Newfoundland's Fogo Island Inn.
Newfoundland's Fogo Island Inn.

2014 Travel Awards: Best New Hotel

Newfoundland's Fogo Island Inn.

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Winner: Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland

This 35,000-square-foot, year-old inn looks like a wooden space cruiser, with sleek rows of windows cantilevered above 420-million-year-old rock. The 29 modern suites were built with the goal of keeping the region’s economy alive (most of the wares inside are ­locally made). You can hike ­nearby trails, or the hotel can hook you up with locals to fish for cod or trout, learn to plane a wooden ship hull, or go searching for whales, caribou, or icebergs. From US$600 per night;

Runner-Up: Juvet Landscape Hotel, Norway

The digs here are ­spectacular enough—nine detached cabins with glass walls anchored to a steep hillside in the fjordlands of western Norway’s Valldal region. Then there’s the area’s abundant adventure: ­hiking in the Tafjord mountains, fishing or rafting the Class III–IV Valldøla River, trekking glaciers, and skiing the Trollstigen Plateau, just 15 minutes away from your home base. From $240;