We paid over $500 a night for what was quite an ordinary hotel. However there's a monopoly and if you want to go there and stay in something half decent then that's what you pay. The staff are enthusiastic but with an average tenure of 3 months, there's a level of amateurism. The food is variable, stay away from sirloin steak and go for roast of the day, however it's generally expensive. In terms of rooms, adequate however the corridors and internals look like a dated motel. For some reason the hotel entrance areas are kept unbearibly hot. Go for first floor, meaning not ground or 2nd floor. The balconies are better, but an odd design where your neighbours balcony looks into your room if they stand at the end. What I didn't understand is that we are in country where you can see Uluru from miles driving in any direction, yet the hotel is sighted in one of the few spots where no one staying at the hotel can see Uluru from pretty much anywhere, that took some planning! The sounds of silence experience is very disappointing at pretty much every level, you'll get more silence and better views of Uluru by walking out to the observation hill close to the shopping area. So not much choice if you want to see Uluru and the Olgas, however I can see why Australian tourism is doing so badly, the hotel seems a third full, with so many better value tourist destinations in the world I can see why people go elsewhere.
- 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 Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort Australia/Yulara