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Uluru – Sails in the Desert


  • Air-conditioning
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 24 hour reception
  • Swimming pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Room service
  • Day Spa

Overview – Sails in the Desert

A wonderful contemporary sanctuary shaded by soaring white canvas, Sails in the Desert offers a cool setting to rest, revive and relax in between explorations of Australia’s crimson centre.

Just 20km to Uluru, Sails in the Desert is located at the gateway to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Gain insight into traditional Anangu lifestyles at the Cultural Centre before following raised platforms within the reserve to an array of different viewpoints looking out onto the towering monolith. As a guest at the Voyages Ayers Rock Resort complex, you are invited to experience a number of free activities such as guided native garden walks, bush yarns with a local storyteller and cultural dance performances. A stay at Sails in the Desert provides indigenous locals with employment and contributes directly to the Mutitjulu Foundation, which funds projects for local Aboriginal communities to improve their health, education and social participation.

Accommodation is in comfortable air-conditioned rooms, each equipped with a minibar and ensuite bathroom supplied with bathrobes and toiletries. Natural colours and Aboriginal culture inspire the hotel’s decor, with original artworks displayed throughout the property and showcased in an impressive gallery. Sails in the Desert is home to the casual Ilkari Restaurant, which has an egg and pancake station set up to provide wholesome breakfasts every morning, as well as a lobby and pool bar, both which serve drinks and light snacks. Picky eaters need not fear – there are plenty of other dining outlets in the vicinity of this hotel if onsite options don’t tickle your fancy, including gourmet meals under vast desert skies at the open-air Tali Wiru restaurant, and the unforgettable four-hour Sounds of Silence experience which begins with cocktails and canapés at sunset. A free shuttle bus conveniently departing every 20 minutes (check local timetables at your hotel) takes you to the Town Centre or other hotels in the resort complex, so you reach an establishment that suits your tastebuds and budget.

The peaceful Red Ochre Spa offers a range of treatments from facials and massages, perfect after a long day on your feet exploring Uluru and its fascinating surrounds. There is also a beautiful gum-fringed swimming pool at Sails in the Desert, where you can cool off on a warm afternoon.

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Sails in the Desert

Rooms – Sails in the Desert

The 228 modern rooms are decorated in neutral tones and offer cool respite from your sunbaked natural surroundings. Every unit is ensuite and features free Wi-Fi, indigenous art and a furnished balcony or terrace. Guests enjoy access to 24-hour room service and free car parking.

Superior Room 43m²
Bedding configurations in this entry-level offering include one king bed, or two queens. There are also interconnecting rooms available as well as optional rollaway bedding (on request and subject to availability), making this a family-friendly option. Capacity: from 2 guests

Terrace Room from 62m²
Although most of the features in this room type are found in the Superior Room category, the Terrace Room has a much larger outdoor living area, furnished with sun loungers and shaded by towering eucalypts. Capacity: from 2 guests

Deluxe Suite
With a large separate living area, spacious bedroom and multiple furnished balconies, this expansive suite also boasts a spa bath in the ensuite and the signature “Aah” Bed found in all Sails in the Desert rooms. Bedding consists of one king, with ability to add a rollaway or cot (subject to availability). Capacity: from 2 guests

Sails in the Desert
Sails in the Desert

Facilities – Sails in the Desert

  • 228 rooms
  • Ilkari Restaurant
  • Walpa Lobby Bar
  • Pira Pool Bar
  • Red Ochre Spa
  • Mulgara Gallery
  • 24-hour room service
  • Swimming pool
  • Shuttle bus
  • 24-hour reception
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free parking
Sails in the Desert

Activities – Sails in the Desert

  • Indigenous Activities program

Activities at extra cost

  • Scenic flights by helicopter or fixed wing aircraft
  • Camelback tours
  • Guided outback adventures
  • Sunset excursion to Uluru/Kata Tjuta
  • Sounds of Silence dining experience
Sails in the Desert

Sails in the Desert

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Getting There

There are regular Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia flights to Ayers Rock Airport from all Australian capital cities, either direct or via Alice Springs. Alice Springs to Ayers Rock takes 1 hour by air or around 4.5 hours by road. The Voyages Ayers Rock Resort offers complimentary return coach transfers, meeting every scheduled flight arriving at Ayers Rock airport; the terminal is just 10 minutes from the complex.

Combine With

The Northern Territory brims with destinations offering true outback adventure – from crocodile-filled wetlands around the Mary River to the primeval sandstone escarpments of Katherine Gorge and Arnhem Land. Otherwise, consider visiting the Great Barrier Reef, another Australian icon.

  • A modern resort just minutes from the base of Uluru
  • A property supporting indigenous employment and local projects
  • Free daily indigenous activities
  • Insight into flourishing Anangu culture
  • The spectacular onsite Mulgara Gallery
  • Free airport transfers and convenient resort shuttle
  • Optional activities such as the magical Sounds of Silence experience
  • Access to facilities in the Voyages Ayers Rock Resort complex
  • Family-friendly spacious rooms with relaxing outdoor areas
  • A wide range of dining options

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