Mantra Mooloolaba Beach review: Weekend away

Read our writer's views on this property below

THE SETTING

Mooloolaba Beach offers an idyllic climate all year round, one of Australia's safest swimming beaches, friendly locals and a come-as-you-are attitude which all add up to make it an ideal choice for a relaxed, unpretentious weekend escape.

THE SPACE

Staying at Mantra Mooloolaba Beach you'll appreciate being smack bang in the middle of Mooloolaba. 
Bring your thongs, there's really no need to take your car out of the secured carpark as everything is within walking distance. Relax, you're in Mooloolaba. Mantra guests can enjoy two heated pools and spas, a large recreation deck with four barbecue areas and a rooftop deck with stunning views.

THE KIT

Inside, the sea-view rooms feature wooden slat windows that give a modern, beachside feel. You can't miss the walk-in spa and shower combo with a curved glass wall that lets you stand in the middle of the kitchen while you shower and enjoy the ocean view. In-room entertainment choices are far from exceptional. A small television with in-house movies on demand (most of which you've probably already seen) and an outdated, well-used retro stereo from the eighties.

COMFORT FACTOR

The Mooloolaba Mantra Beach is one of the original luxury hotels along the Mooloolaba strip and therefore rooms and amenities are far from new. The management have done well to keep the rooms as clean and fresh as possible considering the age of the building.

FOOD

Directly below the hotel you'll find cuisine to suit all tastes. Room service isn't available but Portuguese-influenced meals from Cracked Pepper Brasserie and modern Portuguese-influenced food from Karma Waters restaurants downstairs overlooking the beach can be conveniently charged to your room. 

WORTH STEPPING OUT FOR

See Restaurant is the only restaurant in Mooloolaba that offers over-water dining. See's intimate all-weather dining space is hidden under the tower at the Wharf, adjacent to UnderwaterWorld. Guests are truly spoiled for choice with fabulous modern Australian cuisine and a super-special wine cellar. With seafood direct from the passing trawlers, you won't find fresher.

THE VERDICT

Mooloolaba is proof that class doesn't have to be sophisticated and expensive. Even though it could do with a touch-up, the Mantra offers acceptable levels of comfort and great beach views, centrally located in the heart of Mooloolaba. It's ideal for an affordable weekend escape to the beach.

HOW TO GET THERE

The quickest way to Mooloolaba from Brisbane is a one-hour drive north on the Bruce Highway. It's anywhere up to three and a half hours by public transport. Take the train from Brisbane CBD to Landsborough or Nambour and connect with local bus lines.

ESSENTIALS

Mantra Mooloolaba Beach on Mooloolaba Esplanade offers 150 single bedroom units, 75 of these with a guaranteed ocean view. There are also 20 two bedroom rooms. Prices start from $154 per night. Check their website at mantra.com.au/special-offers/sunshine-coast/ for current specials.