Stunning piece here from National Geographic
From an Alaskan fjord log cabin to a private Caribbean eco-island: National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World adds 14 new retreats to its list (and these pictures show why they qualify)
- The National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World launched in January 2015 with 24 charter properties
- It has now increased by 14, with each incredible lodge focused on a commitment to excellence and sustainability
- Properties include Cuixmala, set within a 25,000-acre biosphere in Costalegre, Mexico
Located in some of the most spectacular places around the globe, there are a number of rare retreats which push the hotel experience way beyond travellers’ expectations.
The National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World seeks out accommodation that breaks the mould of hotel stays and has just added 14 new paradise lodges to its impressive portfolio.
From a historic hacienda in Mexico to beautiful log cabins at the mouth of an Alaskan fjord to a stunning safari camp in Botswana’s Okavango Delta region, the new additions it’s hoped, in the words of National Geographic, will help people discover how ‘staying can be truly extraordinary’.
Launched in January 2015, the initial collection of 24 properties on six continents sought to build upon the National Geographic travel portfolio, which includes National Geographic Expeditions, Traveler magazine, travel books, photography courses and the @NatGeoTravel digital and photography community.
Six months after the launch, 14 more have been added to the collection – selected based upon the uniqueness of the property, guest experiences, quality of service and the standard of cuisine.
What is also vital for the collection is that the hotels not only defy the imagination in their design and detail, but that they also demonstrate that they are founded on a deep desire to protect the cultures and precious ecosystems that surround them.
An onsite inspection is undertaken by an expert to assess hotel operations, to meet staff and to evaluate the lodge’s sustainable tourism practices.
‘Our growing collection of Unique Lodges of the World offers a wide range of meaningful travel experiences to all kinds of explorers,’ said Lynn Cutter, National Geographic’s executive vice president for Travel and Licensing.
‘We are thrilled to bring on these extraordinary new members, as they embody the values National Geographic and our travellers hold close.’
THE 14 NEW NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’S UNIQUE LODGES OF THE WORLD
• Cuixmala, Costalegre, Mexico
• Siwash Lake Ranch, British Columbia, Canada
• Hacienda de San Antonio, Colima, Mexico
• Petit St. Vincent, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Caribbean
• Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island, Australia
• The Bushcamp Company, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
• Mara Plains Camp, Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Kenya
• ol Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills, Kenya
• Tutka Bay Lodge, Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, United States
• Winterlake Lodge, South-Central Alaskan Wilderness, United States
• Zarafa Camp, Selinda Reserve, Botswana
• Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción, Amazon Rain Forest, Peru
• Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, Sacred Valley of the Inca, Peru
• Inkaterra La Casona, Cusco, Peru
Included in the new additions is Cuixmala, set within a 25,000-acre biosphere in Costalegre, Mexico.
Nestled in the jungle surroundings, the grand villas and cosy casitas overlook the remote beach in the eco-sanctuary.
Contrasting with this is are the thatched bungalows of ol Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills, in Kenya.
The stunning wildlife retreat offers unbeatable views of the sloping plains below and Mount Kilimanjaro looming on the horizon.
Each lodge in the collection has the option of a special ‘National Geographic Exclusive’ experience for guests who book their stay through National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.
This complimentary experience provides the opportunity for guests to immerse themselves in the local culture and environment.
These range from cooking classes in the Australian Outback, to a behind-the-scenes architectural tour in Newfoundland to meeting marine scientists in Tahiti.
Travellers can browse the incredible properties on the Unique Lodges website, which offers a full-service experience from booking to checkout.
There is also the opportunity to join a National Geographic Expedition, that features a Unique Lodge, or book one of National Geographic’s new private expeditions.
THE ORIGINAL 24 PROPERTIES FEATURED IN THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’S UNIQUE LODGES OF THE WORLD
- Fogo Island Inn, Canada
- Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, South Africa
- Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, PeruKapari Natural Resort, Greece
- Kasbah du Toubkal, Morocco
- Lapa Rios Eco Lodge, Costa Rica
- Lizard Island, Australia
- Longitude 131°, Australia
- Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador
- Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, Canada
- Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica
- Rosalie Bay Lodge, Dominica
- Rubondo Island Camp, Tanzania
- Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge, South Africa
- Sayari Camp, Tanzania
- Southern Ocean Lodge, Australia
- Sukau Rainforest Lodge, Malaysian Borneo
- The Brando, French Polynesia
- The Ranch at Rock Creek, United States
- Three Camel Lodge, Mongolia
- Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa, Chile
- Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, Chile
- Tswalu Kalahari, South Africa
- Zhiwa Ling Hotel, Bhutan
The Property — The design and character are unique and authentic, and the property provides guests with a true sense of place by celebrating the surrounding landscape and cultural heritage.
Guest Experience and Quality of Service — Guests are offered top-quality service and exceptional and inspiring experiences — from activities that enable them to engage with local people to wildlife encounters with seasoned naturalists.
Sustainable Tourism Best Practices — The property demonstrates a commitment to conservation and green operations; it actively supports the protection of cultural heritage; and it provides tangible benefits to local communities.