National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, are a collection of boutique hotels in extraordinary places with a demonstrated commitment to sustainability, authenticity and excellence. Selected through a rigorous evaluation process, these lodges offer an outstanding guest experience while supporting the protection of cultural and natural heritage and embracing sustainable tourism practices. The initial collectionnumbers 24 properties on six continents.

As part of a comprehensive vetting process, every lodge in the collection was judged on the following criteria:

• The Property — The design and character are unique and authentic, and the property
provides guests with a true sense of place by celebrating the surrounding landscape and
cultural heritage.
• Guest Experience and Quality of Service — Guests are offered top-quality service and
exceptional and inspiring experiences — from activities that enable them to engage with local
people to wildlife encounters with seasoned naturalists.
• Sustainable Tourism Best Practices — The property demonstrates a commitment to
conservation and green operations; it actively supports the protection of cultural heritage; and
it provides tangible benefits to local communities.

The Unique Lodges collection ranges from thatched bungalows nestled in the coastal jungles of Costa Rica’s pristine Osa Peninsula to luxury tented suites overlooking Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the Australian Outback. Many have devised their own renewable energy solutions; all prioritize locally sourced food and provide economic and social benefits to the local community. Each lodge offers a special “National Geographic Exclusive” experience to guests who book their stay through National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. This is a complimentary opportunity to delve further into the local culture or environment, such as a private sunset wildlife cruise at British Columbia’s Nimmo Bay Wilderness Lodge or a special research outing with the on-site scientist at The Brando in French Polynesia.

You can find the entire collection on their web site, where you can view galleries and book directly.