Do you find yourself umming and awing over which kind of holiday to go on next? We’ve put together a list of the top holiday experiences below, so whether it’s a beachside break or a country escape, you’ll find it easy to choose your kind of wonderful getaway with Mantra Hotels.
1. Bliss out with a beach holiday on the Gold Coast.
Break away from the daily grind with a family beach holiday! Recently voted as the top holiday experience*, a family holiday on the glorious Gold Coast is a tried and true winner.
Family accommodation on the Gold Coast
Kick back in relax in your spacious holiday apartment at BreakFree Diamond Beach, located in the heart of Broadbeach on the Gold Coast, one of the best family holiday destinations. Choose from a two bedroom apartment or three bedroom apartment with plenty of room for the little ones as well as a fully-equipped kitchen, private balcony, laundry and two bathrooms. Splash around in the lagoon pools, soak your cares away in the heated spa or cook up a feast at the barbecue area while the kids play at the playground. You’ll all have a ball!
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Gold Coast attractions
Located just south of Surfers Paradise and right on the G-Link Gold Coast tram line, Broadbeach is the perfect base for your family holiday. Walk to Pacific Fair shopping centre, popular restaurants, parks and the beach or hop on a tram or bus to visit neighbouring suburbs such as Burleigh Heads or Coolangatta. Experience the thrill of the Gold Coast theme parks including Movie World, Wet n Wild, Dreamworld and Sea World, hop aboard an exciting jet boat Gold Coast ride or head into the Gold Coast hinterland to explore Mount Tamborine and the rainforest.
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2. Visit a city! Experience a Melbourne getaway.
Experience a city escape like no other! For a romantic weekend away or a cultural city break with the family, look no further than Melbourne.
Pack your suitcase, travel to the one and only Chapel Street in South Yarra, Melbourne and check into The Olsen – an Art Series hotel. Beautiful and boutique, this is one of the most artsy Melbourne hotels, with the sculptures and large prints of Dr John Olsen adorning each room and hallway. From Studio Suites to Two Bedroom Suites to indulgent Penthouses, there is a room for everyone at The Olsen. Enjoy open plan spaces, kitchenettes and Art Series Signature Beds, so you can settle in for a good night’s sleep. Looking for a day spa in Melbourne? You won’t need to leave the building. Norbu Urban Retreat will have you feeling as good as new with pampering spa treatments as well as an infra-red sauna. Of course you could walk to one of the best restaurants in Melbourne, just minutes away, or, visit Spoonbill Restaurant & Bar, located in The Olsen for fresh, regional cuisine in one of the top South Yarra restaurants.
Things to do in Melbourne
There’s no street quite like Chapel Street in Melbourne. With galleries, boutiques, cafes and a bustling atmosphere, this is the best place to be! Grab a coffee at Prahran Market and discover the goodies on offer, stroll along the Yarra River through the many riverside parks or hop on a tram and head into the CBD to explore laneways and museums. Footy fan? Visit the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) for an exciting game. Alternatively, check out the many other Melbourne attractions close by, such as the Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne Aquarium or Luna Park Melbourne.
3. Get tropical in Palm Cove.
If you’re longing for a relaxing tropical escape with sunny days and balmy nights, Palm Cove in Tropical North Queensland is the place for you. With the Great Barrier Reef on one side and the Daintree Rainforest on the other, this is the ideal spot to escape from the every day.
Palm Cove accommodation
Located on the beachfront in Palm Cove, Mantra Amphora is surrounded by towering palm trees with a stunning freeform swimming pool at its centre. Bubble away in the heated spa, dine on tapas at the onsite Vivo Bar & Grill or simply kick back in your spacious Hotel Spa Room or fully-equipped One, Two, or Three Bedroom Apartment.
Things to do in Palm Cove
Although a sleepy and quiet village, Palm Cove offers plenty to do. Explore galleries, boutique shops and cafes, go fishing, or stroll along the beach. Ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway in Cairns for a birds-eye view of the natural wonder that lies below, cruise to the Great Barrier Reef for some snorkelling or scuba diving or head deep into the Daintree Rainforest to search for waterfalls and watering holes.
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4. Go back in time to a Southern Highlands country retreat.
Just 90 minutes outside of Sydney you’ll find the Southern Highlands, where streams trickle, vineyards beckon and time stands still. English gardens, fresh cuisine and country estates make the charming town of Bowral the ideal country retreat.
Peppers Craigieburn is situated on a heritage country estate with beautiful gardens, old fashioned stables and elegant accommodation. Practice your swing on the Craigieburn Hickory Golf Course, pack a picnic basket and your favourite book for a relaxing afternoon under a shady tree, or treat yourself to a decadent dinner at Hickory’s Restaurant and Bar. The resort’s timeless rooms and suites feature contemporary furnishings, air conditioning and mini bars.
Things to do in Bowral
Do something, or nothing at all! Hideaway at your country estate, or explore all that Bowral and the Southern Highlands have to offer. Embark on a horse riding adventure through the countryside, tour wineries, hike through national parks or taste your way around the region. Bowral is also within close proximity to the New South Wales South Coast, Sydney and Canberra – perfect for a daytrip.
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*Results based on “Your Kind of Wonderful Getaway” competition experience options.