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Sails in the Desert Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Yulara
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Reviewed October 18, 2013 via mobile

I love this place, room was comfortable with a view of the rock, bed was enormous and very comfortable, loads of room and a balcony. Had a meal in this restaurant which was brilliant, the best Kangaroo I have ever tasted. So many choices I felt really spoiled. Would recommend this hotel to my friends as the whole atmosphere and the was we were treated was first class.

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Reviewed October 16, 2013

We had originally booked in at the Desert Gardens (the mid-grade option; all part of the same resort) but after seeing our room decided to ask about an upgrade to Sails in the Desert. After already paying a premium to be out at Uluru we decided that an additional $50/night to upgrade wasn't going to make a big difference. Turned out to be money well spent to be in the upgraded room and we were pleased to have a view of Uluru. Although the exterior of the two hotels looked similar the differences between the two rooms were substantial. The Sails in the Desert room was a nice size, very comfortable bed, nicer furniture (table with 2 chairs and couch), flat screen TV and was overall much more modern and new looking. The lobby and restaurant area was also much nicer in the Sails hotel.
The staff everywhere on the resort were extremely friendly and helpful!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

I was recently part of a Tauck tour of Australia. We flew from Melbourne to Alice Springs, then took a shorter flight to Yulara, the inhabited area associated with the national park that is home to Uluru, the famous big red rock. We stayed at Sails in the Desert, part of Ayers Rock Resort. My room was spacious and clean, and very quiet at night. The decor was fairly nice, not overly fancy but very pleasing. There was a nice large pool on the grounds, a restaurant with good food and a pleasant lobby with an art gallery. The area offers other accommodations, a small village with touristy shops and a convenience store. Laundry facilities are available. I had hoped there would be a gym, but that was not the case. So I settled for a long pre-dawn walk around the compound and its outskirts, which turned out to be a lovely experience, with the sun rising behind Uluru in the distance. I wanted to take part in a star-viewing walk offered after dark, but didn't know about it in time to attend on that one and only night of our stay. There was something very special about sleeping in the desert just a few miles from the spiritual majesty of Uluru. I recommend Sails in the Desert for anyone lucky enough to visit the "red heart" of Australia.

Room Tip: Ask for a room along the back of the resort, away from the pool--quieter and closer to nature.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank kepc
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

It was a great 5 star hotel and the food was nice. The menu was lacking in mains but that seemed to be the case every where in town. Clean, quiet and peaceful place. Wished they had told me about the complimentary breakfast box when I checked in instead of making me read the book in the room to find out. Over priced but still had a great time at this resort.

Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

A recent refurbishment has improved this hotel immensely. This is our third visit in six years. We found the new and artistically tasteful furnishings, including carpets based on motifs from Australian artists - both indigenous and non-indigenous - very good indeed. There were a couple of niggles. Rooms are spacious and well-equipped, with slippers and dressing gowns supplied. But a hotel of this standard should supply a range of pillows, so that people who prefer flatter pillows have a choice. The friendly staff did eventually find us a couple of softer pillows, and we were grateful for that. Also, the bathroom double sink unit in our ensuite was quite deep, so it was hard to shave or put on makeup with the mirror so far away, A small shaving mirror on the wall would be a real asset, as would a mirror somewhere else in the room. The grounds are pleasant, but the way the nice pool has been fenced off (for child safety) has spoiled, in our view, what used to be a very relaxing pool-side bar area.

Room Tip: Some of the top floor rooms have good views of Uluru
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

This a really beautiful, modern, high-end resort. Incredibly professional staff, immaculately furnished and spacious rooms, and excellent restaurants (including a top-notch breakfast buffet). It's not cheap, but as far as I could tell, if you want to visit Uluru, your options are one of these hotels, or camping. We selected Sails in the Desert based mostly on availability and we were more than happy with our choice. Worth mentioning: they have washers & dryers which are free for guest use! PS Some good advice if you're visiting Ulura and Kata Tjuta is to definitely rent a car so you can visit the various sites on your own and not be restricted to a bus tour.

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Reviewed October 10, 2013

This was a wonderful place to stay - an oasis. Everything we needed was found here - great accommodation, great food, yummy cocktails. Lots of friendly staff on hand to answer any questions about the surrounding areas. Will return with the whole family.

Room Tip: Terrace rooms are well worth the extra few dollars.
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Address: Yulara Drive | Ayers Rock Resort, Yulara, Northern Territory 0872, Australia
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Location: Australia > Northern Territory > Red Centre > Yulara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Yulara
Price Range: $225 - $504 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Sails in the Desert Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 232
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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