My husband and I stayed at the Desert Garden hotel during our visit to Australia for our honeymoon. We stayed here for 3 nights and overall were pretty happy with our stay. I read the reviews and did research before staying here so I kind of knew what to expect regarding the "resort's monopoly".
I'll start with a few negatives... First, we were put in a disabled room even though we requested an upgraded room (after all it was our honeymoon) and later put in a room with two double beds. The walkway outside our room (401) was extremely loud. None of the large stones were cemented down and when anyone walked by or when housekeeping rolled their carts by it sounded as if someone was coming through our door. I requested a quieter room at 4am and we were promptly relocated the next morning. Secondly, the WiFi was down while we were there. Not a big deal, but it would have been nice to communicate with our family via email since we didn't have international calls on our phones. Also, as large as the resort is, they do not provide a fitness area or gym. And lastly, we visited the deli several times and I over heard one of the female workers made a comment about visitors not tipping. She was always rude everytime we were in there. However, everyone else we encountered was extremely friendly and helpful.
The positives... friendly/ helpful/ accommodating front desk staff, the pools were very clean and nice, several water coolers throughout the resort, free shuttle for the resort, and many restaurants and deli to choose from. The resort also provides many free activities daily. We had fun learning how to throw and spear and boomerang.
We took a camel ride at sunset and highly recommend this. Afterwards, the guides provide light snack and appetizers and complementary wine, beer, or soft drinks. We were able to mingle and meet others from all around the world.
We also visited Ayers Rock at sunset and walked over to take the free visitor's guide tour provided by Ayers Rock. The tour starts at 8am and lasted about 2 hours and we learned a lot from our guide. You can stay as long as you want and take one of the free shuttles back to the resort. And it only cost about $65!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Voyages Desert Gardens Hotel is a superior hotel at Voyages Ayers Rock Resort. Magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs are the setting for this hotel. Voyages Desert Gardens Hotel is centrally located to all resort and touring facilities and offers a range of accommodation, from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rooms overlooking the desert.You can relax in the comfort of your own private balcony or courtyard, or unwind in the hotel's pool, sipping cocktails from the Bunya bar. It's only a short stroll to the Resort's numerous lookouts, where you can view what is arguably Australia's best sunset, with the spectacular play of colours across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert. Once the sun has set, dine at Arnguli Grill and savour an a la carte flame grilled menu. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Hotel Yulara
- Hotel Desert Gardens
- Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort Australia/Yulara