Uluru is a 'must do' before you die and Longitude is the 'must do' place to stay to see it.
It's not the cheapest hotel but it's actually good value considering that everything is included when you get there, tours, very good food and good quality booze. We arranged our helicopter trip to pick us up from the airport and drop us at the hotel - I would recommend this as the way to arrive but needs advance planning.
The 'tents' are luxurious but not ostentatious, they have balanced them very well and include iPads with music and Bose sound systems and the usual stuff you'd expect from a hotel of this standard.
Most of the staff are outstanding, and a special thank you to Luke who kept me topped up with Shaw & Smith Sauvignon and plenty of banter and Lucas for keeping us entertained with local stories and history.
We were lucky enough to be there just before the infamous Russian party, although we did hear of their imminently arrival. We found the other clientele very friendly which is important considering this is an intimate hotel that can only accommodate 30 people maximum.
If there are some down sides - their dry cleaning service takes longer than published, so allow an extra day if you want to wear something, this caught me out on our last day, and the spa is offsite but they take you pick you up at your convenience.
Another recommendation - get a private tour with Lucas straight from the spa (needs advance planning as they need to take the national park tickets with them) and you can get up and close to Uluru and the hear the stories / history at your leisure, there is a small supplement but trivial in the grand scheme of things (A$75)
We were lucky enough to be there when it rained briefly (their first for 6 months) and saw a magnificent rainbow - now you don't see that every day in the desert!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Camping certainly doesn’t come more glamorous nor the view from the ‘tent’ more spectacular than this. At Longitude 131°, a gathering of luxury pavilions overlooking Uluru, the vibe is intimate and civilised. The desert base fans out from the cool sanctuary of the Dune House, site of lounging, cocktails and Rock gazing. Dine on contemporary cuisine infused with indigenous flavours overlooking the nation’s spiritual heart or under a glittering canopy of stars at Table 131°. In the spirit of the original pioneers, relax after a day’s exploring in a tent recreated for today's traveller with a swag of mod cons. The comforts of the lodge are offset by discovery of the World Heritage listed wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta, explored on a series of signature guided encounters. Longitude 131° is a place to really feel that the most desirable luxuries of today are infinite time, endless space and the sweet sound of silence. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Longitude 131 Hotel Yulara
- Longitude 131 Resort
- Longitude 131 Australia/Yulara