National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection launches with 24 properties on six continents.
Last week, the National Geographic Society officially launched a proprietary collection of boutique hotels, dubbed the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. The collection currently includes 24 properties across six continents. Each lodge was selected through a strict evaluation process where they were ranked on a commitment to sustainability and authenticity, while providing a superior level of guest experience.
The evaluation considered three main criteria:
- The property itself: Are the design and character of the lodge unique and authentic, and does the property give guests a sense of place and cultural heritage?
- Guest experience and quality of service: Are guests enjoying top-notch service and provided activities to engage with locals or the environment?
- Sustainable tourism best practices: Is the property committed to conservation, green operations and cultural heritage protection? Does it provide benefits to local areas?
Experts from the society were sent to evaluate each location, conducting staff interviews and assessing each property’s ecological and cultural impact. The charter members of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World are:
- Fogo Island Inn, Canada
- Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, South Africa
- Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Peru
- Kapari 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, Montana, United States
- Three Camel Lodge, Mongolia
- Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa, Chile
- Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, Chile
- Tswalu Kalahari, South Africa
- Zhiwa Ling Hotel, Bhutan
“Travelers can feel confident when they stay in one of these lodges that they are helping to safeguard cultural and natural treasures in some of the world’s most incredible places,” said Costas Christ, editor at large of National Geographic Traveler, who coordinated the inspection team.
This latest move by the National Geographic Society adds a new facet to its already booming travel business, which includes Traveler magazine, National Geographic Expeditions, books, a digital community and photography courses.[Photo: Lapa Rios Eco Lodge