Sails in the Desert Ayers Rock Resort

Address: Yulara Drive, Yulara, Red Centre, Northern Territory, 0872, Australia | 5 star hotel
 
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Voyages Sails in the Desert offers the comfort of a luxury hotel in the rugged outback of Australia. As the only option in the area, these Uluru accommodations are the best option for travelers who don't want to rough it, but guests generally report great satisfaction with the aboriginal-themed decor, clean rooms, and complimentary amenities. The food comes highly recommended. Tali Wiru and Sounds of Silence offer picturesque open-air dining experiences. Guests enjoy an international breakfast and dinner menu at the Ilkari Restaurant. The Town Square serves as the resort hub, offering everything from a supermarket to souvenirs, though recent guests warn that the prices tend to be high.

 

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This 5 star hotel, located on Yulara Drive, Yulara, is near Rock Base Tour.
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          TravelPod Member ReviewsSails in the Desert Ayers Rock Resort Yulara

          Reviewed by rabbit1066

          Great experience.

          Reviewed Mar 29, 2016
          by (4 reviews) London , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

          Overall, Sails in the Desert was good. There were some minor niggles, but the staff responded to them quickly. The location was good and the great part is that Ularu is protected now that uncaring people cant stay too close to it. The grounds were beautiful (see the photo of the lovely ghost gums). The pool was great (hope you like kids coz they own it). The food was very good. The staff lovely. The breakfast coffee was not great but for $4.50 you can get a double shot flat white that will keep you going for a while!

          This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

          Reviewed by mariannedave15

          Great resort

          Reviewed Mar 6, 2015
          by (20 reviews) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

          Brilliant staff and great restaurant. Room is comfortable with a little private patio. A guide to the area is given as soon as you arrive, which was really helpful to decide which trips to do.

          This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

          Reviewed by elaineaflynn

          Great stay

          Reviewed Feb 25, 2015
          by (24 reviews) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

          A wonderful stay at this hotel where the staff are very helpful. The room was basic but clean and everything you needed. The restaurant and bar served good food. Should provide free wi fi in all hotel not just lobby!

          This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

          Reviewed by mulurru

          Great

          Reviewed Sep 26, 2013
          by (3 reviews) Perth , Australia Flag of Australia

          After six days in a camper this place is heaven!!!

          This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

          Reviewed by explore-life

          Great!

          Reviewed Aug 11, 2013
          by (7 reviews) , United States Flag of United States

          Fantastic! The room had a beautiful terrace which was great for relaxing between touring. The staff was friendly and all tours picked up from the lobby.

          This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

          Reviewed by johnandsuecox

          Brilliant

          Reviewed Dec 7, 2012
          by (1 review) Ashford , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

          A great resort lovely food excellent service comfortable rooms

          This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

          Reviewed by oldwombat

          Unique experience

          Reviewed Nov 20, 2009
          by (3 reviews) everton upper , Australia Flag of Australia

          High quality food, service and accomodation in a unique setting.
          Highly recommended

          This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

          Historical Traveler Reviews Sails in the Desert Ayers Rock Resort Yulara

          A place to stay

          from

          Just returned from Australia and found this place needed cleaning. Yes, it is nice but the prices are unreal. Go to the grocery and buy your food. Way to expensive to eat and drink in the hotel. I found the whole area way out in left field on prices. I was never so glad to return home. The rock does change colors when the sun sets due to shadows on it. Really, I can see Stone Mountain change colors with a laser show. I considered it watching grass grow and I spent my birthday "watching grass grow" with many many flies!

          Avoid if you can!

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          It has to be said first that if you want to stay overnight at Uluru you have little choice except to stay in the Yulara resort. Sails in the Desert is supposed to be the 5 star hotel within this complex but falls far far short of that standard. First the rooms. They are arranged around a large inner courtyard rather like a motel (minus the cars). Once inside our room at least had very little natural daylight. Although large it felt empty with furniture all arranged around the outside walls. The quality of the fittings in general was very poor, the overall feel that of a 3 star hotel. Strangely the bathroom (very small) had been upgraded with trendy surface-top porcelain basins but the rest of the room looked very tired.

          Service. Check-in went smoothly but from then on it was downhill. Call room service and you are always answered by an answer machine. They then call you back anything up to 20 mins later. On our second night we placed an order which still hadn't arrived over an hour later. At that point we called the duty manager and logged our complaints - he certainly got an earfull as by that point we were desperate to escape from the Sails.

          Facilities. There are two restaurants within the hotel. The upmarket restaurant charged the highest prices we had seen in Australia, and we had eaten at some of the best restaurants in Sydney. So we gave that one a miss! And the buffet restaurant had no tables available when we arrived at 930pm. We ended up in an Italian cafe in the "town square" of the complex (these places are all owned by Voyages - you can charge anything back to your room). We sat for 20 mins before our order was taken. By this point we were resigned to the poor service of the whole complex. It really doesn't matter whether you are in the Sails or not, the standards are equally poor throughout.

          As I said you will probably not have any choice at Uluru but to stay somewhere in this complex. My advice would be to restrict it to one night (that's certainly all you need to see one sunset and one sunrise at the Rock!) and not to waste your money on the Sails. Rather one of the 4 or 3 star hotels and don't expect too much!

          Not very impressed !!

          from

          We stayed for 2 nights at "Sails in the Desert" at the beginning of January 2005 as part of our honeymoon. The hotel is very nice in itself and the rooms are lovely and large with a double sinked bathroom but we found the staff to be a bit "up themselves", the service to be not so great and the price to be ridiculous for what we got ! We arrived after driving the 450kms from Alice Springs very tired as we had been up since 03.45am for a balloon ride in Alice Springs, hot and sweaty, the reception staff where okay but not overly friendly.

          We checked in to our room and had to take our own bags up. We had a quick look around the "resort" it took about 10 mins to walk over to the "shopping centre" and have a look around (all of the shops, hotels and 1 restaurant are owned by Voyages the hotel chain) we then headed back to the hotel where we promptly fell asleep. We woke up at 10pm and rang for room service to be told that the kitchen had closed and we couldn't get anything to eat !! Now, I have stayed in 5 star hotels as the Sails in the Desert suggests that it is, and I have never had any problems getting room service at any time of day, even in 3 star hotels !!! So we had to make do with the tea and biscuits supplied in the room !! Not impressed at all !!!

          The 2 restaurants in the hotel are hugely over priced, the continental breakfast alone cost $25.

          Overall the hotel is nice but not the luxurious resort I was expecting and for the price that we paid I think it is shocking that they can get away with it !!

          Very Tired Looking!

          from

          No one can fault the Aussies on their hospitality...it's simply the best.

          However, the Sails is definitely tired! At first glance you will be amazed to find this neat hotel with it's great architecture in the middle of the desert. A great treat to say the least. Upon further exploration you will indeed find the hotel very "tired" looking. The fabrics are dirty and small things like mildew growing on the bathroom tile are a turn-off. The towels are dingy as are the robes. Also note that for a five star hotel there is no turn-down service in the evening. They are short staffed which made the food service interminable, especially if you are suffering from jet-lag. Room service telephone is answered by the general operatior and one must wait for a call-back from room service staff, at their convenience. Annoying to say the least, especially after waiting 45 minutes and then had to call and remind the operator that we are still waiting to place an order. The food was creative and interesting however, but not worth the wait. I hope that management reads these reviews as it would be a terrible shame to let this neat hotel continue on its downward spiral, because it truly is a unique property in a perfect setting...

          What a rip off!!!!

          from

          What a rip off the whole Yulara complex was. You pay 4 times the price of what prices are elsewhere and then the only decent and friendly service we got was from staff at Pioneer Outback. As for the Yulara resort I was extremely disgusted with the prices. My husband and I have just finished travelling the world and we have never come across such outlandish prices!

          Uluru and Katja Tuta National Park were well worth the $25 entry fee, at first I thought it was a bit steep but then when I saw the rock and it just took my breathe away, it was well worth the money.

          A truly excellent hotel

          from

          Three days in this hotel and it would be diffcult to find fault. Friendly staff, very good food and excellent service. Wonderful!

          Beautiful base

          from

          My wife and I went here in April, the hotel was top quality, with a selection of different restaraunts and cheaper snack like bars. Lots of lovely birds flying around and insects!!, (well this is the desert),.They even supply complimentry insect spray.

          Rooms were very clean and comfortable. A word of warning however, the swimming pool is shaped like 4 sails, and thus has sharp edges towards the shallow end, as I found out one early morning on a sunrise swim!!.

          This is the best place to stay in Ayers Rock though.

          Great Start to Honeymoon

          from

          We arrived to an amazing place in the middle of the desert. My husband did the "checking in". Very efficent and all questions fully answered.

          When the front desk girl asked why we were here and we answered "Honeymoon". She decided to change our room number. Anyway, when we got to our room (bags arrived by porter shortly later) we found large, clean, comfortable, king bed and balcony over looking the pool and with a view of Uluru!! All in all the resort was more than I imagined. This is a real resort, pool, room service, restaurants, bar etc in the middle of hot red dust. To our surprise on our first day we also got a bottle of champane with a note congratulating us on our wedding! All these little things are what you expect at a 5 star hotel. We were not dissapointed. As all the other hotles (even shops in the shopping centre!) are owned by VOYAGES we found (after wandering and snooping!) that although we were staying at the "cream of the crop" all the other places seemed big, clean comfortable with fantastic amenities. YUP we would stay there again, but wold not be afraid to try any of the other hotles if we wanted to save a bit of $$

          The only place to stay if you're here....

          from

          This is the only place to stay if you're in the middle of australia but it is not fabulous, just nice. Buy food & drink at grocery store and drive out to view sunset at the "rock" from the parking lot!!!!

          An Oasis in The Red Center

          from

          This is the top Hotel in the Ayers Rock Center. It features modern style, and they literally have sails above the hotel to provide shade as you stroll around the pool area which is in the center of the low-rise hotel.

          This area is so remote, and to find a hotel of this quality is remarkable. It is also so remote tht there are not enough people living around the area to provide the work force...so the staff has there own little village hidden away with dorm type housing(complete with there own bar & restaurant just for them)

          The pool is nice and the food and dring for tourist is fine.

          In the middle of the summer when it is 120 putside its hard for the A/C to keep up.

          Also it is so dry & hot outside...any thing living is going to seek the hotel...and that inlcudes a few

          insecs that simply want the humidity, shade, coolness, and WATER that you have in your room.

          Also there are lots of little sparrow type birds in the pool area who boom dive the water to get a drink...Hey this is THE REAL OUTBACK after all!

          This is however a 4 to 5 star hotel and the best in several hundred miles!

          TripAdvisor Reviews Sails in the Desert Ayers Rock Resort Yulara

          4.00 of 5 stars Excellent
           

          Travel Blogs from Yulara

          Ayers Rock

          A travel blog entry by helguth on Jul 15, 2016

          1 photo

          Fredag morgen - vi dro med fly tidlig på morgenen. Vi skulle til Ayers Rock - denne gigantiske monolitten/fjellet midt ute i ørkenen. Dette er et hellig fjell for aboriginerne, man skjønner det når man ser dette mektige, spesielle fjellet som rager 350 meter høyt og ca 1 km langt. Det er i utgangspunktet rødt - mye jern i jorda her - men på grunn …

          The Olgas you get the better it gets

          A travel blog entry by levy2013 on Jul 12, 2016

          9 photos

          A very difficult start to the day. 5.15am start and the kids were inert in bed. We tried as hard as we could to leave it to the last minute for the kids (5.45am pickup) but it was VERY hard but with enough coercing we finally had success. Greeted by 4° morning as we excited the room was no help either but I'll take this as the next few days promise …

          Red Rock

          A travel blog entry by levy2013 on Jul 11, 2016

          7 photos

          In keeping with Levy tradition we were up and out very early - alarm off 5.40am! We were dressed and at breakfast by 6am (opening time) and after eating very quickly it was time to go to 'The Rock'. After defrosting the car we set out. Even as you do the short drive there the changing landscape of the sunrise is spectacular. We arrive at Talinguru …

          Welcome to the Red Centre

          A travel blog entry by levy2013 on Jul 10, 2016

          1 comment, 7 photos

          After a 3 hour plane trip we had arrived at the place with the 'red earth'. At least the sun was out and the kids had smiles on their faces. We collected our hire car (yes can you believe a white car!!) and we were off to our hotel.

          After we checked in we walked a short distance to the town centre and although we were hungry, they have a …

          Day 3

          A travel blog entry by jonewgrosh on Jun 22, 2016

          1 comment, 24 photos

          We managed our planned early start and we were in the car by 6am and off to see the sunset over Uluru. We left obviously in the pitch black and relied on google maps to get us to the right place. Unfortunately google maps let us down and we had to back track and rely on the poor sign posting. David was on the verge of losing it when we finally …

          Traveler Photos Sails in the Desert Ayers Rock Resort Yulara

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          Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
          Uluru from our hotel (Sails in the Desert)
          Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
          Zicht vanop ons terras
          Yulara, Australië
          The "council" pool.
          Yulara, Australia
          Sails in the Desert Ayers Rock Resort
          Yulara, Australia
          Sails in the Desert
          Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
          View from our balcony - Sails in the Desert
          Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
          Our room at Sails in the Desert Yulara
          Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
          Sails in the Desert
          Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia