The management of Baillie Lodges has been extremely active in recent months to increase the luxurious character of its properties even further. Improvements and refurbishments include
Longitude 131° (LONA01)
In May, Baillie Lodges has transformed its luxury desert camp Longitude 131° with the addition of stylish new balconies on each of its 15 ‘tents’, creating contemporary outdoor living areas while enhancing its unrivalled views of Uluru.
Styled with expansive day beds, armchairs and Eco Smart fireplaces, the luxury of Longitude 131° has been extended outdoors, providing guests with a new perspective on the surrounding desert landscape. 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 in front of the fireplace, it gives guests the option of sleeping beneath a blanket of southern stars while still enjoying the comfort and style of Australia’s most celebrated desert retreat.
The new balconies are the latest enhancements by Baillie Lodges since taking over Longitude 131° in late 2013. They follow a multi-million dollar refurbishment that introduced features including designer furnishings, Indigenous artworks and the group’s signature “Baillie Bed”. Creating a whole new level of intimacy, the luxe outdoor features are designed to remove any barrier between guests and the landscape at Australia’s spiritual heart. Revealing a fresh panorama in an environment of relaxed luxury and natural peace, Longitude 131° elevates the outback experience to iconic heights.
Baillie Lodges meanwhile announced the next exciting phase in the renewal of its acclaimed desert retreat at Uluru. Works will commence from April 1, 2017 and the lodge will close until July 31, 2017 inclusive.
The plans include:
• A new premium suite, designed to offer the ultimate in desert luxury and offering dual views of the outback icons. It will be available in a one or two-bedroom configuration, making it ideal for families and friends as well as individuals and couples.
• A major redevelopment of the central Dune House to enhance its space and views while introducing a new contemporary style. Additions include a new entry and reception area cleverly tucked into the dune, a redesigned tented canopy and curvaceous open bar in the spirit of sister lodge, Southern Ocean Lodge.
• A signature spa facility and re-landscaped swimming pool, replete with poolside bar.
• A new dune-top bar and deck offering sweeping views of the surrounding desert landscape – perfect for sunset drinks or dinner under the stars.
Capella Lodge (CAPN01)
In 2017, a whole new level of luxury will be unveiled at Capella Lodge, the subtropical connection in the Baillie Lodges portfolio. Closing for four months between May 1 – August 31, 2017 inclusive, plans at the property include:
• Creation of a new two-bedroom suite suitable for two or up to five persons in style. A reincarnation of the Makambo Loft to feature extended outdoor living areas and a plunge pool with postcard views. The Lagoon Lofts will also be upgraded to include a timber hot tub privately nestled in the kentia palms.
• Redevelopment of the main lodge, including bar, lounge and restaurant upgrades, honouring the relaxed spirit of Lord Howe Island and capturing the breathtaking views of the soaring twin mountain peaks and turquoise lagoon.
• Remodelling of the Capella Spa to include a second level with mesmerising views from the treatment bed to the reef beyond.