The Shakti Village Experience, India

Me and the Mountain

Shakti is a company operating in the Himalayan region of India.  In 2004 it  introduced what it calls – and not without good reason – ‘the village experience.’ To reach out-of-the-way monasteries and villages, you trek, river raft, or go by vehicle through breathtaking landscape. The ‘experience’ takes you to various regions, whether it is […]

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Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge, Nepal

On the Road to the Lodge

A thousand feet above the Pokhara Valley in western Nepal, Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge is perched on a spectacular hilltop ridge overlooking not only the magnificent valley and Machhapuchhare but three of the highest Himalayan peaks. Just a half-hour drive from Pokhara, this unique hotel’s 19 hand-cut stone bungalows blend into the natural garden surroundings. Each […]

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Nihiwatu, Indonesia

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Lying northwest of Australia, across the Timor Sea, on the little-visited island of Sumba – once known as Sandalwood Island – Nihiwatu has seven luxury one-bedroom bungalows,  two family villas, and the extralarge Villa Haweri. Happily, that doesn’t make for a lot of guests to spend time with in this remote luxury destination, where the […]

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Tiger Tops, Nepal

At Tiger Tops

Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge, flagship of the Tiger Tops group of lodges, is the pioneer wildlife safari lodge in Nepal, and for over 45 years it has been doing the right thing in the remote jungle – now known as Chitwan National Park.  It was popular when it opened and it still is today, and […]

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Micato Safaris

Jane Pinto at Library Dedication

On A World Different we have, until now, focused mostly on lodges and hotels and camps that make a difference to the world, but there are others in the travel industry that do it too. For instance, Micato Safaris, a company based in New York and specializing in luxury trips to Africa and India. Owned […]

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Misool Eco Resort, Indonesia

Misool by Night

Since opening several years ago Misool Eco Resort in Raja Ampat has fast become one of the world’s diving hot spots and has excelled in conserving an area widely known for its marine biodiversity – more than 1400 species of reef fish have been recorded. Created and owned by a group of passionate divers, conservationists, […]

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Feynan Ecolodge, Jordan

Desert Life

Who They Are Deep in the heart of the mountainous Jordanian desert, in a place known as the Wadi Feynan, lies an idyllic lodge quite unlike any other. Set against this glorious landscape, Feynan Ecolodge has 26 gorgeously simple rooms that all face the wadi. Because there is no electricity, light comes from candles – […]

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Three Camel Lodge, Mongolia

The Gobi at Your Doorstep

Who They Are Three Camel Lodge was built in the heart of the Gobi Desert according to environmentally and culturally sustainable development guidelines, without forsaking traditional style and superb service to give the ultimate expedition experience. Each ger, or felt tent, has a wood-burning stove, hand-painted wood-framed king-size beds, and locally produced toiletries (which include camel […]

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The Dwarika’s Hotel, Nepal

The Fusion Bar at The Dwika's

Nepal has 8 World Heritage sites and has won two Heritage Awards, one for the medieval city of Bhaktapur and the other for The Dwarika’s Hotel in Kathmandu. The hotel’s magnificence lies in its buildings of intricate carved wood and terracotta work that took incalculable hours of dedication from the best craftsmen in Nepal. Every […]

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Saving Sharks, Part 2

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Misool Eco Resort, the highly respected diving resort built on a former shark-finning camp, has a 425-sq. km. no-take-zone, where fishing is forbidden. But just outside its area, finners are at work, as the latest news from Misool explains in captivating detail. It is suspected that lots of illegal fishing goes on in Daram, to […]

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