If you’re looking for a getaway in a seaside town that’s not teeming with tourists, but is close to major attractions, Mantra on Salt Beach in Kingscliff could be a good choice for you. Mantra on Salt Beach is located on the Tweed Coast of Northern NSW. The resort is just 20 minutes drive from the Gold Coast Airport and 30 minutes from Byron Bay. When I visited last year I had the opportunity to stay in a one bedroom accessible spa suite so I could share a review with our readers.
Mantra on Salt, Kingscliff – accessible accommodation
The accessible accommodation at Mantra on Salt will not suit everyone because not all features provide easy access. I stayed in a one bedroom accessible spa suite which included a spacious bedroom and a large bathroom with good accessibility. My review is based on my stay in suite 5120.
As many of you know, sleep is in short supply in our household, thanks to Braeden’s nocturnal wakings, so I really appreciate getting away and having a bed to myself. The first thing I do is flop down on the bed and test it out and the bed at Mantra on Salt Beach passed the test. I had three nights of undisturbed sleep. It was bliss.
Bedroom facts – Bedroom door clearance 83cm, bed height 56cm, clearance on right side of bed for transferring (as you look at the bed) is 84cm and clearance on the left side of the bed 68cm.
The large bathroom offers plenty of circulation space, grab rails throughout and a shower bench. While the sink is fitted with a lever tap, the shower has taps which require a turning action.
I recommend taking your own shower toiletries as the ones provided are fixed to the wall and out of reach for someone using the shower bench.
Bathroom facts – Bathroom door clearance 80cm, shower bench height 50cm. Height of toilet to seat 44cm, height to toilet pan 42cm.
It’s rare to see a bath in an accessible bathroom so it was a nice surprise to find a bath that I could soak in with some bubbles. Braeden prefers baths and it’s always lovely for accompanying family members to have the choice of a bath or shower.
The kitchen in the one bedroom suite is equipped with a microwave, oven, toaster and kettle. The sink has a lever tap but no space underneath for wheelchair access.
It’s always handy to have the option of washing, especially on a beach holiday so a washing machine and dryer were a welcome find.
Some rearranging of furniture would be needed for a wheelchair user staying in the suite for easy circulation but it’s always great to have space for chilling after a day at the pool or beach. Both the bedroom and lounge room have a television to keep you entertained.
Outdoor seating is provided on the balcony overlooking the pool (a second pool, not the main pool pictured below). It should be noted though that the sliding door frame does create a step.
You can do a walk through the hotel and the room I stayed in below –
Mantra on Salt Beach’s heated lagoon pool has step-free access and a lovely shallow area for non-swimmers to enjoy. I didn’t find time for a dip but I did lounge around the pool during happy hour. After a few drinks by the pool it’s an easy transition to dinner by wandering to the neighbouring Salt Village where you’ll find a variety of restaurants and a mini supermarket. My dinner mate and I chose Thai but there’s a seafood restaurant and pub to name a few. The area has a lovely village atmosphere and ramp access is provided between Mantra on Salt Beach and Salt Village.
Accessible parking is available in the open-air car park.
If you choose to have breakfast included in your stay, it is served at the neighbouring Pepper’s Hotel.
Mantra on Salt has the beach and ocean at its front door but I didn’t find an accessible entrance but I also didn’t have much time for exploring. There is a wonderfully accessible walkway which runs parallel with the beach and accessible beaches are nearby.
Accessible beaches in the Tweed Region
Accessible beach facilities are not far away. Tweed Shire Council has four beach wheelchairs available for use by locals and visitors. They are free of charge and are stored at Fingal Head Beach SLSC, Cabarita Beach SLSC, Tweed Holiday Park Pottsville South and Tweed Heads Community Centre. The Tweed Heads based chair may be transported for use at any Tweed Coast beach. For further information contact 07 5569 3110.
Read more about Mantra on Salt Beach on their website.
While visiting The Tweed make sure you check out the following accessible attractions
Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
And if you need fully accessible accommodation which includes an electric bed and hoist check out Mt Warning Estate which offers a range of accessible equipment for use by guests.
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