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The Havannah Vanuatu named one of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World

August 19, 2019 Accolades No Comments Email Email

Tranquil and exclusively for adults, The Havannah Vanuatu, is excited to announce on the eve of its 10th Birthday, it has just been accepted as a member of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World: one of only four in Australia and the Pacific and one of only 61 in the world.

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.

These properties, handpicked by National Geographic sustainable tourism experts, share a strong commitment to sustainable practices and to protecting natural and cultural heritage. 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—and to play a part in safeguarding it for the future.

According to Liz and Greg Pechan, The Havannah Vanuatu owners “We are so proud to have achieved this prestigious National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World membership. To be one of only 61 lodges in the world is simply incredible and we are thrilled to have our values and hard work recognised.”

“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.”

“We will remain committed to offering a quality resort that strives towards responsible and sustainable tourism, while doing all we can to exceed our guests’ expectations  and remaining  focused on authenticity, cultural and environmental preservation, giving guests a real sense of place. Not only is this good for The Havannah Vanuatu, but also for the destination. “ Continues Liz and Greg.

The Havannah Vanuatu is also celebrating its 10th Anniversary.

Constructed in 2009, this boutique, award-winning island sanctuary, features 17 opulent private villas, all overlooking the ocean including eight with private pools; exquisite local cuisine; private dining pavilions on the beach, pier, and in the gardens and villas; a two-tiered lagoon pool with sun loungers and a wealth of activities for adventure-lovers and tranquillity-seekers alike.

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

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.

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.

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