National Geographic Society launches boutique hotel collection

US: National Geographic has launched its Unique Lodges of the World collection.

US: National Geographic has launched its Unique Lodges of the World collection.

The properties are a “collection of boutique hotels in extraordinary places around the world with a demonstrated commitment to sustainability, authenticity and excellence”.

National Geographic says the initial properties – numbering 24 across six continents – offer “an outstanding guest experience while supporting the protection of cultural and natural heritage and embracing sustainable tourism practices”

Costas Christ, a sustainable tourism expert and editor at large for National Geographic Traveler magazine, who coordinated an international team to inspect each of the lodges, said: “By creating this carefully curated group of hotels, lodges and retreats that meet internationally recognised sustainable tourism criteria while providing top-notch guest experiences, National Geographic opens a new chapter in the power of travel to protect our planet. Travellers 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.”

National Geographic Unique Lodges first 24 members 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

“The National Geographic brand is universally recognized for its commitment to exploring and protecting the planet, so we are uniquely positioned to unite and promote these exceptional properties and to set a new standard for tourism,” said Lynn Cutter, National Geographic’s executive vice president for travel and licensing. “These lodges share the Society’s vision of preserving the planet for future generations and they demonstrate that sustainability and a world-class guest experience can go hand-in-hand.”

Hotel owners can apply to join the collection at

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