Style Seaside safari, barefoot luxury
Setting Cape Range coastal dunes
Fringed by coruscating coral and lapped by the lusciously warm waters of the Indian Ocean, Sal Salis is a remote, beachside bush camp nestled snugly in the dunes of the Cape Range National Park near Ningaloo Reef. Sleep under canvas, dine under the stars and spend long, wonder-filled days underwater mingling with the manta rays, whale sharks and sparkling shoals of fish that also call this remarkable place home.
Need to know
- Rooms Nine tents, including one family tent.
Double rooms from AU$1318.18, excluding tax at 10 per cent.
The price shown represents the lowest nightly rate for a double room available at this hotel over the next 21 days. Any price conversions from the hotel's local currency (AU$1,318) have been conducted using today's exchange rates from xe.com.
- More details Rates include all meals, a selection of drinks and guided activities (snorkelling, kayaking, visits to Yardie Creek and gorge walks). There’s an AU$150 night supplement for family tent 5 when occupied only by two.
- Facilities Library, snorkelling gear. In rooms: 500-threadcount organic cotton bedlinen, hand-made native-herb soap, eco-friendly toiletries, ensuite with Nature Loo (composting toilet) and hand-pumped shower, fan, hammock. All power is solar-generated and there is no WiFi access or mobile phone reception.
- Poolside There's no pool at Sal Salis except the pristine marine wonderland on your doorstep.
- Check-out 11am, but flexible. Check-in, 2pm.
- Children Sal Salis welcomes kids aged four and over and can provide extra beds for AU$365 a child a night, when sharing.
- Also There’s a minimum two-night stay. If you’re planning an intimate beach wedding, hire out the whole camp and throw a romantic reception on the deck of the main lodge, lit by lanterns with ocean views.
- Hotel closed The camp is closed from 16 January–15 March 2013 inclusive; in the case of unscheduled closure (the odd cyclone, say), a full refund is given.
Food and drink at Sal Salis
Guests dine together, hosted by staff, in the intimate main lodge, decked out with driftwood and shells. But just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you have to eat beans on toast; in fact, you’re more likely to be feasting on teriyaki emu rice paper rolls, baked Exmouth ruby snapper with wild lime beurre blanc or grilled lamb with blackberry sauce. Chefs whip up bush-influenced fare using local ingredients whenever possible.
- Dress code Bush basics not bling – pack Steve Irwin-style shorts and fleeces, rather than fancy threads.
- Top table Swapping stories round the communal table is all part of the fun here, but if you fancy romantic dining à deux, ask to eat out at the little lantern-lit table atop a nearby dune under the stars.
- Last orders Breakfast is served from 6.30am to 10.30am; lunch from noon to 3pm and dinner from 6.30pm till late.
- Room service There’s no room service, but the main lodge dining area is just a short walk away.
Help yourself to soft drinks, wine, beer and spirits from the informal bar in the main lounge.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More...
Sal Salis Yardie Creek Road, Cape Range National Park, Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia 6707
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Our favourite rooms
Set in the dunes about 30 metres from the sea, the nine spacious tents are all perched on individual wooden platforms with ensuites at the back and a private deck out front (jostle with visiting kangaroos for the shade). Tents 1 to 3 are at the same level as the main camp, with 4, 5 and 6 higher on the dunes – giving a better view of the sea but slightly further away. Our top tips are 1 or 5 for maximum privacy as they only have one neighbour. The family tent (number 5) comes with a semi-enclosed extended deck, ideal for either families (it can fit two swag beds for kids) or honeymooners who fancy a larger lounge. Although comfortable, this is ‘wild bush luxury’, so don’t expect all mod cons.
Designer board shorts, your favourite Crocs and a fish-spotter's manual.
Swim, snorkel or kayak out to Ningaloo Reef, a teeming rainbow of fish, dolphins, turtles and spawning corals just metres from shore. It’s the best place in the world to swim with whale sharks, huge but hippie-peaceful beasts that migrate past from April to July (the hotel can hook you up with local boat trips to see them, at extra cost). You can also swim with manta rays and spot humpback whales (July to September). On shore, stroll the pure white beaches or opt for a guided walk in the Cape Range National Park, a wild hinterland of rock, gorges and desert.