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Voyages Sails in the Desert

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Voyages Sails in the Desert, part of Ayers Rock Resort, is the ultimate in five-star accommodation — an oasis in the Australian outback.

Named after its crown of soaring white sails, it is beautifully furnished and its decor is centred around Aboriginal heritage and culture — Amamgi art and culture is featured in the gallery, hallways and rooms.

There's so much to enjoy at Sails. From sipping cocktails by the pool as the desert changes colour at sunset to the fine dining of the Kuniya restaurant with its contemporary menu incorporating indigenous foods. Or you could try al fresco dining at Rockpool which offers a tapas-style platter menu of Mediterranean and Asian food. For breakfast and a Mediterranean buffet dinner, Winkiku is a great venue and the Tali Bar is open for pre-dinner drinks and late-night cocktails.

While Voyages Sails in the Desert is luxurious and modern, guests are there to enjoy the beauty of an ancient world. Whether you arrive by air or land, Uluru is majestic and the best known of the area's landmarks.

Not far behind in nature's handiwork is Kata Tjuta — meaning 'many heads' in the Pitjantjajara language — also known as The Olgas. A dual-naming policy was adopted in 1993. The enormous dome-shaped rock formations cover more than 21 square kilolmetres of Kata Tjuta National Park. Once made up of 36 domes, there are now 28. They are a mix of granite, basalt and mudstone and the site is sacred to indigenous people.

Desert Gardens Hotel is a 4.5-star hotel surrounded by ghost gums and flowering native shrubs. It is central to all resort and touring facilities and accommodation ranges from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rooms overlooking the desert from a private balcony or courtyard. Bunya Bar serves refreshing cocktails and White Gums Restaurant serves Australian native delicacies, while Arnguli Grill has an à la carte menu.

Another choice is the four-star fully serviced Voyages Emu Walk Apartments. They are sheltered in gardens of native trees and form a terraced avenue through the heart of the resort. They are spacious, light and accommodate up to six. They have separate bedroom, living and kitchen areas.

Emu Walk is minutes from the hub of the resort, town square, mini-supermarket and shops so you can cook up a storm. If you prefer, there are restaurants to choose from, including Gecko's Mediterranean-style cafe.

Voyages Lost Camel Hotel is contemporary three-and-a-half star accommodation. Guest rooms are bright and decorated with contrasting colours and clean whites. Pictures of Aboriginal themes such as basket weaving and berry sifting line the walls. The lobby leads to an intimate cafe and bar and there is a pool with deck at the heart of the hotel.

Voyages Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge gives the choice of three-and-a-half star hotel or two-star lodge accommodation. Hotel rooms are comfortable and affordable and there are budget cabins and dormitories. Friendships are made by the Outback Barbecue where travellers enjoy a cold beer and swap stories of their travels. If you don't want to join in the singalong, the Bough House Restaurant serves a gourmet buffet dinner and an à la carte lunch menu.

If you want to get the real feel of the desert, Ayers Rock Campground is well-equipped and has modern amenities. There are tent sites, powered sites and air-conditioned cabins to choose from. Pitch your tent on lush green grass under the shade of native desert oaks and enjoy the services and facilities.

Wherever you stay, Voyages Ayers Rock Resort is the ideal base to experience the beauty of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Ayers Rock Scenic Flights have great value trips over The Rock and Kata Tjuta.


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Sails in the Desert rooms start at $260 a night. Cabins start at $150 per night and powered campsites start at $15.50 per person a night. Prices quoted are correct on February 01, 2007.

Ayers Rock Scenic Flights cost $149 for 40 minutes.

More information

Voyages Sails in the Desert
Yulara Drive, Yulara 0872
Ph: 1300 134 044
Fax: (02) 9299 2103

Ayers Rock Scenic Flights
Ph: 08 8956 2345

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