All deals featured below can be booked direct (as noted within the copy) or at any travel agent.
CENTRAL COAST, NEW SOUTH WALES
AWARD SCORE: Another stunning Mantra property has taken out honours with Mantra Kooindah Waters Golf & Spa Resort winning the 'Meeting Venue under 500 Delegates' category at the Meeting and Events Industry Awards held recently at the Sydney Exhibition and Convention Centre. "This is a huge honour considering our competition and I would like to acknowledge the hard work and effort of everybody involved with the resort in making this possible," said resort general manager, Sandra Kerr. The Wyong resort, an easy 90-minute drive from Sydney, is now a finalist in the National Awards held later this month.
SATISFACTION GUARANTEED: Research reveals the Mantra accommodation brand is one of the best hotel groups when it comes to delivering customer satisfaction. Results from the Roy Morgan Research Hotel Customer Satisfaction Survey show both Mantra and Crowne Plaza together lead over their 25 competing hotel brands. Mantra sits around the top of the poll on 87 per cent for customer satisfaction ahead of Sheraton, Hilton and Marriott. The results come from a survey pool of more than 5000 guests who stayed at a hotel or resort between January 2009 and December 2010. Over the past 12 months, Mantra has appeared consistently in the top 3 in this survey. Mantra Group CEO Bob East said the research findings are pleasing. "We are striving to be Australia's favourite accommodation provider, through our ongoing refurbishments, our excellent staff training and our dedication to good service."
TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND
SHARE A WINK: Whether you're in town to work, rest, play or stay, Mantra Esplanade's Cafe Wink opens new opportunities to enjoy great food in a top location. Leon Walker, internationally renowned head chef from Wink II Restaurant & Wine Bar, has opened his first cafe downstairs inside the Mantra Esplanade resort lobby, open from Monday to Saturday between 6.30am and 3pm and boasting a mouth-watering menu. To celebrate the culinary connection, enjoy an Early Bird Special at Wink II Restaurant & Wine Bar - dine between 6-7pm Monday to Saturday and receive 20% off your bill. Also, with Easter on the horizon both the restaurant and cafe will be giving away free Easter Eggs every day from April 22 to 26, not to mention plenty of wine and Leon's popular fresh seafood platters to indulge in on Good Friday. Visit http://www.wink2.com.au/
SUNSHINE COAST, QUEENSLAND
EASTER TREAT: Family fun awaits at Mooloolaba this Easter with the popular Mantra Sirocco and Mantra Zanzibar resorts on The Esplanade offering 2 Bedroom Apartments directly opposite the beach at great rates during the Easter school holidays. Stay for a minimum of 2 nights at Mantra Sirocco from $293* per night or Mantra Zanzibar from $267* per night and soak up the stunning ocean views and fabulous resort facilities. Or if 1 Bedroom is more your style, consider Mantra Mooloolaba Beach on the waterfront from $159* per night. Call 13 15 17 or visit mantra.com.au.
CORPORATE CONNECTION: Seal the deal at Mantra Mooloolaba Beach at the heart of The Esplanade in Mooloolaba, offering value-for-money Conference Packages. A Full Day Delegate Package from $55* per person includes arrival tea and coffee, morning and afternoon tea, a choice of lunch either served at Cracked Pepper Restaurant overlooking Mooloolaba Beach or in the conference room as a working lunch, conference room hire from 8am to 5pm, equipment and supplies, iced water and mints. Mix some business with leisure by staying overnight in a 1 Bedroom Apartment from $179* per night per room (single share) or $198* per night per room (twin share) including breakfast. Call 13 15 17 or visit mantra.com.au.
FRASER COAST, QUEENSLAND
A BIG DEAL: Mantra Hervey Bay is the place to do business with the current special of a Full Day DelegatePackage at a half day price of $50* per delegate. Then take advantage of the superb accommodation with rooms from $120* per night and receive two bonus offers. Choose from half hour drinks and an antipasto platter and canapés, VIP upgrades, complimentary data projector, a morning or afternoon tea upgrade per day, or a complimentary one night stay for the organiser or executive. Available for a minimum of 20 delegates for a minimum two night stay. Must be booked by 30/04/11 and the conference held by 30/08/11. Call 13 15 17 or visit mantra.com.au.
TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND
RACE TO CAIRNS: With the National BMX Championships sure to get hearts racing in Cairns between April 25 and May 1, Mantra has two resorts dishing out winning accommodation deals to please participants and spectators coming to town. Stay at Mantra Trilogy for a minimum of two nights in a 2 Bedroom Dual Key Apartment from $190* per night with extra bed rates at $40*, and enjoy the ideal base to race then relax, with fabulous resort facilities and views overlooking the magical Trinity Bay. Or stay at Mantra Esplanade in the heart of Cairns in a 1 Bedroom City View Apartment from $160* per night for a minimum of 2 nights. Plus if you love a freebie, stay for three nights but pay for only two in a Hotel City View Room for 2 adults from $140* per night. Call 13 15 17 or visit mantra.com.au. For details on the National BMX Championships visit http://www.queenslandholidays.com.au/things-to-see-and-do/bmx-australia-national-championships/index.cfm.
SIMPLY THE BEST: April in Tropical North Queensland is when the weather starts to clear and visitors can experience the best of this picturesque region without the 'high season' crowds, including the sensational Barron Falls and Kuranda Scenic Train and Skyrail. So with a long Easter and ANZAC Day break coming up, indulge in a break away at the holiday havens of Port Douglas and Palm Cove. Mantra Aqueous on Port resort at Port Douglas is offering 1 Bedroom Apartments from $120* per night and Spa Rooms from $96* per night. While Palm Cove's Mantra Amphora has 1 Bedroom Ocean View Rooms from $257* per night or from $220* per night when staying a minimum of 3 nights. For those wishing to commemorate ANZAC Day, there is a traditional dawn service held in Mossman each year, followed by a mid-morning veterans street march and service in Port Douglas and an afternoon of Two Up at the Central Hotel.
CELEBRATE CARNIVALE: The seaside village of Port Douglas is the hotspot for holidaymakers when the finest food, art, sports, culture and events merge for Carnivale from May 19 to 29. Join in the 10-day celebration of life in the tropics where the reef and rainforest meet, and stay in style at a variety of heavenly Mantra resorts where guests can discover pure relaxation in the heart of the Port Douglas party action and enjoy a night for free! Stay for three nights but pay for only two from $150* per night at Mantra on the Inlet, or from $160* per night at Mantra Heritage, Mantra in the Village, Mantra Aqueous on Port. Or choose Mantra PortSea and stay for four nights but pay for just three, in a Hotel Room from $180* per night which also includes continental breakfast for two each morning. Call 13 15 17 or visit mantra.com.au..
GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND
DELEGATE DEAL: Enjoy the stunning refurbished conference and accommodation facilities at Mantra Legends Hotel in exciting Surfers Paradise for a deal that simply makes great business sense. Single Full Day Delegate packages are from $176* per person including a day delegate package, single deluxe accommodation and buffet breakfast. For an additional $56* include a second person with twin share deluxe accommodation, a day delegate package and breakfast. Also choose between a complimentary 30-minute chef's selection of canapes when you book a one-hour Cocktail Party* or complimentary use of all in-house audio visual equipment throughout your conference. Applies to new bookings made by June 30, 2011. Call 13 15 17 or visit mantra.com.au.
BUSINESS BRILLIANCE: Experience the luxurious conference and accommodation facilities at the iconic five-star Q1 Resort & Spa in Surfers Paradise with the outstanding rate of a Single Day Delegate package from $216* per person. This includes a day delegate package, single accommodation in a 1 Bedroom Apartment and a delicious breakfast. For an additional $93* have a second person along with accommodation in a 2 Bedroom Apartment, day delegate package and breakfast. Also reap the rewards of staying with Mantra with your choice of a complimentary 30 minutes of canapes or complimentary use of all in-house audio visual equipment during your conference when you book a one-hour cocktail party. Applies to new bookings made by June 30, 2011. Call 13 15 17 or visit mantra.com.au.
TWEED COAST, NEW SOUTH WALES
FOLLOW SUIT: Mantra on Salt Beach has devised the ideal conferencing offer from June to August to tempt corporate clients away to the serenity and appeal of Kingscliff's Salt Village and its untouched beaches. Book a Full Day Delegate Rate for $60* or a Half-Day Delegate Rate for $55* per person - plus it makes great business sense to take advantage of the resort's accommodation rates starting from $139* in a Resort Room, including breakfast. Enjoy a Bonus Offer where you can receive every 11th accommodation room for free to a maximum of 4 rooms per group, as well as receive a Gift Voucher for 2 nights accommodation in a 1 Bedroom Ocean View Suite including breakfast for 2 adults for the organiser, when you book over 100 room nights. Call 02 6670 5011 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
IT'S SHOWTIME: Located in the heart of Melbourne within close walking distance to all theatres, Mantra on Russell is the best location for your next special occasion and has the ideal package to make your night all the more memorable. The Theatre Package includes a complimentary upgrade from a Studio Room to a 1 Bedroom Apartment, a 2-course pre-show dinner for two and a complimentary glass of wine in Up One Restaurant that is on-site at the hotel for the ultimate in convenience. The following morning recap on the show over a full breakfast for 2 and enjoy hotel facilities including 24-hour reception, room service, an indoor heated pool, spa, sauna and gymnasium. On sale until April 30, 2011, and valid for travel until June 30, 2011. Call 13 15 17 or visit mantra.com.au.
HAIR RAISER: The triumphant season of Hairspray The Musical has its final performance approaching on May 1 at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne. If you're yet to catch the stunning production, don't miss out on this hair-raising performance and double the fun with a fantastic show-stopper of a deal from Mantra. The property group has joined with Showbiz to offer great value Stay & See® accommodation and show packages at Melbourne hotels across the city, beginning from $230* per person per night twin share, which includes stylish accommodation with Mantra and a ticket each to Hairspray The Musical. For those who already have tickets, Mantra has six ideally located properties in and around the CBD, and another near Melbourne's airport. Call 1300 658 103 or visit www.mantra.com.au/hairspray.
*Conditions apply. Subject to availability. Blockout periods and minimum stays may apply.