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The National Geographic Society announced this past Tuesday its newest investment, namely the “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.
According to National Geographic “these are not simply hotels, they are the concepts of dreamers come to fruition: unique lodges that defy the imagination in their design and detail, founded on a deep desire to protect the cultures and precious ecosystems that surround them.”
The purpose of those lodges is to offer the guests an outstanding experience while supporting the protection of cultural and natural heritage and embracing sustainable tourism practices.
There are 24 properties on 6 continents, ranging from Lizard Island to Kasbah du Toubkal and Fogo Island. There is only one lodge in European property, namely in the Kapari Natural Resort on the Greek Island of Santorini.
Every lodge was judged on three criteria, namely property, guest experience and quality of service and last but not leas, sustainable tourism best practices.
For National Geographic it was important to assure an unique and authentic character and design in order to provide the guests with a true sense of place by enjoying and celebrating the cultural heritage of the place as well as the surrounding landscape. Moreover, the guests will be able to engage with local people to wildlife encounters with seasoned naturalists. Every lodge and property is committed to conservation and green operations and supports the cultural heritage.