These new properties have each demonstrated their commitment to authenticity, excellence and sustainability, while offering outstanding guest experiences that support the protection of cultural and natural heritage. 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 exemplify the diverse offerings of National Geographic’s distinctive hotel collection and appeal to a broad spectrum of today’s travelers.
The addition of these 14 new lodges brings the Unique Lodges portfolio to a total of 38 distinguished properties on six continents. Launched in January 2015 with 24 charter members, the properties in the Unique Lodges collection offer a host of authentic and responsible travel experiences.
The 14 new National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World members are:
• Cuixmala, Costalegre, Mexico (pictured)
• 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
Every lodge is evaluated through a comprehensive vetting process in which it is judged on property, guest experience, quality of service and sustainable tourism practices. The process includes an on-site inspection 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 travelers hold close.”
Each lodge in the collection offers a special “National Geographic Exclusive” experience to guests who book their stay through National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. This complimentary offering provides guests with the opportunity to further immerse themselves in the local culture and environment. The “National Geographic Exclusive” experiences range from cooking classes in the Australian Outback to a behind-the-scenes architectural tour in Newfoundland to visiting with marine scientists in Tahiti — truly something for everyone.
National Geographic Unique Lodges offer travelers a full-service experience from booking to checkout. Travelers can browse all of the properties on the Unique Lodges website and request a reservation at a lodge. They can join a National Geographic Expedition that features a Unique Lodge or book one of National Geographic’s new Private Expeditions, offered in partnership with Virtuoso®, the leading international luxury travel network.
For more information about National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, visit www.nationalgeographiclodges.com.