National Geographic Society has announced the launch of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, a collection of boutique hotels in extraordinary places around the world with a demonstrated commitment to sustainability, authenticity and excellence.
The 24 new lodges were selected on the basis that they offer an outstanding guest experience while supporting the protection of cultural and natural heritage and embracing sustainable tourism practices.
In selecting which properties would be suited to the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, evaluation criteria looked at the property design, and its ability to celebrate the surrounding landscape and cultural heritage. A quality guest experience including activities that enable guests to engage with local people and wildlife, and a high level of sustainable tourism practices and showing a commitment to conservation and green operations, were also scrutinised during the selection process.
“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,” said Costas Christ, a world-renowned sustainable tourism expert and editor at large for National Geographic Traveler magazine, who coordinated an international team to inspect each of the lodges.
“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.”
The sustainable and unique properties offer various levels of luxury within Asia Pacific and Australasia, as well as other regions throughout the world.
Some of the Unique Lodges of the World include Lizard Island, Longitude 131°, and Southern Ocean Lodge in Australia, Sukau Rainforest Lodge in Borneo, The Brando in French Polynesia, and Zhiwa Ling Hotel in Bhutan.
“The National Geographic brand is universally recognised 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.”