We had a lovely time at Sal Salis. The camp is situated in an amazing location - nestled into the sand dunes facing the ocean. It's amazing watching the sunset over the ocean and waking up to the sound of crashing waves in the morning. We really enjoyed it but I found it difficult to justify the cost for the experience (at $1,500 for a couple per night).
For us, the food was a highlight. There are 2 chefs at Sal Salis (one is Chilean and the other is Malaysian). During our stay, we had the Chilean chef Pedro. His food was excellent. Lunch was a 2 course meal with 3 courses being served for dinner at night (plus generous canapes before dinner). Breakfast was a basic spread of cereals and pastries one morning, with a hot breakfast being served on another morning. The food was restaurant quality, really delicious and well presented. We also enjoyed the wine and other drinks on offer. They have an open bar so guests can help themselves whenever they like. I think the previous reviewer was being pretty fussy criticising the wine - it was fine and very drinkable.
All the staff are very professional and welcoming. Activities such as the snorkelling tours were well run and the guides made sure they looked out for every guest. All the equipment (masks, wet suits etc) are supplied so that makes it easy. The guides brought morning and afternoon tea to the snorkelling spots so they looked after the guests at every opportunity.
The tents are clean and comfortable (bed was very comfy). I'd read about the 3 minute showers so was prepared for the water restrictions. You are camping so you have to accept that it's not going to be a "typical" 5 star experience. As for some of the disappointed reviews on this site, I think the problem arises when people expect a 5 star experience because they are paying 5 star prices (which isn't unreasonable). For $1,500 a night, you could stay in some pretty amazing places. If you have a lot of money, this probably won't bother you but if like us, this was a splurge, you may be left questioning whether the experience was worth the cost.
The other thing to keep in mind is that all meals are eaten at a communal dining table with the other guests. So this camp is probably not the place for a honeymoon or romantic anniversary getaway. We met some lovely guests but also some rather pretentious ones so it was luck of the draw who you were sitting next to. It would be good if you had the option of dining alone with your partner at least on one of the nights. Having said that, if you were travelling by yourself, this would be a great place to come to. You woudn't be lonely at meal times and there are scheduled actitvites during the day that you can do with other guests.
Overall, we had a really nice experience. If you are looking for something different and you have buckets of money, then you'll enjoy your stay. However, if you are looking for a "$1500 a night" experience, you may be left feeling a little disappointed.
(A tip: avoid paying for airport transfers to the camp if you can - it's much better value to hire a car and drive there yourself - an easy drive).
(Another tip: we stayed a couple of nights at the Novotel in Exmouth before we arrived at Sal Salis. I'd suggest you do your whale shark tour before you get to the camp as it's a bit of a waste to stay at Sal Salis and then be gone for the whole day while you are out on the whale shark boat. Do the whale shark tour before you arrive at Sal Salis so you can enjoy all the camp has to offer when you arrive).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- There's camping, there's glamping and then there is Sal Salis! But Sal Salis offers so much more than just accommodation: a digital detox, an opportunity to reconnect with nature, guided activities focusing on the extraordinary landscapes and wildlife, chef prepared meals, an open bar and the lightest footprint all make Sal Salis one of the world’s best and true eco-luxe experiences. Sal Salis offers 16 tented rooms, each with private eco-bathroom. The social heart of the camp has views of the reef and the breakers beyond. A bar and open lounge area with a small reference library provides a great spot to sit out the heat of day. Guests may help themselves to a selection of beverages from the bar. Chef prepared meals feature local produce and dinner is shared with other guests against a back-drop of rich orange sunsets. The tariff includes accommodation, meals, beverages from the bar, use of snorkel & water sports equipment and guided activities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef Hotel Exmouth