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Mantra Travel Briefs & Hot Deals for November


: The annual Hotel Club Awards has honoured four Mantra properties with positions as finalists in a variety of categories. In the category of Outstanding Value, finalists included Mantra Trilogy in Cairns, Mantra on Hay in Perth, and Mantra Legends Hotel in Surfers Paradise. While Mantra Circle on Cavill was a finalist  in the category of Outstanding Service. The significance of these awards is that they are determined by customer feedback and reviews, and are therefore seen to be a direct reflection of the great work that's happening on the ground within the Mantra Group.


FEAST YOUR EYES: November 13 to 28 will see the annual Feast Festival, Australia's largest gay and lesbian arts and cultural event, come to life. The festival features a diverse array of music, theatre, film and art culture. Mantra is a proud sponsor and has accommodation covered with a great location close to the entertainment. Mantra on Frome, situated perfectly in the CBD amongst fine restaurants, shops, theatres and all the city has to offer, is the ideal base during the festival, complete with on-site conveniences such as in-room massage, 24-hour reception and a restaurant and bar. Call 13 15 17 or visit mantra.com.au  for full details. 


OYSTERS ON OFFER: An indulgent breakaway by the beach, or an array of divine dining including abundant fresh local oysters? Don't choose because Mantra Ettalong Beach is offering both this November 14 during the annual Brisbane Water Oyster Festival. Just 90 minutes drive north of Sydney, this family friendly festival is held right in front of the resort. Partake in food and wine tastings, see arts and crafts, vintage car displays and much more. With panoramic balcony views of the surrounding Broken Bay area, heated pool, restaurant, bar and gaming, the resort is the perfect spot to savour the delights of the festival and is offering great rates. Call 13 15 17 or visit mantra.com.au  for full details.


CHAMPAGNE & CHOCOLATES: Get ready for romance with a new Spa Package available at Mantra Mooloolaba Beach. From $320* per night, couples will receive accommodation for two in a one bedroom spa suite, complimentary champagne and chocolates on arrival, daily breakfast for two, and a gift pack of indulgent skin care products. Wake up to prime ocean-front position on The Esplanade at Mooloolaba, and relax with a stroll around the holiday town or on-site with facilities including heated indoor and outdoor pools, spa and sauna, and a recreation and observation deck with a gazebo. Call 13 15 17 or visit mantra.com.au  for full details.

A BIG DEAL: Stuck for a way to make your loved one's Christmas bigger and better this year?
Then how about making it a really big deal with a gift of  hair-raising accommodation and show deals for the strictly limited Melbourne season of Hairspray at the Princess Theatre. As proud accommodation partners of this big production with big heart and even bigger hairstyles, Mantra is joining with Showbiz to offer a range of great value Stay & See® packages to make the perfect Christmas present. From $230* per person per night, receive twin share and tickets to Hairspray. For those who have already purchased their Hairspray tickets, a great gift to surprise a loved one with this Christmas is somewhere close and convenient to relax before and after the show. Mantra has six properties in and around the CBD, and another near Melbourne's airport. For bookings phone 1300 658 103 or visit mantra.com.au/hairspray for full details.  

BUSY BAY DAYS: Picturesque Hervey Bay is a hive of activity this time of year, perfect to boost your break away at Mantra Hervey Bay with fun and intrigue. For instance, just a minute's walk away from the resort are the family-friendly Harbour View Twilight Markets, held every Friday evening, while Sunday in the Park every Sunday afternoon until Christmas at Pier Park offers entertainment  from jazz to country and Irish ditties. The coastal town is also not far from Maryborough, where UK band Smokie - responsible for hits such as Living Next Door To Alice - are appearing on November 20. Take advantage of Mantra Hervey Bay's Escape Now Package, where you can pay $128* for three nights and receive the fourth night accommodation for free. Or Last Minute rates from $136* per night with no minimum night stay restrictions. Call 13 15 17 or visit mantra.com.au  for full details.

INDULGE YOURSELF: Enjoy some personal pampering at Mantra Amphora, on prime waterfront at Palm Cove, with a Spa Indulgence Package available until March 31, 2011. From $195* per night for a minimum stay of two nights, enjoy one bedroom accommodation and treat yourself or your partner to a 30-minute Hydrotherapy Spa, complete with wine and chocolates, followed by a full one-hour body massage and tea service. The resort also has a new spa open, Senses Hair Salon & Spa, providing extra on-site convenience for guests, joining facilities such as an award-winning lagoon pool and spa, children's wading pool, restaurant and bar. Call 13 15 17 or visit mantra.com.au  for full details.

BREAKFAST IS SERVED: From now until March 31, 2011, a daily continental breakfast will be included for each guest staying at Mantra PortSea in Port Douglas, at no extra cost to the room rate. So now the special Stay 4, Pay 3 rate means that from $203* per night, guests who stay for four nights in a one bedroom studio will only have to pay for three nights accommodation and have a complimentary breakfast each day. Call 13 15 17 or visit mantra.com.au  for full details.

GONE FISHIN': The Port Douglas Marlin Challenge 2010 is set to excite anglers from November 11 to 16, so Mantra has organised some tailored rates for the occasion. Choose from four Mantra properties in picturesque  Port Douglas, all close to the action. Mantra Heritage has a one bedroom Deluxe Suit from $212* per night. Or stay for four nights and pay for only three, with Mantra Aqueous on Port in a Hotel Spa room from $153* per night, Mantra in the Village in a one bedroom Spa Suite from $228* per night, and Mantra on the Inlet from $153* per night in Hotel Room. Call 13 15 17 or visit www.mantra.com.au .


SNAP HAPPY: There's always something spectacular to see or do in Sydney, with the latest drawcard being an exhibition by photographer Annie Leibovitz, famous for snapping a naked John Lennon and Yoko Ono curled around each other. The exhibition, Anne Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life 1990 to 2005, will be held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney from November 19 to March 27, 2011, and features almost 200 images of famous public figures as well as personal photographs of Leibovitz's family and close friends. Relax during your stay in the CBD with Mantra 2 Bond Street, which is offering rates from $261* per night in an Executive Studio Apartment. Call 13 15 17 or visit mantra.com.au  
* Conditions and minimum stays apply. Subject to availability.