In this era where we are all looking for far away places for staycation or to break away from the misery of lockdowns, Longitude131 in Australia might be a solution. Located just outside the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park – what might seem far to reach for some people – this luxury camp is surely unlike any others. It certainly gives one an experience no urban hotel nor skyscrapers can give in the middle of a metropolist. Let’s take a deeper look into this retreat.
The concept was born out of the inspiration of a safari-style lodge, or what people usually call “bailie lodge”. It is a form of an eco-sensitive resort because of the secluded location and the experiences the guests undergo.
In general, the bailie lodges at Longitude131 make use of the beautiful landscape in Australia’s down under that is famous for the wildlife. This then guide the material choices in the resort, which is dominated with wood and simplicity. Altogether, the buildings really blend in well with the surroundings.
The lodges have big windows to let in ample amount of natural light into the interior, to let in the gorgeous views, and simply to let the atmosphere get to the guests. In the morning you can enjoy the sunrise and in the evening sunset. All these together make for the perfect place for honeymoon, romantic getaway, or just an adventurous trip in general.
The hotel was awarded “World Best Heritage” by the United Nations because of the tradition, culture, and wilderness that it aims to preserve and showcase. From the hotel, you can take a safari to see the wild animals, natural attractions, and Aboriginal heritage.
What’s even better is that the resort also follows Sustainability Policy as its environmental commitment to protect and conserve the natural heritage and biodiversity. The property also manages the use of energy and uses renewable energy whenever possible. Waste and water management are also paid attention to.
“Longitude 131° was approved under the Commonwealth Environment Protection & Biodiversity Conservation Act and involved extensive consultations with the Central Land Council and Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority, including studying cultural maps to confirm there were no sacred sites in the immediate area of the property.
Situated adjacent to the World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Longitude 131° was designed and constructed using techniques that minimise its impact on the site and surrounds. If required, the infrastructure could be completely dissembled and removed, and the site restored to its pre-development state with minimal remediation.” (Longitude131)