The busier you are, and the more fun you have, the more time seems to fly.
It’s just gone one whole year since Baillie Lodges brought the 15-tented ‘glamping’ icon Longitude 131 into the intimate collection of Australian luxury lodges.
Located in the heart of Australia’s outback ‘Red Centre’ in the World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Longitude 131 makes a perfect outback complement to the coastal wilderness on offer at sister property Southern Ocean Lodge and to the subtropical coral reef paradise at Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island.
It’s been a big year for the team on the ground at Longitude 131 who have overseen the ‘Baillie-fication’ of the existing property, formerly run by Voyages. The transformation has occurred at every level – from the arrival of a fleet of new luxury vehicles for guest adventures, to a range of new signature and bespoke experiences of the outback wilderness, a refreshment of guest accommodations and lounging areas both indoors and out, and to the experience of dining in Australia’s spiritual –and geographical – heartland.
There’s been a refurbishment of all the guest tents to introduce designer furnishings including the infamous Baillie Bed, custom designed furniture by Baillie favourites, Pierre and Charlotte Julian, contemporary campaign chairs by Arthur G as well as new soft furnishings in red-desert tones, with highlights of midnight blue and desert-pea pink.
In a first for the property, artworks including dot paintings, ceramics and punu (wood carvings) have been sought from local indigenous artists and the traditional custodians of the land, principally from the Maruku and Ernabella communities. These now take pride of place in the main guest lodge, the canopied Dune House, as well as in the guest tents, and offer a fine balance to the artefacts and journals left by the first western explorers, who mapped and made the precious region more accessible to visitors.
Dining at Longitude 131 now takes its cue from the Baillie Lodges experience of eating locally. Here Australia’s finest produce is sourced and brought together in the nation’s natural hub, whilst outback ingredients and foraged herbs deliver an outback flavour, ideally savoured when dining in the sights of Uluru, or by lamplight on the remote dune-top at Table 131.
There’s more to discover and certainly more in store, with plans in development for a second stage by renowned architect Max Pritchard, the South Australian who created award-winning Southern Ocean Lodge in and of the wildly beautiful landscape.
Meanwhile, we’re set to celebrate achievements todate, and to continue to welcome guests from around Australia and the world to experience Uluru-Kata Tjuta from this most extraordinary luxury base camp.