Lord Howe Island’s luxurious Capella Lodge has joined National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, a prestigious collection of boutique hotels in remarkable destinations around the globe.
The Australian luxury lodge is among 14 newly announced additions to the Unique Lodges worldwide portfolio, which already includes fellow Baillie Lodges properties Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island and Longitude 131° at Uluru. Each lodge has been chosen by National Geographic for its commitment to authenticity, excellence and sustainability, while offering outstanding guest experiences that support the protection of cultural and natural heritage.
The latest additions bring the Unique Lodges portfolio to a total of 38 distinguished properties on six continents. Launched in January with 24 charter members, the properties in the Unique Lodges collection offer a host of authentic and responsible travel experiences.
Baillie Lodges Managing Director James Baillie said the addition of Capella Lodge to National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World provided a fitting recognition for an iconic property.
“Capella Lodge was the first property in the Baillie Lodges portfolio and we’re proud to have it chosen by National Geographic alongside our other lodges,” Mr Baillie said. “Our association with National Geographic will help highlight the significance of Lord Howe Island as a World Heritage-listed destination and a place of spectacular natural beauty.”
National Geographic’s Executive Vice President for Travel and Licensing Lynn Cutter said the Unique Lodges of the World properties offered meaningful travel experiences for all types of explorers.
“We are thrilled to have these extraordinary new members join our growing collection, as they embody the values National Geographic and our travellers hold close,” Ms Cutter said.
Capella Lodge will offer a special “National Geographic Exclusive” experience to guests who book their stay through National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, providing sunset drinks and canapés served by a personal waiter at Lovers Bay – the most romantic beach on the island, just footsteps from the lodge.
National Geographic Unique Lodges offer travellers a full-service experience from booking to checkout. Travellers can browse all of the properties on the Unique Lodges website and request a reservation at a lodge. They can join a National Geographic Expedition that features a Unique Lodge or book one of National Geographic’s new Private Expeditions, offered in partnership with Virtuoso, the leading international luxury travel network.