At the hotel
Boutique, guest lounge with library, flatscreen TV, DVD player and film selection, PC with web access, and telescopes for ogling Uluru. In rooms: Bose CD sound system with iPod dock, air-conditioning, soft-drink minibar.
Longitude 131º’s tents are more luxury cabins draped in flowing white fabric than the canvas crash-pads the word suggests. Each is named after a celebrated Australian explorer or wilderness pioneer, and the walls are adorned with relevant memorabilia (cuttings, letters, sketches, etc). The tents are identical in terms of facilities but differ by location: 1 and 15 (aka ‘Sir Sidney Kidman and ‘Jane Webb’) are the most private as they’re set at either end of the resort, so very few people tend to wander past; 6, 7 and 8 (‘John Flynn’, ‘Ernest Giles’ and ‘William Christie Gosse’) have the most inspiring uninterrupted views of Uluru.
The curvy pool outside the Dune House is icy cold – although this can be off-putting in winter, in summer, it’s a deliciously surreal experience, floating on the cooling water in the searing desert heat.
It can get chilly at night and in winter, so pack extra layers and warm headgear.
Two-night minimum stay.
Over-12s are welcome, but extra beds are not available.
Showers are heated by solar power (there are no bath tubs), and reverse heater-air conditioning units reduce energy wastage.
This property is suitable for weddings