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“Luxury at its best (great for honeymoon)”
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Longitude 131
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Yulara
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“Luxury at its best (great for honeymoon)”
Reviewed October 30, 2013 via mobile

Stayed at longitude for three nights in October during my honeymoon. This was a fantastic and very special place. The staff will do anything you ask....I was never told 'no' to a request. Accommodations were spectacular! Wifi in rooms and in the main lodge; unlimited food and drinks; smart and savvy tour guides; charming staff; constant attention. Loved every minute.

Staff: I cannot praise these people enough. They work so hard and make it look fun and effortless. On our last night they arranged a private sunset viewing for us that overlooked 'the rock,' and created a wonderful fruit and cheese plate. At night, they told us about the different star constellations and made sure we always had a drink in our hand.

Food: Shona (the chef) prepares a menu that you 'approve' each morning...dinner starts with a soup and is followed by a main course and dessert. The bread is sensational and served with spices and olive oil. Everything is presented beautifully. Desserts are unreal...ranges from ice cream with a caramel sesame chip to rich chocolate cake.

Full disclaimer: There are lots and of flies during the day but that is unavoidable since you're in the desert. You are given a fly net to wear and it works perfectly! You'll be much happier wearing it than not wearing it.

Tips:
1. Stay for three nights and get the complimentary helicopter ride.
2. Request tent #12 (or one of the front four tents for an unobstructed view)
3. Bring bug spray and wear the fly net

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

We stayed at the resort so that we could attend the Darwin Symphony Orchestra event in October. The stay was nice and relaxing but not a WOW factor. Unfortunately we have been very spoilt by one of their other resorts (within the same brand) in Tasmania. I try not to compare on food, service and facilities but it is very difficult. I can not complain about Longitude 131 but for the price you are paying you would want the WOW factor.

The setting is serene and very relaxing. I would have liked the mini bar ie. alcohol facilities in the fridge - having to walk over to the main resort to get a drink (it is very hot outside) when you just want to relax. You can get the hotel staff to bring it over but sometimes it would be nice just to go to the fridge and grab something.

It was a comfortable stay but not a place that we would go back to.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

Stayed for 3 nights in Oct 13, excursions included in the package are repeated every two days which means that we would have had to repeat trips or pay a hefty extra fee, mind you, prices are high enough for what is offered. So either stay for 2 nights or reckon with extras of up to 150 AU dollars for a sunset drive on a private basis to give you an example. Although the restaurant offers excellent food and wine, the management is abismal: forgotten beer, bread, replenishment of water and wine, you mention it, it's immediately forgotten. Most of the staff are very friendly, but the top management should really consider constructive criticism, so go to Explora and see how they are catering to individual needs...

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

Yes - we also overlapped with the Russian party. Its not an inexpensive place, and when paying top dollar you should be able to expect top experience. The rooms have a great view (the best possible), food excellent and staff very friendly knowledgeable and helpful. The guides and Chef should be singled out for their passion and knowledge. But we met the advance party of young Russian ladies - the gentlemen were due to arrive the day we left - But again such large numbers of young women determined to get drunk had an impact - we had to relocate our evening meal to the library to escape the hoo hah

Room Tip: Try to avoid 11-15 - the view of Uluru is interrupted by tents in front
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 25, 2013

My partner and I recently stayed at Longitude and were quite surprised by our 'experience'.
It seems that our visit coincided with that of a Very Important Party of Russian origin.
Rather than have a relaxing and peaceful night enjoying each other's company, we were subjected to the sound effects of a raging party that went on well into the early morning.
Not only was there obvious noise and shenanigans, but we also observed some very young-looking females in the group who were obviously there to benefit their much older male counterparts.
The staff were lovely in helping us throughout our stay, but did seem a little bewildered themselves as to what was happening with regards to the VIP party.
We only write this review in the hope that such an incidence does not occur again, and to make it known that this experience was definitely not one we had bargained for, nor one that should be allowed to reoccur again.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 25, 2013

This review is, of course, based on our experience at Longitude 131. It's not a comparison of accommodation available at Uluru as to whether this is better than another resort at that unique location. Not can it be a comparison with other "5 star" accommodation in Paris or wherever.

In preparing this review, I've read all of the "terrible", "poor" and "average" reviews listed to date on TripAdvisor, and a goodly selection of the "very good" and "excellent" (which far, far outweigh the negative reviews) -rated reviews. Many of the negative reviews make valid and accurate points, but these are often issues associated with visiting the Australian outback and not with Longitude 131 itself. Choosing different accommodation would not solve these issues. If you are adverse to potentially very hot weather or flies, then a place that has been nicknamed "the dead heart" or "the red centre" is not necessarily for you. The same goes for spiders or lizards in your room ( a possibility in the bush, whether Australia or South America), and difficulties that air-conditioning units and water storage will face in extreme weather.
When reading the negative (or even the positive) reviews, also consider the date that they were written, as improvements have clearly been made - for instance, contrary to one reviewer's experience (doubtless accurate at the time of publication), there is now fast wifi in the rooms (well, our room, at least).
I'll also make mention of the wildlife, as it's reasonable that overseas visitors expect to encounter some. There are camels (we saw them) and goannas (large monitor lizards), but there are not vast mobs of kangaroos and herds of emus to be seen. This is the desert, and they don't hang around posing for photos during the day. There are kangaroos there (there's a motion-activated camera at one of the waterholes at the base of Uluru), but the roos presumably only drink at night and we didn't see them (though the guides have from time to time, apparently). if you want to see kangaroos, you'd have a better chance of seeing them on grazing land rather than in the middle of the Australian desert. I don't expect to see bison all over the US, nor tigers in India. I've had a few trips to Africa, and not seen a lion or leopard on some safaris. Again, not Longitude 131's fault - that's more for researching your trip to Australia as to where to see things (it's unfortunate if some ill-informed travel agent tells you the opposite, of course). But primarily, you come here to see Ayer's Rock and the Olgas (Uluru and Kata Tjuta); you won't see a koala here.
Now for the review.
This was a treat for my wife's birthday. I've seen a lot of western Queensland (with it's flies and heat), and loved it for the (albeit, sometimes unpleasant) experience. My wife had not seen the outback, and I wanted to share it with her - but to do so in the most comfortable surroundings I could find, bearing in mind the extremes of visiting such a place. If Uluru is on your bucket list, as another reviewer said, you'll probably only do it once in your life, so you only have one chance to get it right. Longitude 131 seemed to fit the bill, and we were not disappointed one bit.
We loved the room. You can lie in bed and see Uluru - very nice first thing in the morning, with the controls for the electric blinds on the bed head, so there was no need to even get up! The air-conditioning did struggle a bit one day, but responded well when we knocked the thermostat down 4 notches or so. The bed was huge and comfortable, and we had no problems with sheets or towels as reported by others. There's a Nespresso coffee maker and a small bar fridge with milk, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and bottled water (plus, you can bring whatever you want down from the bar). We had champagne waiting for us in our room for the birthday girl, compliments of the management. There's also a large earthern or ceramic jar of filtered water in the room (though the tap water is fine to drink).
I liked the bathroom and its airy glass shower, with a separate toilet and closet area. There's an iPad for music, an electric safe, desk and chair,shelves and hanging space and place to put your suitcase. Wifi is strong; note - there is no TV in the rooms.
As others have attested, the food was divine - a three course lunch which changed every day (though sometimes with only subtle changes to some of the selections), and a four course dinner with matching wines. Like others, I appreciated the smaller portions. The staff approach you at lunchtime to discuss the evening's dinner and address requested changes. Breakfast, too, was a treat, with a selection of cold and hot dishes, made-to-order smoothies and juices, etc. I think even the worst TripAdvisor reviews to date have complimented the food and wine. We went out of our way to compliment the chef.
The staff were primarily young, but always smiling, friendly and happy to help. We walked around the base of Uluru, leaving from a scheduled tour and were then collected separately (it took us 2 hours exactly, and they provided us with plenty of cold water to take). Jenny and Felicity, who worked the office, organised some food from the kitchen for us to take (ham, cheese and brie cheese rolls, fruit, muesli bars...) - delightful (and the whole thing at no extra cost - noting an earlier review commented on this aspect). As we were flying back JetStar (so you have to buy your food), once again a lunch pack was organised for us - we were the envy of other passengers as we ate dessert on the plane!
We had long chats with Lewissa (from Preston, UK), and Chelsea, who'd come back for a second tour of duty. There was also Kane, who was always prepared to help, charming Luke, Max, Samantha and Kris in the dining room, and Kelly and Lucas as guides. Arun was the night auditor, but he doubled up to serve champagne on the evening tours, and take photos of you on your camera (and photography is a hobby for him, so his framing of photos was better than average).
The pool is small, but in nice surrounds. Even in October, it was f-f-freezing, but I took a couple of dips, and coming out of the pool to air-dry in the heat was actually very pleasant (as your skin warmed up).
The tours are on a 2 day cycle - a morning one to Kata Tjuta; another morning one to Uluru (from whence we commenced our circumnavigation of the Rock [in acknowledgement of the traditional owners, we didn't want to climb it]) followed by the small cultural centre; an evening one to the base of Uluru; and an evening one further away from the Rock to admire sunset over the entirety of the Rock. This was followed by the dinner under the stars on a long table with all the other guests (forcing you to actually communicate with your fellow guests - in our case, from Manchester, Austria and Italy - not such a bad thing). We had a indigenous dance troop do a couple of dances for us, followed by star gazer to tell us of the constellations (blown out by the nearly full moon on this occasion - no matter).
We opted for the 3 day package (AUS$935 per person per night), which gave us a 15 minute flight over Uluru - well worth it - and a free night, where we sat by ourselves on Longitude's private viewing dune watching sunset over Uluru, followed by a private dinner in the library (as everyone else was on the tour).
Three days was fine; two days would definitely have been too short; but we would not have been bored on a fourth day. A German couple walked the Valley of the Winds at the Olgas on the morning we walked around the base of Uluru, and said it was terrific.
Uluru and Kata Tjuta were tremendous (the flies and the heat were present, but didn't bother us that much - plus there's repellent and fly nets for your face provided in the rooms), and we were very happy with our choice of Longitude 131 from which to experience it. Five stars.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

Spent two nights here in Oct and wanted more!! The staff are attentive and knowledgeable, the tours and interesting and enjoyable and the food as good as any fine dining I've had (especially the chocolate slice) The tents offer fantastic views which can't be explained.

If your going to the desert, stop here and don't be put off by the initial price as its very good value and secondly book to stay for three nights!!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Longitude 131
Address: Yulara Drive, Yulara, Northern Territory 0872, Australia
Location: Australia > Northern Territory > Red Centre > Yulara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant 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):
Longitude 131° offers immersion in the Australian outback, a true sense of stillness and beauty in this desert landscape, rich in cultural heritage and history. Explore the World Heritage listed wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta and discover some of the ancient creation stories of the Anangu, the land's traditional custodians. Spend time exploring the diverse flora and fauna of the desert and come face to face with this irresistible land with the lodge's personally guided adventures. In the spirit of the original pioneers, stay in canopied pavilions that seem to float over the rust-red dunes. Luxuriously contemporised, today's explorers are cosseted from the elements in surrounds that favour refined comfort over ostentation. Classic furnishings meld with indigenous textures to evoke a sanctuary of earthy elegance. A private glass wall yields unparalleled views of Uluru (Ayers Rock). Exceptional cuisine celebrates a fusion of modern and local flavours. Enjoy an outback sundowner at the convivial open bar in the Dune House and dine under a glittering canopy of stars at Table 131°. Quieten to the night sounds of the desert and be mesmerised by the movement and songs of an ancient culture by firelight. Timeless and enriching, Longitude 131° promises a transcendent connection with this spirited land. ... more   less 
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