The ever-growing travel list: lodges to love in Peru, Tanzania, and Brando in French Polynesia
I've confessed already to being a list tragic, and now I have yet another new travel list, thanks to National Geographic.
Their new Unique Lodges of the World collection has 24 good reasons to get out of town and head for the wilderness.
I stayed in Zhiwa Ling Hotel in Paro, at the foot of the Tiger's Nest monastery in Bhutan, and it's absolutely charming, with the most spectacular views from its windows, as you can see. Minimalists would have a hard time in this hotel, which is decorated in wildly colourful Bhutanese motifs, and built in amongst the rooms is a temple made from 450-year-old timbers from the Gangtey Monastery, and its resident monk. It's also the country's sole 100 percent locally owned five-star hotel.
It's also pleasing to note that Australia is punching well above its weight, with three beautiful properties on board.
The full list of lodges is:
· Fogo Island Inn, Canada
· Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, South Africa
· Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Peru
· Kapari Natural Resort, Greece
· Kasbah du Toubkal, Morocco
· Lapa Rios Eco Lodge, Costa Rica
· Lizard Island, Australia
· Longitude 131°, Australia
· Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador
· Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, Canada
· Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica
· Rosalie Bay Resort, Dominica
· Rubondo Island Camp, Tanzania
· Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge, South Africa
· Sayari Camp, Tanzania
· Southern Ocean Lodge, Australia
· Sukau Rainforest Lodge, Malaysian Borneo
· The Brando, French Polynesia
· The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana, United States
· Three Camel Lodge, Mongolia
· Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa, Chile
· Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, Chile
· Tswalu Kalahari, South Africa
· Zhiwa Ling Hotel, BhutanFor more information about National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, visit www.nationalgeographiclodges.com.