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The best holiday lodges in the world have been named by the National Geographic Society
From Canada to Polynesia, the lodges are based in some extraordinary places across the globe and promise an incredible experience for the traveller.
Experts from the society who visited all the lodges on the list looked for properties that help to protect the local environment and the cultural heritage of the area.
The evaluation of the accommodation included meetings with staff holding both high and low-level jobs, assessing the lodges’ effects on the local community and considering their energy use.
The society found that the best lodges had often developed special renewable energy solutions, made sure that the food supplied to guests came from the local area and ensured benefits, both economic and social, flowed to local people.
A total of 24 properties were named in the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World list, including British Columbia’s Nimmo Bay Wilderness Lodge, where guests could enjoy a private sunset wildlife cruise, and The Brando in French Polynesia where a research outing with the on-site scientist was offered to travellers.
Other lodges on the list were an amazing collection of thatched bungalows in the jungles of Costa Rica’s pristine Osa Peninsula and fabulous tented suites overlooking Uluru (Ayers Rock) in Australia.
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