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Voyages Sails in the Desert
- Voyages Sails in the Desert
- Voyages Sails in the Desert, Terrace Room
- Voyages Sails in the Desert, Superior
- Voyages Sails in the Desert
- Voyages Sails in the Desert, Walpa Lobby bar
Over Voyages Sails in the Desert
- gourmet en wellness
Insiders tipGa vooral mee met de gratis 'Bush Yarn'-excursie waarbij een verhalenteller u meeneemt in de cultuur & tradities van de aboriginals.
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Airco, WiFi, televisie, telefoon, kluisje, koffie- en theezetfaciliteiten, minibar, strijkplank en -ijzer, badkamer met douche en föhn, balkon of terras. Inclusief een aantal activiteiten.
Airco, WiFi, televisie, telefoon, kluisje, koffie- en theezetfaciliteiten, minibar, strijkplank en -ijzer, badkamer met douche en föhn, ruim terras. Inclusief ontbijt en een aantal activiteiten.
Airco, WiFi, televisie, telefoon, kluisje, apart zitgedeelte, koffie- en theezetfaciliteiten, minibar, strijkplank en -ijzer, spa-bad, badkamer met douche en föhn, balkon of terras. Inclusief ontbijt en een aantal activiteiten.
Gelegen in het Ayers Rock Resort, vlakbij Ayers Rock.
- 2 Bars
- Transfers (van/naar luchthaven)
- Mulgara Gallery
- Op pad met een aboriginal-gids
- Bezoek aan Wintjiri Arts & Museum
- Traditionele dansshow
Bij een vakantie door Australië mag eigenlijk een bezoek aan Ayers Rock niet ontbreken.
Ayers Rock, ook wel Uluru genoemd in de officiële aboriginal-taal, staat op de werelderfgoedlijst van Unesco en is zeer bekend.
De fantastische kleurschakeringen bij zonsopgang en zonsondergang en de rode grond in combinatie met de heldere blauwe hemel zijn een lust voor het oog.
Het plaatsje Ayers Rock ligt in het midden van Australië en biedt niet veel meer dan een supermarkt en wat accommodaties, maar beschikt wel over een vliegveld.
"Lived up to Expe"
I had always decided that if I was going to Yulara I only wanted to stay at Sails. I was not disappointed! We stayed in a superior twin room which was situated on the 3rd floor overlooking the pool and garden. It was spacious and clean and the beds were divine. Staff were always helpful and friendly (this goes for the whole resort/experiences). The pool however was FREEZING! Surprised they don't solar heat it
"Resort style accommodation, avoid room 181"
We had a 2 night stay at this hotel. It's basically a luxury resort and priced accordingly, with an understanding that the remote location adds to the cost. The service was good, the room was clean, the pool looked stunning and it's a great base for the many activities at Uluru. But our room 181 was seriously sub standard in terms of its location and outlook. The outside setting area is a concrete waste land, and the front door opens to a concrete footpath and nothing else. Just about all the other rooms have views of the garden, or something nice to look out on. Inside the room was ok, except for the tired nylon shower curtain. Wi fi was very slow and sometimes would not connect. Electric jug and tea/coffee complimentary. Other mini bar items including bottled water exorbitantly expensive. Aircon worked effectively. We had the buffet breakfast one morning - all ok but coffee was terrible. You could purchase cappuccino, but when the cost of breakfast is $42 you shouldn't have to pay extra for nice coffee. Would I stay here again? The reality is they have a captive market. I would definitely ask for a different room, and suggest 181 is decommissioned or offered at a discounted price.
"Pure luxury in one of the most remote parts of Australia"
We stayed at Sails in the Desert for three nights in late April, during the Tjungu Festival. We booked a Superior Room on a package inclusive of buffet breakfast for a cost of A$306/night. Whilst rates vary throughout the year, at the time this was approx. $50/night more expensive than the other premium hotel at the Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens. We flew into Ayers Rock airport and the resort makes this process super easy, simply pick up your bags and walk out the front door where you will find staff and complimentary coaches waiting for you. Everything was well signposted and they ensured sufficient coaches met every flight. Within a few minutes of collecting our suitcases we were sitting on the bus and making our way towards the resort. On arrival at the resort we felt immediately welcomed by the spacious lobby, which had a shop/art gallery, casual bar/dining area, plenty of seating and the reception desks down the back. We were checked in by a friendly and helpful receptionist who took the time to go through the resort facilities and advise us of important details around our optional excursions and departure time for our return airport transfer. As an added bonus, we were really lucky to find that our room was already available despite arriving about 2hrs before check-in time! Other reviews have mentioned this as an issue but I canâ€™t really fault the hotel for having difficulty in getting rooms ready before the advertised 3pm time. The fact that there are only a handful of flights a day means that they donâ€™t get the staggered check-outs that a hotel in a big city would enjoy. Besides if your room isnâ€™t ready yet, drop your luggage and go for a walk, plenty to see and enjoy! The hotel is low-level (allowing it to blend in to the surrounds as seamlessly as possible) and as a result is quite spread out. We were allocated Room 276, which was one of the rooms further away from the main building. The distance wasnâ€™t an issue for us and they do have lifts so you can avoid stairs, but if walking is an issue for you I would suggest requesting a room closer to the main building and pool. The room itself was amazing and to me really felt like my little oasis in the desert. The two queen beds were very comfortable, the large modern TV had a decent variety of local and international channels (although at times the CNN coverage got a little patchy!), there was plenty of cupboard space (with an in-room safe in the cupboard as well) and there was still plenty of room left for a business desk/dining table for two and a chaise. Even by Australian standards I felt the room was large, by European/Asian standards it was enormous! The bathroom had dual sinks, premium amenities (I appreciated the extra touch of a tube of sunscreen!) and a shower/bath combo. Whilst functional the bathroom was certainly less impressive than the room itself; the lack of an exhaust meant the mirror got completely fogged up even after a short shower, and whilst hot water was no issue the water pressure on the shower head was far from spectacular. The provision of amenities was also a bit hit and miss, for example on the first day we were given a body scrub and the next day we were given a body wash. The room also had a balcony with a chair, although we kept the balcony door closed throughout the stay to keep the creepy crawlies out! Other reviewers have mentioned the bugs at the hotel as an issue and honestly when youâ€™re out in the middle of Australia you can expect no less, just consider it part of the experience! We had minimal issues by keeping the balcony door closed at all times and trying to be quick when opening/closing the front door. As a result we only had two bug issues, a small spider and a moth found their way into the bathroom. The hotel provided a can of Mortein bug spray and Iâ€™m sure they would send someone to help out if itâ€™s an issue for you. Honestly I think the time most of the bugs would get in is when housekeeping leaves the door open when servicing rooms and they could probably cut down on a lot of these issues by keeping the door closed, maybe something for the hotel to think about. Wi-Fi at the hotel looks to be available in two options, a free option (which we used) and a paid premium option, for which Iâ€™m not sure about the cost. The free option was advertised as being best for websites and emails and indeed the speeds were far from spectacular, although we were able to make a video call using it. The hotel lets you use the Wi-Fi across any number of devices and I donâ€™t believe thereâ€™s a usage limit. Keep in mind if you have a mobile data plan there is fast 4G service across the resort, so I preferred to use my own data where possible. The hotel has three dining options; Ilkari, the Walpa Lobby Bar and the Pira Pool Bar. Ilkari is the hotelâ€™s main restaurant and serves breakfast and dinner, with a lunch service for tour groups. We had both breakfast and dinner at Ilkari. The breakfast selection was excellent and we really liked the chef station, where you could get eggs or pancakes made to order. If thereâ€™s one fault I can find with the breakfast, itâ€™s the fact that only filter coffee is provided and barista-made coffee came at an extra charge. Standards vary around the world but including barista coffee is the norm in 4-5 star hotels in Australia. Given the breakfast buffet is ordinarily $42/person, unfortunately I think the hotel just needs to find a way to make this work and make it an inclusion. We also had the dinner buffet at $73/person and it was AMAZING. Iâ€™ve included some pictures on this review but will also post a full write up on the Ilkari restaurant page. We had drinks at the Walpa Bar one night, it was the last night of the Tjungu Festival and they had an afterparty with live music. The atmosphere was excellent, service good and the cocktails (priced at $22ea) were nice. They also had a large selection of light meals, which we didnâ€™t try but they certainly seemed popular. We didnâ€™t get an opportunity to try the Pira Pool Bar but it seemed popular, especially with the swimmers. Sails is the closest of the accommodation options to the town square, where youâ€™ll find a newsagent, tourist information office, some dining options, souvenir shops, a bank and the most useful, an IGA supermarket. Iâ€™d recommend stocking up on water, snacks and other essentials at the IGA, and it was nice to walk around the shops and grab some souvenirs. We didnâ€™t get to try any of the cafes in the town square but they seemed popular enough and reasonably priced. We were quite lucky to have visited during the Tjungu Festival as the lawn around the square was busy with market stalls, music and people. There are plenty of things to do around the resort, including lots of free activities put on for the benefit of guests. One activity which I enjoyed was the Ecology and Museum Tour, where our friendly and knowledgeable young guide Leon gave us some info on the history of the area and the local flora and fauna. In the centre of the resort complex is the Imalung lookout, where you get a pretty decent view of Uluru as well as Kata Tjuta. If you have a spare few minutes here or there itâ€™s well worth a visit and is perfect for a sunrise or sunset viewing if you canâ€™t make it to one of the other viewing spots. In the Sails grounds there are garden tours (guided or self-guided) and of course the lovely pool and lawn. Front desk are happy to provide maps with all the points of interest marked. Itâ€™s easy to walk around if itâ€™s not too hot, otherwise the free resort loop shuttle will get you wherever you want in air-conditioned comfort! There are plenty of excursions available and Iâ€™d highly recommend doing some research into what you want to see and do, and of course how much youâ€™d like to spend. We decided on the Uluru Hop On Hop Off pass, which allowed us to travel to and from Uluru and Kata Tjuta as much as we liked over two days. This is a good option for people who want some freedom without having to hire a car. The other excursion we did was the Night at Field of Light, an experience combining the Sounds of Silence Dinner with the Field of Light exhibit. It was AMAZING! I have posted separate reviews for both of these. One of the big considerations for us and any other visitor to the area is which accommodation to choose, and a lot of it comes down to personal needs and preferences. We walked through all the different resorts and found that in terms of public areas, Sails has a lot more space. Its main building was probably bigger than all the others combined! We also went to the Mangata Bistro at Desert Gardens for dinner one night and found that it fell short on food, service and value compared to the options at Sails. I certainly think we made the right choice and whilst both hotels are nice, if the experience is important to you then Iâ€™d pay the extra and stay at Sails. Check-out time is 10am and the hotel will hold your luggage until the pre-arranged transfer to the airport for your return flight. 10am is a pretty early check-out time but I suppose they need the extra time to prepare rooms in time for check-in. Nevertheless the front desk were happy to arrange a complimentary half-hour extension for us just by asking, which we really appreciated. Wouldnâ€™t be a proper review without a shout-out to some of the staff at the hotel, and there were some standouts! Whilst all the staff provided excellent service, the ones who made our stay really memorable are Jeanette, Nathias and Meg from the food and bev team. Jeanette seemingly worked around the clock, looking after us at the Night at Field of Light as well as during breakfast and dinner service at Ilkari. Always in a good mood and ready to help out! Nathias served us at the bar and provided efficient service and helpful suggestions. Meg was very helpful during the breakfast service and showed a real interest in asking diners how their days were going and what their plans were for the rest of their trip. Youâ€™ll be lucky to run into any of these three during your stay! In summary, despite my small complaints about the lack of barista coffee and the bathroom, Iâ€™m happy to award Sails in the Desert five stars. Considering you really are out in the middle of nowhere, the level of luxury and service they are able to provide is amazing. I would say the hotel offers reasonable value for money and would highly recommend it for your trip to Uluru. Hope I was able to answer many of your questions, if you have any other questions please feel free to contact me!
"Relaxing Red Centre stay."
Sails in the dessert is a low rise hotel that is part of the Yalara Resort. Staying at the resort includes transport to and from the airport as well as access to the free resort shuttle. Very friendly staff and well presented common areas add to the appeal. Rooms are spacious and offer a lounge area as well as a desk and a balcony. Bathrooms are a little dated and could present access issues as the shower is over the bath. Main access to the rooms is via stairs, there is a lift but this is a little out of the way. Pool is heated but not warm enough to swim when we stayed. Lovely buffet breakfast and good range f light meals offered in the casual eating areas. Hotel is a little pricey but there's not much competition out there. We really enjoyed our stay and would be happy to recommend this hotel.
"Magic trip to the red centre"
We had three nights at Sails on a deal and it was great value. It was comfortable and clean. The staff bend over backwards to help you get the most from your stay. The pool was pretty freezing (May) because the overnight temperature got down to 7C but it was a beautiful 28C most days.
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