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Two properties join new society of unique lodges

There's a new clique in the accommodation sector, one that's exclusive to lodges with a 'unique' and green attitude.

There’s a new clique in the accommodation sector, one that’s exclusive to lodges with a ‘unique’ and green attitude.

 

Backed by National Geographic Society, the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World was formed by founding members, Southern Ocean Lodge and Longitude 131°.

The new initiative is a collection of boutique hotels in extraordinary locations around the world, each with a demonstrated commitment to sustainability, authenticity and excellence.

As two of Australia’s most acclaimed luxury retreats, Southern Ocean Lodge and Longitude 131° have been included in the collection based on the rich experiences they offer.

Southern Ocean Lodge is positioned among the pristine wilderness and prolific wildlife of Kangaroo Island in South Australia, while Longitude 131° is a series of 15 tented pavilions with unrivalled views of Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the Northern Territory.

Unique Lodges

Selected through a rigorous evaluation process, each lodge in the National Geographic collection offers an outstanding guest experience while supporting the protection of cultural and natural heritage and embracing sustainable tourism practices. The initial collection includes 24 properties on six continents.

Baillie Lodges Managing Director James Baillie said the selection of Southern Ocean Lodge and Longitude 131° provided a significant endorsement for the Baillie Lodges philosophy.

“We’ve worked hard to create lodges that provide a rich experience and an authentic connection with the natural environment, so we’re delighted that Southern Ocean Lodge and Longitude 131° have been recognised as leaders among the world’s luxury properties.”

James Baillie, Baillie Lodges managing director 

As part of a comprehensive vetting process, every lodge in the collection was judged on key criteria including the design and character of the property, the guest experience and quality of service, and the lodge’s sustainable tourism best practices.  National Geographic experts were sent to each site to evaluate operations, meet staff and scrutinise the lodge’s impact on the local environment and community.

As a founding member, Baillie Lodges will offer exclusive experiences to guests who book their stay through National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.

At Southern Ocean Lodge this will involve a private ‘back of house’ tour conducted by the lodge manager, to learn about the property’s dynamic environmental protection plan and cutting-edge practices.  Guests will also enjoy a private dinner for two in the wine cellar, with a tasting of fine Australian wines.

At Longitude 131°, National Geographic guests can join the executive chef in the kitchens for an insight into how native ingredients and stories from the Indigenous Anangu people are incorporated into the lodge cuisine philosophy.  The will have a chance to learn recipes for outback-inspired dukkah, quandong jam or the lodge’s signature bread made with ground native seeds.

Do you know a property that would fit in the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World group?