Sails in the Desert - A member of Pullman Hotels 5 stars

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5 4,738 reviews

Hotel extras

  • The premier 5-star hotel among Australia's Ayers Rock Resorts

  • Free entertainment programme with Indigenous activities

  • After a day touring the outback, relax in the Red Ochre Spa

  • 24-hour reception and free WiFi.

  • After a day of exploring Uluru, cool off with a swim or a refreshing drink at the hotel pool.

ALLSAFE approved hotel

Our accommodation(s)

Standard Rooms feature modern bathrooms, twin queen beds or deluxe king, and can accommodate up to 5 people. All rooms offer air-conditioning, TV, movies on demand, minibar and bathrobes. Spa Rooms have extended balconies with an open-air spa. Deluxe Suites are over twice the size of the Spa Rooms and provide separate living, dining and sleeping areas. Suites feature multiple balconies overlooking the garden and an indoor spa.


Superior Room

  • 4 persons
  • 36 / 387 sq ft
  • Bedding 1 x King size bed(s)

Hotel location

Sails in the Desert - A member of Pullman Hotels

Yulara Drive, Ayers Rock

GPS:-25.24326, 130.984797

Access and transport

Hotel services

Check-in from - Check out up to

On site
  • Swimming pool
  • Shuttle
  • Restaurant
  • Wheelchair accessible hotel
  • Air conditioning
  • Wi-Fi
  • Breakfast
  • Bar
  • Meeting rooms


Ilkari takes its name from the local Pitjantjatjara word for sky. Ilkari establishes its dining philosophy in the natural flavours of the finest produce available under the Australian sun. This reward comes to life with live cooking stations.

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TripAdvisor Rating  4.0/5  4,738 reviews

Certificate of excellence 2023

Five star service all the way!

TripAdvisor rating 5.0/5

Suzanne G TripAdvisor review

What wonderful staff Sails in the Desert have. From porter to concierge to reception then restaurant staff everyone were so helpful and friendly. We requested an upgrade from “The Lost Camel” and so glad we did. Sails in the Desert is definitely up there with the best of Hotels.

Generally Good Experience But With Security Concerns

TripAdvisor rating 3.0/5

736dd TripAdvisor review

The hotel buildings look a little time worn from the outside, but the grounds are well maintained and the rooms are comfortable and well appointed with safe, television, iron, mini-refrigerator, etc. Air conditioning works well. The hotel provides bus transport to/from the airport timed to meet your flights. Check out time is rather early at 10AM leading to a significant number of guests in the lobby awaiting bus transfer to the airport for afternoon flights. The small town center with shops, supermarket, and a few dining options is a short walk away. Guests have access to restaurants in this hotel as well as in other properties, most within a short walk. A free bus shuttle also connects the hotel to other properties nearby. Tours are generally well organized and operators will pick you up and return you to the hotel. We enjoyed our trip to Uluru and generally liked Sails in the Desert. It would have merited a 4 star review aside from one specific occurrence. A man attempted to forcibly enter our room in the wee hours of the morning. Fortunately, the security latch held and he was unsuccessful. The rooms at the back of the property open directly to the outdoors rather than to an interior corridor. At the rear of the property is bushland. Our room was located at the rear of the property and near the furthest corner from the reception, pool, and restaurant cluster. We immediately called the front desk when this incident occurred. They responded that they would notify security, though we couldn't verify whether anyone actually responded. The next morning, we mentioned the matter to the desk staff. The desk agent made a comment about other incidents and said management would reach out to us to discuss the matter. We've still never heard from management. If you stay here, be thoughtful about selecting the location of your room.

Thank you for your feedback! We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us overall. There have recently been reported cases of theft at Ayers Rock Resort. The safety and well-being of our guests, employees, contractors, and community members are our highest priority. As a result of these incidents, we have increased security across the Resort and are working closely with Northern Territory Police to address this issue. We encourage all visitors to be vigilant as usual when travelling. We hope to be able to welcome you back one day soon!

Amazing staff and immaculate, beautiful gardens

TripAdvisor rating 5.0/5

slats5865 TripAdvisor review

Beautiful, quiet place to stay. Really appreciated the friendly and helpful staff. The inner courtyard with beautiful ghost gums and pool provided us with a fantastic view whilst we enjoyed our balcony. Close to all amenities and easy walking to several of the lookouts. The food at the pool bar and Walpa Lobby were great and all the staff were extremely attentive and happy to have a chat about our experiences of the beautiful country surrounding the place.

Thank you for your feedback! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and that the staff made your stay a memorable one! We hope to be able to welcome you back one day soon!

Excellent Hotel, Happy to recommend

TripAdvisor rating 5.0/5

Priscilla F TripAdvisor review

Excellent hotel - very pleasant, efficient and helpful staff Rooms were lovely Restaurant very good and nice coffee shop Location great as it was very close to the small village square Free shuttle buses available to go to other resorts in the same location

Thank you for your feedback! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay with us! We hope to be able to welcome you back one day soon!

Great Resort

TripAdvisor rating 5.0/5

Robert V TripAdvisor review

Beautiful Resort in a wonderful setting. The staff are super friendly and the restaurants are amazing. The facilities are clean and spacious and you can walk between the other resorts, down to town square and the lookout with ease. Highly recommend.

Thank you for your feedback! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay with us! We hope to be able to welcome you back one day soon!

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