Uluru is quite literally the heart of Australia – this magnificent rock formation represents the nation’s natural history and heritage and plays spiritual home to the world’s oldest living culture, the indigenous Australians. Fire is at the heart of many indigenous myths and it’s also essential for regeneration of the landscape. It therefore made sense for the element to be part of Longitude 131°, the luxury desert camp overlooking the World Heritage listed wilderness of Uluru-KataTjuta National Park. Originally built in 2003, the retreat joined the Baillie Lodges collection in 2013 and a series of enhancements quickly followed.
Most recently in 2016, expansive balconies were added to each of the fifteen luxury tents. Designed by Max Pritchard, the architect behind the design of sister property Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island, the balconies meld seamlessly into the ‘floating’ structure and feature modern day-beds, armchairs and carefully placed stainless steel XL700 burners set into elegant, low-set stone and rosewood timber benches. Central to the new concept is a bespoke luxury swag for two, a modern reinvention of the traditional Australian bushman’s bedroll. Unfurled at nightfall, it enables guests to lie back on the daybed and gaze out over the dancing flames to Uluru, omnipresent in the background.
Baillie Lodges’ Managing Director James Baillie said the balconies were part of a plan to “take the property to new levels of luxury.” “They create a whole new level of intimacy, completely removing any barrier between the visitor and the landscape at Australia’s spiritual heart,” he said. “Each luxury pavilion features an EcoSmart Fire on the balcony and the element is central to the Lodge’s signature turndown service. Every second night, the transformation is especially decadent when guests return from Table 131° (our signature dining event under the stars), to find the fire alight and plush swag rolled out ready for slumber accompanied by a curated selection of after-dinner digestifs.” Clearly, luxury is paramount at Longitude 131° – therefore, maintaining a relaxing, comfortable and ambient atmosphere for guests is the number one priority.
This is reflected in the choice of materials and products in the tents, which are all of the finest quality design and construction. Baillie Lodges have also installed EcoSmart burners in their other sites, including Capella Lodge in 2004 and Southern Ocean Lodge in 2008. The Baillies have also installed EcoSmart Fires in their own home. “They also provide warmth on chilly desert nights, as well as a light source in the outdoor living space. It’s the ambience and contemporary reference to an outback camp fire that stands out as well as the inherent luxury in having a fireplace in one’s own suite!”. James Baillie, Baillie Lodges’ Managing Director.
EcoSmart Fire – Burner – XL700 Burners