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Longitude 131
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Yulara Drive, Yulara, Northern Territory 0872, Australia   |  
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Yulara
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“Incredible!!! ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

What a fantastic lodge! As you arrive you are blown away by the amazing views of Uluru from every part of the lodge. The " tents" are spacious and the large windows give you uninterrupted views of the red Uluru.
The food was equally exceptional and the wine pairings always incredibly well done. Table 131 under the stars is also a unique experience. All our excursions were fantastic and very well organized. The staff were great and absolutely focused on our comfort. Hard to single out any one particular person - all the staff were great. The cherry on top were definitely the dingos that still roam about. We were very impressed with our few sightings of this mammal. All in all an incredible, incredible lodge. Go and see for yourself. You will not be disappointed.

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Gosford, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

We took a 3 day package as part of our honeymoon. This included all food and drink, bespoke tours and a 15 minute helicopter flight. We opted to extend the flight to one hour to include Lake Amadeus (It is most unfortunate that cultural flight restrictions don't allow pilots to fly over Ayers Rock as that was something I was really looking forward to).
Adrian really looked after us. There was a personalized message and small treat for us in our "tent" on check in, then a honeymoon gift with a note of congratulations for our honeymoon from management and staff the following day.
We were walked to our "tent" by Adrian, who explained where everything was in our room (and the wonderful European feature of the mini bar being included in the room tariff) and how things operated. The blind on the floor to ceiling window was raised and lowered electronically. As was the fly screen which was absolutely necessary during the day in order to have the doors open. The rooms are raised off the ground and the doors are quick to close, so ensure your key is with you at all times. Each "tent" is named after an Australian Explorer which was a lovely way to learn about early desert exploration. The torch provided to guide us back to the main building gave us enough light to see the ground, but nothing more. As we stayed in the "tent" that was located at the longest distance from the main building (number 15), we needed this for two of the three nights. The light of the full moon was enough to guide our way on the third night.
The tours were very well coordinated, and the early start (6:30am departure time, with breakfast provided at the restaurant from 5:45am) was very much appreciated when we realized how many flies there are as the morning progresses in this area.
The food was sensational! I have NEVER tasted meat of the quality, and cooked to the standard of perfection at this resort in any other resort experience (and we've had quite a few). The dinner under the stars was beautiful, and the entertainment provided by local Aboriginals during our meal, and the talk about the stars by one of the resort guides as we congregated around the embers of the fire after dinner were unexpected touches. The wines that were matched to each course every night were very well coordinated to the flavors of the food we were served. The service was personalized and friendly (all staff learned our names at the first meeting, then remembered our names and addressed us as such for the duration of our stay).
We were given the opportunity to take our helicopter flight on our morning of departure, and concluded it at the airport, where Longitude 131 had arranged someone to meet us with our bags and a pre-packed departure lunch.
3 nights was enough to see the sights, but didn't really allow any time for our own exploration time beyond the resort. One more day would have been good so that we could attempt to climb Ayers Rock. Guides don't recommend this, but local workers said it was the most amazing thing they've ever done and highly recommended it. There are strong views each way as to whether or not to climb, but this opportunity could be taken away in the future so we would have liked to have done it while the choice is still there.

Room Tip: 15 has perfect views of Ayers Rock as you awaken, however it's a long walk alone in the dark at...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sylvania, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

131 lives up to its promise of luxury, dining and friendly, efficient staff. We were met at the resort by Sarah. She was our go to person for the next few days and exemplified the standard of care and attention we would experience over our time at 131.
131's location, is well away from Yulara. Clever design makes you feel as if you and your fellow guests are the only ones living in the desert overlooking both Uluru and just a short walk from the dining room, Kata Tjuta too. We stayed in tent 15. Like the other 14 safari tents ours had magnificent views to Uluru through a glass wall, including from the bed. Accommodation was what you would expect. A large, comfortable lounge/bedroom, great shower and bathroom, plenty of hanging space.
We planned to stay 3 nights but I had a medical problem which required I stay another (4th) night. The resort staff handled the medical evacuation and follow up visits to the Yulara medical centre professionally. As is said. Competence is best judged when things go wrong and on this occasion the 131 staff were excellent.
A three night stay is long enough to sample the wonders of the Outback and a two night stay would also be sufficient for many, depending on what you want to do.The resort works on a two day package and the meals are geared to this; i.e. they start to repeat on Day 3. Wine is matched to each meal but there is also a very good cellar if you prefer to choose your own wine.
It rained heavily the first night we were there but this cleared away during the next day for a visit to Kata Tjuta with our excellent guide, Graham, a top bloke. The other events, watching the sun set and dining under the stars were all great experiences. The outback colours were magnificent after the rain as was dining under the night sky. The latter included a mini corroboree.
We took the Harley Davidson trike to Kata Tjuta driven by Alec. It was great fun and safe riding.[Up to 100 kmh, mostly about 85 kmh] We did not bother with the 90 minute visit to Yulara.
You will find a fly net and natural fly repellant creme in your room. Unless you like walking with a cloud of Aussie bush flies circling your head I recommend you wear the net over your hat/cap or apply the repellant creme [can be sticky].
Liked best - the enthusiasm and attention of the well lead staff at 131
Liked least - meals were all set menu. Would have preferred a wider choice sometimes

Room Tip: Tent 15 is well sited and private.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

If you are going to Uluru, stay here. I saw the other choices, including the Sails In The Desert, and it does not compare. It is not inexpensive to stay here, but if you can swing it, do it. You don't need more than two nights. The hotel has a package designed so that you can see each of the "rocks" in the morning and evening. Other than that there is not a lot to do. Assuming that the horrific flies are out in force, you can't spend much time outdoors, including the small hotel pool. Uluru is near nothing; the experience is the landscape. The hotel staff was exceptional. The hotel food - breakfast, lunch, and dinner- was very good. And if every "tent" was a nice as those here, it would undoubtedly cause everyone to be campers. By "tent" I mean a fully enclosed and windowed room with a/c, full bath, refrigerator...the works. The accommodations are unique and top tier. The activities are all done in organized groups; there is not a lot of time or ability to do many things independently. That is good or bad, depending on your preference, but I didn't see it as a drawback. The day starts early; even though you have wake up early, don't miss the sunrise walks. In the night and without any city lights, the sky is full of more stars, constellations, planets, satellites, etc than I ever thought existed. Truly amazing and so don't forget to look up! I do wish the hotel employed staff with dedicated expertise in geology and astronomy and local history. They certainly knew a lot and the internet (wi-fi available throughout hotel) filled in some gaps, but experts conversant on these subjects would have been even better. No complaints. Easy to recommend the property. Sometimes you really do get what you pay for!

Room Tip: Ask for a room at either end of the resort. You have more privacy and better views without other gue...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lanai, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The only "5star" Safari/Lodge experience at Uluru with meals, wine/beverages and guided tours included in the tariff. We recently stayed three nights in tent #2 and (with very few exceptions) thoroughly enjoyed our experience.

The "tented" accommodations are very comfortable. Each tent is named after an Australian explorer or expedition and all offer an excellent view of Uluru. While there is a small pool on property and spa treatments can be organized at another hotel the emphasis/main amenity of the property remains the view of Uluru.

Daily activities are organized & "safari" style with one early morning and one afternoon/evening drive/walk and they repeat on a two day schedule. Our Guides were very good. One should note that Uluru/Kata Jutu is located within a national park and open to the public and the other tour companies that operate within the park. Helicopter, camel and private tours are available.

General hotel staff are very good/excellent. Remember, Uluru is located in the middle of the outback, i.e., nowhere. Staff live in 'company' housing in the adjacent small town (pop 800+/-) of Yulara. There are no "locals" everyone is transient working 3-6 month+ rotations. The climate can be challenging with temperature extremes of nightly lows of -10c in winter to daily highs of 50c in the summer. The australian fly is present at times requiring one to practice the "australian" salute or use a fly hat.

Food quality is generally very good, especially given the constraints of provisioning in a remote area. Hot and cold breakfast options are plentiful. The lunch menu generally featured 3 choices for the main. Dinner was limited to a set menu served "under the stars' or in the dining room and is limited to a set course. Although, staff does review the menu with you each day and will gladly accommodate allergies/preferences.

Food preparation was generally consistent with the exception of one lunch where two plates came out very cold. When pointed out staff quickly fixed.

Baillie Lodges Group has recently taken over management of the property. There is still a lack of consistency evident in the training of pre/post staff that needs to be ironed out. Three examples would be the lack of consistent use of the guest name, as this is such a small property it would be appreciated, a rather haphazard check out experience culminating in the failure to deliver the promised "airplane" departure lunch bag and rather casual bus transfer to the airport and the notable absence of senior management welcoming/interacting with guests.

Hopefully the minor kinks will be worked out and Baillie Lodges will consider additional itineraries for guests staying longer than the "standard" two days. Also, word was that additional updates are planned for the property.

In summary - you come here for the view and the property delivers.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

We stayed 2 nights here and thoroughly enjoyed it but wouldn't recommend staying longer as this gives you ample time to do all the tours.Our tent was very comfortable and the view of Uluru form our floor to ceiling window was amazing.On our first night there was a huge thunderstorm and we could lie in bed and watch lightning over Uluru.Staff were very friendly.Food was good but it would be nice to have a choice at dinner.Sometimes seemed to be a lack of communication among the dining room staff.Don't do the optional 1 1/2 hour visit to Yulara.It is a purpose built resort town and definitely not worth visiting for even 5 minutes.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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kentucky
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We recently traveled to Australia to see Uluru and stayed three nights at Longitude 131. Staff were there to greet us and had a plan set up for our two and a half days of touring. I guess I just didn't realize that we would be doing all of that touring on a bus with about 20 other people. Maybe that was my fault for not planning ahead and determining what experiences we wanted to have. As for the rooms, they were comfortable, clean and had all the amenities you could wish for - except maybe a deck or an outside sitting area. The views from the tents are excellent and there are even some wild dingoes running around out there. The food was great, but beware the moths that will land on it at the outdoor dinner. It was so dark that you couldn't really see what you were eating, luckily... Overall, this is definitely a great choice for places to stay when visiting. It is small, staff are attentive and friendly, and the food is great. Just wish there was a little more variety in what you could choose to do and there isn't much to do at Longitude 131 when you aren't on a tour.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Yulara Drive, Yulara, Northern Territory 0872, Australia
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Location: Australia > Northern Territory > Red Centre > Yulara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Yulara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Longitude 131 5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Timeless and enriching, Longitude 131° lies at the gateway of the dual World Heritage listed wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, complete with 5-class luxury and private views of the sun rising and setting over Uluru (Ayers Rock). With just 15 tents in total at Longitude 131° you only have to share this amazing experience with just a few others. Venture to Uluru and Kata Tjuta and you are exposed to an expansive living cultural landscape which very few are able to experience. Whether you spend your time learning of the ancient cultures of traditional owners, or exploring the stunning flora and fauna with expert guides, face to face with this irresistible land, your senses come alive.The evening also offers up an experience to last a lifetime. Dine out under the spectacular desert night sky at Table 131°. An intimate three-course dinner is served with the finest wines under a glittering canopy of stars. This is, without doubt, the perfect way to wind down after an amazing day of discovery. Children 10 years and over are welcome at Longitude 131°. ... more   less 
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