The cape range national park is one of the most beautiful places on earth: incredible reef, crystal clear water and deserted beach to wander. Sal salis is in a privileged position as the only property in the park itself. As the other reviewers have noted, the comfortable tents (great beds!) and solid food and wine elevate the experience beyond camping...although these amenities come with a hefty price tag.
A key issue with sal salis is the price-value equation. For the price tag, the service needs to be spiffed up a bit. The staff is young, and while cheerful, is in need of some management and guest focus. They did seem to be more interested in their own group dynamics than the guests. I get it. If i were 25 and only working somewhere for 3 months,i wouldn't stress too much either. The chefs are enthusiastic; i would characterize the food as good not great. The guided walks were fine if not the most fascinating, with the whaleshark tour being well worth the additional tariff.
The most serious issue with sal salis was information. After leaving the ningaloo reef area (and reentering the world of wifi and internet) we learned that there was a warning issued by the australian govt regarding irukandji jelly fish in the ningaloo reef area during early may. These jellyfish can kill you! There were a spate of stings in the area that resulted in hospitalizations earlier in the month. This was not mentioned at sal salis, despite the fact that they make you sign a bodily harm disclaimer! Hey, thanks for being a friend...
While i understand that this sort of info can hurt tourism, it is necessary to be upfront with guests regarding these kinds of risks, particularly in such a remote location. If they were not aware ( which i do not believe), that is in some ways even worse. I was very angry when i first found out about this lack of disclosure. I am more zen now, but still believe it was immoral.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef is an eco resort consisting of 16 en-suite Wilderness Tents. The Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef is a few short steps away where a totally different and amazing world waits to be explored and enjoyed. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef Hotel Exmouth