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If you want to gain an appreciation of the desert surroundings and solitude of Uluru, Longitude 131 is unmatched.
I first visited Uluru 14 years ago when I first moved to Australia from California. I could appreciate its importance as a landmark and have cherished photos from that trip, but I hardly remembered the experience. My memories were of a very crowded sunset viewing area, the cold August morning, and the red dirt that remained on my shoes long after I had left. This was partly because I had a toddler with me at the time, and Uluru was the culmination of a several days road trip via campervan driving from Adelaide. This year I felt compelled to revisit this journey. My objective was to slow down and take in my surroundings. Uluru would be the main event this time. I had heard of Longitude 131 many years ago and always wanted to go there precisely because of its luxury experience and because it was so remote compared to the other popular resorts in town. Longitude 131 lives up to its reputation as a luxury resort, with incredibly well-furnished rooms, elaborate menus at each meal that feature native ingredients, and the highly attentive and personable staff, but the real standout was the access and view of Uluru itself. The privacy and intimacy of being able to look out over your balcony towards this beautiful sandstone creation was the height of luxury. It is a completely unique setting for appreciating Australia’s most sacred spot. I chose to stay 3 nights, and this meant many of the tours were included such as the 10km Uluru base walk and a short hike at Kata-Tjuta. I highly recommend 3 nights as a minimum to get the full experience. A complete itinerary was provided upon arrival with plenty of time to relax in the afternoon or linger over gorgeous meals in the dining room (also with a spectacular view of Uluru.) And while I specifically came to experience the solitude of the desert, I was so impressed by how the property itself and the warmth of the people working there and other guests made it feel like a little community. We were all sharing the same special experience and wonder. Whomever had envisioned Longitude 131 has really created something special. It is a beautiful tribute to such a sacred and magical place.
“Out of this world” Perfection!
From start to Finnish our stay at Longitude 131, was flawless. The team were so personable, lots of fun and had a keen interest to please every single guest; Rachel- was so helpful in creating a one off dining experience for us, she will defiantly be a GM in the future as she has the x factor. Dennis- has so much charm and was a absolute star when it came to food and drink. Sidney- our tour guide, was the lucky charm of our trip, every where we went with him became these, out of the world, one off experiences, a perfect example was when he found a thorny devil at the side of the road and allowed us to experience the wild life, he was so good at connecting with all his guests and had the most fascinating stories. Chris- organised a one in a million guided trip to see the waterfalls at Uluru. Doza- in the restaurant, was so much fun, and she just made everything happen, with flair and pizzazz. Adam- looked after our every whim, he was so knowledgeable on the property and the surrounding area. Chef Toms- menus were perfectly balanced, beautifully presented, with a great variety, pleasing everyone. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, canapes and all the other foodie treats throught our stay were, “to die for.” He even made a beautiful chocolate cake with popping candy for my husband’s 40th Birthday. Ben & Louise gave us the biggest genuine welcome it was just like being welcomed into their home, they were absolutely incredible in getting our special trip organised , including birthday surprises, nothing was too much hassle. Thank you to all the other team members you made our trip very special and now have memories that will last forever. Until next time.
Worth every bloody cent!
So, we chose the rare time of year during 2020 where the NT was hit by a MAJOR rain band and sub zero (I’m being a bit dramatic 😬) temperatures to head to our most expensive EVER booking (yolo right)? My worry that I wouldn’t see Uluru at it’s usual sunny, deep red, blue sky best was quickly dissipated when we reached Longitude 131....and were told that included in your nightly all inclusive+++ price was a SELF SERVICE COCKTAIL BAR, I quickly forgot my worries, and soon after a few cocktails my own name and settled in for what was an absolutely amazing 2 nights! Ohhhh did I mention that from lunch time the next day we were literally the only people staying there....an experience I’m sure only A-List celebs and CEO billionaires would get to have! Therefore all of our tours ended up being private, for no extra cost...and that’s where we got to meet the guide legend that is Sam....who took us around the region and engaged us with both interesting local indigenous stories, fun facts and a whole heap of hilarious banter, as well as a steady supply of snacks and beverages whilst we were out in our walks/jaunts! Also shout out to another guide, Sydney who read us a sweet poem at dinner and enjoyed telling us about the stars whilst we had the beautiful Bruce Munro Field of Light all to ourselves. As for the rest of the staff they were all fantastic and completely faultless....also thank you to Rachel who kept me in a steady flow of bourbon Old Fashioneds during our stay!!! Now the food....I’m DED! It was to die for, breakfast, lunch and dinner...all of it (specifically the 2nd night where we had a private dinner) and a specific mention to the casual Berkshire ham and gruyere cheese tartlet we were gifted for the road which made me want to drive the 4 hours back from Alice Springs to snaggle another! It wasn’t hot enough to swim in the beautiful dune top pool...but it didn’t matter, being in such a stunning property and unesco heritage location in the cold moodiness was an experience not a lot of visitors to the NT get and we were grateful to be one of that 1%. So seriously, save up and get down to Longitude 131! Best luxury stay we’ve had so far! Will be very hard to beat!!
Wonderful and more
This is not a cheap place to stay but it is absolutely worth the money. It is not an ostentatious resort. It is understated with comfortable elegance. Longitude 131 epitomises 5 star service and care. We have visited Yulara and Uluru several times but still enjoyed every tour and every moment in this wonderful part of the world. Very quickly we felt that we had known the ever so kind and friendly staff forever. Our room/tent was so very comfortable with amazing views, privacy and every little touch that could be thought of to make it feel like home. We would advise staying for 3 nights as 2 would simply not be sufficient to go on the tours and also make use of the resort itself. To sit on the Dune Top viewing area and watch colour come into the morning or leave the sky in the evening is very special. The chef Tom is amazingly talented and the portions are such that you can eat 3 courses happily. I would like to mention all the wonderful team by name but if I forgot someone I would be sad. If you are debating whether to stay here or not just do it.
My husband and I stayed at Longitude for 3 nights recently and cannot fault our stay. While the location of this resort allows for views of Uluru, Kata Tjuta and the Field of Light from the comfort of an armchair or the spa, what truly sets this place apart is the staff. Housekeeping kept our well appointed ‘tent’ clean and stocked of goodies. The chef and his team provided us with delicious meals prepared with the freshest and finest ingredients - not and easy task given the distance to the nearest market! My husband’s dietary requirements were catered to without fuss and the alternate meals offered were of an equally high standard to the other options available. All of the staff in the main reception and dining room were beyond helpful and made our stay so very enjoyable. Tiana, Rachel, Dennis, Sydney, Dora, Natalie, Chris, Ben and Lou went above and beyond to look after our every need. There are tours offered each morning and evening that are included in the package. We also organised a helicopter flight for one of the afternoons which gave us a whole new perspective on this spectacular country - thank you Austin. Even on the day we left and were taken back to our car we were given a care package for lunch including delicious quiches, homemade muesli bars (they were the ‘bomb’) and other goodies. It’s this attention to detail and staying in a place where all of the staff go above and beyond to make your time enjoyable that make me keen to save up for a return visit.
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