Sails in the Desert

Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia

At a Glance

  • There really is something for everyone here - it may be part of a vast resort but once you are back in your room, peace and tranquillity prevail

  • The interior décor focuses on Aboriginal heritage and includes a gallery of significant artworks

  • At the top of a secluded sand dune, experience the beauty of the desert before dawn with breakfast at Desert Awakenings

  • Named for the distinctive white sail-like structures that shade its gardens and pool

  • Great location but the rooms do not have views of Uluru

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Best time to Visit

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Central Australia, which has little rain at any time of year, is hottest from November to February and at its best between March and May, when days are warm and evenings cool.

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Insider's View

Although not as luxurious as Longtitude 131, this is the best resort if travelling with a family.

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Sails in the Desert is a stylish hotel with fantastic proximity to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta national park and the mystical Ayers Rock. Explore Australia's iconic red centre from the comfort of this luxurious property in heart of the desert.

Named after the sail formations that crown the hotel, Sails in the Desert is an authentic hotel inspired by  local Aboriginal heritage and culture and is one of the best located hotels in the national park. The interior décor at Sails in the Desert is original and striking and the accommodation spacious and comfortable with all rooms having lovely balconies, some with their own alfresco spa baths.

The great advantage of a stay at Sails in the Desert is that you have the facilities and restaurants of all 5 Voyages hotels to chose from so there are 13 different dining experiences, from traditional bush tucker breakfasts to romantic dining under the stars to a lively do-it-yourself barbecue venue with live music.

Facilities within the Ayers Rock Resort abound and there are several swimming pools to choose from as well as a wonderful Aboriginal Art Gallery and the Red Ochre Spa which is the perfect place to immerse yourself into a state of tranquillity after a days sightseeing to the Rock, or a cultural tour of the local indigenous communities.

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Sails in the Desert has 230 spacious, modern rooms with balconies. Spa Rooms have an extended balcony with an open air spa bath. Deluxe Suites are large and have separate sitting room/dining rooms and feature multiple balconies overlooking the gardens. French doors connect the indoor spas to the bedroom. Many of the bedrooms at Sails in the Desert can be configured for families and interconnecting rooms are also available.


Children are very much welcome at Sails of the Desert and the whole resort is fantastically set up for families with many family friendly restaurants, swimming pools and babysitting available. Children will love the sunset camel tour, learning all about aboriginal tools and all the fascinating stories of the aboriginal people.


Sails in the Desert has access to 13 restaurants (including its own Ilkari Restaurant and Walpa Lobby Bar), four swimming pools, two tennis courts, an aboriginal art gallery and the fantastic Red Ochre Spa.


Around the resort there are walking trails with seven lookout points. For an additional cost the hotel can organise scenic helicopter flights, cultural tours, Harley Davidson tours, camel rides, morning and afternoon visits to Uluru (Ayers Rock), and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas).



Amy Welfare (Staff)

This is the family option at Ayers Rock as children aren’t allowed at Longtitude… and although it really is the best option, it is not a fantastic standard. In fact, the rooms are more motel than luxury hotel. However, you only stay a maximum of 2 nights here, and most of the time you are out on activities, so the resort is really just a place to rest your head.


  • Longitude 131 - Helicopter above Uluru

    Enjoy a breathtaking private helicopter journey over Uluru and Kata Tjuta, one of the world's most iconic and spectacular scenes.

  • Longitude 131:Table 131 and Field of Light Experience

    Watch the red ochre hue of Uluru darken as the sun lowers and the mesmerising Field of Light is revealed before you. Enjoy an outback feast style with accompanying wines before enjoying a tour of the night sky from Longitude's resident astronomer.

  • Sounds of Silence Dinner at Uluru

    Watch the sun set over the golden hues of Uluru and Kata-Tjuta National Park and listen to the sounds of the didgeridoo filling the air as you sit to enjoy a delectable Aussie feast as the stars twinkle above you.

Location & directions

Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia

Situated in the desert with view of Uluru-Kata Tjuta national park and Ayers Rock, Northern Territory.

How to get there

Both Qantas and Virgin Australia fly to Uluru, directly into Ayers Rock Airport from Sydney. Qantas also offers direct flights from Perth, Cairns and Alice Springs and both airlines offer connecting flights from most capital cities to Ayers Rock. Complimentary return coach transfers from Ayers Rock Airport to Sails in the Desert meet every scheduled flight. The return transfer to Ayers Rock Airport collects you from your hotel approximately 2-hours prior to flight departure.

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