By EHM Editor Jade McKenzie
As an event professional who works with venues all over the world to manage events, nothing excites me more than finding venues that can do EVERYTHING in one place. This helps provide a seamless experience for you and your attendees as you not only have everything at your fingertips, but you also know that you are going to be well looked after by the staff who know your event inside and out.
In December I was lucky enough to experience Mantra Lorne and all it had to offer. When I left my mind was buzzing with the possibilities and from intimate retreats to large conferences, there isn’t much you can’t do here.
We stayed in a beautiful self-contained one bedroom apartment with an ocean view that was perfect for our little family. Later in the evening we enjoyed drinks in the foyer and a tour of the event spaces, which include a large conference room where you can actually hang a car from the ceiling (no joke) and a whole range of function spaces for all events large and small. We then moved over to the Heritage Ballroom for dinner, and wasn't it gorgeous!
Built in 1864 and still featuring the original pressed tin walls, barn doors and stained glass windows, it really was stunning venue to be in. With a singer on stage with his guitar, an Argentinian barbeque being cooked out the front and individual food stations inside the ballroom for the bar, breads, salads, seafood and one impressive watermelon (ask me about it the next time I see you ;) ), it was definitely a feast for the senses and the tastebuds.
But my favourite part of the evening was when we were surprised with dessert under the stars. We were led out to a grass area adorned with festoon lights, wood fire pits and burners, wingback armchairs and blankets. With waiters ready to assist with trays of drinks, the ingredients to make smores over the fire, a buffet of decadent desserts and some wonderful company, this really felt like a little piece of heaven. I could have stayed out there all night. In fact, I didn’t leave until after midnight!
Set over 12 acres on a beachfront location, Mantra Lorne has just gone under a refurbishment and their facilities include:
- A range of different accommodation types from hotel rooms to self contained apartments
- Conference and meeting facilities for 12 guests up to 500 guests
- Croquet pitch and tennis courts
- Endota day spa
- Golf putting green
- Gym and steam rooms
- Indoor heated pool
- Restaurant and lounge bar
- 24 hour reception
This is the type of place that I would personally love to use as a retreat with a mix of business workshops and leisure activities – including a drive down the gorgeous Great Ocean Road. If you want something different from your usual event, this is definitely worth checking out. You can find out more about Mantra Lorne HERE or email me for an introduction.
All photo credits belong to Mantra Lorne