Need to know
15 luxury tents.
10.30am. Check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $3420.79 (AU$4,364), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates include all meals, most alcoholic and soft drinks, drinks from the in-suite bar, return transfers to Ayers Rock Airport and area tours. Rates don't include a 2.5 per cent credit-card surcharge that'll be charged by the hotel onsite.
Climbing Uluru is considered spiritually offensive to Aborigines, so if you wish to respect local Anangu culture take a walk around its stunning base instead. 'Roughing it' is an abstract concept here, but if your bed isn't quite as close to nature as you'd wish, unroll one of the retreat's bespoke swags (a luxurious take on a bushman's bed-roll), and after a few snifters of port and Cognac, snooze under the stars on your balcony, by a crackling fire.
At the hotel
Boutique, guest lounge with library, flatscreen TV, DVD player and film selection, and PC with web access. In rooms: sound system, luxury swags, climate control, free gourmet minibar with premium Australian wines.
Our favourite rooms
Longitude 131º’s tents are more luxury cabins draped in flowing white fabric than the canvas crash-pads the word suggests. Bespoke furnishings include an organic-linen-draped Bailie bed, facing panoramic views of Uluru from floor-to-ceiling windows and each tent showcases indigenous artwork. Each tent 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-10s are welcome. Tents sleep up to three guests, and an extra bed is available on request.
Showers are heated by solar power (there are no bath tubs), and reverse heater-air conditioning units reduce energy wastage.