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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

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