Romance in the Red Centre
Sleeping in a swag not quite your thing? Want to up the lux factor but still have an authentic outback experience? Discover the perfect oasis in the desert, where you can strike a balance between the constant dichotomies of finding secluded intimacy right in the middle of the action.
Start your escape for two by checking into Ayers Rock Resort's Sails in the Desert, the ultimate in desert luxury and the perfect place to unwind after long days exploring the spiritual heart of Australia.
From dawn to dusk there's opportunities to wine and dine, indulge in a relaxing spa treatment, or delight in the wonders of your outback surrounds. Go as fast or slow as you like, all the while embracing the unique and fascinating Indigenous culture, intertwined throughout every aspect of the resort experience.
We've selected five of the best moments to cosy up to your special somebody for a truly memorable adventure.
Wake when the desert does for a traditional Aussie breakie and a pretty incredible sunrise.
You might not want to pull yourself out of your heavenly, comfortable 'Ahh' bed, but trust us, it's worth it.You won't want to miss seeing the last stars fade from view, and the magic of the desert come to life as the dawn of a new day transforms Uluru and Kata Tjuta. From a private and remote sunrise viewing site, embrace the rugged and rustic atmosphere, before enjoying the great Australian breakfast - a bacon and egg roll or homemade damper with Golden Syrup.
Once you've had your fill of coffee and food a local guide will lead you on a short walk to Mutitjulu waterhole at the base of Uluru and observe the ancient rock paintings which highlight the importance of this site to Anangu.
Fall in love with Field of Light.
Everybody loves a bit of mood lighting, and when there's 50,000 coloured spheres of light dotting the desert coupled with a three course bush tucker feast, you really can't pass up this once in a lifetime experience. Combine Bruce Munro's critically acclaimed Field of Light exhibition with the iconic Sounds of Silence alfresco dining experience, and you have A Night at Field of Light - a truly special affair.
Begin you magical evening with a selection of outback canapes and sparkling wine as darkness falls around you and a didgeridoo plays in the background. With the Field of Light gently twinkling to life in the distance behind you, you tuck into your three course dinner. Then, in your post dinner slumber, sit back and relax as you listen to the resident star talker decode the southern sky in front of your eyes before you get to enjoy a closer view of the dazzling installation with a stroll through the stems of light swaying in the breeze around you. All in all a top notch evening.
Steal a kiss from a camel.
Jump aboard the outback's most iconic form of transportation, the camel train! These single-humped beauties will lead you through the desert as our expert cameleers describe the native flora and fauna you encounter as you saunter by. Depending on how long you want to bat your eyelashes at your newest friends you can choose between a mid-morning ride or link it in with a sunrise or sunset experience. You'll also visit the Camel Farm Museum and learn about the camel history of the Red Centre, plus get to sample our famous baked beer bread with quangdong jam!
Retreat to an oasis and pamper yourselves silly.
The Red Ochre Spa offers the latest in spa treatments designed to renew energies and evoke luscious relaxation, right in the heart of the desert. Why not both choose one of the Signature Journey's, the ultimate in pampering and total indulgence. For three luxurious hours you can unwind with the Sacred Journey's package, which includes a cleansing foot ritual, dry body brushing, full body exfoliation and detox wrap plus a relaxing scalp massage, hair treatment and finishing with a full body relaxation massage, flash facial and eye treatment. Feeling rejuvenated already?
Get swept away in the Mani-Mani tale of love, jealousy and greed.
The Mani-Mani Theatre Company twice daily performance of a local legend transports you back to the ancient lands of Central Australia. This contemporary Indigenous performance brings to life the ancient ancestral beings Walawuru the Wedge-Tailed Eagle and his two wives; Kaanka the black crow and Kakalyalya the white cockatoo. This captivating experience is also one of the free guest activities available to you, making it a definite edition to any date night!