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Mantis sails into 2014 with a host of new properties

Mantis sails into 2014 with a host of new properties

Mantis, a family-run collection of award-winning, privately-owned, five-star properties is starting 2014 with over 25 new additions to the collection following a successful end to 2013.

The group, which offers members sales, marketing and management solutions for their boutique businesses, is also the only hospitality group in the world to have a presence on all seven continents.

Mantis prides itself on working with hotels that represent the finest example of their kind and celebrate the culture, gastronomy, architecture and nature of the locations in which they are found.

There are two brand new properties now in the collection; Iconic Santorini and Finch Hattons.

Iconic Santorini is a brand new boutique hotel opening April 2014 that has unique cave rooms, carved out of the rock on the island of Santorini.

The 22 bedroom retreat offers breathtaking views of the azure waters below from the five hotel levels and has cool touches like over-sized COCO-MAT all natural bedding and Aēsop bath products.

There’s an outdoor infinity pool, pool terrace, a spa for individual or couples treatments and a home-style restaurant. British Airways is launching a brand new route to Santorini in May 2014.

Luxury Kenyan camp Finch Hattons, will be reopening its doors at the end of April 2014w after a year-long renovation costing USD5.5 million.

Now comprising 17 luxury tented guest suites, the camp offers guests a unique opportunity to relive the golden era of safari.

The lodge lies in the heart of Tsavo West National Park, Kenya and the camp itself is positioned around a water hole fed by a natural spring from Mount Kilimanjaro, which is home to hippos, crocodiles, terrapins, monitor lizards and over 200 species of birds.

Its location is unrivalled with full views of Mount Kilimanjaro and in the path of seasonal elephant migrations.

Mantis’ aim during 2013 and into 2014 is to continue to diversify the collection so that it can offer new exciting destinations to its in-the-know travellers.

Examples of this include: the collection’s first beach chic island property, Fundu Lagoon located on Pemba Island, Zanzibar; Kasbah du Toubkal, a Berber hosted retreat in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, which is the first North African property; Hud Hud Travels, Oman’s leading provider of professionally run private luxury camps and expeditions; and Ishav Artico, which offers exceptional customised experiences in the Norwegian arctic and high Arctic Islands.

Expansion also comes in the form of cruising in the varied climates of the world: Tiger Blue, an exclusive live aboard luxury cruise with diving and watersports in Indonesia; Hanse Explorer, an adventure expedition motor yacht that travels the world; Cruceros Australis, a cruise company specialising in navigating through the southernmost Chilean-Argentinan Patagonian channels.

South America has been a focus for the growth of the collection with Sumaq, a luxury hotel in the Machu Picchu historic sanctuary, and Sol y Luna Lodge, a collection of 43 luxurious casitas in the Sacred Valley, as the collection’s first properties in Peru.

One of the chicest eco boutique hotels in Northern Brazil, Butterfly House, has also been added, further extending Mantis’ existing footprint in this continent.

Similarly Mantis has looked to expand its footprint in North America, taking on the Ranch at Rock Creek as well as a number of Canadian properties, choosing some of the best Canadian wilderness options - Nimmo Bay, Tweedsmuir, Bella Coola and Great Bear Lodge - offering guests unrivalled access to wildlife, nature and activities such as heli-fishing and heli-skiing.