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Eagle Cottages at Gulf State Park is a proud member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World

A uniquely special
place to stay

National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World is a very special collection of getaway destinations that invite guests to experience the world's most treasured places today while helping to protect them for tomorrow. From remarkable architecture to fine cuisine, these lodges are inspired by the places they call home.


The experience they offer is intimate and extraordinary, connecting guests with each destination in an authentic and meaningful way.


Exceptional hospitality. Enriching experiences. Intentional care.

Like Eagle Cottages each of these properties were handpicked by National Geographic because they all share a strong commitment to sustainable practices and to protecting natural and cultural heritage.


Each destination embodies the values that National Geographic holds close: authenticity, enrichment, and a dedication to preserving our planet’s diversity.

dunes on the beach at Gulf State Park

Your stay at Eagle Cottages makes a difference

At Eagle Cottages we strive to be leaders in sustainable tourism. Our commitment goes beyond providing you with exceptional service, we're equally as passionate about our mission to preserve and protect the wonderfully diverse ecosystems that surround us.


From restoring the longleaf pine savannah and rebuilding sand dunes, to protecting endangered and threatened species like the sea turtles, the Alabama beach mouse, gopher tortoises and more, your stay with us helps our efforts to sustain these wonders for future generations to discover.


We’re committed to providing you with an unforgettable stay filled with meaningful connections.


Each lodge has been handpicked and carefully vetted for these attributes:

 

SUSTAINABILITY
Protects and enhances nature and culture

 

ENGAGEMENT
Connects with and benefits local people and communities

 

AUTHENTICITY
Reveals a true sense of place

 

EXCELLENCE
Provides world-class guest services

 

INSPIRATION
Offers unique and enriching experiences

Each lodge has been handpicked and carefully vetted for these attributes:

 

SUSTAINABILITY
Protects and enhances nature and culture

 

ENGAGEMENT
Connects with and benefits local people and communities

 

AUTHENTICITY
Reveals a true sense of place

 

EXCELLENCE
Provides world-class guest services

 

INSPIRATION
Offers unique and enriching experiences

Creating measurable and meaningful impact

How can we harness the power of travel as a force for good? The National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection seeks to do exactly that. These destinations provide travelers with an exceptional stay that contributes to biodiversity conservation, heritage preservation, and the well-being of local communities.


By offering immersive and meaningful guest experiences rooted in the principles of sustainable tourism, Eagle Cottages and the other member lodges are helping lead the way so that these special places can be enjoyed long into the future.


By the numbers

To measure our combined impact, National Geographic asked each member lodge to report on their sustainability practices, ranging from use of renewable energy to protecting endangered wildlife.


Below are a few encouraging and inspiring highlights. Click here to read the full report.



  • 90% are actively involved in enhancing and protecting cultural heritage, contributing more than US $1.6 million in direct and in-kind contributions in 2017 and 2018.
  • 100% are actively engaged in efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
  • 88% of lodges are engaged in direct contributions to the conservation of flora and fauna.
  • 36% are directly engaged in marine conservation.
  • 52% are helping to protect critically endangered and endangered species (IUCN Red List), including megafauna, marine mammals, birds, and rare and endemic trees and flowers.
  • 70% are actively engaged in ecosystem restoration, rehabilitating degraded terrestrial and marine habitats.
  • 86% provided in-kind contributions to nature conservation, with an estimated value of more than US $3.8 million in 2017-2018.
  • 84% support living cultural heritage, incorporating contemporary musicians, dancers, artists, and artisans in guest experiences.
  • 68% have eliminated the use of plastic water bottles and 52% have reduced single use plastics by at least 50% in 2017 and 2018.
  • 66% employ at least 70% of their staff from local communities.
  • 84% diverted more than 3.7 million pounds of waste from landfills in 2017–2018, with 44% of the lodges diverting more than 50% of their waste.
  • 88% conduct sustainability training for their staff.
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