Set amongst the high rises of the Gold Coast’s Surfers Paradise, close to the famed beach front and plenty of activities, the glittering sapphire towers are modern beacons amongst the 60’s style properties close by.
Australian based Mantra Hotels are known for family friendly resorts, and Mantra Circle on Cavill is no different; but the property offers something more to visitors – it’s been given that touch of glitz and glam that the Gold Coast is known for.
It’s cool, quirky, playful, and versatile – perfect for the business traveller, a family or just a couple who want some space to stretch out and relax. It’s a place that I would call a home away from home.
An $8 taxi fare from Nerang Station, the closest station where the AirTrain from Brisbane Airport runs, and we were pulling up under the shaded entrance, an escape from the sun beating down. Someone came to help me with my bags and welcomed me to the Mantra Circle of Cavill.
Opening the door to my one bedroom apartment, the first thing that drew my attention was the floor to ceiling views of the Gold Coast in all its beauty laid before me. My bags were left forgotten somewhere by the door and I walked out, onto the balcony, as the cool evening air provided some relief from the hot day.
The lakes of Surfers Paradise were quiet below me and the sound of waves crashing onto the beach were barely audible as I craned my neck to see a slither of beachfront. Walking back inside I left the door open an inch so the salt smell that hung in the air would permeate the apartment.
For a one bedroom apartment, I was impressed with the size. A large open plan and well-stocked kitchen leads onto the lounge room and a small relaxation or study nook, complete with chaise lounge and small desk, was to one side.
The furnishings seemed to attempt to bring a subtle Australiana feel into the apartment. The soft yet slightly rugged leather reminded me of the skin of the deserts lizards, while the warm oranges and browns are reminiscent of sun, sand, or land.
The bedroom lamp shades (pictured further below) are rippled, casting the light in beautiful patterns around the otherwise plain bedroom, but reminiscent of the water the area is so famous for. Simple, functional, gorgeous.
By day or by night, the views from the bedroom and living room were impressive as I ticked off the landmarks I knew, and ones I wanted to explore, from the balcony.
The Gold Coast is thriving, and not just with holiday goers. With a new AFL team (The Suns), the cleaning up of Cavill Street – famous as the place to go for a night out but once rife with drunks come the wee hours of the weekend, and infrastructure being built in-time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games that will be held here, including a new tram network – there is new life is being brought to Surfers Paradise.
The bathroom is sectioned into two – the toilet and sink and on the other side of a pane of glass, the shower and bath giving it an almost European wet room style finish.
I wasn’t much a fan of the blinds that separated between the bedroom and bathroom, they seemed a little flimsy, but I do understand for most this wouldn’t be a problem as a one-bedroom apartment would usually be shared with your partner.
I was pleased to see that there was a washer and dryer tucked in a closet of the hall. Even though I was visiting for just a few days, you do get a bit sweaty up in Queensland with all the humidity and so it’s a much appreciated feature ‘just in case’ without forking out for dry cleaning costs or take time out to sit at the local laundromat.
As with any property, the bed can make or break your accommodation experience. While the mattress is a little on the firmer side the light duvets and soft pillows and sleep came easy. The highlight though is not falling asleep but waking up.
Slowly winding the curtains up, the light creeping through the shutters, again, the Gold Coast and it’s beaches stretch out along the horizon. There’s something mesmerising about the view that I couldn’t help but bring my cup of tea back to bed as I watched the sun climb higher, the city coming alive below.
As always when staying in a beautiful property, I wish I had more time to unwind because there is so much to do inside the hotel, let alone the area surrounding.
There are two pools – one outdoor lagoon-style pool and oe heated undercover lap pool, a sauna, gym, private theatrette, BBQ facilities on site, and children’s play area and games rooms! There’s also private parking available at the hotel.
As with any stay there are always a few niggly things you need to know.
Tower Two’s lobby is only open during daylight hours which means that to enter the building at night you will need to enter through Tower One’s Lobby, take the elevator up, walk across the catwalk between the two buildings and then continue in the second elevator.
While it was never a huge problem for me to walk – and worth it for the view from the Catwalk – but the one time my keycard stopped working and I was carrying my groceries, laptop from the conference, and a bundle of other things, I was a bit frustrated.
If you aren’t a fan of all this walking just ask, when booking, to be placed in Tower One.
One addition that I wish I’d known in advance, and also had a longer time to utilise, was that you can pre-order your groceries with Woolworths and they will be placed in your room. A really neat service, especially for families staying!
Staying at the Mantra Circle on Cavill during my stay for a conference was a great choice, and would definitely recommend Mantra’s apartments for those looking for a stylish central base near beaches and public transport.
The apartments are located in the centre of all the Gold Coast’s action and I could walk out the door and be surrounded with plenty of shopping, restaurants and the famed beaches. Ducking down the back streets of the surrounding neighbourhoods and I’d uncover kitsch cafe and local boutique stores where the locals choose to relax.
I’ll be back on the Gold Coast later this year and where am I going to stay? The answer is simple. I’m going to create more sweet moments at Mantra.
Now it’s over to you:
What can a hotel provide that will make your stay a little sweeter?
Phone: 13 15 17 (Australia)/ +61 7 5665 4450 (International)
1 Bedroom Spa Apartments begin at AU$269 per night for a weekend stay.
Mantra frequently run promotions at the hotel and I’ve seen rooms beginning at AU$155.
Other room types available are two bedroom and three bedroom properties.
A huge thank you to Mantra Circle on Cavill who provided me with
one complimentary night and three-nights at a discounted rate.
As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.