Mountain Sanctuary B&B voted #22 in TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Travellers’ Choice Award for B&B/Inns in Australia.
Have you noticed all of the TV ads for hotel booking websites lately? Or what about the number of websites that appear when you do a Google search for a particular hotel? These are signs of the exploding and competitive market of online booking channels. In short, these websites – the companies owning Booking.com & Expedia making up 85% of all websites – take bookings and pass them on to accommodation providers, including B&Bs like ours. They then charge us commission of about 8-15% of the total booking price. This model has turned out to be quite successful for some, with the largest (Booking.com) turning over billions in the past several financial years. Yes, billions with a “b”! The added cost to small businesses like ours mean that we can always give you a better deal when booking directly on our website, whether that be a small discount or extras included during your stay. So whenever booking accommodation, be sure to cut out the middle man for the benefit of you and the hotel, by going directly to the business. Check out the entertaining and informative clip below explaining more about this subject.
We say it every year, but can you believe Christmas is just around the corner?! We all know the burden of present buying can dampen the festive spirit, so why not email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call us (07 5545 3297) now and arrange a personalised Mountain Sanctuary Gift Certificate for someone special? You know a luxury getaway will put you in first place for the best Christmas present of 2015, so contact us now to arrange yours. Merry Christmas!
Tonight we had the privilege of attending the Scenic Rim Business Excellence Awards for 2015 held at The Centre, Beaudesert. The night was hosted by The Mayor John Brent, with radio personality Ian Skippen in the role as MC. We were recognised as one of three finalists for the Customer Service section. Though we didn’t win the top prize, we were very humbled to be in the top 3 within the tourism-strong region of Scenic Rim, after only opening about 6 months ago! Thank you to all of our lovely guests, particularly those who have taken the time to leave ratings on TripAdvisor, our Facebook page and/or their respective booking site. It is because of you that we were able to make it to the finals! We look forward to next year’s event and going one step further 🙂
Congratulations to our recent Facebook competition winners, who have all scored $100 of Mountain Sanctuary credit! To see the full list of winners, check out the 500 Reasons post on our Facebook page. To ensure you know about all of our competitions, best offers and latest news, be sure to like our Facebook page and visit every once in a while. It could really pay off!
A couple of weeks ago, we had the privilege of attending 100% hOPE’s Annual Charity Dinner at the Robina Community Centre. It was a great night for a great cause. Along with many other businesses, Mountain Sanctuary donated an item for auction – a free night away. After keeping a close eye on the bids throughout the night, we voted ourselves as the most popular item, with a new page needed to continue the bidding war that erupted! More importantly, the event raised over $20,000 towards the first children’s home at Hope Village in Uganda. A big congratulations to Kate and the 100% hOPE team for pulling off another quality event that will change the lives of many orphaned Ugandan children. If you would like to be part of the ongoing campaign to help them raise the last $12,000 needed for the home, click here to donate online now.
We are so excited to announce that we are partnering with Belvedere Restaurant on Main for our Weekend Romance Package! We could not have hoped for a more romantic location for our guests to experience. The site was first opened as “Belvedere Cafe” in 1924 and has been home to many successful eateries ever since. The current licensee – Mario Avegnano – is an Italian-born qualified pastry chef, crafting his skills in Rome (ITA), Miama (USA), New Zealand and his five Australian restaurants. You can taste his passion and experience throughout the menu, which includes homemade gnocci and lasagne, woodfired pizzas and quality Italian wines. The ambience inside the restaurant is second-to-none. The candlelit dining area is filled with rustic Italian decor and heated by the giant brick pizza oven. Smells from the kitchen fill the restaurant and will leave you wanting more, no matter how much you order. Whether you’re lucky enough to be one of our Weekend Romance Package guests or simply visiting the mountain for the day, make sure you give Mario a visit and say hi from us.