Fantastic Four: National Geographic Lodges
Unique lodges to lay your head in all the corners of the globe...
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
Where: South Africa
Why: The National Geographic has just launched a collection of 24 luxury lodges in extraordinary locations around the world and Grootbos is a prime example. Located on the cusp of two oceans, you can spot all of the 'marine big five' in nearby Walker Bay - from great whites to southern right whales. Grootbos means 'big forest' in Afrikaans, and the lodges themselves are tucked into natural clearings, surrounded by fairytale trees.
How: Rates start at $230/€198pp. Fly to Cape Town with British Airways (ba.com)
Southern Ocean Lodge
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Why: With an abundance of wildlife and a rugged landscape, many know Kangaroo Island as Australia's Galápagos. And in amongst the rare breeds of kangaroo and lazy sea lions, you'll find the Southern Ocean Lodge. From the glass-fronted suites you'll be treated to panoramic views of the ocean, which you can enjoy with a glass of one of Australia's finest wines.
How: Rates start at $1,900/€1,637pp for two nights, all-inclusive. Fly to Adelaide with Emirates (emirates.com) then on to Kangaroo Island from there.
Kasbah Du Toubkal
Why: Set against the backdrop of the tallest mountain in North Africa, Kasbah Du Toubkal is a sensitive tribute to traditional Berber culture, hand-built by local artisans and with a strong culture of authenticity at its heart. Take a mountain walk with a local guide, or experience one of Morocco's greatest traditions: the Hammam.
How: Rooms start at $232/€200. Fly to Marrakech with Ryanair (ryanair.com).
Kapari Natural Lodge
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Where: Santorini, Greece
Why: There's nothing quite as striking as the bold, iconic colours of Santorini. Whitewashed walls and sun-dappled turquoises are synonymous with the Greek isle, and the Kapari Natural Lodge is in a prime position to soak it all in. Set on the hillside on some of the highest bluffs on the island, the lodge is comprised of refurbished cave dwellings, with sumptuous rooms, pretty terraces and an incredible infinity pool.
How: Rooms start at $383/€330. You can fly to Athens with Aer Lingus (aerlingus.com) and catch a flight or ferry to Santorini.
All lodges can be booked with National Geographic Unique Lodges at nationalgeographiclodges.com
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