Noosa Heads: Mantra French Quarter Resort

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The basics

Mantra French Quarter Resort

62 Hastings St, Noosa Heads

P: 07 5430 7100

E: frenchquarter.res@mantrau

W: mantru

Cost: The one-bedroom units can cost from $123 during the week, and rise to $181 on a Saturday night. The deluxe version, with spa, are $20-$30 more.

There are about 80 rooms in this complex, all but 20 of them newly renovated.The room

Mantra, after taking over the management of French Quarter, has spent $5 million to upgrade the rooms. Unfortunately, they’re not yet done which makes it a bit of a lottery.

Those who score one of the rooms yet to get a makeover will easily see why the new owners had to splash out. Older units have stained blinds, a couch out of the 80s, and other furniture not quite up to modern demands.

On the upside, there is a spacious balcony with dining table and sun lounges, spa bath below the shower, a fully equipped kitchen, and the price is right for a family getaway. Sure, open bathrooms are on-trend and this one is clean and tidy. In this case, however, the designers seem to have put the bedroom in the bathroom, rather than the other way around.

On the downside, if this place was to undergo a tenants’ exit inspection, it’s unlikely it would pass the cleanliness test. Dirty sliding door tracks, and ash stains in the ashtray – perhaps this isn’t the case in the newer rooms, so it might be worth insisting on one of those at the time of booking.The Food

Just outside the Hastings St entrance to French Quarter, there is an ice cream shop across the road, and within 50m of the door there is an organic foods stall full of tasty treats.

One of the main attractions to this resort is its location. Hastings St still carries plenty of charm, and there isn’t any shortage of food options. If it’s a family holiday, there’s a supermarket at Noosa junction.

For weekend getaways, however, it can be fun to explore. The cheapest option is the food court, but lunch times offer some bargains at many of the eateries. Zachary’s Gourmet Pizza Bar is well worth a try, as is the Surf Club just across the road.

At around 4pm on weekends people migrate from the beach to the street, and the footpath becomes a bustling crowd of hungry travellers, many of them perusing the menus which sit outside most of the more upmarket dining options.The Activities

Mantra French Quarter is all about location. There is a pool inside the complex, but most people venture across the road to the beach. And with the national park well within walking distance, the outdoors is very much the place to be.

Some will enjoy the boutique shopping of Hastings St. Alternatively, venture down to the wharf at the back of the Sheraton and jump on the hop-on hop-off ferry. It stops at seven places along Noosa Sound, from the tourism centre to Tewantin where there are small markets and a couple more restaurants.

The captain provides a commentary of each stop and never seems to tire of offering handy shopping suggestions.

Another option is to take the boardwalk down to the national park. It’s well worth the effort, particularly if there’s a drink waiting at the surf club at the end of the round trip.The Weekend

It’s obvious that plenty of work has gone into renovating the lobby, and when all rooms are equal, this place is sure to lift a notch. The pool is great for families, and the central location on Hastings St, Noosa Heads, is a key attraction.

For those with children, the rooms are at the right price for such a high-end location. A quick word of advice around Noosa, though – pick your weekend carefully, as there is often plenty going on in the small but vibrant beachside resort town.

Triathlons, food festivals, other events – if that’s what you’re after, book early. If not, be sure to check the calendar.Simon Holt was guest of Mantra French Quarter.View other great Queensland escapes.

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