Sails in the Desert

Sails in the Desert


The bright white sails adorning the luxury hotel’s roof shine like a beacon across the endless dusty red outback. The Sails in the Desert and the Desert Gardens are the Ayers Rock Resort’s spectacular flagship hotels.


Sails in the Desert gracefully combines modern design with the Aborigine’s traditional art. The lobby is a showcase for this concept, boasting unique decorations that incorporate a gallery and sophisticated details.


A number of superb restaurants and a cocktail bar ensure read more » your culinary well-being at all times. Hot and dusty after a day exploring the national park, refresh yourself with a cold drink before slipping into the large pool integrated into a lush garden.


Water temperatures never drop below a comfortable 30 degrees Celsius. Facilities galore: The Ayers Rock Resort offers something for everyone. Shops and boutiques allow you to pick up some last minute necessities or browse for souvenirs.


Those who enjoy sports may tire themselves out on the tennis courts or play an easy round of mini golf with friends.


The Desert Gardens Hotel is just as luxurious and characterised by a classic, unobtrusive elegance and refined style. As the name suggests, the large hotel offering 218 rooms and suites, lies surrounded by lush gardens and soaring gum trees.


Those travelling with the family are well advised to consider the Emu Walk Apartments. The 60 four-star units are two bedroom apartments that may be connected between each other on your request.


However, no matter which of the accommodation categories you ultimately choose, relish the fine comforts and live like the king of the desert. Last but not least, every unit offers a stunning view of magnificent Uluru. Sails in the Desert – a magical experience!


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Sails in the Desert is a recently renovated four-star hotel that feature finest comforts. All of the 232 Standard Rooms and Deluxe Suites are generously spacious and furnished with king- or queen-size read more » beds.


Of course, every guest unit features an elegant bathroom with a separate shower and toilet. Those who appreciate sophisticated creature comforts are well advised to consider one of the Deluxe Suites, which additionally feature a Jacuzzi.


Other amenities include air-conditioning, TV, telephone, radio, mini bar, fridge, ironing board and an electric kettle. However, possibly one of the best features is the private balcony or terrace.


Unwind with a glass of wine in hand and admire the stunning sunsets bathing Uluru in brilliant colours. A perfect option for families, the Emu-Walk Apartments feature two bedroom as well as fold-out couches and can thus accommodate a maximum of six guests.


Moreover, the Emu-Walk apartments are equipped with a kitchen that allows you to self-supply should you wish to do so. Groceries, drinks and other small necessities can be bought at the Ayers Rock Resort’s stores.


However, you may also decide to visit one of the superb restaurants and let experienced hands prepare you lip-smacking delicacies. The Winkiku specialises in scrumptious seafood and offers a Mediterranean buffet.


The Arnguli Grill is the first choice for those who appreciate a hearty meal with a generous serving of meat. For something different, try kangaroo or emu. And not only kids enjoy the Gecko’s Café’s delicious pizzas.


The general facilities are abundant: No less than five swimming pools, two tennis courts, a shopping centre, laundry and ironing service, post office, currency exchange, on site doctor, internet access, art gallery, service station and souvenir shop leave nothing to be desired.


Please keep in mind: Although the days in the desert are decidedly hot, the nights become surprisingly cool, especially in the winter months. It is thus recommendable to pack a few warm clothes and a sturdy pair of hiking boots. All set? Well, see ya there, mate!


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Lodged at the Sails in the Desert, the first night is usually dedicated to admiring a breathtaking sunset that bathes Uluru in glowing colours. The Ayers Rock Resort, which incorporates both the Sails read more » in the Desert and the Desert Gardens, is located only a few kilometres away from the gigantic monolith.


Those who enjoy serene tranquillity may also decide to turn their back on the Uluru hype for a few hours and leave on a desert safari. Get to know the outback intimately and learn about the Aborigine Anangu tribes that inhabit these regions.


A glowing recommendation goes to the desert community Papunya, located approximately 240 kilometres west of Alice Springs. Today, the out of the way community manufactures souvenirs painted in the traditional dotted style.


Another option is to do up your hiking boots and explore the Kings Canyon. Located 400 kilometres south-west of Alice Springs but not far from Uluru, the age-old canyon has only recently risen to fame thanks to its spectacular scenery.


At night, settle down for a candlelight dinner beneath the star-lit firmament. Only in the desert, can the stars be admired in all their glorious beauty. Treat yourself to the legendary “Sound of Silence” menu and indulge in delightful delicacies and tasteful entertainment for four hours.


The food is spectacular: canapés, beer, wine and juices, gourmet barbecue buffet, vegetarian treats, tea, coffee and dessert … remind yourself of the hiking you are going to do the next day and indulge without regrets!


The special experience continues: Having finished dinner, an astronomer explains and lays the stars at your feet, so to speak. Reservations for the “Sound of Silence” can only be made locally … keep it in mind when you check in, the demand is high.


Another special experience is a scenic flight across the red centre. Admire the majestic Uluru or the jumble of the Olgas from the air and see if you can spot the Sails in the Desert. Uluru - a hot and dusty but unforgettable experience!


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