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Royal Palms Hotel Restaurant

Expedia Reveals World’s Best-Reviewed Hotels for 2015

Royal Palms Hotel

A three-star, boutique hotel in Bermuda has managed to take the top spot on Expedia’s list of best-reviewed hotels.

Of the 650 properties considered, the Royal Palms Hotel in Bermuda tops the list with 126 verified guests giving the property a 4.9 out of 5 note.

One hundred percent of guests also recommended the property to fellow travelers praising the bed and breakfast-style boutique hotel for its old world charm, friendly service and immaculate rooms.

Royal Palms Hotel Restaurant

In addition to guest satisfaction, winning hotels are those that consistently deliver value for money with competitive pricing, pristine amenities and superior customer service, says Expedia.

Meanwhile, the Royal Palms is the first to point out that their suites are not dripping in gold and crystals, and advise potential guests that awards and accolades are based on guest satisfaction and not its opulence.

Royal Palms Hotel Suite

“…we feel it would be useful to remember that awards are largely based on guest satisfaction which is closely tied to relative value for money and not simply on how ‘ritzy’ a hotel is,” reads an excerpt from their website.

Located near Hamilton, the property consists of two, flamingo pink 19th-century manor houses that reflect Colonial and Bermudian architecture.

Royal Palms Hotel BEdroom

Top 10 hotels on Expedia’s 2015 Insiders’ Select list

1. Royal Palms Hotel, Bermuda
2. Celenga Apartments, Dubrovnik, Croatia
3. Pumilio Mountain & Ocean Hotel, Jaco, Costa Rica
4. Woolleys Classic Suites, Denver, Colorado, USA
5. Dormy Inn Sapporo Annex, Japan
6. B+B Edinburgh, Scotland
7. Hotel Panorama, Maiori, Amalfi Coast, Italy
8. Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa, Koh Phangan, Thailand
9. Hotel Orion Motobu Resort & Spa, Okinawa Island, Japan
10. Best Western Premier Weinebrugge, Bruges, Belgium

Google Hotels

Google testing new instant hotel booking feature

Google Hotels

Google is beta testing a new feature that will allow users to instantly book a hotel room without leaving the search page.

Instead of simply delivering results for a particular hotel, the search page aggregates room rates from popular sites such as Hotwire.com, Booking.com and Hotels.com, as well as rates from the hotel itself.

When booking directly with the hotel, however, instead of being redirected to the property’s website, users will complete the reservation on the Google page for a more convenient booking experience.

The new service is being launched in partnership with travel technology company Sabre and is currently in beta.

For users, the new feature is touted as more convenient as it eliminates the need to leave the website and navigate different web pages.

For hotels, the new service reduces the “abandonment rate” commonly seen when consumers have to switch sites to complete a transaction.

The concept is similar to hotel aggregator sites such as Trivago and TripAdvisor, which pull up rates from several different booking sites.

The biggest difference, however, is that while Trivago and TripAdvisor hand off the completion of the transaction to the booking site, users can check out directly from the Google page if booking directly with the hotel.

Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur

Palatial resort in India is best hotel in the world 2015

Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur

The world’s best hotel for 2015 is a palatial resort fit for a maharaja, built on the edge of a fairy tale lake in Western India.

Coronated with the illustrious title by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine in their latest ‘World’s Best Awards,’ the Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur was given a near-perfect score of 99 by readers of the US publication.

Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur

Located in a city widely described as the most romantic destination in India, the Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur capitalizes on its lake-front setting and the city’s old-world mythology — historic palaces, forts, temples and bazaars —  to offer a dreamy stay in a domed, marbled and lavish setting.

Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur private boat

Designed to harken Udaipur’s royal past with decorative fountains, private courtyards and manicured gardens, guests arrive at the property by private boat and are greeted with lush purple bougainvillea trees and sweeping views of the Aravalli Hills across the lake.

Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur semi-private pool

Modern conveniences and room décor are offset by touches of local Rajasthani accents and colors.

Activities at the hotel include culinary classes, yoga, Henna lessons, art classes, lake cruises, camel ride, sightseeing tours and luxury on-site spa treatments.

Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur Spa Suite

The property, which served as hunting grounds 200 years ago, also features a wildlife conservatory that is home to Indian spotted deer, wild boar and peacocks.

Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur cascading stairway

World’s Best Hotels | Travel + Leisure

1. Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India
2. Hotel Castello di Casole — a Timbers Resort, Casole d’Elsa, Italy
3. Ashford Castle, County Mayo, Ireland
4. Triple Creek Ranch Darby, Montana
5. Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur, India
6. Four Seasons Hotel, Istanbul at Sultanahmet, Turkey
7. Singita Sabi Sand, Kruger National Park Area, South Africa
8. Farmhouse Inn, Forestville, California (three-way tie)
8. The Peninsula Shanghai
8. Sunset Key Guest Cottages, A Luxury Collection Resort, Key West, Florida

Yoga at the spa pool

hotel club sandwich

Geneva tops Hotels.com’s club sandwich index 2.0

hotel club sandwich

For the third year in a row, an annual index that ranks the most expensive destinations according to the price of a standard hotel club sandwich has found that Geneva will set travelers back the most.

In the annual Club Sandwich Index released by Hotels.com, the Swiss city maintained its title as the costliest hotel destination, followed by Paris and Hong Kong.

New this year, the report was expanded to include the price of a burger, fries and a soft drink, a cup of tea or coffee, and a glass of wine served on hotel menus.

For the report, number crunchers looked at menu prices across 30 three to five-star hotels in major urban centers and tourist hotspots.

A day’s meal that includes a burger and fries, drink, glass of wine and club sandwich clocks in at 79 euros ($86.71 USD) in Geneva.

At the other end of the spectrum, the same meal will cost just 27 euros ($30.08) in the cheapest city on the list, Bogota, Colombia.

New York had the US’s most expensive meal, totalling $59.64.

The most expensive destinations according to the CSI 2.0 index

1. Geneva
2. Paris
3. Hong Kong
4. Oslo
5. London
6. Seoul
7. Stockholm
8. Tokyo
9. Singapore
10. New York

And the cheapest:

1. Bogota
2. Mexico City
3. Rio de Janeiro
4. Madrid
5. Bangkok
6. Buenos Aires
7. Toronto
8. Berlin
9. New Delhi
10. Moscow

Chef Christophe Moret

Shangri-La Hotel, Paris launches 100% Green Evenings

Chef Christophe Moret

Shangri-La Hotel, Paris launches a first in the world of Parisian palace hotels by hosting a series of “100% Green Dinners”.

On the first Thursday of each month, La Bauhinia will present a special five-course vegetable-focused menu and invite one of the hotel’s exceptional French market purveyors to meet with diners.

Shangri-La Hotel, Paris Executive Chef Christophe Moret has been cultivating his nature-driven cuisine since his arrival in January 2015.

As the grandson of a market gardener, it was natural for him to imagine a “Rooted in Nature” menu that placed vegetables at the forefront without sacrificing taste and pleasure.

Guided by values that are dear to his heart – freshness, local, transparent, and ethical – the chef will create each Thursday a different green menu full of vibrant and complex flavours such as Tomato Bloody Mary and Spring Rolls made from watermelon stuffed with soup herbs; Kasha and Green Vegetables En Cocotte with almond milk; Turnips and Red Beetroots roasted in a wood-burning oven and Tofu Ravioli with borsch vinaigrette; Strawberries scented with Sangria, and coconut and lime sorbet.

To accompany this unique menu, Head Sommelier Cédric Maupoint has chosen wines produced through biodynamic agriculture, specific teas, coffees and non-roasted cocoa beans, all hand-picked and distributed through fair-trade channels.

To further enhance the evening, La Bauhinia will be transformed by a nature-inspired decor and a DJ will create a celebratory atmosphere.

Green Dinners at Shangri-La Hotel, Paris will be served every first Thursday of the month. A five-course menu is priced at €68.

Upcoming dates are Thursday, 9 July, and then the first Thursday of each month from September to December.

Facade Ritz Hotel Place Vendome

Chanel confirms it will open a spa at Paris’s Ritz

Facade Ritz Hotel Place Vendome

The iconic haute couture line confirmed Wednesday the rumor that its first-ever spa is to open at the Ritz hotel in Paris.

The ‘Chanel au Ritz Paris’ spa would be dedicated to their line of skincare products and is to open at the end of the year at the Ritz Club, according to Buro 247.

The hotel is home to the Coco Chanel Suite, which honors the late fashion designer, who once lived at the Place Vendôme landmark.

The Ritz in Paris has been closed since 2012 for a renovation.

LaPlaya Beach Resort

LaPlaya Beach Resort in Naples sells for $185 million

 LaPlaya Beach Resort

Pebblebrook Hotel Trust has acquired LaPlaya Beach Resort, a 189-room, waterfront, luxury resort and LaPlaya Beach Club, a private members club located at the resort, for a combined purchase price of $185.5 million.

LaPlaya Beach Resort is a 189-room, luxury, full-service resort located in Naples, that sits on 6 acres of beachfront property surrounded by stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico and Vanderbilt Bay.

The resort was originally built in 1968 and underwent a comprehensive, $54 million renovation and redesign in 2002.

In addition to the acquisition of the resort, the Company also purchased the LaPlaya Beach Club (the “Club”), which has grown to become one of the most notable private clubs in Florida.

InterContinental Dubai Marina

InterContinental Dubai Marina now open

InterContinental Dubai Marina

InterContinental Hotels Group has expanded its portfolio of hotels in Dubai with the opening of the InterContinental Dubai Marina.


The property features 132 rooms and 196 fully serviced InterContinental residential suites and has views over Dubai Marina.

Part of the Bay Central development, situated in Dubai’s newest hub for contemporary lifestyle in the heart of Dubai Marina, the hotel is located within walking distance of the Dubai tram and metro.

Dubai Marina

The property features nine restaurants, lounges and bars, an outdoor swimming poo, male and female spas, gym facilities and meeting spaces.

The jewel in the hotel’s crown will be Marina Social restaurant – British, Michelin-starred chef, Jason Atherton’s first in the Middle East – which will open later in September 2015.

Family in bed

TripAdvisor names the top hotels for a family vacation

Family in bed

Family Vacation Critic, TripAdvisor’s family travel site, has given over 500 hotels around the world its ultimate family-friendly seal of approval.

In order to scoop a Family Vacation Critic Favorite Hotels Award, an establishment has to have been personally vetted and visited by the company, hold a four- or five-star review rating and also must have achieved at least a 75% recommendation rating by families.

“These winners represent hotels that truly excel as family-friendly properties,” explains Lissa Poirot, editor-in-chief of Family Vacation Critic.

“Because awards are only given to hotels that receive a high rating from both our team of experts and family travelers who have stayed at the property, the Family Vacation Critic Favorite Hotels designation offers parents a credible stamp of approval to use when searching for the perfect hotel for their family.”

The top rated European hotel for families is the Merrion Hotel, in Dublin, Ireland while the top establishment for those heading to the Caribbean is the Caribbean Club in the Cayman Islands.

The full list of winners, which can be viewed on the site, is broken down into 15 categories covering the US, the Caribbean, Mexico and Europe but does not include hotels in Asia, Africa or Oceania.

Embassy Suites St Kitts

Hilton heading to St Kitts & Nevis

Embassy Suites St Kitts

The Embassy Suites, due to open in 2017 will be the first hotel from the US brand to be located on the tiny Caribbean territory of St Kitts & Nevis.

When completed, the Pelican Bay condo-hotel complex will offer meeting space, an infinity pool, fitness center, spa and kids’ club as well as its titular suites.

Each of the 226 suites will consist of separate living areas, private bedroom and wet bar and a Caribbean view.

The complex is to be situated near a private beach and will be just 10 minutes away from Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport.

st regis dubai

Starwood aims for 50 new Middle East hotels by 2019

st regis dubai

 is planning new luxury and mid-tier properties across the region from Dubai to Doha and even Iraq.


The company announced its ambitious expansion plans at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference in Dubai on Wednesday along with a list of new hotels for the region scheduled to open their doors to the public before the end of 2016.

As well as 3 new hotels coming to Dubai’s Al Habtoor City development, they include Qatar’s first Westin hotel — The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa; the launch of its Luxury Collection brand in Lebanon; and the opening of the Sheraton Dohuk, the company’s first hotel in Iraq for 20 years.

Hotel Cap Ferrat

Four Seasons to Manage Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat

Hotel Cap Ferrat

Four Seasons expands its footprint in France to include the iconic Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel as of May 8, 2015.

The iconic 73-room property has played host to world leaders, monarchs and artists from around the globe during its 100-year history.

Cap Ferrat villa

The hotel is uniquely positioned on the French Riviera. It sits on the tranquil Peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, spread across 7 hectares (17 acres) surrounded by gardens lush with lavender and citrus trees.

The property has funicular access to the seafront and panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Cap Ferrat

The hotel embodies French elegance in combination with modern design elements and luxuriously appointed rooms designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon, the designer also behind Four Seasons Hotel George V.

The accommodations also include sumptuous suites, some with a private terrace and infinity pool for the ultimate in comfort and luxury.

Cap Ferrat inifnity pool

Guests can dine at one of three world-class restaurants, including the legendary Club Dauphin serving up a regionally-inspired menu in a casual setting by the heated seawater pool overlooking the Mediterranean.

For relaxation, guests can visit the exclusive spa, which includes 8 treatment rooms, a gym, indoor pool, sauna, steam rooms and much more.

Club Dauphin

Four Seasons currently operates 94 properties in 39 countries. 

More Info: www.grand-hotel-cap-ferrat.com

Worry-free travel

The Little Things That Make a Difference When Traveling for Business

The Little Things That Make a Difference When Traveling for Business

Brought to you by SpringHill Suites by Marriott®

Traveling for business can be a stressful time. But with the right mindset, business travel can give you a chance to indulge while you’re away from home! We’ve compiled five easy tips to help you de-stress, enjoy the little things and embrace theescape from your routine.

Worry-free travel

1. Start Your Day Off Right

Early flights and time zone changes can leave you feeling sluggish and jet lagged. That’s not the best way to feel before your upcoming meetings.

Try searching for a morning pick-me-up with a local flare. Put your new cities’ java brews to the test by finding the local go-to coffee shop. It can also be a great place to plug in your laptop and catch up on work in a new setting. Soaking in the local flavors might just spark the creativity you need to power through that presentation.

2. Treat Your Tastebuds

Visiting a new city is the perfect excuse to indulge in your environmentand expand your pallet. Take in your surroundings and treat yourself to local fare. Be adventurous and pick a spot with a variety of items you haven’t tried yet. You just might find original interpretations of the classic foods you love, with a local spin.

3. Pamper Yourself

When traveling, it’s important to pay attention to both the inner and outer you. Flying at high altitude not only takes a toll on your body, leaving you hair and skin feeling dry and out of sorts, but it can also make you restless and feel out of balance. Counteract the tolls of traveling and reach a new level of relaxation by indulging in local spa treatments and setting aside some extra time to find a yoga class. Or it can be as easy as finding a comfortable space to take a couple of deep breaths and zen out.

4. Get Adventurous

It’s important to remember that it’s not all business on a business trip. There is no better time to embrace your inner explorer than whenvisiting a new city.Discover hidden gems by taking a few laps around the block or scheduling a meeting in a location off the beaten path.It’s the unexpected experiences found within the nooks and crannies that will make you fall in love with a city.

5. Relax En Route

Traveling can be stressful, especiallywhen trying to navigate through every aspect of the airport process. Try to arrive on time, wear slip on shoes and remember the 3-1-1 rule (3.4oz. bottle or less placed in a 1 quart sized clear plastic bag and 1 bag per passenger) to get through security faster. Have a long layover? Make sure to bring a neck pillow for support to help you stay comfortable in any environment.

To help make the sometimes hectic airport experience a little more inviting, SpringHill Suites surprised travelers at Oakland International Airport by transforming the typical airport security setting into a visually stimulating experience with bright, inspiring images. The calm zone also offers comfortable seating allowing travelers to unwind, relax and indulge in the amenities provided.

Watch the full airport transformation in the video below.

This calm zone experience brought to travelers by SpringHill Suites doesn’t stop at the airport. SpringHill Suites offers guests a spacious suite with a vibrant, stylish lobby that offers space to work, mix or mingle.

Other little extras and small delights help you effortlessly pivot from work to play so that you can take full advantage of your hard earned “me time.”

For more information or to book your next stay, visit marriott.com/springhill-suites.

Suiran Kyoto

Starwood opens first Luxury Collection hotel in Japan

Suiran Kyoto

The Suiran in Kyoto’s Arashiyama district opens this week and will combine the hotel chain’s existing luxury concierge service with traditional Japanese hospitality.

Presidential Suite Suiran

Overlooking the Arashiyama hills, and situated within the grounds of Tenryuji temple, a World Heritage site, the hotel offers 39 guest rooms ranging in size from 500-1000 square feet (46-93 sq meters).

Kyo Suiran

The hotel also features a traditional Japanese open-air bath and a number of Japanese well-being treatments, while the menu at the hotel’s restaurant, Kyo Suiran (pictured above), is focused on local flavors and traditional cuisine but with a modern twist.

Suiran Hotel

“With an esteemed past as well as a Japanese-style experience defined by renowned Japanese hospitality and cuisine, Suiran will resonate with sophisticated and affluent guests seeking a different, more refined side of travel,” said Hiroshi Komoto, General Manager.

baccarat hotel NYC room

First Baccarat-branded hotel opens in New York

baccarat hotel exterior

French Crystal maker Baccarat has opened its first hotel in New York, bringing a distinctly Parisian retreat to the streets of Manhattan.

Located opposite the Museum of Modern Art, the Baccarat Hotel & Residences asserts its presence on the streets of Manhattan with a 125-foot (38-meter) wide facade made to resemble corrugated crystal curtains.

Baccarat Hotel Restaurant

The opening of the new Baccarat hotel marks a new chapter for the 250-year-old crystal company, which is now pitching itself as a lifestyle brand.

Built into the telephone handset, for example, is a button marked “Champagne” that will send up a vintage bottle of bubbly for parched guests with luxury palates.

baccarat hotel hallway

Likewise, the minibar is filled with gourmet French treats from Fauchon, and the marble counters in luxury suites are lined with complimentary La Mer skincare products.

The Baccarat hotel also features the first Spa de La Mer in the US.

baccarat hotel guest rooms

A total of 17 cascading chandeliers provide light, drama and opulence to the Parisian-inspired hotel particulier and offset a muted color palette of taupes and greys — the colors of wealth.

Guests are greeted with a spectacular light show upon entry, with a 20-by-25-foot wall composed of 2,000 Baccarat glasses that are backlit by LED lights.

baccarat hotel room

Throughout the hotel — which counts 114 rooms and suites and 60 private residences — a curated collection of art from the company’s own archives lines the walls and fills the rooms.

In addition to custom-made furnishings produced by French artists, design details include hand-pleated silk wall coverings, sparkling mica-covered vaulted ceilings, silver-leafed wood paneling, and marble walls and tables.

baccarat hotel NYC room

The hotel is also hoping to make New York hotspots of its French restaurant Chevalier, overseen by Michelin-starred chef Shea Gallante, and The Bar at Baccarat, with its 60-foot bar (18-meter) and outdoor terrace overlooking the MoMA.

baccarat hotel bathroom

The internationally renowned French crystal manufacturer also plans to open a hotel in Rabat (Morocco) later next year and in Dubai by 2018.

baccarat hotel dining

More information: www.baccarathotels.com

Qatar Airways Airbus A340-600

Qatar Airways flies into the hotel business

Qatar Airways Airbus A340-600

Qatar Airlines is currently in negotiations to buy three hotels situated in North America and in the UK.

The company’s chief executive Akbar Al Baker, confirmed the news during a press conference at the ITB Berlin travel and trade show.

The new acquisitions would give the flag carrier a fledgling chain of four hotels, having recently taken over the Sheraton Skyline Hotel at London’s Heathrow airport (pictured below).

Sheraton Skyline Hotel

Meanwhile the Virgin Group, which counts airlines among its many businesses, also recently opened its first Virgin Hotel in Chicago, with other locations planned for Nashville and New York.

quiet please

Light sleeper? A new site will help find a quiet hotel

quiet please

Ever have your stay in a hotel ruined by noise? A Dutch website offers tips on how to find a quiet hotel room.

Set to launch this year, Quiethotelroom.org will begin listing hotels that carry the Quiet Room label, a certification that’s meant to identify hotels that offer well-insulated, noise-repelling rooms.


An initiative of the Knowledge Center Sound Insulation (KGI), the site will scout out hotels with four or more stars and rate their noise levels.

To determine noise levels, inspectors from the KGI measure the two adjacent rooms, airborne sound and impact sound.

The concept builds upon consumer demand and the growing importance for a restful stay. In a survey conducted by FlyerTalk last year, excess noise ranked fifth as the biggest pet peeve among hotel guests.


In the US, a similar site aims to serve a similar purpose, except that Quiethotels.com is based on user-generated recommendations rather than expert sound and acoustic inspections.

Over at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago, guests can choose to stay on the Quiet Floor, where rooms are reinforced with additional insulation between walls, and come with complimentary earplugs and noise reducing door sweeps.

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place

Starwood Uber

Starwood offers points for Uber rides

Starwood Uber

Starwood Hotels has teamed up with Uber in a partnership that will allow loyalty members to earn Starpoints for every Uber ride around the world.

The multinational hotel chain includes brands like the St. Regis, W Hotels, Sheraton, Westin, Four Points by Sheraton and Le Méridien.

To enroll, SPG members need to link to an Uber account and register a qualifying stay at any Starwood hotel.

Users earn one Starpoint for every dollar spent on Uber rides. Bonus points are earned when rides are taken during a hotel stay.

To kick off the program on February 28, loyalty members can earn 15,000 Starpoints — enough for a free night’s stay — when they book a ride using the “SPG” option, and take part in promotional events that include a 10-minute meditation session for guests of the Westin hotels and a luxurious ride that includes fresh flowers, jazz and a book on the signature Bloody Mary for guests of the St. Regis.

The promotional event will take place in Dubai, London, Mexico City, New York and San Francisco.


Virgin Hotels Chicago room

A Look Inside the New Virgin Hotels Chicago

Virgin Hotels Chicago room

Virgin Hotels, the hospitality brand within Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, has finally opened its first hotel in Chicago.

The new brand aims to attract young, creative, connected travelers with the promise of free Wifi, flexible check-in and check-out times and a nightly ‘social hour’ at the two-story bar.

Virgin Hotel Chicago room

Located in the heart of the city’s Loop district, the hotel has transformed Old Dearborn Bank Building, a Chicago Art Deco landmark, into a 250-room property that includes 40 1-bedroom suites and 2 Penthouse Suites.

The brand concept is to move away from traditional hotel models and eliminate surcharges like early check-in and late check-out fees, room service delivery charges, business center transactions and Wifi fees.

Virgin Hotels Chicago bedroom

Rooms are also divided into two spaces by sliding doors to give guests the sense of living in a small apartment: the dressing room includes a vanity shower and closet, while the living space includes a mini-fridge, TV, swivel-table and chair.

Beds are ergonomically designed to allow business travelers to set up shop and allow guests to comfortably watch a movie from their laptop.

Virgin Hotels Chicago Commons Club

At the heart of Virgin Hotels Chicago is The Commons Club (pictured above), which will host a nightly Social Hour and international menu.

A second Virgin Hotels is planned for Nashville next summer, while a third property is scheduled to open in New York in 2017.

Fogo Island Inn in Newfoundland

National Geographic launches Unique Lodges of the World

Fogo Island Inn in Newfoundland

Thatched bungalows in the rainforest of Costa Rica and luxurious tents in the Australian Outback are among some of the properties chosen to form National Geographic’s new collection of boutique hotels and lodges.

Launched as the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, properties chosen were judged on factors such as design and character, guest experience and quality of service, and sustainability practices.


The initial collection includes 24 lodges that span the world, from Australia to Canada, South Africa and Latin America. The only property from the US to make the cut is The Ranch at Rock Creek in Montana.

Special NatGeo packages are also being launched within the group that offer add-ons such as a private sunset wildlife cruise at the Nimmo Bay Wilderness Lodge in British Columbia, Canada or a private tour and outing with an on-site scientist at The Brando in French Polynesia.

Brando resort at Tetiaroa

In addition to its Unique Lodges of the World, the National Geographic Society has likewise launched a series called the National Geographic Private Expeditions, travel packages that offer participants a balance of guided tours and freedom to travel and explore on their own.

Private Expedition Tanzania

The initial lineup of 13 expeditions includes trips to Buddhist temples and ancient fortresses in Bhutan, as well as horseback riding along the coast of South Africa’s Western Cape.