Caroline Clements

Sal Salis

  • Where:
  • Why:A treat while on the Western Australia leg of a research trip for a book about the best places to swim in Australia.
  • When:October 2017 (the last week of the season before they close until March).
  • Who:Me and my co-author @helloscruffalo.
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Sal Salis Kicking back in the afternoon sun on the hammock outside our tent.

Kicking back in the afternoon sun on the hammock outside our tent.

Sal Salis The hotel sits along a coastline with mind-blowing beaches that look like this. The water is clear and warm and made for coral reef adventures. This is paradise.

The hotel sits along a coastline with mind-blowing beaches that look like this. The water is clear and warm and made for coral reef adventures. This is paradise.

Sal Salis The bathroom at the back of the tent with waterless composting toilet and solar heated water for the shower. The most speccy tent you’ll ever sleep in – real indoor/outdoor vibes.

The bathroom at the back of the tent with waterless composting toilet and solar heated water for the shower. The most speccy tent you’ll ever sleep in – real indoor/outdoor vibes.

Sal Salis All dinners are communal and served at 7pm. There was only eight guests when were there, a very intimate setting.

All dinners are communal and served at 7pm. There was only eight guests when were there, a very intimate setting.

Sal Salis The self-serve bar, open all day.

The self-serve bar, open all day.

Sal Salis 15 tents tucked into the sand dunes, making them feel protected from the elements and very private.

15 tents tucked into the sand dunes, making them feel protected from the elements and very private.

Sal Salis Kayaks are available to take out on the kayak trail on the hotel’s private beach. Tie your kayak up at the buoy and snorkel out in the deeper reef off shore.

Kayaks are available to take out on the kayak trail on the hotel’s private beach. Tie your kayak up at the buoy and snorkel out in the deeper reef off shore.

Sal Salis From above.

From above.

Sal Salis An early 5am walk up Mandu Mandu gorge for a coffee at the top with our guide Alex. Watch out for native rock wallabies along the way.

An early 5am walk up Mandu Mandu gorge for a coffee at the top with our guide Alex. Watch out for native rock wallabies along the way.

Sal Salis Resident kangaroos find shade in the day and come out to play at dusk, and they’re not shy.

Resident kangaroos find shade in the day and come out to play at dusk, and they’re not shy.

Sal Salis Turquoise Bay in Ningaloo Reef – the snorkeling capital of Australia.

Turquoise Bay in Ningaloo Reef – the snorkeling capital of Australia.

Highs & Lows

  • The isolation - this place is extremely remote. You leave your car at the car park nearby, are met by a host to take your bags, and make the 700 metres pilgrimage over the dunes to your luxury tent – bliss.

  • The biggest swimming pool out front is the beach. The water is crystal clear and warm, and sand is so white. The reef here rivals the Great Barrier Reef and is World Heritage Listed. This could be the snorkelling capital of Australia.

  • Daily activities available to all guests include snorkelling, kayaking, hikes and whale watching, to places you might not otherwise access. Put you name down on the board in the communal area and guides will take you there.

  • The camp’s environmental credentials means Sal Salis has a minimal footprint in this natural environment.

  • The only low here is the tide, but you can work around it.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 48/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Wild bush luxury on one of Australia’s best beaches. Where the outback meets the reef.

  • Vibe

    Relaxed, Australiana beach vibes with luxury trimmings.

  • Location

    Totally off the grid in the arid North Western peninsula of Ningaloo Reef in WA. The closest town of Exmouth is 80 kilometres away. There is no phone reception.

  • Rooms

    15 luxury tents.

  • Music

    On Human Spectacle by WA band Methyl Ethel

  • Year Opened

    Sal Salis reopened as luxury accommodation in 2016, when more tents were added, the lodge was extended and the kitchen was upgraded.

  • Designed By

    Not sure...

  • Health & Wellness

    No, but the ocean and beach are right on your doorstep and lots of activities to do (snorkeling, kayaking, hiking).

  • Restaurant

    A communal dining area where all guests eat together. A stay at Sal Salis is inclusive of all meals, cooked by in-house resident chefs. The food and drink are Western Australia-sourced, using the best of Australian bush cuisine. Locally caught fish features regularly.

  • Bar

    Yes, in the communal lounge area there is an open bar where you can make yourself a drink at any time. The selection is mostly Western Australian beers, wine and spirits.

  • Minibar

    Not in the tent, but there is an open bar in the communal area.

  • Children

    Are welcome and can be accommodated for, but tents are built for couples.

  • Price

    The very top end for camping.

  • Website

    http://www.salsalis.com.au

Snorkel

Snorkel

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Swim

Swim

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Visit Exmouth (the closest town)

Visit Exmouth (the closest town)

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A snorkel and flippers

A snorkel and flippers

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