On 20th June 2015, Mantis, a collection of privately owned boutique hotels and eco-escapes around the world, was rewarded with three awards before a select audience of the industry’s elite and international media at the World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2015.
Members of the collection that picked up awards are:
Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel Brand: Mantis Collection
South Africa’s Leading Beach Hotel: The Last Word Long Beach
Zimbabwe’s Leading Private Game Reserve: Stanley and Livingstone Private Game Reserve
Kempinksi Seychelles Resort, Baie Lazare was the impressive venue for the red-carpet event, and award winners were presented their prestigious titles before an invited audience of the industry’s leading luminaries and the international media.
Paul Gardiner, Group Marketing director of Mantis, commented: “Without our dedicated team on the ground we would not achieve these amazing results, we’re incredibly proud of their loyalty and compassion for the Mantis brand.”
World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, the brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality. It has been referred to by the Wall Street Journal as the “travel industry’s equivalent to the Oscar’s”.
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Mantis is a family run collection of award winning, privately owned, five star properties located around the World, across all seven continents. Its specialist areas include Boutique Hotels, Game Reserves, Eco Lodges, Ski Lodges and Chalets and Boutique Cruises, offering in-the-know travellers the most exceptional properties and authentic experiences imaginable.
Each of the diverse, handpicked properties represents the finest example of its kind and celebrates the culture, gastronomy, architecture and nature of the locations in which they are found. Whilst every property is unique, being part of the collection ensures that the quality of the facilities, service and overall experience is consistently 5 star and guests can always expect personal, friendly service.
Officially founded by entrepreneur and hotelier Adrian Gardiner in 2000, Mantis is committed to the spirit of conservation and restoration, and each property is sensitive to its surroundings in respect of the building, environment and local community. The entrepreneurial spirit of the family underpins that of the group allowing them to be dynamic in the growth of the portfolio, responding quickly to consumer demand.
In 2013, Mantis has launched Mantis eXtreme which offers an online collection of authentic, once-in-a-lifetime encounters and experiences worldwide, often paired with product from their field of expertise – five star, handpicked properties. Experiences include: Wilderness camps in the great Niassa at Lugenda Wilderness Camp, Mozambique; Bear Grylls Survival Academy, U.K., USA, Africa; Parabolic flights with Space Affairs, Europe; Rhino Encounters with Dr. Will Fowlds, South Africa; Midnight Golf, Bjorkliden, Sweden and Great Bear Tours, Canada.
Mantis and Mantis eXtreme offer member properties the ideal sales, marketing and management solution for their boutique business to ensure successful growth and drive long term brand development. The company also offers consultancy services in other disciplines including conservation, education and hotel development.