher himself is a local surf hero-turned-artist.
The installation’s chromatic explosion feels larger than life, considering the context. Setting the tone for all of THE MODERN HONOLULU’s spaces, the lobby framework is at once organic and linear – yet almost exclusively dominated by white. A walk through the resort’s interiors evidences every nuance of the shade: bone, cream, greige, putty, ecru, soaped-oak.
But there are surprises. Like Fletch’s installation. Yves Klein’s blue glass tiles embellishing the Sunset Pool. Hand-painted wall coverings – black palm fronds brushed onto beige linen – leading to the spa and in the ballroom. A lounge marked by books, memorabilia and dynamic digital images – all on the subject of surfing. Swaths of greenery inside and out as leafy botanicals, orchids and bougainvillea bloom against teak, Brazilian ipe and the blue sky (follow the ficus, ferns and native autograph trees to the Sunrise Pool). Color-saturated sarongs in each guestroom and suite – each accommodation a continuation of the color study at hand.
A private oasis amid a cosmopolitan destination
THE MODERN HONOLULU was conceived by luxury design architects George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg. Their work on the resort in Honolulu was recognized at the 2011 EnRoute Hotel Design Awards in two categories: Best Overall Interior Designand Best Lobby for 150+ Rooms. Thought-leaders in high-end hospitality design, the duo was inducted into the Interior Design magazine Hall of Fame, which recognized THE MODERN HONOLULU in its 2011 Best of the Year issue. Landscape designer Deborah Nevins, of SoHo-based Deborah Nevins & Associates, also contributed to setting this new standard for luxury hotels in Honolulu, creating THE MODERN HONOLULU as a private oasis amid a cosmopolitan destination.
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Located in the heart of the most typical district of Lisbon - Alfama – steps away from the Cathedral and the São Jorge Castle, memmo Alfama is already considered as one of the best hotels in Lisbon and is the first boutique hotel in the city's historic area, with it’s narrow streets, traditional shops and the famous Fado restaurants.
The hotel was considered by wallpaper® magazine as one of the 48 new world's best urban hotels in 2014.
memmo Alfama redefines the standards of hospitality in Lisbon: the authentic and contemporary style, perfectly integrated in the surroundings, the 42 rooms overlooking the river Tagus and Alfama, the special feeling of being at a Portuguese home and the attentive staff that will make your visit to Lisbon unforgettable.
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Have you ever wanted to sleep in a condor’s nest? Here is the next best thing! A transparent luxury capsule that hangs from the top of a mountain in the Sacred Valley of Peru.
Located in the Sacred Valley of Cuzco, Peru, the exclusive Skylodge Adventure Suites offers you the chance to sleep within a completely transparent hanging bedroom, that allows you to appreciate the impressive view of this magic and mystic valley.
To sleep at Skylodge, people must climb 400 mt. of Via Ferrata or hike an intrepid trail through ziplines. One night at this place will make your dreams come true. Packages includes breakfast & gourmet dinner with wine, transportation from Cuzco and professional bilingual guides.
The Natura Vive Skylodge is composed of three exclusive capsule Suites with a total capacity of 8 people. The vertically hanging transparent capsule suites are situated at the top of a 1200 ft mountain with a 300 degree view of the majestic Sacred Valley. Hand crafted out of aerospace aluminum and weather resistant polycarbonate, each suite comes complete with four beds, a dinning area and a private bathroom .
Measuring 24 ft. in length and 8 ft. in height and width, the capsule suites are composed of six windows and four ventilation ducts that ensure a comfortable atmosphere. Safety is insured by having the exit portal located in the upper part of the craft.
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