Is this hotel the best beachfront hotel in Lorne?
Mantra Lorne is situated along one of Australia’s most sought-after destinations, the Great Ocean Road. It is, as a matter of fact, the only beachfront hotel in Lorne. The resort offers 12 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens to explore, plus an outdoor Garden Bar and Cinema in summertime. This is the ideal base from which to explore the history of Lorne and the Great Ocean Road. The 4.5* hotel is rated 3rd out of 8 hotels in Lorne, according to TripAdvisor.
Location and getting around
We had spent the previous night on a ship rocking side to side as we crossed the Bass Strait back from Tasmania, so we couldn’t be more excited at the prospect of staying on land. It was a total bonus for our first night back on solid ground to be spent in a 4.5* hotel.
As you travel from Port Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road, Lorne is one of the first coastal towns you will want to stop
The main attraction though is the beach. And seeing as this is the only beachfront hotel in Lorne, it can be accessed directly from the resort! We were lucky enough to have sunny weather on our side and took full advantage of this. We visited in winter and warm days can be hard to come by!
Lorne was our first overnight stop along the iconic Great Ocean Road. With world-recognised attractions such as the Twelve Apostles and Cape Otway National Park to look forward to, we took the opportunity to explore the immediate area.
If you want picturesque views, head up to Teddy’s Lookout. Not only will this provide you with some beautiful views of inland regional Victoria, but the crowning glory is wide open ocean views. If you’re lucky, you may just see a whale!
Another favourite activity to do in the area is to take a trip into the forest to see Erskine Falls. We may have been told by one of our favourite 90s girl-band to not go chasing waterfalls, but Victoria has so many to see. And Erskine Falls is no exception. Lace up your walking boots and be prepared for the steep road down to the base of the forest to see these enchanting falls.
Amenities and facilities
You won’t ever get bored at this beachfront hotel. There are tennis courts, an indoor heated pool, a fully equipped gym and a day spa to name a few of the incredible amenities available to guests. Our personal favourite was the outdoor chess board. The resort offers a range of accommodation options from resort rooms, one and two bedroom apartments, and heritage hotel rooms. We stayed in one of these. With the hotel located on the beachfront, you will likely see the ocean from your balcony or at least from a window.
Our heritage room was a nod to the historical side of Lorne. It is situated in the heritage listed Erskine House, a building that dates back 150 years. The room was decorated with vintage travel posters for both Lorne and Geelong and really suited the style of the building. We still enjoyed those home comforts that every travel blogger needs: in-room tea and coffee making facilities, plus a TV and a huge bed.
We don’t often go out for dinner as we prefer getting into bed with a bottle of red (or two) and a take-away pizza (or two). However, we were lucky enough to dine in the onsite restaurant The Larder, and we are super glad that we did!
The Larder is an Italian-styled dining experience, and whilst I’m sure in summer the restaurant looks beautifully bright with the doors opening onto the gardens, we had rain to deal with. However, with a fire roaring behind us, we settled in and had a memorable feast.
What did we eat?
We both try to eat a plant-based diet, and whilst Kezzy is pescatarian, Sam still enjoys meat on occasion. The fact that all the meat used is sourced locally from farmers and producers, whilst also being GMO and antibiotic free, meant it really aligned with our views and values.
Kez had mussels to start with, and fish of the day (Barramundi) for a main. Sam went for mushroom arancini (yum!) to start and Scotch Fillet for a main. Both meals were beautifully cooked and a real treat for us. We had definitely been eating camp stove dinners for too long at this point!
If you know us well, you may know we enjoy a drink (perhaps too much). As such, we both enjoyed a cocktail before dinner. Kez was pleasantly surprised to see her favourite cocktail on the menu, a Bramble! This was her signature drink at our wedding, so holds very fond memories for us. During dinner, we had a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Margaret River region. It took us back to our days of vine pruning in the same region this time last year. (See more of our Margaret River blog posts here, here, here, and here). The Larder also offers local drinks for those wanting to see what is on offer in the region.
The breakfast is provided in the same restaurant and offers a buffet-style selection. This is something we could certainly get behind for our onward travels. We piled our plates high and ate every crumb!
Both dinner and breakfast were fantastic and something for the hotel to be proud of.
We use the internet a lot, so having a strong, reliable WiFi connection means we can work on various projects without stressing out. Sadly, this isn’t always the case. We’ve ended up tearing our hair out trying to meet deadlines whilst using patchy WiFi at some hotels and motels we have previously stayed at.
Thankfully, Mantra Lorne provides complimentary WiFi for up to 3 devices through all areas of the hotel. So whether it’s watching Netflix, or liking photos from your favourite travel couple on Instagram (cough cough) Mantra Lorne has your back.
We believe you can tell a lot about a business from the staff who represent it, and the hotel staff we spoke with couldn’t have represented the resort in a better light. From the receptionist we spoke with about our recent trip to Tasmania, to the restaurant and bar staff who recommended a variety of local food and drinks, every member of staff we came into contact with during our stay was informative, personable, and happy to help.
Value for money
We stayed in a Heritage Hotel Room, which would have set us back $139 AUD (£77) a night at full rate. This includes breakfast, and parking is also included. There are Resort rooms and apartments, which can set you back up to $325 (£179) but these include views over the gardens or the ocean. Whatever your budget, there will no doubt be suitable accommodation for you. As it is the only beachfront hotel in Lorne though, a balcony overlooking the ocean is certainly our recommendation.
As Lorne is a coastal town on the Great Ocean Road it’s no wonder there is a massive range of accommodation throughout the area. Seeing as we usually sleep in the back of our car, or in a motel room, this was a welcome change. It gave us a chance to enjoy our nights sleep and recharge our batteries in order to explore this beautiful area to the max.
Summary – is this the best beachfront hotel in Lorne?
Would we go back: Without a doubt. Although we got lucky with the weather this time round, the summer months would be the ideal time to visit.
Perfect for: Anyone looking for luxury. With cheaper alternatives available in the area, this hotel really needs to be a game changer. We felt it delivered on this, and the restaurant was a huge bonus.
Important bits: check in is at 2pm. Check out is 10am, giving you plenty of time to go for a morning stroll along the beach. You can pay more for late checkout at reception, offering a range of later times.
Overall rating 8/10
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We received a complimentary stay at Mantra Lorne in exchange for writing this review. All of these opinions are our own.