DEDICATED TO DESIGN
Longitude 131 opened in 2002 and James and Hayley Baillie of Baillie Lodges took over management a decade later; its last phase of a series of refurbishments has been unveiled this month.
Dune House, the central pavilion, has been reconfigured with a long bar designed by Tobias Staheli, a free-flowing lounge area, and a repositioning of the foyer. The external walkway to the entrance is now all smooth curves and contours and a new Dune Top belvedere features a splash pool, sunset bar and a clutch of private pods for dining by moonlight.
The Baillies, who also operate Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island and Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island, are well-known for creating naturebased properties that successfully meld creature comforts and environmental excellence with layers of luxury and top design.
But you won’t find over-fancy falderals and inappropriate excess at any lodge in the portfolio.
Longitude 131, in particular, feels thoroughly earthed and authentic. Colours echo sand, earth, bush shrubs and the charcoal of camp fires.
Australian makers and designers have been given priority for the remake, from Max Pritchard Gunner Architects and furniture maker Nathan Day to lighting artists Pierre and Charlotte Julian and ceramicist Malcolm Greenwood. Staff uniforms are by RM Williams; in-room toiletries have been especially blended with zesty eucalyptus and bush botanicals.
Indigenous connections are far from tokenistic here. While the Li’tya products used at the two-room Spa
Dune House at Longitude 131