HOME AND AWAY
CHOPPER transfers to a nearby helipad and iPads for guests loaded with eBooks, Australian movie classics and games are among the celebratory extras as Longitude 131 prepares to mark its 10th birthday in November (the low-lying property was rebuilt after a bushfire in 2003). Upgrades at the Northern Territory eco-resort, which offers uninterrupted views of Uluru, include Bose surroundsound systems in each of the 15 luxury guest tents (each of which is named after an Australian explorer), new indigenous touring options and a revamp of Dinner at Table 131, an under-the-stars event featuring cultural performances by the Wakagetti dance troupe. Longitude 131-branded stainless-steel water bottles are being provided as take-home gifts for guests on arrival, reducing PET bottle usage; custom-made ceramic water filters have been installed in all tents. There’s a minimum two-night stay, covering all meals, selected alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, touring, entry to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and return Ayers Rock airport transfers. From $2070 a night for two, twin-share; children 12 years and under are not catered for. More: 1300 134 044; voyages.com.au.