My family stayed here for 3 nights. Unfortunately it rained the entire time, while Sal Salis can't control the weather they should be prepared should it rain but I will avoid the weather until the end of this review.
This is a very expensive place to stay and they do not give you anywhere near the value or experience. The food is very minimal and limited choice. I am not sure why they bother asking you for your dietary requirements because they don't care, they failed to follow any of our simple requests. Breakfast consists of cold cereal, some light pastry and fruit. With all the activity you would think they would serve a hot brekkie?? Lunch consisted of salad and soup, while dinner was 3 courses you only had one choice. There are 2 chefs in camp, if you must go to Sal Salis make sure Pedro is going to be the chef because Shakira could care less about what she puts on the table.
The staff is more concerned about their own dynamic versus that of it's guests. Only once were we asked what we would like to do. When we suggested something seldom was it greated with a good idea or a lets do it. John was the only helpful guide. Cameron could care less if the guests are having a good time or not. I mentioned the weather was poor, they should still have activities designed for bad weather. Nothing!! The one day we went snorkeling, we had to drive our rental car because the van was in repair.
Do not go see the whale sharks during your stay as it wastes a whole day. The positive thing was the food on the boat was better than anything served at the lodge.
We were well aware of the "conservation living" that Sal Salis provides, but 1 towel for 3 days is a little much, especially if you are swimming or it is raining. When we asked for additional towels you would have thought we asked them for gold bars.
Searching for a positive the wine was plentiful and a good selection.
Justin is the manager and when he is on the property things do run a little smoother but again no where near what you should expect for what you are paying.
I mentioned it rained the entire time which was unfortunate, however the staff should be prepared to offer alternative activities. Instead the offer nothing in hopes the rain goes away. We were left to our own to figure out what to do. As a family we played beach cricket and looked for sea shells. I am convinced weather or not, the staff are not trained to provide an experience worth what you are paying.
The most disturbing point would be we have provided feedback to the owner of Sal Salis and after a month we still have not heard anything.
PLEASE DO NOT STAY HERE! There is a wonderful Novatel in town. Stay there and drive 30 minutes to the beach for a much more pleasant and diversified experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef is an eco resort consisting of 16 en-suite Wilderness Tents. The Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef is a few short steps away where a totally different and amazing world waits to be explored and enjoyed. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef Hotel Exmouth