A LODGE in Papua New Guinea has made Lonely Planet’s list of top ten eco-friendly places in the world to stay for 2014.
The list, published in February, was put together after Lonely Planet’s editors were asked to nominate their outstanding eco-friendly hotels and hostels.
PNG’s Nuli Sapi resort came in at ninth spot behind the Dana Guest House in Jordan.
Nuli Sapi is located in PNG’s Logeia Island in Milne Bay and received a raving review from the travel guide, referring to the setting of Nuli Sapi as a “pristine area of mountainous, rainforest-covered islands, tiny traditional villages and teeming aquatic life.”
“The bungalows themselves are simple but comfortable and made entirely of bush materials, with a veranda perched over the water,” Lonely Planet wrote.
“Aside from admiring the tropical beauty and photogenic sunsets, there’s much to do here, and Nuli Sapi is deeply committed to the surrounding communities.
“Locals can take you out bushwalking, snorkelling with manta rays, fishing or simply for a village visit where you can learn about traditional cooking techniques.”
Guests can also take one of Nuli Sapi’s outrigger canoes for a quiet paddle to one of the neighbouring islands.
“I love the setting of Nuli Sapi and the cosy design of the waterfront bungalows, but what captivates me the most about this place is the incredible warmth and heartfelt welcome of the islanders who live here,” Lonely Planet author Regis St. Louis said.
“It’s a tough place to leave.”
The resort contains four traditional bush material bungalows, designed and built by the Mwado family with the help of the local community, the resort’s Facebook page says.
“Our aim is to provide visitors with a comfortable environment in which to experience our beautiful corner of the world,” the page says.
“We support local culture and traditions and encourage visitors to partake in some of the activities of day to day life on Logeia. This may include watching sago being made, learning about traditional cooking or taking out one of our outrigger canoes for fishing.”
Other activities include island hopping, bush walking, historical sights, snorkelling with the Manta Rays at Gona Bara Bara and fishing.
Radio New Zealand International reported Isiah Mwado, who has always lived in the area, as saying just 30 to 40 people visit the region a year.