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Sails in the Desert, named for its sail like structure, makes up part of the Ayers Rock Resort and is a mere half an hour from the spectacular Uluru, making it the perfect base from which to explore the Australian outback.
Sails in the Desert combines modern luxury with the history and culture of the Aboriginal land on which it is built. The 228 rooms contain all the usual mod cons and have a terrace or balcony, and the interiors draw inspiration from the surrounding desert colours and traditional aboriginal art.
After a day in the desert, Sails is the perfect place to relax. The hotel has a swimming pool, hair and beauty salon, shopping centre and the Red Ochre Spa, which offers an extensive list of treatments. Food wise, there is everything from Kuniya which serves gourmet food with an indigenous twist, to tapas at the Rockpool restaurant. Alternatively have a crack at the BBQ, Aussie style, or even eat al fresco under the stars.
The hotel boasts a gallery exhibiting aboriginal and indigenous art and offers guests the chance to watch local craftspeople at work. With an extensive list of tours to local points of interest including Alice Springs and Kings Canyon, guests can also learn about the flora, fauna and topography of the area. Other activities include camel rides, trips to Ayers Rock at sunrise or sunset and hot air ballooning.
Why we love it
We think one of the best ways to see Ayers Rock is by helicopter, or for those who prefer to have their feet on terra firma, camels are excellent means of transportation.