Hotels

Hotel review: Mantra Coolangatta Beach

Hannah Edensor

We check-in to Mantra Coolangatta Beach for a little R&R, salt water and local hospitality, and were thoroughly impressed with what we found.

It was the day after Splendour in the Grass wrapped up down in Byron Bay, and all we wanted was a shower and somewhere to rest our heads.

But Mantra’s beachside property in Coolangatta provided us with much more than just a room; it was a room with one heck of a view, helpful staff, and the smell of the ocean from our balcony.

Check-in: 9/10

We arrived, somewhat dishevelled, our eyes sleepy, to be welcomed by the downright lovely Rebecca on reception. She helped us get into our room a couple of hours before the check-in time, explained the parking situation, got us beach towels for a quick ocean dip, and chatted away to us about Splendour and the cool local music scene.

We hopped straight in the elevator up to level 18, and found the delightful Room 1802, a two-bedroom ocean view apartment, kitted out with a plush double bed and two singles.

Mantra-Coolangatta-Beach-2-Bedroom-Apartment

The balcony door was open when we stepped inside, and so we were greeted with the sound of rolling waves right across the road, and a view to die for: no buildings in front of us, an expansive ocean with nothing blocking the glorious sun that warmed up our room and lit up the sparkling sea.

It sounds so cliché and fantastical, but it was one incredible view, and the balcony curved around so both bedrooms could access it, and see the view from bed.

The room: 8/10

Large, spacious, airy and light-filled are words that come to mind when describing the Mantra Coolangatta Beach room. There were two types of curtains on the windows – sheer to let light in without getting sunburnt, and opaque to keep the morning light out when you’re craving a sleep-in.

The kitchen was fully equipped for making your own food, the bathrooms stocked with beautiful Urban Skincare Co. toiletry products, and one bathroom even sported a washing machine and dryer, which we used with glee, bringing new life back to our Splendour outfits.

Mantra-Coolangatta-Beach-2-Bedroom-Ocean-View

We were particularly big fans of the soft bathroom towels, the outdoor wicker chairs on the balcony to soak up the sunshine, and the comfy, modern couches where we dozed and caught the final episode of MasterChef.

The rooms were clean and thoughtful in their design, with artworks seemingly inspired by the ocean and rocky foreshores that framed the local beaches.

Facilities: 8/10

We thought the rooms were good, but the massive pool, warm spa, and sizzling sauna were icing on the cake. We sweated up a storm in a steamy sauna, although wouldn’t recommend trying to squeeze more than three people in at once. And the pools, deck chairs, and roomy spa were just a treat to our aching muscles.

You’re also welcome to book tennis courts, which after three days at Splendour we chose not to, and on-site parking is also available. If you’re craving some snacks, there’s a great café right out front that’s not associated with Mantra Group, but serves up giant coffees and oodles of food.

Mantra-Coolangatta-Beach-1-Bedroom-Ocean-View

The room service company, which lets guests order from local restaurants and delivers to your hotel room (think UberEats style), is also an option for the evenings, although we’d suggest skipping that and eating fish and chips on the beach at sunset.

Location: 9/10

If you’re after the urban lifestyle, pumping nightlife, and five-star eateries, Coolangatta is not for you.

But if you’re after a slower paced getaway, a two-minute walk (including elevator ride) to the beach, unobstructed views of stunning blue oceans, tasty local foods of every cuisine imaginable, and coastal explorations where the only traffic comes from local joggers and dogs, then Coolangatta is ideal.

Mantra-Coolangatta-Beach-1-Bedroom-Apartment

Mantra Coolangatta Beach is, arguably, the closest high-rise to the beach, with just a few other beachfront neighbours, and one of the most appealing on the beach strip. You couldn’t get closer unless you camped in the sand dunes.

And did we mention it’s just a five-minute drive from Gold Coast (Coolangatta) Airport? Too easy.

Overall: 9/10

Mantra-Coolangatta-Beach-1-Bedroom-Ocean-View1

It was hard to fault our stay at Mantra Coolangatta, what with the super friendly staff, clean, open reception and lobby, chic, beachy rooms, and ideal location.

For anyone looking for an easy, seaside getaway, this place is a dream to get to, offers stunning views and location, and all you’d need for a day, weekend or week-long stay in the quiet town of Coolangatta.



SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Destinations

Skip the rebound surge with South America

For clients eager to travel overseas again but wanting to avoid the summer disruptions, leave Greece or California for another time and head to South America.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Events

Top 12 unmissable events for Italian summer trips

Summer in Italy means sunshine, gelato, promenading after dinner, Aperols overlooking the ocean, hiking, cycling…and a jam-packed events calendar.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Airport queues return in anticipation of the school holidays

If you were looking for a good chance to relisten to Led Zeppelin’s entire discography but can’t find the time, we recommend booking a flight to literally anywhere from Sydney or Melbourne airport this month.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Queensland government mulls tourism tax

In response to this, the NSW government will be introducing an ice-cream tax, which has infuriated primary school kids across the state.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

South Africa drops all remaining COVID restrictions

Meanwhile, we’ve decided to keep mask-wearing optional in Travel Weekly’s office, mainly to protect us against the office dogs’ various… smells.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

AFTA and CLIA bring back NTIA and the port & destination showcase

Polish your dancing shoes because it’s industry events galore as the two peak bodies reveal the return of two much sought-after happenings.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Breaking News

Jetstar CEO to step down as Qantas promises $5,000 boost to employees and more domestic capacity cuts

It’s a day of mixed emotions for Qantas and Jetstar staff today, with bouts of cheering and sobbing breaking out at an alarming rate.

Share

CommentComments

Events

Save the date! Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania announces dates for ‘Aloha Down Under’ roadshow 2022   

by sponsored by Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania

Get your diaries out because Australia and New Zealand’s biggest annual Hawai‘i Roadshow, Aloha Down Under, is on from the 22nd to 29th August 2022. 

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Marriott launch home rental collection for ANZ

Marriott has launched its new home-rental collection while the Travel Weekly staff have decided to launch a Pokémon cards collection. It’s not quite as significant but at least it’s something.

Share

CommentComments

Road & Rail

Avis launches high-end car rental brand for luxe travellers

Got any clients looking to indulge in their midlife crisis without going the whole hog? We’ve got good news.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

TravelManagers announce speakers for national conference

We heard that the muppets will be there, but we have been watching a lot of Sesame Street lately so we could be getting confused.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

“I thought I was going to die”: Passenger plane catches fire on runway

Don’t worry, the photo shows a white chemical foam used to put out the fire, not a random snowfall confined to a 30-metre area in Miami as you may assume from a first glance.

Share

CommentComments