Sails in the Desert, Uluru, NT


There are some hotels that are at one with the landscape, and Sails in the Desert at Yulara in the Northern Territory is one of them. That soft, silky, get-in-between-your-toes red dust is footsteps away from this five-star property at the multi-award winning Ayers Rock Resort. That ochre red colour is replicated in the interior design, which is just as much paying homage to the indigenous Anangu people from this land as it is to the mod cons and styling we demand of hotels these days. It is easy to immerse yourself in Indigenous culture here, with many free activities ranging from dance to spear throwing, with dot painting classes, markets where you can purchase beautiful indigenous art and bush tucker tours. My favourite activity is the Astral tour, which takes you a short walk from the Resort to lie under billions of stars, the astronomer pointing out galaxies that are so far, far away you almost expect to see the Millenium Falcon zoom down, Han Solo behind the wheel. On top of that there is the Sounds of Silence dinner and the Tali Wiru, both unforgettable evenings that start with drinks watching the sunset over that most beautiful of natural marvels, Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

After a day spent cycling, walking, riding on a Harley or flying over Uluru, it is so lovely to come back to Sails, laze by the large pool, have a massage in Red Ochre Spa or a drink at the Walpa Lobby Bar.

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