There has never been a better time to tick unmissable Aussie stays off your travel to-do list – and this iconic outback oasis is your launchpad for delving deep into Australia's ancient Indigenous roots.
To a backdrop of the iconic rich red soil that’s synonymous with the Red Centre, white sails shimmer like a mirage in the desert: welcome to Sails in the Desert.
With the 550-million-year-old monolith, Uluṟu, towering in the background, this iconic five-star resort juxtaposes the rugged beauty of the outback with contemporary luxury.
Indulge in Indigenous-inspired cuisine, cool off in the gum tree-lined pool and connect with the world’s oldest living culture. A family adventure, a couple’s retreat and a cultural wonderland – Sails in the Desert is an outback oasis, shapeshifting to match the pace of your Red Centre experience.
1. Take in the breathtaking outback views of Uluṟu
Uluṟu, located in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park, is a living cultural monolith imbued with ancient wisdom, cultural significance and diverse plant and animal life.
Sails in the Desert is the perfect base to explore the wonders of Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park, located a short drive away from the outback oasis.
2. Learn more about Australia's spiritual heartland
For a closer look at Uluṟu, a guided tour with an Aboriginal guide on the Mala track, located within Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park is a must. It’s only then you can hear the Dreamtime stories of the local People’s ancestors and see the intricate whirls of ancient Aboriginal rock art hidden in the caves.
For something a little different, join an Indigenous guided walk of the gardens located within the Resort Town Square to learn how more than 416 plant species thrive in the vast plains of red earth – an open-air supermarket for the Aboriginal culture – with many also used for medicinal purposes. Gain a deep understanding of the local People and learn why they believe we are all connected to the earth and sky.
3. Witness the immersive art installation, Field of Light by Bruce Munro
Watch as the desert is transformed into a sea of colour during this phenomenal outback experience. Covering more than seven football fields and utilising 50,000 spindles of light, Bruce Munro’s magical artwork should feature on any Aussie bucket list.
Stand in awe as the outback sways in shades of ochre, deep violet, blue and gentle white, then take a self-guided walk through the fairytale field. Sails in the Desert runs regular coach tours to this breathtaking artwork, located in a remote corner of the desert.
4. Cool off in the gum tree-lined swimming pool
A refreshing dip in the pool is the perfect antidote to cool off after a day of exploring Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park. Lined by native gum trees, Sails in the Desert’s pool is a welcoming oasis after an early morning (or evening) exploring. Immerse yourself in its soothing waters as you take in the sights and sounds of the outback.
Once you’ve dried off, Pira Pool Bar is on hand for a relaxed holiday cocktail or casual light dining, serving fresh salads, classic burgers, tapas and more.
5. Soar above Kata Tjuṯa's cluster of red-ochre domes on a chartered flight
Take in the grandeur of the 348-metre-high Uluṟu, and nearby Kata Tjuṯa (also known as the Olgas) from above on a private helicopter flight. Fly by the 36 dome rock formations that make up Kata Tjuṯa, appreciating its incredible size with a bird’s eye view during this 25-minute experience.
You could also extend your flight to 55 minutes, covering the vast splendour of Lake Amadeus, the Northern Territory’s largest salt lake. Watch for camels roaming the vast plains where the salt lake meets the sand during this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
6. Indulge with a treatment at Red Ochre Spa
Find total indulgence at Sails in the Desert’s spa, a tranquil oasis on hand to pamper guests with an advanced skincare range and treatments. Choose a soothing massage with a blend of essential oils, reawaken the senses with a facial or try a detoxifying body ritual using natural scrubs.
Ending a day spent exploring the outback with a luxury spa treatment captures Sails in the Desert’s tantalising blend of rugged natural beauty and pure indulgence.
7. Relax and recharge in your five-star rooms
At Sails in the Desert, feeling at one with nature doesn’t mean forgoing life’s little luxuries.
Each room is designed to ensure the utmost comfort after a day exploring the desert, offering plush bedding and a private balcony or terrace – perfect to sit back with a glass of wine. Take advantage of the free Wi-Fi, cosy bathrobes and fully stocked minibar.
Top tip: The Superior Family Room is perfect for those travelling with kids with two plush queen beds
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