When staying at Longitude 131° I couldn’t help but feeling a little bit naughty as I enjoyed the infinite panoramic views of the Australian outback from the comfort of my 5-star tent’s balcony.
Yes, I did say ‘5-star tent’, however I use the word tent loosely. At Longitude 131° guests stay in secluded bungalows adorned with a white dome roof and flowing fabric draped from the center to create the illusion of camping.
This harsh land was clearly not made for such lavish living, yet Longitude 131° remains a superb example of how to do understated elegance. Each elevated tent pays homage to an early Australian pioneer or explorer, but unlike the early pioneers and explorers, guests revel in sublime comfort. The rooms’ non-interrupted views allow you to wake up to a stunning view of Uluru, and the electronic blinds mean you never have to leave the bed!
There is something about seeing that gargantuan rock on your doorstep that instantly makes you feel like you’re in Australia and that you’re experiencing something otherworldly.
This harsh land was clearly not made for such lavish living, yet Longitude 131° remains a superb example of how to do understated elegance.
Upon arrival you are immediately made to feel welcome. I’m not sure if it was the pre-poured champagne I was greeted with, or the fact that I was told to ‘help myself to the fridges and bars as you please’, but I very quickly felt comfortable, relaxed, and a wincy bit pampered.
The food here is exquisite, Longitude 131° offers the best of contemporary Australian cuisine and despite being in the middle of the desert everything is extremely fresh. In the slight chance that this amazing food is not to your liking the chef will make changes just for you. One guest had food allergies so the chef made her almond milk from scratch.
By far the most enjoyable dining experience is the dinner under the stars. 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.
Throughout my stay the staff were extremely helpful and attentive, nothing is ever too difficult, just ask and you will receive! The hotel is also happy to drop you off/pick you up from activities as you please, but the organized tours are great & incorporate exactly what you would want to do/see in Yulara.
For a special treat make sure to splash out on the helicopter ride at sunset from the hotel’s private helipad. This is truly unforgettable as you will be able to overlook the amazing landscape and see how it changes as the sun goes down.
Without a doubt this one of the most unique luxury wilderness camps in the world. Its unrivalled view, comfort, and attention to detail make it an ideal location to enjoy your next outback vacation or celebrate your next special occasion.
Price: $2,200 per night
Phone: (02) 8296 8010
Address: Longitude 131°, Yulara Drive, Yulara NT 0872