Here is a summary of what's news and the hottest deals around Australia from Mantra Hotels, Resorts and Apartments.
What’s new at Mantra
CENTRAL COAST, NSW
PAR EXCELLENCE: Mantra Kooindah Waters Golf Resort & Spa has enhanced its position as one of Australia’s most sought after leisure escapes with the Central Coast property being ranked the seventh best play and stay facility nationally, and best in NSW, by the 2010 Golf Course Guide. Located just 90 minutes north of Sydney, Mantra Kooindah Waters offers an ideal location for a golfing getaway, family holiday or relaxing break. The resort also features Karinyas Restaurant & Bar, Endota day spa, indoor heated lap pool, outdoor swimming pool, spa, sauna, gymnasium, tennis facilities and a children’s playground. In June this year its championship 18 hole golf course was honoured by another respected sports publication Golf Australia. The 6,083m layout, which was designed by leading architect Ross Watson and tour star Craig Parry, finished 22nd in the publication’s list of Australia’s top 30 residential courses. Call 13 15 17 or visit www.mantra.com.au.
GOLD COAST, QLD
ALL THE PAMPERING UNDER THE SUN: Leading Surfers Paradise resort, Mantra Sun City, has taken relaxation to a higher orbit with the opening of a decadent new day spa. Holidaymakers can now splash out on the ultimate in Gold Coast indulgence with leading massage and beauty company Calmertherapies opening its doors at the property. Adding an extra dimension for guests looking to be pampered in paradise, the day spa offers a tempting range of body treatments and pamper packages to soothe the mind, body and soul. Located in the resort lobby, the day spa offers rejuvenating deep tissue, relaxation, pregnancy and hot stone massages plus a choice of cleansing facials. Full body scrubs, deluxe pedicures and manicures, Mother’s Rewards and Men’s Treats is just a small example of what is waiting to be enjoyed, all in a serene and soothing setting. Open for appointments seven days a week by phoning 55 846025 or extension #6025 for resort guests, the day spa has treatments starting from just $75. Offering an idyllic haven to rejuvenate in privacy and contemporary comfort, Mantra Sun City is the perfect choice for couples and families alike. For bookings or further information call 13 15 17 or visit www.mantra.com.au
HANG WITH MANTRA FOR THE MASTERPIECES FROM PARIS: Holidaymakers can escape to the national capital, see Masterpieces from Paris and hang in stylish comfort with Mantra on this awesome art lover’s escape. Masterpieces from Paris: Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and beyond, hailed as one of the most exceptional art events to be held in Australia, can be seen in Canberra only at the National Gallery of Australia from 4 December 2009 to 5 April 2010. Visitors will encounter van Gogh’s Bedroom at Aries 1889, Gauguin’s Tahitian women 1891, Cezanne’s beloved Mount Saint-Victoire c 1890 and many other examples by Post Impressionist painters in this once in a lifetime event. As a proud sponsor of the National Gallery of Australia, Mantra on Northbourne has packages from just $199* per room per night including accommodation in a Hotel Room, buffet breakfast for two and two tickets to the Masterpieces from Paris Exhibition. Perfectly located in the CBD with shopping and nightlife at your doorstep, Mantra on Northbourne offers apartment style accommodation combined with the facilities of a 4 star hotel. For bookings or further information call 13 15 17 or visit www.mantra.com.au.
NEW GM FOR MANTRA ON PARK: Experienced hospitality professional Scott Horn has been appointed the general manager of Melbourne property Mantra on the Park, moving from Tropical North Queensland where he was general manager for Mantra Esplanade, Cairns. Prior to joining Mantra Group, Scott held senior operational roles in Cairns with Mirvac and Accor.
ERSKINE BRANCHES OUT WITH NEW BOSS: Jeffrey Branch has been appointed general manager of Mantra Erskine Beach Resort, Lorne. Most recently Jeffrey has been managing his own Vanuatu property and has also worked with Mirvac as General Manager of Citigate Sebel The Entrance, Sea Temple Palm Cove and Sebel Vanuatu.
QUEEN HAS A NEW KING: Ian Herbst has taken the position of general manager of Brisbane property Mantra on Queen replacing Michael Harrison who has left to pursue other challenges. Ian brings strong corporate CBD hotel experience to the position having previously worked as a manager for Royal on the Park. Well respected within the Mantra Group, he also been general manager of Peppers Coral Coast, Airlie Beach, and Mantra Amphora, Cairns.
SUNSHINE COAST, QLD
BRILL APPOINTMENT: Experienced resort manager David Brill has been appointed area manager of Mantra Group’s Mooloolaba region where he will be responsible for Mantra Mooloolaba, Mantra Sirocco, Mantra Zanzibar, BreakFree Alex Beach and BreakFree Seamark.
TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND
MANTRA BOLSTERS TNQ TEAM: Mantra bolsters its Tropical North Queensland team with the appointments of experienced hospitality professionals Gaye Coughlan to general manager of Mantra Esplanade, Cairns and Austin Robinson to general manager of Mantra PortSea, Port Douglas. Both bring outstanding backgrounds in property management to their respective positions with Gaye previously holding senior roles with Oaks Group and Club Crocodile while Austin has worked for Novotel and other leading 4-to-5 star hotels in both the leisure and corporate sectors.
BYRON BAY, NSW
CHILL OUT AT CASUARINA THIS CHRISTMAS: Casuarina Lodge, in the lush Byron Bay hinterland, is the idyllic choice for a soothing Christmas escape. Holidaymakers can beat the heat in a cool rainforest setting and save this summer, with the Mantra-managed retreat offering sizzling deals through December and January. For example from Sundays through to Thursdays, guests can enjoy the comforts of an upmarket suite with ensuite and queen bed from $190* per unit per night including continental breakfast. On Friday and Saturday nights, the rate is $333* per unit per night with continental breakfast. Offering a just 18 Rainforest Suites, Casuarina Lodge is the ideal getaway to relax and be pampered with the promise of privacy and seclusion whilst still being able to enjoy the distinctive beach atmosphere and lifestyle of nearby Byron Bay. Call 13 15 17 or visit www.mantra.com.au
SUNSHINE COAST, QLD
MANTRA LAUNCHES MATES RATES FOR COAST LOCALS: Mantra is looking after its mates on the Sunshine Coast with a range of sizzling specials allowing locals to experience the best of what the rest of Australia comes to enjoy with a relaxing holiday at home. Put your feet up and let the resort experts take care of you on these money-saving breaks in your own backyard valid Sundays to Thursdays to 24 December 2009. In Mooloolaba locals only rates start from $127* per night for a one bedroom apartment at Mantra Mooloolaba Beach; $182* per night for a two bedroom apartment at Mantra Zanzibar and $206* per night for a two bedroom apartment at Mantra Sirocco. Call 13 15 17 and mention the Locals Mid Week campaign. Proof of residency will be required on check in.
GOLD COAST, QLD
BROAD SUMMER VALUE: Located in the heart of the Gold Coast, Broadbeach marries the traditional beach holiday experience with a trendy, cosmopolitan atmosphere. Ride the waves by morning and the monorail by night to the glamour and excitement of the casino. High fashion shops, a selection of great restaurants, fine al-fresco dining, dazzling entertainment or lazy days doing nothing at all are all part of the Broadbeach experience. And summer brings hot value with Mantra offering three nights for the price of two at leading resorts Mantra Phoenician, where one bedroom apartments start from $187* per room per night and Mantra Bel Air where one bedroom apartments start from $165* per room per night. The stay three nights, pay two offer is valid for sale until December 18 and for travel to December 24, 2009. Call 1300 987 611 or visit www.mantrasummer.com.au
BIG CITY SAVINGS: Explore Melbourne in style, based at a premium Mantra property, on these money saving city specials from the leading hotel operator valid for sale and travel from December 1, 2009 to February 28, 2010. Mantra on Little Bourke has rooms from just $159* per room per night. Mantra on the Park and Mantra Southbank have rates from $169* per room per night. Guests can also enjoy the comforts of Mantra on Jolimont from a low $129* per room per night, Mantra on Russell from just $164* per room per night or Mantra on Exhibition from only $149* per room per night. Call 13 15 17 or visit www.mantra.com.au
PORT DOUGLAS, TNQ
POCKET-FRIENDLY PORT: The seaside village of Port Douglas offers an oasis of relaxation in Queensland’s Tropical North where the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest are within easy reach. Secluded beaches, fine restaurants, boutique shopping and endless sight seeing opportunities, combined with a unique ambience, make Port Douglas the perfect place for a well-earned holiday. Now is the ideal time to pack your bags for Port, where resort operator Mantra is offering four nights for the price of three at beautiful Mantra Aqueous on Port. Guests booking four nights in hotel room with spa from $180* per room per night will only pay for three nights on this summer special valid for sale and travel to March 31, 2010. Just 200m from Four Mile Beach, Mantra Aqueous on Port features four lagoon pools, barbecue facilities and indulgent balcony Jacuzzis in every apartment. Call 1300 987 611 or visit www.mantrasummer.com.au
CENTRAL COAST, NSW
GET ALONG TO ETTALONG: Far from the hustle and bustle of city life, Mantra Ettalong Beach is the ideal destination to refresh the mind, body and soul on NSW’s scenic Central Coast. The premium beachfront resort is perfectly designed to enhance the calming nature of surrounding waters to provide the ultimate seaside escape. Summer is the ideal time to splash out on a well earned holiday to this fabulous property where rates start from a low $178* per room per night for a studio suite with hinterland view, valid for travel to December 23, 2009. Offering panoramic views of the surrounding coastline, the resort is just a short stroll from the centre of town and enjoys a host of great facilities including on site Jhalu Day Spa & Fitness Centre plus heated swimming pool and whirlpool spa overlooking beautiful Broken Bay. To book, visit www.mantrasummer.com.au.
*Conditions, minimum stays and block out periods apply. Subject to change and availability.