The west coast of Australia is undoubtedly one of the most magnetic places to watch the sunset. It’s the only coastline where the sun sinks into the Indian Ocean, throwing streams of golden hues across the water. Now, you can witness this spectacle from the unique comfort of a luxury eco retreat.
Located 1,200 kilometres north of Perth, Sal Salis is positioned between Cape Range National Park and the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef. Spanning an impressive 260 kilometres, this natural beauty is the world’s largest fringing reef, and suitably known as the sparkling gem in Western Australia’s crown.
But the locale isn’t the only awe-inspiring element of this natural haven—though it’s a major drawcard. From the eco-luxe safari tents to the one-of-a-kind experiences on offer (swimming with migrating humpback whales, anyone?), Sal Salis is the epitome of beachside luxury.
The best part is, you can disconnect from reality (prepare to surrender your phone; there’s no internet access here) and fill your days however you like, all with the knowledge that you’re travelling sustainably. Sal Salis is the eco destination you need to add to your travel wish list, pronto.
Sleep in a safari-style tent
If you’ve ever wanted to wake up in wilderness, Sal Salis’ eco-luxe safari tents are an ideal situation. Perched on platforms overlooking Ningaloo Reef, the 16 off-grid tents are spacious and sustainable without forgoing your creature comforts. Think beds made from handcrafted jarrah, fresh linen sheets and eco-ensuites equipped with organic shampoo. It’s glamping to the max.
Encounter whale sharks and migrating humpbacks
When you visit between June and October, you’re in for a very special treat. Why? This is when the reef is teeming with life, as humpback whales and whale sharks migrate along the warm waters of the west coast.
Ningaloo Reef is one of the only places you can experience close-up interactions with these magnificent creatures. Swim alongside these gentle giants while keeping an eye out for turtles, dolphins, and dugongs. At Sal Salis, you can pre-book these swim experiences at an additional cost.
Holiday in sustainable style
There’s nothing better than travelling with a clear conscious, and you’ll barely leave a footprint in the sand behind at Sal Salis. Almost all of the camp’s energy is solar power generated, and solar lanterns light the boardwalks (built above the ground to prevent soil erosion). Plus, the site uses gas hot water, so you can enjoy warm showers after long days of lazing in your hammock, kayaking or exploring the rugged beauty of Cape Range National Park (where you can embark on guided gorge hikes).
Wine and dine in the great outdoors
Food is just as integral to this eco-retreat as the scenery. The five-star menu is crafted by acclaimed chefs and features fresh, seasonal produce sourced locally from the bush and ocean. Each night, gather for a three-course fare accompanied by a drinks list stacked with Western Australian wines, regional beers and spirits. Salut!
How to get there: Located on the North West Cape, Sal Salis is an hour’s drive south of Exmouth, in the Cape Range National Park. It’s accessible by air, road, or scenic flight.
Prices: Starting at $795 per person, per night. Minimum two night stay.
Best time to visit: Between June—October.
Where to book: Visit salsalis.com.au or call 08 9949 1776.
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