Head to Australia's Cicada Lodge For Fresh Crocodile
In a place known for natural landscapes and indigenous culture, Australia's Northern Territory can now brag about its newest luxury lodge property. Cicada Lodge has just opened its doors and will be wowing guests from rocks to crocs.
This isn't your traditional never-leave-the-resort property since it's surrounded by a plethora of outdoor activities that would make even the most adventurous foam at the mouth. Guests can be whisked away via helicopter to snag a dip in a secluded waterfall, dropped off in the Katherine Gorge system and canoe back to the lodge or even explore the native rock art sites with a local Aboriginal guide.
When you do stay "put", you won't be disappointed. From a champagne toast upon arrival to the sunset canapés and complimentary bar service each evening by the pool, you can't help but think you've been transported somewhere special. Each of the private 18 lodges are elevated to maximize the view of the Katherine River and sandstone country above the gorge. With such killer views you might not need the property-wide free WiFi, but it's a nice touch.
Along fresh crocodile being a feature chef's menu item, one of the coolest unique selling points is that the lodge is 100% Aboriginal owned and operated. Since the entire property is made possible by a partnership with the local Jawoyn people, the use of the land is keeping with native tradition while providing an authentic experience.
The lodges start at $645 per night ($665) and it includes the nightly poolside reception, free bar and breakfast.
[Photo: Cicada Lodge]