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Sails in the Desert

Last updated: 23 December, 2023

With its distinctive white canopies and glittering swimming pool, Sails in the Desert is almost as recognizable as Uluru itself.

Surrounded by an ocean of red dirt, this iconic property is the definition of a luxury oasis; sumptuous rooms surrounded by lush green lawns and towering gum trees.

Fresh from a A$50 million make-over, the five-star resort now offers world-class dining options, refreshed rooms and its own day spa, and the pool – ringed with inviting day beds and home to the buzzy Pira pool bar – is the perfect place to unwind and cool off after a day exploring.

Driving time to Uluru is around 20 minutes.

Surrounding area

Sails in the Desert, as its name suggests, is surrounded on all sides by the huge emptiness of Central Australia. Expect lots of red dirt and spinifex grass.

As part of the Ayers Rock Resort, guests enjoy easy access to Yulara town square which offers a small selection of cafes, restaurants and shops.


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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers: Free on request
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room amenities

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Destination guides


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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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The large red flat mountain at sunset.

Destination guide

The place to come for the Australian outback experience – jaw-dropping geological formations (including world-famous Uluru), sleeping out in swag bags, sampling bush tucker, and connecting with authentic Aborginal culture.