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Mantra Travel Briefs & Hot Deals October

SYDNEY, NSW

TOPPING UP THE TEAM: Mantra Parramatta proudly welcomes a new general manager in Rob Everett. From his last role as Hotel Manager with Star City, Rob has now joined us, bringing with him a wealth of experience within hotel management, senior revenue management and rooms divisional roles.

DARWIN, NT

YOUNG BLOOD: Mantra Group is proud to introduce its newest member to the northern city's team, appointing Charles Young to the role of general manager for Mantra on the Esplanade. Charles is brimming with experience stemming from a successful career within the hotel industry, and a strong background in both corporate and leisure markets. On loan from the USA, his impressive resume includes work for international companies such as Marriott, Starwood, Radisson and IHG, as well as a plethora of industry qualifications and achievements; he recently managed the Crowne Plaza La Concha in Key West, Florida. Charles began on September 27 in his new role at Mantra on the Esplanade.

ADELAIDE, SA

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.  Click here for festival information.  

TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND:

DUAL AWARD WIN:  Mantra Aqueous in Port Douglas won the coveted Best Accommodation award at the inaugural Port Douglas Magazine Awards in North Queensland last night.  The property also was awarded the prize for Most recommended Boutique Accommodation.  The awards are the result of public voting system.  Mantra Aqueous General Manager Jodie Midson congratulated her team and their dedication to providing the highest level of customer service.

HOT DEALS

TWEED COAST, NSW

IT'S HEATING UP: The warm spring conditions are ideal for an escape to the ocean-side sanctuary of Mantra on Salt Beach. Get an equally hot deal at this prime location during October. The resort, at Salt Village in Kingscliff, is offering special rates starting at $135*,  leaving plenty in the bank to enjoy the area's many activities and attractions. Whether you're looking for a dip between the flags in front of the resort, or a long tranquil beach walk, the area also boasts a world-class oceanic experience including scuba diving adventures, snorkelling with sea turtles, whale watching, surfing and kayaking. Plus on-site and nearby options include swimming pools, shopping at Salt Village, restaurant dining and family-friendly parks. Call 13 15 17 or visit mantra.com.au for full details.

MELBOURNE, VIC

BACKING A WINNER: The spring racing carnival week has never looked better, with Mantra's spacious and stylish hotels across Melbourne's CBD offering stays from $215* between October 29 and November 6. With six distinct and comfortable Mantra apartment locations, you can compliment an exciting day at the races with a Melbourne dining experience, some city shopping or even a show at a nearby theatre. Flying? Take the stress out of your early morning flight and stay at the Mantra Tullamarine Hotel, just five minutes from the Airport. Call 13 15 17 or visit mantra.com.au for full details.

HAIR RAISER: Mantra has a range of hair-raising accommodation and show deals for the strictly limited Melbourne season of Hairspray, which began earlier this month and ends December 23. As proud accommodation partners of this big production with big heart and even bigger hairstyles, Mantra is offering a range of great value Stay & See® packages at Melbourne hotels across the city. Starting from $230* per person per night twin share, the price includes accommodation and a ticket each to Hairspray. For bookings phone 1300 658 103 or visit or visit mantra.com.au/hairspray for full details.  

TITANIC ENTERTAINMENT: Mantra and Showbiz have extended their great value accommodation and exhibition Stay & See® packages to coincide with Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition's lengthened stay at Melbourne Museum. That's another three weeks to catch this fascinating exhibition, now open until November 7, so as proud accommodation partners, Mantra has teamed with Showbiz to offer exclusive Stay & See® packages that include overnight accommodation in a one bedroom apartment and a selected session ticket to the exhibition from $125* per person per night twin share. Hotel choices include Mantra on the Park, on the doorstep of Melbourne Museum, from $131.75* per person per night twin share including two tickets to the exhibition. For bookings or information call 1300 848 264 or visit mantra.com.au for full details.

CENTRAL COAST, NSW

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.

FRASER COAST, QLD

WAVE ON THE WHALES: October means time is running short for whale watching at Hervey Bay, where whales and their calves frolic each year in the calm and safe waters. So for one of the last chances to wave the whales on their way, stay somewhere with style - Mantra Hervey Bay has one bedroom from $161* per night, along with all the fine facilities including heated outdoor pool, sauna and day spa. Call 13 15 17 or visit mantra.com.au for full details.

TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND

A FRIENDLY WINK: Mantra Esplanade in Cairns is offering guests and visitors a friendly wink ... the newly opened restaurant Wink II. Open for breakfast Monday to Friday from 7am, lunch seven days a week and dinner six nights, diners are being treated to a diverse menu with plenty of delights to satisfy the taste buds. With a two-course lunch from $24.50 and two-course dinner from $39.50, choices include Pumpkin and Wattle Seed Gnocchi, Light Smoked Kangaroo Carpaccio, Slow Braised Beef Cheeks, Curry Goats Cheese and Pickled Beetroot Salad, Jasmine Crispy Rice Pudding, and Lemon Myrtle Tart. Wink II is located on-site at the waterfront positioned Mantra Esplanade, featuring an inviting swimming pool, sauna and spa, and within walking distance to the swimming lagoon, pier and marina, as well as all the CBD has to offer. To book, call 07 4046 4141 or visit mantra.com.au for full details..

GET FESTIVE: Port Douglas has a triple treat of entertainment this month with three festivals being staged - the Go Troppo Arts Festival from October 22 - 31, the Porttoberfest 2010 Beer Festival on Oct 16, and the Sunset in the Park Music Festival on October 30. With so much to experience, top off the enjoyment with a great accommodation deal staying with Mantra. For instance, Mantra PortSea is just 100 metres from the beach, 15 minutes walk to Port Douglas, and features a day spa, swimming pools, spa and pool bar, and has a Hotel Room from $128* per night. While Mantra Aqueous on Port in Port Douglas, with four pools and spas, has 1 bedroom accommodation from $195* per night. Call 13 15 17 or visit mantra.com.au for full details.
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