Imagine a place, where time stands still. Where you feel completely, and utterly present. Here, there are no barriers between you and the world. You are at peace, in the moment.
Spanning six continents and a wealth of wilderness, National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World are places to dream, and discover. Where you’re cared for like family. Where you feel at home. And where you help to protect and preserve the treasures of our planet, for generations to come.
These hand-picked lodges reflect National Geographic’s mission, and embody the things we care about. Exploration, sustainability. and unique, intimate experiences, that immerse you in your surroundings, that broaden your mind, and take you further.
National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. Where sustainability, meets splendor.
About National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World
National Geographic was founded over a century ago to educate people about the planet by supporting exploration, discovery, and the protection of our natural and cultural diversity. Launched in January 2015, National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World has drawn together an array of exceptional properties that share these essential values. The collection debuted in 2015 with 24 properties, and as of this writing, it currently includes 61 distinct lodges in 34 countries. (Including Churchill Wild’s Seal River Heritage Lodge and Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge.)
Lodge members provide guests with outstanding service and experiences while making the choice to tread lightly, celebrate nature rather than conquer it, support cultural heritage, and engage with local communities. They offer intimate and extraordinary experiences, connecting guests with their destination in an authentic and meaningful way while helping to protect these treasured places for generations to come.
Each property in the collection has been handpicked and carefully vetted for the following attributes.
- Sustainability: Protects and enhances nature and culture
- Engagement: Connects with and benefits local people and communities
- Authenticity: Reveals true sense of place
- Excellence: Provides world-class guest services
- Inspiration: Offers unique and enriching experiences
About the 2019 Sustainable Impact Report | National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World
The National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection demonstrates that sustainability and an extraordinary travel experience go hand-in-hand. To join the collection, each property undergoes an on-site inspection by National Geographic representatives that includes a thorough review of their operations based on the pillars of sustainable tourism. These pillars also reflect the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
For this impact report, National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World asked each of their members to complete a detailed survey about their efforts in sustainable tourism in 2017 and 2018.
Monetary contributions made by the lodges to local organizations and partners, international projects, and their own sustainability efforts were directly reported, while in-kind contributions — providing free accommodations to visiting scientists, researchers and community groups, or volunteering staff time to local projects — were assigned an estimated U.S. dollar amount.
The report details the findings and highlights individual stories about sustainability projects at the lodges. These inspiring efforts are proof that tourism — when done right — can be a positive force for good in the world.