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Sails in the Desert

Sails in the Desert, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

Our rating: Deluxe

Nestled behind sand dunes, Ayers Rock Resort lies hidden from view to those visiting the National Park. The resort has endeavored to reflect sensitivity towards the environment and respect for the area's traditional Aboriginal owners.

Huge sails provide shade, solar panels generate power and native trees flourish throughout on green lawns alive with a multitude of birds. Sails in the Desert is the resort's premier hotel and is well furnished and designed with the interior décor focussing on Aboriginal heritage and culture.

The rooms are comfortable and the grounds are lovely - perfect for an evening of relaxation.

Friendly staff tend to be young and only working in the Red Centre for up to six months, so service levels may differ from those found in other five star resorts around Australia.

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    Alternative places to stay nearby

    Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.

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      Desert Gardens Hotel


      Part of the Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens Hotel allows you to enjoy great facilities whilst staying at the only property with rooms overlooking Uluru itself.

    • Longitude 131º, Uluru/Ayers Rock

      Longitude 131°


      Opulent, stylish and occupying an unsurpassed position in one of the most spiritual places in Australia, the marvelous Longitude 131° wilderness camp has fifteen elevated safari-inspired tents.

    • Outback Pioneer, Uluru/Ayers Rock

      Outback Pioneer


      The Outback Pioneer offers simple accommodation in a fun and rustic outback environment boasting a proper Aussie bar and grill.

    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.

    • Traditional Aboriginal tools, Anangu Tours

      Full Day Cave Hill Tour

      Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

      This full day tour is an indigenous cultural experience that provides a fascinating insight into everyday Aboriginal life. You will journey by 4WD and travel deep into the desert of the Pitjantjatjara Lands of Central Australia.

    • Sounds of Silence dinner, Uluru

      Sounds of Silence Dinner

      Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

      In front of you is the fabled Uluru; behind you are the domes of Kata Tjuta and, possibly the most spectacular sunset you have ever seen. Here you enjoy sparkling wine and a selection of delectable canapés whilst a local didgeridoo player explains and performs this traditional Aboriginal instrument.