What It’s Like Staying at Ayers Rock Resort: Sails in the Desert

Updated August 11, 2020.

There is exactly one place to stay if you want to visit Uluru, and that is Ayers Rock Resort in Yulara. There are actually eight accommodations of various price ranges on the property, and guests of each location have access to the amenities of all the locations! The accommodations include everything from a campground to a luxury hotel, so there is definitely an option for your budget. We stayed at Sails in the Desert, so this post is mostly geared toward that location. The others include:

The Welcome

All guests are greeted at the airport with charter bus transportation. You can certainly rent your own car, but for us, it’s not really a vacation unless someone else does the driving! There are no cabs, Uber, Lyft, or other ride share options, so the bus or your own rental car are the only ways to get around.

Each bus has designated stops; just take a look at the signs next to the buses to find one going to your chosen property!
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Resort Amenities

All Ayers Rock Resort guests have access to all amenities, including four swimming pools, the Red Ochre Spa, art galleries, a museum, Town Square, IGA Grocery store, gift shops, multiple restaurants, tours, camel farm, hiking trails, wifi, and more! The people at Ayers Rock Resort have done an incredible job of creating ways to enjoy all that Uluru and the surrounding area has to offer. There’s even a FREE resort-area shuttle that runs every 20 minutes, so you can hop on and hop off at your leisure!

The view from the Imalung Lookout, in the center of the Ayers Rock Resort property.
FREE Resort-area Shuttle
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Sails in the Desert

Sails in the Desert has 228 rooms, beautiful green spaces (in the desert of all places!), a pool, spa, gumtrees, art gallery, gift shop, and excellent buffet restaurant. It’s just a few yards from the Town Square with more shops, restaurants, and outdoor seating. It’s a lovely part of the property with “sails” all over to shade guests from that unrelenting Aussie sunshine!

Sails in the Desert, Ayers Rock Resort
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The Room

Our room was surprisingly spacious! We chose a “Superior Room,” and we had a view of the green space from our balcony. The decor is a mix of Aboriginal artwork and modern designs. The beds were comfortable, and there was very little noise audible from outside the room.

Mini bar, complete with coffee, tea, and Pringles.
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The Bathroom

The bathroom was also spacious, but the best part was the double sinks! (My husband is what I like to call “splashy” at his sink.) The shower-tub was large, and the hand-held shower head was a huge help in getting all that red dirt off of us each day. Provided toiletries also included bar soap, body lotion, facial cleanser, shower gel, shampoo, and conditioner.

Double Sinks
Shower-tub combo, complete with large and cozy towels
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The Restaurants

The restaurants are all within walking distance (or FREE shuttle distance), and there’s a variety for every taste. We enjoyed both a huge breakfast buffet and an excellent dinner buffet at Ilkari Restaurant, coffee and sandwiches (and a sweet!) at the Kulata Academy Cafe, pizza at Gecko’s Cafe, and an Outback croque at Pira Pool Bar, but there were more restaurants we didn’t have a chance to try! For a full list of Resort restaurants, check out their Restaurant Page. Be on the lookout for everything we ate in an upcoming blog post!

Outback Croque from Pira Pool Bar (that’s kangaroo there!)
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Want more about Uluru? Check out What to Know Before You Visit Uluru and my Australia Page!

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