Boutique, adults-only resort, The Havannah Vanuatu, has just been welcomed into the fold as an exclusive member of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World.

This makes the Vanuatu-based property one of only four in Australia and the Pacific and one of only 61 in the world to be invited to the collection.

National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World is a collection of lodges that invite guests to discover some of the planet’s most treasured places while helping to protect those places for generations to come.

The Havannah Vanuatu

The Havannah Vanuatu.

They embody National Geographic values: authenticity, enrichment, and a dedication to preserving our planet’s diversity.

The guest experience offered is intimate and exceptional, inspiring guests to connect with their destination in a meaningful and authentic way.

Owners of The Havannah Vanuatu Liz and Greg Pechan are “so proud” to be named among the best lodges in the world.

“We are thrilled to have our values and hard work recognised,” they said.

The Havannah Vanuatu

“It was such an honour having the National Geographic sustainable tourism expert visit our property, get to know all our staff and really learn what our lodge is all about and how we operate.”

Owners of The Havannah Vanuatu Liz and Greg Pechan

The Havannah Vanuatu features 17 opulent private villas all overlooking the ocean including eight with private pools.

The best of Vanuatu local cuisine can be enjoyed on private dining pavilions on the beach, pier, and in the gardens and villas.

With sustainability as a focus, the resort has disposed of single-use plastic bottles, replacing them with recyclable filtered water bottles in each villa.

The Havannah Vanuatu.

The Havannah Vanuatu.

Although the epitome of relaxation and romance, The Havannah Vanuatu’s story hasn’t always been one of joy.

In 2015 it experienced a devastating cyclone, where many of the resort’s employees lost their homes and resort was forced to close its doors for nearly five months.

Throughout this time, they continued to pay their local staff and donated funds for emergency food supplies and supported the reconstruction of the village school and medical clinic.

The Havannah Vanuatu.

The Havannah Vanuatu.

Today guests can make a direct contribution to the resort’s community efforts through its “Pack for a Purpose” program.

The initiative allows guests to bring along much-needed supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, benefitting the lives of local children and families.