Lots of people visit the "rock" or Uluru. And it is absolutely worth a visit. If you make the trip, you have several choices, all except one inside Yulara, the resort town near Uluru. There is one notable exception: Longitude 131. Although owned by the same company as the rest of the resort, this pearl is something quite extraordinary.
We spent three nights and loved every minute of it. I was a little apprehensive of the "All inclusive" (which usually means cheap buffets and terribly bad wines/drinks), but we were positively (very positively) surprised.
The kitchen is out of this world (even as vegetarians we were stunned by the quality of the food served!) and the combination of food and matching wines from Australia & New Zealand is amazing.
The rooms ('tents') are beautiful and the view is priceless!
A comment with regards to the price (which is steep). When I say all inclusive, it really is so, all the tours, foods, drinks are part of the package and in the end, given the impressions, it is a price worth paying. Uluru is not a place you visit regularly, so live a little… :)
I would love to have given a 5-star rating, but a botched lunch during one of our excursions (even the chips were "meaty") draws down the final rating.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Camping certainly doesn’t come more glamorous nor the view from the ‘tent’ more spectacular than this. At Longitude 131°, a gathering of luxury pavilions overlooking Uluru, the vibe is intimate and civilised. The desert base fans out from the cool sanctuary of the Dune House, site of lounging, cocktails and Rock gazing. Dine on contemporary cuisine infused with indigenous flavours overlooking the nation’s spiritual heart or under a glittering canopy of stars at Table 131°. In the spirit of the original pioneers, relax after a day’s exploring in a tent recreated for today's traveller with a swag of mod cons. The comforts of the lodge are offset by discovery of the World Heritage listed wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta, explored on a series of signature guided encounters. Longitude 131° is a place to really feel that the most desirable luxuries of today are infinite time, endless space and the sweet sound of silence. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Longitude 131 Hotel Yulara
- Longitude 131 Resort