Mooloolaba Beach is a sheltered arc of north-facing sand with picnic areas, playgrounds and walking paths. Across the road from the beach is a strip of holiday apartments, boutiques and al-fresco eateries. Along The Esplanade, Mantra Mooloolaba Beach has 24-hour front desk service. The resort’s spacious lobby is stylish and offers guests the ambience of a hotel while staying in a spacious holiday apartment.
Mantra Mooloolaba Beach sits on the corner of Venning Street and The Esplanade, directly across the road from the beach in the midst of al-fresco cafes, bars and restaurants.
What we like
Almost all apartments have at least partial ocean views. And many have big sweeping views of the ocean and coastline from Point Cartwright to Coolum.
The setup is ideal for families and includes hard-wearing in-room furnishings that are child friendly, a heated indoor pool to keep the kids occupied on days with inclement weather and a spacious landscaped barbeque area planned around an outdoor pool.
What we don’t
While the indoor heated pool on the lower ground floor is perfect for kids, it doesn’t offer enough privacy for adults wanting a quiet dip. Anyone walking through the lobby can look through large glass windows straight down at the pool.
Another inconvenience is the showers in the en-suite bathrooms double up as spa baths; they are great for soaking in but not ideal for showering as you have to step into the spa to take a shower.
Our two-bedroom apartment on the 15th floor has a breezy open-plan setup that is perfect for a family of four. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors open onto tiled secure balconies.
The modern minimalistic furnishings are perfect for families yet corporate enough for business travellers. There are a few wall hangings but the spacious open-plan living area and master bedroom are dominated by stunning ocean views.
The living area has a dining table with six chairs, flat-screen TV and a small stereo. There is a kitchen nook with a fridge, dish-washing machine, microwave, stove, cooking utensils and crockery.
The master bedroom has an ensuite, two singles pushed together as a king bed and a large walk-in wardrobe with plenty of clothes hangers.
There is a second bedroom with two single beds and a laundry area in the second bathroom. Veda lemongrass and eucalyptus toiletries a luxurious touch in both bathrooms.
The majority of guests are families or couples on vacation. But the hotel also caters for business and conference visitors.
Food and drink
The in-room delivery menu also offers a wide choice of cuisine from the restaurants in the area. Coles supermarket is a short walk for those who prefer to cook. And the Mooloolaba Esplanade is packed with casual alfresco restaurants and cafes.
The minibar test
Twinings tea and coffee sachets are free. Y Bar is a concept where guests ring up and order the items they want.
It supports Mantra’s family friendly policy of keeping alcohol away from minors. Pepsi $2.50, six-pack of Pure Blonde $20, six-pack of Cascade Premium Light $15, bottle of Stony Peak Chardonnay $17, six-pack of pre-mixed spirits from $18.
The bottom line
One-bedroom garden-view apartments from $146, two-bedroom ocean-view apartments from $246 and three-bedroom apartments from $346.
Servicing is extra and costs $33 for one bedroom to $53 for three bedrooms. Stays of eight nights or more receive a complimentary service on the fourth day.
Christina Pfeiffer was a guest of Mantra Mooloolaba Beach
Here are some things to do on the Sunshine Coast:
1-Visit the galleries in Montville and Maleny
2-The Australian Body Art Festival is a fun event for all the family
3-Noosa has some wonderful things to do on the water
4-Love the beach? Here’s our list of best beaches on the Sunshine Coast.
5-For a treat this is a list of where to eat in Noosa.
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