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.
Our favourite rooms
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.
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.
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.