Luxury and camping are not often used in the same sentence,
howeverlocated in the heart of Australia isLongitude 131. This unique resort allows you to escape whilst taking care of your every need – nothing is too much trouble for the extremely attentive and welcoming staff.
As I mentioned Australia is the farthest I have been from home so far. When I was touring Asia and Australia, I made sure that Uluru was on my itinerary. Having had a glimpse of the resort on approach to the airport, I could not wait to collect my bags and be transported to the resort. Walking into the terminal members of the Longitude 131 team are there to welcome you. This is where being spoilt starts as they retrieve your bags and tag them with your tent (yes tent) name. Then they guide you to the waiting 4×4 to transport you to the extremely secluded resort.
Welcome to Luxury
The resort is made up of 15 Luxury Tents, so the maximum number of guest that can be accommodated in one night is 30. One large tent, which is considered your lounge area and dining area and a small (but ample) pool. There is the dune top viewing area and a secret outdoor dining location. Checking in is a very casual yet personal experience. Each arrival is allocated a Guest Service Host who runs through the prepared itinerary (which is totally flexible) and makes you feel at home accompanied by a glass of champagne.
The tents are named after explorers to Uluru, I was allocated Tent 12 – named after Peter Severin. Located in the front row I had uninterrupted views of Uluru (all rooms have a full view of Uluru), and due to it being out of season, not all the tents were allocated, giving the feeling of even more remoteness (not even a member of the wildlife walked/flew passed my room).
Tours of Uluru
Having toured the room, and freshened up, I decided to join the afternoon tour to Uluru, Mala Walk and Kantju Gorge. The tour guide Brenton shared the story of the region as he had lived here his whole life. It was obvious that Brenton has a passion for this region and deep respect for the Anangu people who reside at Uluru. As the sun was setting and the group rounded the corner we were greeted by other Longitude 131 staff with some wine and cheese to enjoy in the spectacular surroundings.
The tours are on a 2-day rotation, so giving guests plenty of variety. As I was staying for 4 nights I took a day off from the organised tours and made my way over to the main resort of Yulara. I had a meander through the shops and wildlife displays before making my way to the spa for a well-deserved treatment.
Me time = Spa time
The spa is located within the Sails in the Desert property and I’m only sorry I did not have my camera with me. The room, located on the first floor, was larger than most couple’s spa rooms. I relaxed in the bath whilst overlooking the pool area of the resort before settling down for my choice of massage. The therapist was very professional and certainly found some knots I never knew existed!!
Not to detract from the splendour and magnificence of Uluru, however, the cuisine at Longitude 131 comes very
One dining experience that you will always remember is “Table 131 – Dining under the stars”. After watching the sunset over Uluru the Longitude team take you to a secret location, where you, along with your fellow guests enjoy a mouthwatering three-course meal. The meal is accompanied by the sounds of the Didgeridoo and a fine selection of wines (matched to each course). This is an opportunity to chat with your fellow guests and share experiences of your stay at Uluru. The night finishes with a Star Talk, as a Northern Hemisphere girl many of the stars and constellations I had only heard of were clearly visible.
Time to say goodbye
Sadly like all good things, they must come to an end. I don’t think words can ever describe the feeling of waking up and seeing Uluru from your bed. As well as the various shades of colour on Uluru as it came alive from the sun’s rays. Since my stay the resort has refurbished the luxury tents, extending the front to include a daybed and the Dune Pavilion, which can be configured as a one or two bedroom retreat. I look forward to returning to Longitude 131.