The National Geographic Society has a well earned reputation for capturing the essence of a destination in vivid detail while igniting our imaginations about what it would be like to visit there. Now their team of experts have scoured the world to identify the most extraordinary places in the world to stay. The initial selection of 24 Unique Lodges of the World include properties that demonstrate a dedication to authenticity, sustainability, excellence in service and outstanding guest experiences.
Stretching from the crashing Atlantic waves of Newfoundland to the umber sands of the Outback in Australia and back again, National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World were selected because of their outstanding design, character and sense of place, coupled with top-quality service and commitment to conservation. Each lodge goes through a rigorous evaluation process before being accepted into this elite group of exceptional lodgings.
Here’s a sampling of just a few wonderful lodge experiences:
The Kasbah du Toubkal, Morocco
Perched along the High Atlas Mountains, a short distance from Marrakech, this lodge is a tribute to the local Berber culture. It took the dedication of two English brothers and the entire village to restore the once dilapidated hilltop Kasbah. This stunning retreat beckons active travelers to come explore the Toubkal National Park and expedience the hospitality of the local Berber community.
The Three Camel Lodge, Mongolia
Traditional Mongolian tents are scattered across a wild expanse in the heart of the Gobi desert. 40 locally crafted gers give visitors the authentic experience of living in Nomadic fashion as Mongols have done for a millennia. Highlights include enjoying an evening performance of traditional dance and music, meals in an immense, domed ger decorated by local artists, searching for ancient dinosaur bones and sublime stargazing – even from your bed!
Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia
Located a short distance offshore from the vibrant city of Adelaide in southern Australia, Kangaroo Island is often considered the Galapagos of Australia. Nature lovers come from afar to encounter its wild and undisturbed animal species and undeveloped natural landscapes. The stunning ocean lodge comprised of 21 luxurious glass-fronted suites, curves along the coastal cliff top giving stunning views of the rugged coast. You will most certainly see rare species of animals and enjoy meals from the abundance of the sea, nearby farms and world renown wine regions of the southern coast.
Pacuare Lodge, Limon Province, Costa Rica
In harmony with its surrounds, the Pacuare Lodge sits deep within a pristine Costa Rican rain forest on the banks of the Pacuare River. Adventurers will discover a haven for wildlife including jaguars, monkeys, sloths, and a variety of brilliant birds. Guests enjoy a private thatched-roof bungalow that blends harmoniously with their lush surroundings. The Pacuare River is a premiere white-water rafting destination and adventurous travelers will enjoy jungle hikes, horseback rides, canopy tours and canyoneering with local guides.
So whether you answer the call of the wild, search for the path less taken, or simply wish to experience the world’s most unique accommodations, you now have a new and respected sours – National Geographic Unique Lodges. Lodge stays can be booked directly through the website or in conjunction with National Geographic’s Expeditions.
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