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Top-tier boutique lodges selected by National Geographic

NatGeo has a website listing boutique lodges around the globe that are up to its world-renowned standards

The properties included on this website could make any traveler's bucket list.


What it does: A quick and easy-to-read (but not to choose) resource for boutique accommodations around the world that match the reputation and standards you'd expect of the National Geographic brand. Each property is visited and vetted to ensure that guests receive top-notch service and inspiring experiences in a unique lodge that stays true to the landscape and cultural heritage, has a commitment to conservation and provides benefits to local communities.

What's hot: Don't miss the "Spotlight on Sustainability" section where you can discover the connections between the property and green practices, the land and community. Guests who book their stay through National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World receive a complimentary experience or "National Geographic Exclusive" that helps them connect more deeply to their destination, whether it's a drum ceremony with Buddhist nuns, a dinner under the stars in South Africa or a meeting with the son of a shaman in Costa Rica.

What's not: If you have to ask about room rates, you probably can't afford them. Still, it would be nice if you could filter the accommodations by price.

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