Hi, Just wondering if anyone can help me with some info/ reviews on a couple of locations...
1. An island hideaway at Stradbroke Island?
2. Mantra on Salt (at Kingscliff)
and 3. Peppers Salt Resort (at Kinscliff)
If you've had a wedding here or been to one, or had any dealinds I'd love to get some feedback
I looked at all these venues, and we are getting married at the Peppers Resort and Spa (Kingscliff) in August this year, so obviously I'm quite biased toards that one.
Mantra and Peppers are pretty much the same, it just depends what kind of wedding you want. We are getting married at the contemplation pond/gardens at Peppers and then having the reception in the ballroom there.
If you were after a beach ceremony though Mantra might be the way to go as the hotel itself has more of a 'beachy' feel to it, although they are both equally lovely resorts, just differ in decor a little. The packages are still the same for either one, Mantra is a little cheaper accommodation-wise but guests can choose to stay in either resort as they are so close.
Have you been down there to look around? It is a really lovely place, and Louise (the main co-ordinator) and Jolene (AV and decorations etc) are lovely and very helpful. Let me know if you want any more info re: options to break down the packages/decoration prices as you can get them (still through the resort) cheaper than what the downloadable wedding kit says. However, 2 hotels means 2 weddings a day, you may be lucky and be the only wedding, but Louise says this happens rarely, so you might have to be prepared to see another bride if you are having photos at popular spots.
Island Hideaway was our other major contender but we decided we didn't really like it. Don't get me wrong, the beach there is beautful, the idea of everyone going out on a boat together is lovely, the service is excellent and it is quite reasonably priced given usual GC prices and the inclusions. What we didn't like is the fact that you only get the island or a nominated number of hours so I would've tried to cram lots in to get the longest reception possible.
By the time you allow 1/2 hr before the ceremony, 1/2 for the ceremony, 1/2 for mingling/congratulations, 1.5hrs for photos, that only leaves MAX 5 hours at the reception, which if you start at 5.30 means you have to be gone by 10.30pm. That wasn't really long enough for us (saying that Peppers only allows til midnight, but the ceremony can be as early as you like.) Also after seeing the facilities at Peppers, Island Hideaway looked a little uh aged to us... the reception venue just didn't compare. But, I think the ceremony would be more lovely at Island Hideaway as you wouldn't have to share the beach with families and the open air chapel there is beautiful.
This is all my opinion of course, you should really go look at em yourself to get a feel for what is important to you. I haven't been to a wedding at any of these, but I'm a major over-organiser so I researched thoroughly lol.
Sorry for the EPIC post btw