NEW FACE: Mantra's top job in Darwin will have a fresh face from September 20 - David Brill will take over as General Manager of Mantra Pandanas and Area Manager for Darwin. David's appointment to this key position reflects the esteem he is held within Mantra Group, after his positive contribution to the Sunshine Coast as Area Manager over the last year. During August and until David's commencement, Gyan Pillay will act as relief GM for Mantra Pandanas. Former Mantra Pandanas GM of two years, Andrew Charlton, has decided to pursue a new venture outside of Mantra Group. His contribution to both BreakFree Aanuka in Coffs Harbour, NSW, and Mantra Pandanas, and his efforts as Darwin's Area Manager, have been greatly appreciated over the years.
GOLD COAST, QLD
IT'S SHOWTIME: Surfers Paradise is always a top getaway spot year-round, but with two special events coming to the holiday haven, it's a perfect time to plan a visit. For a family break away, the annual Gold Coast Show is on from August 27-29, and Mantra has a variety of family friendly accommodation choices including the popular Mantra Crown Towers and Mantra Sun City, with fantastic on-site facilities to keep the kids entertained. While couples will adore the annual Tastes of the Gold Coast food and wine festival from August 26 to September 5, showcasing everything from local produce and its makers through to innovation in food styles, local chefs and their culinary masterpieces, great restaurants, bars and cultural food experiences. Choose from great rates and chic accommodation choices such as Q1 Resort and Spa, Mantra Circle on Cavill, Mantra Wings or Mantra Legends Hotel. Call 13 15 17 or visit www.mantra.com.au
FRESH FACELIFT: Mantra hotels in Perth are undergoing an extensive refurbishment, making them an even more attractive option for a sophisticated city escape come spring. Both Mantra on Murray and Mantra on Hay in the heart of Perth's CBD are receiving room décor improvements through to restaurant remodelling. Expected to be completed by the middle of this month, all work in both properties is being undertaken without disruption to hotel guests. For more information and bookings phone 13 15 17 or visit www.mantra.com.au
BOND, AARON BOND: Mantra Southbank Melbourne has a new sharp shooter, with Aaron Bond being promoted to the position of General Manager, commencing August 9. Aaron has made an impressive start to his career with the Mantra Group and has driven the Mantra on Little Bourke to a new level in his capacity as Operations Manager. Prior to joining the Mantra Group, he was the General Manager at the Jasper Hotel in Melbourne and has also held GM roles with the Constellation Group in WA. Former Mantra Southbank Melbourne general manager Jeff Hermes is moving to head the team at Mantra on Russell. Jeff has done a fantastic job at Mantra Southbank over the past year and his passion and drive will no doubt take the Mantra on Russell to a new level.
HOMEWARD BOUND: Kobie Eastwood will begin her new role as Hotel Manager of Mantra One Sandy Bay, Hobart, on August 16. Kobie has extensive experience in the industry and has worked across several Mantra properties in Queensland; most recently as Assistant Manager at Mantra Sierra Grand on the Gold Coast. Originally from Tasmania, Kobie is keen to get back to her home state and has just relocated from Brisbane, where she was Hotel Manager at the Oaks Brisbane.
HAIR-RAISING DEALS: Mantra is keeping theatre-goers one step ahead of the crowds flocking to see the strictly limited Melbourne season of the smash hit musical Hairspray, which hits the Princess Theatre stage on October 2. As proud accommodation partners of this big production with big heart and even bigger hairstyles, Mantra Hotels, Resorts and Apartments is offering a range of great value Stay & See® packages, which start from $230* per person per night twin share and include a ticket to experience Hairspray. For those who already have tickets and are looking for 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. Choose from Mantra 100 Exhibition, Mantra on Jolimont, Mantra on Little Bourke, Mantra on Russell, Mantra on the Park, Mantra Southbank, or Mantra Tullamarine Hotel. For bookings or further information phone 13 15 17 or visit www.mantra.com.au/hairspray
FIRESIDE FESTIVAL: Don't feel left out in the cold when it comes to booking accommodation in Canberra for the 2010 Fireside Festival, running at various venues throughout the city the entire month of August. From the sound of clinking glasses and a crackling fire, to the smell of hot chocolate, the festival celebrates all that is cosy this winter with delicious food, fabulous wine, art and experiences. Be a bright spark and book a Fireside Festival accommodation package with the Mantra Group. Mantra on Northbourne is offering a Hotel Room from $169* per night, or One Bedroom from $199* per night, available each Friday, Saturday and Sunday during August. This includes a bottle of sparkling wine and a fruit plate on arrival. Call 13 15 17 or visit www.mantra.com.au. For information on the event, visit www.firesidefestival.com.au
BLOOMING BRILLIANT: Mantra on Northbourne is offering great rates for visitors flocking to Canberra's gorgeous annual flower display. The Floriade Flower Festival is held from September 11 to October 10, and the Floriade Nightfest is held from September 22 to 26, but bookings have to be made by August 31 to take advantage of the special accommodation deals. Stay Friday and Saturday in a Hotel Room from $289* or One Bedroom from $329*, or stay Sunday in a Hotel Room from $269*, or One Bedroom from $309*. All deals include a bottle of sparkling wine, lunch hamper for two, breakfast for two, and a late check out at noon for extra convenience. Valid for travel from September 10 to October 10, 2010. Call 13 15 17 or visit www.mantra.com.au
FRASER COAST, QLD
SEAFOOD CELEBRATION: Mantra Hervey Bay is celebrating the town's Seafood Festival on Sunday, August, 15, where there will be an abundance of local seafood harvested by the region's commercial fishing industry from the waters adjacent to the Fraser Coast and world heritage Fraser Island. Feast and match the freshly cooked prawns, scallops and fish with Queensland wines, all in a shady natural park at Urangan Harbour. Then relax back at Mantra Hervey Bay in a stylish Hotel Room from $130* per night. Call 13 15 17 or visit www.mantra.com.au
TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND
FAMILY FRIENDLY: The Cairns Festival is coming to town, from August 20 to September 5, featuring a host of great free and family events, a culinary arts program, international productions and performers and more over 17 days. From the Tanks Arts Centre to the Civic Theatre, and from the Esplanade to Palm Cove, the Cairns Festival will offer something for everyone. Make the most of Mantra's centrally located and sophisticated accommodation choices in Cairns, which are offering special rates during the festival. Stay with Mantra Esplanade in a one bedroom city view room from $178* per night, or in a Hotel room at Mantra Trilogy from $153* per night. Call 13 15 17 or visit www.mantra.com.au
ONE FREE NIGHT: Now's a great time to escape the southern winter and go north to the tropics. Visit the beautiful coastal havens of Port Douglas and Palm Cove in Tropical North Queensland, with a deal to stay 4 nights and only pay for 3. Choose from the following Port Douglas properties: Mantra Aqueous on Port - Hotel Spa Room from $179*, Mantra Heritage - Hotel Room from $179*, Mantra on the Inlet - Hotel Room from $179* per night, Mantra in the Village - Hotel Room from $179* per night, Mantra Links Resort - Hotel Room from $153* per night, Mantra PortSea - Hotel Room from $179* per night. Or visit Mantra Amphora in Palm Cove - Hotel Spa Room from $179* per night. Call 13 15 17 or visit www.mantra.com.au
SUNSHINE COAST, QLD
BEACH BREAKS: Soak up the sun with some sizzling accommodation deals on offer at Mooloolaba. Mantra Mooloolaba Beach has a 'Stay 3 Pay 2' deal on One bedroom accommodation from $180* per night, or cosy on up to Bed & Breakfast Packages at Mantra Sirocco in Two Bedrooms from $315* per night, or Mantra Zanzibar in Two Bedrooms from $290* per night. Call 13 15 17 or visit www.mantra.com.au
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