Ayers rock is a unique place (there are perhaps, there are other landscape artifacts in the Australian desert but would probably need lots of water and a reliable all-road or two to get there). Since it's a unique place with relatively little infrastructure around, all conveniences are in a short supply and thus - expensive.
The hotel stays on the only resort property next to Ayers rock managed by Accor, and one has no choice but to stay in one of the hotels on the property and to use the facilities (restaurants, shops, entertainment, etc.). Having its captive audience, the management does not need to care.
Following this lengthy introduction, the hotel itself was undergoing major renovations when I was there. I think that it would be fair to the clients to close the property - the renovations were a significant nuisance. The service at the property is not better than OK, food establishments I had a chance to visit were quite poor but within the expectations given the fact the the place is in the middle of the desert and the captive audience. The design of the room was very nice, the room was large and comfortable but suffered from imperfections and shortcuts that somewhat spoiled the overall impression (such as poorly attached panels or the design of the tap in the bathroom that was make it use inconvenient (very little space to put hands under the tap).
The conclusion - if one goes to Yulara and decides to stay in a 3-4 star hotel, there's not much choice. Manage your expectations, enjoy the nature (practical advice - don't go to fancy places - the broiled chicken in the grocery will not be very different from a namesake Cordon Bleu in the local top a la carte restaurant).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In Australia's Red Centre, the five star Sails in the Desert hotel beautifully contrasts Uluru's raw natural beauty with a decidedly luxurious outback holiday experience. Soaring white sails crown Ayers Rock Resort's Sails in the Desert hotel, shading 228 luxury five star rooms and suites. Discover the passion behind Aboriginal art at Sails in the Desert's Mulgara Gallery. Then be lulled into complete relaxation by one of the Red Ochre Spa's package treatments. Sails in the Desert hotel features an expansive gumtree lined heated swimming pool and a diversity of modern dining, bar and lounge options. Choose Sails in the Desert for an outback holiday with a unique style and modern luxury. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sails In The Desert Ayers Rock Hotel Yulara
- Sails In The Desert Ayers Rock Resort Australia/Yulara