National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World is more than a selection of world-class accommodations. It’s a collection of rare experiences across the globe, offering guests intimate encounters with parts of the world not many get to know. We invite you to settle into one of these authentic retreats and stay a while, immersing yourself in a magical place. The itineraries below are filled with enriching activities, culinary experiences, and down time. They were designed for National Geographic guests, and you can customize them any way you like to fit your interests.
Immerse yourself in the cloud forest of the Ecudorian Chocó, discovering its rare biodiversity and learning about local conservation efforts from resident scientists. Over the course of four days, see the forest from many different angles: glide amid the canopy on a Sky Bike or gondola, follow along with birds on their morning forage, hike to hidden waterfalls, and peer at bioluminescent fungi on nighttime walks.
Immerse yourself in the pristine landscapes and diverse ecosystems of British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest as you hike, fish, and get out on the water during a four-day stay at Nimmo Bay Wilderness Lodge. Spend your evenings trading tales around a bonfire at the water’s edge, savoring gourmet coastal cuisine, and soaking in a cedar hot tub at the foot of a waterfall.
Tap into the rhythms of French Polynesia during a week at the Brando. Discover the natural wealth of the private atoll on outings with researchers and guides; delve into Tahitian culture; and go beachcombing, swimming, and snorkeling in tropical paradise.
Settle into a private island fringed with pristine beaches and spend a week exploring every way you can think of. Venture out by glass-bottom kayak or sailboat, or simply stroll the beach to find a perfect spot. Dive or snorkel coral reefs, sail a sloop, and enjoy excellent cuisine delivered to you wherever you are.
On a protected island in Lake Victoria, set out on an African wildlife experience with a twist. Go on safari by foot, vehicle, and canoe, discovering wildlife both terrestrial and aquatic. Then enjoy a rare opportunity to observe wild chimpanzees and participate in their habituation.
Dive into the unspoiled wonders of Andros Island—the largest island in the Bahamas, and one of the most overlooked—on a four-night stay at Tiamo. Explore the planet’s third-largest barrier reef on a snorkeling excursion, cast a line into some of the world’s best bonefishing flats, and dive into the mesmerizing blue holes that dot the coasts and lush inland forests.
Journey to Fogo Island—a Newfoundland outport isle that celebrates seven seasons—and embrace the prevailing rhythms of its enchanting landscapes and centuries-old culture. Watch icebergs drift past the shoreline in the spring, try your hand at jam jarring during berry season, celebrate the maritime festivities of trap berth season, and more.
Spend five days discovering the pristine tropical paradise of Lord Howe Island. Snorkel amid sea turtles and schooling fish in a crystalline lagoon, stroll sugar-white beaches in search of rare endemic birds, and scale the summits of the island’s jaw-dropping emerald peaks. Each evening, embark on a world-class culinary adventure at your waterfront lodge.
See an unexpected side of Greece during a four-day stay amid the rugged Pindus peaks in the country’s northern reaches. Trace the legacy of Ottoman traders along ancient mountain footpaths, explore the dramatic Vikos Gorge, and savor the region’s distinctive seasonal cuisine.
Soak up the serenity of the Seychelles—and spot the rare wildlife of the archipelago—during an eight-day stay on the private isle of Fregate. Explore jungles inhabited by plodding tortoises and rare tropical birds; relax on picturesque beaches; and get out on the water for snorkeling, diving, and kayaking excursions.
Saddle up to cowboy country during a six-day exploration of Canada’s Wild West. Channel your inner frontiersman as you explore British Columbia’s pristine Cariboo wilderness on horseback and foot, and try your hand at fly-fishing, skeet shooting, archery, and more.
Discover a different side of the Caribbean on the untamed isle of Dominica, blanketed in jungle and studded by sharp volcanic peaks. Set out from your beachfront cottage to explore lush, tropical forests harboring gem-colored swimming holes, tumbling waterfalls, and a mind-boggling boiling lake.