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

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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

Services in the hotel and nearby

Check-in from 15h00

Check out up to 10h00


Services and practical information
  • WIFI/Internet Access
  • Parking
  • Accessibility for people with reduced mobility
  • Babysitting on request
  • Air conditioned
  • Reception open 24 hours a day
  • Early check-in/Late check-out
  • Dry cleaning / Ironing
  • Currency exchange
  • Porter
  • Concierge
Leisure and activities
  • Swimming pool
  • Massage
  • Babysitting on request
  • Tennis
  • Breakfast
  • 1 restaurant(s)
  • 2 bar(s)
  • Room service
Business services
  • 10 meeting room(s)
  • Conventions hotel
  • Copy/print service available

Hotel location

Sails in the Desert - A member of Pullman Hotels

Yulara Drive
Ayers Rock

Tel: +61282968010

Fax: (+61)2/92992103

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Check-in from 15h00

Check out up to 10h00


  • By plane

    CONELLAN AIRPORT At 6km / 3.73 miles - Shuttle free

GPS :-25.24326, 130.984797

Our accommodations

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

  • Max. number of persons: x4
  • Area: From 36
  • Wireless internet in your room
  • High speed internet
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Phone
  • Mini Bar(...)

Deluxe Terrace Room

  • Max. number of persons: x4
  • Area: From 36
  • Most of the accommodation: Terrace *

* Subject to availability

  • Wireless internet in your room
  • High speed internet
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Phone
  • Mini Bar(...)

Our restaurants and bars


Type of cuisine: International

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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Walpa Lobby Bar offers a relaxed setting for coffee and cake, casual lunch or dinner, a pre-dinner drink or night cap after a sunset tour. Walpa Lobby Bar is contemporary and welcoming.


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Pira is a sun-kissed, poolside setting for casual dining or a relaxed holiday cocktail. A menu of Mediterranean, tapas style dishes and classic Australian steaks, burgers and fish and chips delights. Open seasonally for dinner. Children's Menu

Your meetings and events

Our meeting rooms

  • Number of meeting rooms: 10

  • Maximum capacity: 420 people

  • Maximum banquet capacity: 240 people

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AccorHotels Rating 4.1/5

291 reviews

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TripAdvisor Rating 4.0/5

3,957 reviews

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Certificate of excellence 2018

The best place to stay while there!

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

Phil E Couples - 17/04/2019 TripAdvisor review

We stayed here for 4 nights! Great location. Shops and restaurants all close by. Hotel restaurant very good. Great pool area. Hotel gardens kept well and look great! Overall service very good! Reception staff all excellent. Room large and well maintained. If I had to comment on any negative the only thing I can add is the room was beginning to look a 'little tired'. There was black mold on the tiles in our bath / shower and the carpet was well worn in some spots! But these were minor things, overall the hotel was great and I'd recommend it!

Hi Phil E Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback from your recent stay at Sails in the Desert and we are delighted that overall you enjoyed your time with us. We also greatly appreciate your constructive comments, which we assure you are shared and we thank you for choosing to visit Ayers Rock Resort as it was certainly our pleasure to have you as a guest. Kind Regards Todd Hunter Hotel Manager Sails in the Desert

Exceptional customer serviced

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

JoT63 Couples - 03/04/2019 TripAdvisor review

We stayed at Sails in the Desert Hotel for 4 nights. Upon arriving we were greeted by the friendly and efficient reception staff. We have to mention Justin's very helpful service. His attention to our needs was exceptional. Our room was spacious and contained everything we needed. Plenty of lighting and a full length mirror (lacking in many Accor hotels).Bathroom needed a bit of attention as it was looking dated, a plug that didn't fit the bathtub and not as clean as we would expect for a Pullman Resort. We were provided with extra bath towels which were thick and soft. Our room (on the top floor) was pleasantly quiet.The bed was comfortable - not firm but not soft. The light meals at the Walpa Lobby bar were great, but the one night we dined in Ilkuri Restaurant was pleasant but the food wasn't anything to rave about. The wait staff were attentive and friendly though. The one biggest disappointment with this Resort, as a Accor Member, is that our membership card wasn't accepted for breakfast. The first time this has ever happened in all our years as members. And the charge for breakfast is $44 per person! There is no way most couples would eat $88 worth of food for breakfast. Avoid the over-priced breakfast here and walk the short distance to the little village where there are several Cafes. Overall a pleasant stay thanks to the attentive staff. Avoid the main restaurant though.

Fabulous stay in the Red Centre

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

Andrew W Friends getaway - 12/02/2019 TripAdvisor review

No better place to stay in Yulara than Sails................. Enjoy and explore Uluru from the comfort and style of this resort. Restaurant and bar offer great meals and the omelette's at breakfast are the best. Thanks again to all the amazing and friendly staff that took great care of all our needs. Thanks again

Hi Andrew W We greatly appreciated your lovely feedback and we are delighted that you so enjoyed your stay at Sails in the Desert. It will be my pleasure to share your comments directly with our team and we thank you for choosing to visit Ayers Rock Resort. Kind Regards Todd Hunter Hotel Manager Sails in the Desert

Lovely rooms and resort in a spectacular setting

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

Adelaide65 Family - 10/07/2018 TripAdvisor review

This was our 2nd trip to Sails (our first was 15 years ago). I was pleasantly surprised to see how well maintained the property was after all these years. Bathrooms were newly renovated when we visited last time - the same bathrooms looking a little dated now. Shower curtain and having to step into bath to shower are a bit yesterday! Staff, spacious rooms, fluffy towels and crisp linens all very luxurious, Lack of a moisturiser/body lotion in rooms was unexpected for 5 Star hotel. Pool area looked inviting but the icy cold water was a shock when you dived in. Pool heating and a gym would push this resort into the true 5 Star category. Ate at Walpa Bar and found this excellent for a relaxed meal. As we are not buffet types did not try breakfast or dinner at the restaurant - high prices and style of dining not ideal for a large family. Make sure you book experiences prior to arriving as some of the experiences we were interested in were already booked out when I attempted to book 6 weeks earlier. Sunrise camel trio and Sounds of silence Dinne excellent. Walk through field of lights was overrated - we were unable to book star pass which may have made field of lights a more positive experience. The cheaper options of Hiking around rock and Olga’s, and driving to sunset car park were the best experiences of them all!

Fabulous Red Centre experience

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

911margaretb Couples - 19/06/2018 TripAdvisor review

We had an actie 6 day self drive trip taking in Alice Springs and surrounding canyons/gorges, Rainbow Valley, Kings Canyon and then 3 days at Sails in the Desert to finish off and spend time at Uluru/ Kata Tjuta. It was a perfect way to enjoy some comfort, great food and still have easy access to such wonderful landscapes and walks

Fabulous time in Uluru

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

jdurbin2018 Family - 04/03/2018 TripAdvisor review

Sails was the perfect base to visit all the iconic places of Uluru. The rooms were comfortable and relaxing. The service from reception, restaurant to room staff was friendly and efficient. The Sails resort was large, facilities great and enough pool chairs and lounges for everyone.

Great option in the Red Centre

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

TravelingRaider81 Family - 20/01/2018 TripAdvisor review

Can’t fault the Pullman, great staff, great service and the rooms, while dated were better than average. The food was also high quality especially the buffet breakfast and drinks were very well priced considering the location.

Impressive Property in the Middle Of Nowhere

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

Wanderlust099 Couples - 22/12/2017 TripAdvisor review

This pretty resort slightly misses the mark. The elevator malfunctioned on the way to our room. There was a critically missed wakeup call. There were little bits of litter in the hallway area not picked up for days. The room telephone was unusable.

A Great Time

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

justinn504 Couples - 09/11/2017 TripAdvisor review

Great accommodation with attentive and professional staff. The resort was excellent and the food very good. The facilities were excellent and well maintained. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to stay at Yalara.

Hi justinn504 Thank you for your lovely recommendation of Sails in the Desert and we are so pleased that you enjoyed your time with us. It was a pleasure to have you stay and we thank you for choosing to visit Ayers Rock Resort and the spiritual heart of Australia. Kind Regards Riaz Mahmood General Manager Sails in the Desert

Not bad, not great

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

Alastair M Couples - 24/10/2017 TripAdvisor review

Odd that public areas looked fine and room was OK, but exterior of accommodation block looked like a council estate. Not important to me, but it rather punctures the idea of a luxury resort. AIr conditioning in the room was pretty feeble. Cold if you stood directly under the aircon unit, but away from there it was getting quite warm even in mid October. Food in Desert Sands seemed better than at Sails. Baggage took a long time to arrive at room, presumably because lots of people arrive at same time. Staff were Ok. Five stars for Meenakshi at check in / concierge. Alert, friendly, intelligent and helpful. Well worth hanging on to. I give an average score for value given the remote location. In a city the value would be poor.

Red Centre Gem

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

flyabit Couples - 19/10/2017 TripAdvisor review

We really loved our time at Yulara. Accor has a really great setup here with accommodation & meal selections being 2nd to none. We stayed at Sails but ate at Desert Garden, Sails and the town centre - highly recommend the buffet at sails. The rooms have been upgraded except the bathrooms are a little tired. We found the staff to be excellent and looking to make a difference to your stay. We had a small issue that was resolved with a quick chat. Definitely a recommended for me.

Hi flyabit Thank you for sharing your lovely review of your stay at Sails in the Desert and we greatly appreciate your recommendation. It was a pleasure to have you as a guest and we thank you for choosing to visit Ayers Rock Resort. Kind Regards Riaz Mahmood General Manager Sails in the Desert

Deceitful practice

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

887davidrm Couples - 24/06/2017 TripAdvisor review

As a member of Accor group we assumed that the Sails resort would honour the discount privileges of the club We had verified we were Accor members and they had our card number on file (we booked through Accor) but it was not until check out that we were told they do not honour the discount food and beverage for breakfast only the dinner or lobby cafe Had we had known we would have had breakfast in the cafe‼️ We were very annoyed to only be told this after the event and annoyed with Accor for allowing different protocols in their group with no advance notice

Hi 887davidrm We are very sorry to read that your overall stay at Sails in the Desert was let down by your breakfast experience. The Accor Plus program excludes a discount for breakfast at resort properties throughout Australia. While we do assure you that this information is detailed within the terms and condition on the website we regret that you were not aware of this prior to dining with us. We do hope that you were still able to enjoy exploring Uluru & Kata Tjuta and we thank you for choosing to visit Ayers Rock Resort. Kind Regards Riaz Mahmood General Manager Sails in the Desert

Relaxing Red Centre stay.

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

Lower633 Couples - 24/05/2017 TripAdvisor review

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.

Sails in the Visit quick trip

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

tanyasE4075CQ Family - 25/04/2017 TripAdvisor review

Excellent hotel with friendly staff. My only negative comment would be the temperature of the water in the pool - it was freezing, even my kids were reluctant to swim. The rooms were lovely and comfortable.

Excellent Hotel with a nice touch

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

arthurs20 Couples - 11/04/2017 TripAdvisor review

Room was spacious and well maintained. Great breakfast! The guest laundry was unexpected but a real plus and a nice touch. Rooms were ready earlier than guaranteed which helped. This hotel is under common ownership with three other facilities at Ayres Rock and we scheduled our trip to stay here. We were very pleased.

Hi arthurs20 Thank you for your lovely review of Sails in the Desert. We are delighted that you were so pleased with your stay and could make use of the complimentary guest laundry. We hope that you also enjoyed exploring the National Park and we thank you for choosing to visit this beautiful part of Australia. Kind Regards Riaz Mahmood General Manager Sails in the Desert

Great but not quite perfect

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

DavidGHooper Couples - 11/02/2017 TripAdvisor review

Let me be straight, it was a fantastic hotel. The room was lively, swimming area and snacks at the bar was top notch and breakfast was very close to perfect. There is one tribe in the bathroom that whoever paired the taps with the sinks needs to be fired. There is not bough room to get your hands underneath. Stupid design error. The biggest issue was by far that we know there is much insect life in Aus. At 10pm the area from hotel to the rooms was full of beatles and some got into the hotel. Still understandable. But the inside of the hotel when walking to the rooms after breakfast was still full of bead insects. I mean full. Considering many people get up early to look at sun rising at Ayers Rock, this is totally unacceptable. This should have been cleared up before 6am, before breakfast opens and not after late breakfast. Manager needs to address this.

Hi DavidGHooper Thank you for sharing your feedback and while I am pleased to read that overall you enjoyed your stay with us I do also greatly appreciate your constructive feedback. Due to extreme rainfall during late December and early January the region is experiencing more bug life than is usual and I would like to assure you that our cleaning and maintenance teams are conducting a thorough clean and removal several times throughout the day. I do however apologise for any inconvenience caused to you and we are certainly monitoring the situation on a daily basis to ensure the comfort for our guests. Kind Regards Riaz Mahmood General Manager Sails in the Desert

loved every minute

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

ahyde2530 Couples - 25/01/2017 TripAdvisor review

We stayed 3 nights at Sails in the Desert Hotel. We really should have stayed 5 as we loved every minute of it! 3 days is the absolute minimum. We experienced the Sounds of Silence dinner (a must), a sunrise tour and base walk of Uluru & a sunrise tour & Valley of the winds hike at Kata Tjuta. We would have liked another day to rest & enjoy the resorts facilities & perhaps even added on another tour! Put it on your bucket list!

Hi ahyde2530 Thank you for your lovely review of Sails in the Desert and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and all of your activities. Perhaps we could entice you to return again in the future to explore even further and also enjoy some rest and relaxation time! Thank you for choosing to visit Ayers Rock Resort. Kind Regards Riaz Mahmood General Manager Sails in the Desert

In need of a little TLC

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

Anthony H Couples - 10/01/2017 TripAdvisor review

Unfortunately the hotel is showing its age and does not live up to a four star rating. There was also a water problem and when anyone rang to enquire the guest services failed to answer. Very disappointing

Hi Anthony H We are sorry to read that your time at Sails in the Desert did not meet expectations and I am particularly concerned that we were unable to assist you to resolve your issues during your stay. I sincerely apologise for this and assure you that this has been addressed directly. I do hope that you were still able to enjoy exploring the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Kind Regards Riaz Mahmood Georgia Rowe Sails in the Desert

Field of Lights and dinner

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

naama20162016 Couples - 30/10/2016 TripAdvisor review

We stayed at Sails in order to attend the Field of Lights installation and the associated dinner. Extremely lucky with the weather which made the trip even more memorable. The staff were great. Breakfast excellent and a light dinner at the bar area good value. I think we were lucky to have a small view of Uluru as I don't think many rooms have this view. The hotel seems to be very well maintained but there ar some areas that need a little attention. Car parking is a problem as the car park closest to the hotel is very small but two other areas close-by can be used. Overall a great trip made even better with the accommodation.

Hi naama20162016 Thank you for your review of Sails in the Desert and Ayers Rock Resort. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and in particular the Field of Light and it will be my pleasure to share your comments with our team. Thank you also for your additional constructive feedback, which is always appreciated. Kind Regards Riaz Mahmood General Manager Sails in the Desert

Desert oasis

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

Ann M Couples - 19/09/2016 TripAdvisor review

Perfect location for viewing both Uluru and Kata Tjuta. For its location in the middle of practically nowhere, this hotel was very comfortable. The interiors were impressive with touches of Anangu art as decoration. Our terrace room was very comfortable and had a lovely terrace overlooking the gardens and pool but we were unable to use it as the weather was unexpectedly overcast and rainy with thunderstorms. There is no longer fine dining available on the property, just a buffet restaurant and an adjacent area for lighter meals and drinks. The property exterior seems dated and is not as attractive with ugly metal fence-like grating around the periphery of the rear of accommodation buildings.

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