The Havannah Vanuatu has been accepted as a member of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World: one of only four in Australia and the Pacific.
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. Handpicked by National Geographic sustainable tourism experts, the properties 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 the planet’s diversity.
“We are so proud to have achieved this prestigious National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World membership,” said The Havannah Vanuatu owners, Liz and Greg Pechan. “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.”
Constructed in 2009, The Havannah Vanuatu is a boutique, award-winning island sanctuary and 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.
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.
National Geographic’s other Lodges of the World in Australia and the Pacific include Lizard Island in the Great Barrier Reef, Thala Beach Nature Reserve in Port Douglas and Likuliku Lagoon Resort in Fiji.
Including The Havannah, Vanuatu, eight new members joined the collection of 61 properties. Others included Duba Plains Camp in Botswana; Isla Palenque Resort in Panama; Borgo Pignano in Tuscany and Susafa in Sicily, Italy; Storfjord Hotel in Skodje, Norway; Eagle Cottages at Gulf State Park, Alabama; and The Lodge on Little St Simons Island, United States.
For further information of The Havannah Vanuatu, see thehavannah.com/