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4.4 out of 5

"Sails in the Desert is the upmarket accommodation facility in the Yulara complex. It, together with other associated facilities and town centre provi ... " More

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Hotel Description

A luxury stay in Yulara awaits you at Sails In The Desert. You'll be 21.4 km (13.3 mi) from Uluru (Ayers Rock). Highlights at this hotel include a full-service spa, a restaurant, and an outdoor swimming pool.

All 228 rooms feature free WiFi, safes, and phones.

The restaurant, Ilkari Restaurant, serves international cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Pira Pool Bar is the hotel's own bar, serving drinks along with lunch and dinner. Additionally, you'll find free WiFi in public areas and laundry facilities. There's also the convenience of free self parking.

With a stay at this 5-star Yulara hotel, you'll be steps from Katiti Petermann Indigenous Protected Area.

Sails In The Desert ratings based on 288 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.4 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Sails In The Desert

Everyone (95) Couples (126) Family (67)
5 out of 5


Pros: Staff friendlines
Sails in the Desert is the upmarket accommodation facility in the Yulara complex. It, together with other associated facilities and town centre provided many options for shopping and dining.

Posted by , from Adelaide on 11 Aug. 2018

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3 out of 5
Limited evening meal options. Only buffet in the main restaurant.

Posted by on 7 Aug. 2018

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1 out of 5
We both got food poisoning, on separate nights, from different foods. The room cleaner didn't come until 6pm one day, which while I respect it is 'later' was just beyond ridiculous because we were back and sitting before dinner, and so it was just too awkward and told him to just give us some more toilet paper. And they didn't even come at all another day even though we took the do not disturb off by 6am. The bed was ridiculously uncomfortable, we both left with back pains, with extremely starchy loud doona that is only protected by a loose sheet. And while I expect that at cheap places, at 400+ per night, is ridiculous. When I tried to pay my bill it was a bit of a hassle because he was trying to hurry me out to serve next person in life - which is funny because I'm trying to give you money but whatever. And at 400+ per night, I'm wondering what exactly I paid for. Room cleaning was non existent to us apparently, breakfast isn't included (which I was under the impression it was), bad bed, the room smelt quite badly of new paint... so where's the money go?

Posted by , from Melbourne on 26 Jul. 2018

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5 out of 5

Well presented hotel in a remote area

Pros: Hotel facilities are excellent
Cons: Prices of meals.
Location: Plenty of activies in a truly stunning area in Australia
Hotel is very good and has up to date facilities. Food is expensive even for a remote area and because they have a captive audience seem to take advantage of this.

Posted by , from Malvern East Victoria on 24 May 2018

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5 out of 5

Well located hotel within the resort

We had a great stay at Sails. It is walking distance to all local amenities and is well maintained. The staff at Sails made our trip. Always friendly and engaging with nothing too much trouble. Great food - hard to fault really.

Posted by , from Sydney on 6 May 2018

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5 out of 5

Best hotel in town

Pros: Room, bedding, tv, breakfast buffet
Cons: The shower and evening buffet
Location: Located a short drive from the main attractions of Uluru and Kara-Tjuta. Shops and restaurants are a short walk from the resort.
On arrival it was pleasing to be met by staff who took your luggage directly from your car to your room as you checked-in. This rather made up for the fact that the car parking area was some distance from your room. The room we had was on the third floor so required some stair climbing or a longer walk to use a lift, it was good and roomy with two comfortable double bed. Facilities were excellent especially the large tv and very cold refrigerator. On arrival on a hot day the air conditioning struggled to cool the room until the middle of the night but kept the room cool for the rest of our 4 day visit. The shower was well below luxury standard but can be somewhat forgiven as water in the desert is a scarce commodity. The breakfast buffet was excellent with a good range of expected dishes, however the evening buffet disappointed with range and only average quality. But overall our stay was excellent due to outstanding staff and service we received.

Posted by , from Perth on 26 Feb. 2018

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4 out of 5

Very comfortable and central

Staff were excellent and very keen to be of assistance They changed our room to one with a view of the pool Buffet was too expensive for us but meal in the bar was lovely

Posted by , from Melbourme on 20 Feb. 2018

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5 out of 5

good hotel, a little older but still great.

Pros: Food was great.
Cons: pretty good.
Location: Did Astro tour with Sean and Mark - highly recommend this.
we as a family did the astro tour with Sean and Mark - we loved it! Highlight of our trip.

Posted by , from Sydney, Australia on 5 Jan. 2018

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2 out of 5

Good service, overpriced ordinary meals

Hotel staff were friendly and professional. Room was spacious and comfortable. This resort is getting on in age but it still holds up in appearance. Food was its biggest downfall. Buffet breakfast is overpriced at $42 per head but quality and selection was quite good. The buffet dinner was a different story - way way overpriced at $72 per head. Food on offer was of poor quality and the cooked meats to order were dreadfully over done. Food in this hotel is poor value for money as were many of the ither food outlets. Foodies will be disappointed with the overall standard and selection of food throughout the resort. The natural beauty of this area is a must see and is well worth the visit.

Posted by , from Sydney on 6 Dec. 2017

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5 out of 5

Great hotel and resort

Beautiful and relaxing, comfy king bed. Great facility and restaurants

Posted by , from mildura, Victoria, Australia on 22 Nov. 2017

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About the Sails In The Desert

Location 163 Yulara Drive, Yulara, NT 872

Property Features

Sails In The Desert offers its guests a full-service spa and an outdoor pool. There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. WiFi is free in public spaces. A terrace, tour/ticket assistance, and a garden are also featured at the luxury Sails In The Desert. Self parking is free. This 5-star Yulara hotel is smoke free.

  • 228 guestrooms or units
  • 3 levels
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • Childcare (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-in
  • Express check-out
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Bellhop
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , WiFi (surcharge) , Wired Internet access - surcharge


Free self parking


  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Sails In The Desert offers 228 air-conditioned accommodations with safes. This Yulara hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access.

  • In-room dining
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Air conditioning

Food & Drink

Ilkari Restaurant - Overlooking the garden, this restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children's menu is available.

Pira Pool Bar - Overlooking the pool, this bar specializes in international cuisine and serves lunch, dinner, and light fare. A children's menu is available. Reservations are required.

Mayu - This fine-dining restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves dinner only. Reservations are required.

Room service is available.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.


  • Check-out by 10:00 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • Staffed front desk


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Credit card charges are subject to a surcharge

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Sails Desert member Pullman
  • Sails Desert member Pullman Hotels
  • Sails Desert member Pullman Hotels Yulara
  • Sails Desert member Pullman Yulara
  • Sails Desert Hotel Yulara
  • Sails Desert Hotel
  • Sails Desert Yulara
  • Sails Desert
  • Sails In The Desert a member of Pullman Hotels
  • Sails In The Desert Hotel
  • Sails In The Desert Yulara
  • Sails In The Desert Hotel Yulara

You should know

  • Pool access available from 7 AM to 10 PM.

National Rating

This property has been awarded a star rating from the Australian Star Ratings Agency, Star Ratings Australia.

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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.