Longitude 131 Uluru
Longitude 131 is undoubtedly the closest resort to Uluru, with unimpeded views throughout the outback into Uluru/Ayers Rock. You are going to be so transfixed from the 600 million year old stone, you’re take unlimited photos from the private deck because its colors change from green to orange, to purple and magenta. When a storm sets in, the entire thing can evaporate in another or flooding with waterfalls. Among the resort’s dune shirts has 360 panoramic viewpoints; ideal for sunsets and sunrise, a private dinner for two or even simply unlimited viewing of Uluru and Kata Tjuta (aka the Olgas). The town of Yulara (where all other Uluru resorts are located) is there miles apart. Here you may sometimes see ancient artists paint or play music at the square. Uluru itself is a 12-mile push away.
Style & personality
This is glamping in its finest. Each self-contained double space resembles a tiny treehouse perched upon stilts (for maximum screening possible). The tented rooftops add love and make structures that sit quietly in the landscape. The primary Dune Pavillion, with dining area, lounge, library, pub and boutique, is a giant tented area with fantastic views over Uluru. In summer 2017 that the Dune Pavillion is going to be enlarged with more outdoor area and fresh conveniences added to the house such as a spa, enlarged pool deck, dune-top dip pool and private outside dining pods, and an ultra luxe Dune Pavillion that sleeps four.
Service & amenities
With all the magnificent views of Uluru, another reason to state at Longitude 131 would be the totally free small group excursions. Guests may choose two from the four daily possibilities, including the opportunity to view Uluru close up at sunset, walk round a little region of the foundation, check out a watering hole, or increase a little portion of Kata Tjuta. Should you stay three nights, then there’s an alternative for a whole 10km Uluru base walk. Personally I believe that this is essential. Why travel all this way, differently?
The resort can also organize custom-guided hikes (for an additional fee), and helicopter, camel, bike and bicycle tours. If you’re adventurous, try a day trip to the Ernabella Arts center, the earliest indigenous art center in Australia. Paintings and ceramics by Ernabella’s artists will also be available in the resort. The resort also has an outdoor swimming pool and, by mid-2017, a spa. Service is friendly (everybody is dressed casually in jeans, cowboy boots and tops) and super attentive to your needs.
Every one of those 15 tented rooms includes a beautifully styled view of Uluru and a generous patio having a dual daybed and outside Ecosmart fireplace. At nighttime, a ‘swag turn down’, enables you to lie outside in luxurious watching the stars with beverages and a roaring fire (or perhaps workout immediately). Throughout the daytime you may see green budgies and zebra finches sweep throughout the Casuarina and gum trees.
Inside every room are floor-to-ceiling windows, which provide fantastic views and displays to shield you in the pests. The walls are adorned with aboriginal artwork and memorabilia from Australia’s great explorers. The rooms are comfy in colors of brown, moss and lotion with lavish Baillies king-sized beds (or 2 singles), natural linens and ample bathrooms. Tons of thoughtful provisions, such as rain ponchos, backpacks, anti-fly baits and spray for lifts (regrettably the black flies could be extreme). Plus an espresso machine, Bose speaker and iPad. There is no TV but you won’t overlook it.
Food & beverage
Longitude 131 has a number of the most delicious food I have seen in a life of food and travel writing. Chef Jonathon Bryant gets daily deliveries of fresh ingredients from all around Australia. In addition, he utilizes outback ingredients like bush plums, lemon myrtle, muntries (native berries) and salt bush. Before you arrive, your own food tastes (and intolerances) have been mentioned and every day’s menu is customised to supply three unique alternatives for every program. How about a supper of south Australian king prawn, tamarind, cucumber, betel leaves, coconut yoghurt, followed closely by kangaroo fillet and ended with desert trifle, refreshing cherry, passion fruit and chia jam? All these are paired with beautiful Australian wines. All meals and beverages are included in the purchase price.
There’s also a 24/7 self-service pub in the Dune Pavillion and in-room bars (both free). Every single night guests have the choice to dine at Table 131 outside beneath the stars. The personal dune-top dinner is $150 (#92) per individual.
Value for cash
Double couches are $1,450 (#894) per person, per night year round. The purchase price includes the tasty custom-made meals and beverages, an open bar with French champagne, high quality wines and spirits (the basement master’s listing is added), in-room pub, small group tours and transfers to Ayers Rock airport. Free Wi-Fi and parking (occasionally iffy — it’s the outback).
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