NEW YORK, USA, Tuesday April 4, 2017 – Whether travellers seek the thrill of exotic creatures roaming through a volcanic caldera in Tanzania, or yearn for the serenity of sacred Aboriginal ground in the Australian outback, National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World offer a portfolio of 55 breathtaking accommodation options, scattered across six continents in beautiful locations designed to suit nature lovers.
Identified in tandem with National Geographic’s Sustainable Tourism Impact Report, these lodges not only provide visitors with unforgettable experiences, but protect the natural and cultural heritage of their surroundings and lend support to local communities.
While the collection is dominated by properties in Africa, the Caribbean is represented by four properties each with a character uniquely its own: Petit St Vincent Private Island Resort in St Vincent and the Grenadines; Rosalie Bay Resort in Dominica; Tiamo Resort in the Bahamas, and Belcampo Lodge in Belize.
According to Nat Geo, the outside world is all but non-existent in Petit St Vincent, “an island getaway that takes ‘getaway’ very seriously.”
It boasts just about every watersport under the sun, including scuba diving with dive masters handpicked by ocean conservationist Jean-Michel Cousteau, and island-hopping aboard a traditional sloop.
Other attractions include a hillside Balinese spa, a yoga pavilion, an art gallery featuring the work of local artists, and two world-class restaurants.
Moving on to Rosalie Bay Resort in Dominica, the property is home to a successful sea turtle conservation programme, and guests can monitor the hatchlings with the resident turtle expert.
Among the many other delights of this “Nature Island” resort are a wellness centre, a pool, gym and outdoor meditation areas.
Hiking to nearby jungle waterfalls is also reportedly popular with guests.
At Tiamo Resort on South Andros Island in the Bahamas, visitors can snorkel or dive in mesmerizing oceanic blue holes, wade through crystal clear shallows, or join a resident naturalist on a boat tour of Andros’s wild western side, spotting sea turtles, sharks, and dolphins in mangrove forests.
Guests who book through Nat Geo also have the exclusive opportunity to venture through Andros Island’s forests with an expert naturalist to learn about traditional bush medicine.
Amenities include six kilometers of private beach, only accessible via the lodge or the water; a boutique featuring locally crafted jewellery, pottery, and handbags; an air-conditioned gym, fully equipped with cardio and multi-gym machines, free weights, and chi balls; and a library with business centre and satellite television.
Belize’s Belcampo Lodge started as a fishing lodge and has evolved into a world-class property, according to National Geographic.
Set in 12,000 acres of jungle, it offers 16 suites, a three-bedroom villa and a spa, among other luxurious amenities.
The eco-credentials come by way of an on-site farm that provides 70 percent of the food served at the Lodge.