The Desert Gardens Hotel at Ayers Rock Resort has been elevated to a new level of sophistication with a total refurbishment of guestrooms, restaurants and the hotel bar in a modern Indigenous-inspired design.

Located centrally within Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens Hotel offers 218 guestrooms including Garden View Rooms, Desert Deluxe Rooms and Deluxe Rock View Rooms with panoramic views of Uluru.

Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia CEO, Andrew Williams, said taking inspiration from the hotel’s garden setting amongst magnificent ghost gums, Desert Gardens’ new guestrooms feature a light décor, which creates a sense of space and calm.

He said a boutique carpet design has been specifically created, inspired by the pattern that dappled light makes under a tree canopy.

“We are excited to reveal the next phase of refurbishment at Ayers Rock Resort,” he said.

“The design language of the new-look Desert Gardens Hotel complements its recently renovated sister properties Sails in the Desert Hotel and Emu Walk Apartments, referencing the desert surrounds and Indigenous culture.

“We believe this new look, combined with an enhanced food and beverage experience, will be very well received by our guests,” Williams said.

New dining destinations have also been revealed. Taking its name from the Pitjantjatjara word for desert quandong, Mangata Bistro and Bar serves a delicious buffet breakfast and, for lunch and dinner, a diverse range of light meals showcasing the finest Australian produce with highlights of native Australian bush tucker flavours throughout. The contemporary indoor area features an aged timber flooring which flows seamlessly to an outdoor terrace, surrounded by the native greens of the iconic gardens of the hotel.

Arnguli Grill and Restaurant, Ayers Rock Resort’s premier à la carte dining location, takes its name from the Pitjantjatjara word for bush plum. Located in the shadows of the hotel’s ghost gums, overlooking the central pool and garden, the restaurant offers quality Australian produce featuring native Indigenous flavours and a signature grill selection. Open daily for dinner, Arnguli’s outback-inspired interiors feature distinctive Indigenous artifacts and a dramatic patterned carpet inspired by local vegetation.

Desert Gardens Hotel amenities also include a swimming pool, extensive native gardens, Mingkiri Arts Gallery, in-room dining service, 24-hour reception and concierge.

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management