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Sails in the Desert Ayers Rock, Australia
Why book...
  • Beautiful Five-Star hotel within Ayers Rock Resort
  • Complimentary shuttle bus to and from Ayers Rock, as well as free transfers between the resort and airport
  • Range of gorgeously decorated en-suite rooms and deluxe suites
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Sails in the Desert is a Five-Star luxury hotel located within the Ayers Rock Resort. With a range of enjoyable facilities from restaurants and bars to a luxurious spa and gumtree-lined swimming pool, it ensures that your visit to Australia's Red Centre is as exciting inside the resort as it is outside.

Included is an indigenous activities program, allowing you to truly make the most of your breathtaking surroundings. Return Ayers Rock airport transfers and use of the Ayers Rock shuttle bus - transporting you directly to the iconic landmark in half an hour - are also part of the package. Without a doubt, a visit to Sails in the Desert provides guests with every opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the geographically and spiritually significance of the location.

Sails in the Desert offers a range of rooms and suites, each decorated in stylish soothing tones and subtle indigenous touches. Every room comes with an HD TV, elegant en-suite bathroom and complimentary amenities.

Property facilities

Sails in the Desert enjoys a very central location within Ayers Rock Resort, ensuring that easy access is provided to the facility's range of shops, restaurants and cafes, as well as the hotel's own outdoor swimming pool and Red Ochre Spa. A particularly unique feature of Sails in the Desert is the Mulgara Gallery, boasting various examples of fascinating indigenous art.

Food, drink & entertainment

Although the resort as a whole offers a fantastic range of restaurants, cafes and takeaway outlets - as well as a convenient supermarket - some of the best dining and drinking options can be found within Sails of the Desert itself. Ilkari's range of international cuisines includes Italian, Asian, and local favourites enhanced by indigenous flavours. The hotel also boasts a pair of bars; sip a cocktail in the most relaxing of surroundings at the Pira Pool Bar, or enjoy a selection of light bites and a glass of wine or beer at the Walpa Lobby Bar.

Sport, games & activities

The resort's four swimming pools and two tennis courts are sure to keep active guests busy, while the Red Ochre Spa is the perfect place to unwind after exploring all Ayers Rock and the surrounding gorges have to offer.

Room facilities

Decorated in soothing, light tones and complimented by flashes of indigenous-inspired colour and artwork, each of Sails of the Desert's rooms and suites is a delightful, relaxing base from which to begin and end each exciting day. Rooms come complete with a mini bar, air-conditioning controls, an en-suite bathroom with luxurious amenities, and and HD television.

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Regarded geographically and sentimentally as the Red Heart of Australia, the Ayers Rock and Alice Springs region boasts some of the most incredible natural features in the world. Uluru - the Aboriginal, and now official name of Ayers Rock - is one of the most iconic and recognisable landmarks in the world. Standing 348 metres high with a circumference of almost six miles, its famed for its geographical uniqueness and spiritual significance, with many stories regarding its creation existing in the Aboriginal tradition.
Nearby lie the ancient Kata-Tjuta rock formations, or Olgas, a similarly fascinating feature of the region well worth a visit.

Alice Springs lies a short flight away, a town of remarkable heritage, history and culture. With a welcoming local atmosphere, manifested in the various street markets, music festivals, and Aboriginal art galleries, it is a destination which perfectly combines Australia's breathtaking natural beauty and world-renowned sense of hospitality.
Surrounded by picturesque desert, it's well worth booking a rural tour via helicopter, quad bike, or even camel. The town itself offers a number of internationally - inspired restaurants and cosy cafes, as well as attractions such as the Reptile Centre and month night markets - exciting themed gatherings at which indigenous art, clothing, jewellery and food can be bought.

Ayers Rock & Alice Springs facts
Flight time:
22 hours
Time difference:
10 hours
Currency:
Australian dollar
Flying from: Birmingham, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle
Best time to go

The best time to visit the region is August and September for a variety of reasons. The heat is pleasant without being overwhelming, the crowds of tourists will have largely started to disperse, and the lack of clouds makes views of the stunning scenery all the more breathtaking.

Things to do

A visit to the Ayers Rock region doesn't necessarily mean your break has to be centred around the rock itself. Although undoubtedly worth a visit, there are fantastic sights to be seen elsewhere in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
The cultural centre is a fantastic place to start, allowing you to learn all about the history and geographical features of the area before seeing them in front of your eyes. Ayers Rock is - of course - the centrepiece, a landmark of huge spiritual and geographical significance. The nearby rock formations of Kata-Tjuta (also known as The Olgas) are equally impressive, boasting a history of approximately 500 million years. Helicopter tours and guided hikes are highly recommended, as is a trip to Kings Canyon some three hours away - well worth the trip for its stunning sandstone walls and waterfalls.
Alice Springs is a town surrounded by breathtaking desert landscapes, and offers a true taste of Australia's Red Centre. Within the town itself lies a wealth of opportunities to learn about ancient Aboriginal customs and partake in exciting local traditions. As well as a series of fascinating Aboriginal art galleries, Alice Springs plays host to various markets at which traditional food, clothing, art and souvenirs can be bought. Additionally, enjoy a trip to the Reptile Centre, home to some of the deadliest and most fascinating creatures in the world.

Food & drink

As with much of Australia, the central region's cuisine centres around a pride in the best grilled and barbecued meats, exquisite fresh salads and fruits, and fantastic local beers or wines.
Yulara, a resort town half an hour from Ayers Rock, contains many vibrant cafes and bars filled with fellow travellers, as well as upmarket restaurants such as the succulent Arnguli Grill. Alice Springs features a range of options inspired by a variety of international cuisines; the Asian influence at Hanuman and Mexican menu of Loco Burrito proving especially popular.
There's no better way to experience Australia's famous hospitality than enjoying a glass of beer or wine in one of the many taverns and bars scattered around the region - while dining or drinking under the amazing star-filled skies can enhance such an experience immeasurably for no extra cost.

In the evening

Visitors to Australia are often most impressed by the friendly locals and vibrant hotspots throughout the country, and - despite its relatively sparse population - the Red Centre is no exception. Yulara's reputation as a base for travellers exploring Ayers Rock guarantees a warm and friendly evening atmosphere, with many a story shared over barbecues and camp-fires. Night-time tours of the Ulura-Kata Tjunta National Park are a unique experience all of their own, the star-studded night sky casting new light on ancient rock formations and towering mountains.
Alice Springs offers a lovely laid-back vibe, although does provide a few livelier venues (and even a casino) for those after a slightly wilder night on the town. Its music scene is fantastic, often striving to include local acts and traditional Aboriginal music. The Bush Bands Bash is an annual music festival held in the town every September.

Health & entry requirements

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.

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