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.



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 mariannedave15

      Great resort

      by (18 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

      Reviewed by elaineaflynn

      Great stay

      Reviewed Feb 25, 2015
      by (23 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

      Reviewed by mulurru


      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

      Reviewed by explore-life


      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

      Reviewed by johnandsuecox


      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

      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

      Historical Traveler Reviews Sails in the Desert Ayers Rock Resort Yulara

      A place to stay


      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!


      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 !!


      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!


      No one can fault the Aussies on their'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!!!!


      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


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

      Beautiful base


      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


      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....


      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


      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 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

      Dia 5

      A travel blog entry by annagranes3b on Jun 07, 2015

      Esmorzar a l'hotel. Transport a l'aeroport de Sydney
      amb un European Sub Audi Q7. Sortida a les 9.50h de Sydney i arribada a Ayers
      Rock a les 14.50h. Dinar a l'avió. Transport de l'aeroport a l'hotel amb un
      Large 4WD. Estada a l'hotel de cinc estrelles Sails in the Desert durant 2 nits
      a l'habitacció Deluxe Room Terrace. Tarda …

      What a sight!

      A travel blog entry by elaineaflynn on Feb 25, 2015

      1 comment, 5 photos

      The coach was picking us up at 6.20am so as the buffet opened just before 6am we had time for a quick bite before leaving. Out of all the places we visited the hotel shop had selfie sticks so I purchased 2 one was pink and that is mine!
      The coach had really big bumper bars we assume to bounce off the Kangaroos. It was 375 kilometres mostly on a …

      Kata Tjuta and Uluru

      A travel blog entry by mariannedave15 on Mar 04, 2015

      11 photos

      Early start on 4th March for our flight to Uluru (Ayers Rock). When we got off the coach from the airport to go into our resort, Sails in the Desert, the heat hit us – it was 41c. Cold towels were given to us as we walked in which were VERY welcome. In the afternoon we went on a tour to Kata Tjuta and the Uluru Sunset in Uluru&# …

      Uluru Resort

      A travel blog entry by mariannedave15 on Mar 06, 2015

      2 comments, 7 photos

      Friday, our last day and we decided to just absorb the
      aboriginal culture around the resort. We watched a boomerang demonstration and on
      occasion had to do a bit of ducking as audience members were allowed to try the
      boomerangs out, not always aiming in the right direction! We saw a didgeridoo demonstration but only
      males are …

      More of the Outback!

      A travel blog entry by wilsonks on Jan 19, 2015

      12 photos

      Today, for our last full day here in the middle of Australia, we spent a few hours in the pool before heading out to Kata Tjuta (meaning Many Heads). Better known as The Olgas, this is another amazing collection of ancient domes created at the same time as Ayers Rock, millions of years ago. We "enjoyed" a couple of 2 km walks through the steep …

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