Fourteen new lodges including Australia’s Capella Lodge at Lord Howe Island have been included in National Geographic’s prestigious boutique hotel collection, Unique Lodges of the World.
The new properties have been selected for their authenticity, excellence and sustainability, as well as offering outstanding guest experiences that supports the protection of cultural and natural heritage.
The new inclusions range from a historic hacienda in Mexico to beautiful log cabins at the mouth of an Alaskan fjord.
In the Asia Pacific region, Capella Lodge which lies 600km off Australia’s east coast in the Tasman Sea, is now included in the new additions.
A maximum of 400 tourists are only allowed on the 14.5km2 island at any one time. The UNESCO World Heritage listed island is considered one of Australia’s best birding destinations, and is home to a plethora of native species.
Owned by Baillie Lodges, Capella Lodge has introduced and supports a number of environmentally sustainable initiatives. The lodge has adopted an extensive recycling program, solar panel installation, and introduced a rainwater catchment system that provides around half of the property’s requirements. Bicycles are mainly used for transportation throughout the island, and for guest transport to and from the lodge, the hotel uses electric buggies.
Other newly listed Unique Lodges include:
Petit St. Vincent, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Caribbean
Siwash Lake Ranch, British Columbia, Canada
Hacienda de San Antonio, Colima, Mexico
Cuixmala, Costalegre, Mexico
Zarafa Camp, Selinda Reserve, Botswana
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
Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción, Amazon Rain Forest, Peru
Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, Sacred Valley of the Inca, Peru
Inkaterra La Casona, Cusco, Peru
The Bushcamp Company, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
The additional new lodges now 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.