More Travel Links
Other Tour OptionsCaptain Cook Cruises 4-Night Outback Heritage Cruise
A 4 night Murray River Cruise departing Mannum, South Australia.
Boatel Houseboat Mannum
Awarded a 5 star rating by AAA Tourism, the same organisation that rates hotels, motels and caravan parks in Australia. The Boatel is a new concept in river holidays.
The Boatel is a total re-think of boat design. From the first glance this is obvious, with its sleek, aerodynamic look - a design that ensures maximum enjoyment, luxury and maximum views of the beautiful Murray scenery. Designed by architects who specialise in high-quality hotel design, the Boatel evolved from many years experience holidaying on houseboats.
Boatel is the first and only vessel in the Mannum region that has Council approval for use as a stationary floating apartment, because Boatel is the only vessel that is pollution free to the Murray River.
There's nothing quite like a relaxing holiday on the River Murray. A wide, meandering river with beautiful scenery, nature, fun, peace and serenity - all unmatched.
And now, you can have an unmatched experience on the river on Australia's first Boatel - a unique, luxury watercraft that totally redefines a river houseboat holiday.
More akin to a luxury hotel than a houseboat, the Boatel has been created to ensure you gain maximum relaxation and enjoyment from your time on board.
Unlike anything you've ever experienced, the Boatel is two full levels of living area. It weighs in at just 45 tonnes, some 15 to 20 tonnes less than two storey houseboats. This has a dramatically positive effect on the ease of handling and manoeuvrability.
The fishing's great from the deck, as are the shopping and dinner options, and the views are awesome.
Boatel is available to small groups for short stays to be enjoyed stationary in Mannum. You won't need to learn how to drive, or worry about how much fuel is consumed. Just relax and enjoy the shops, pubs, cafes, and galleries starting just a few metres away. Local activities include golf, bowls, and canoeing.
With a minimum 2 night stay for a couple, you can relax without any fuel expense - and still enjoy a private sunset on the Boatel deck.
The Boatel has been designed to optimise daytime living, with upstairs being a lounge area for twelve and an incredibly functional kitchen, which in a masterstroke of design, can easily have ten working around it.
The Kitchen, often the heart of the days beginning and end, is in itself a work of art. All appliances are of the highest quality and chosen for their ease of operation.
The cooking capability and enjoyment is enhanced by a chefs BBQ on the aft deck, which is directly accessed from the kitchen and dining areas.
The theme of luxury extends to dining. Situated in the Sky Lounge, quality and comfortable dining settings for up to 12 people is situated just in front of a panoramic window setting.
And after dinner, recline in the comfort of our intimate lounge setting.
Come nightfall, the Boatel assumes it's alter ego. With a touch of a button on the Command Centre, the lighting fades away whilst the blinds quietly descend.
At another touch a large screen rolls down and the surround sound speakers come to life to transform the Skylounge into an enviable personal cinema.
Before retiring to the nestled comfort of the exclusive River Dream beds, the Skylounge affords a truly stunning view of the heavens - a fitting way to end a heavenly day.
To fully capitalise on the abundant natural beauty of the river, the Boatel makes maximum use of outdoor viewing, dining, and just relaxing areas. From the kitchen, there is a carpeted aft deck with lounges and gourmet BBQ, which leads down to the swimming and fishing deck, and the fish do bite!
Sunset froom the aft deck
Sunsets are special events - and none more so than from the aft deck of the Boatel. The perfect place for the transition from the day to night - from fun to more fun...from relaxation to fine dining, fine friends, fine setting.
Retire to your Luxury Suite
The Boatel has five bedrooms each with an exclusive sumptuous king size bed, glass door to the deck, separate walk-in robe and each with a super luxury bathroom comprising full size shower, architectural basin, full length mirrors and electric toilet.
Ample king size towels (along with somewhere to hang them) are provided.
The beds are specially made, large and pure luxury. These beds are the equivalent to those found in the finest hotels. One night's sleep will tell the tale.
Meet in Style
Ideal for corporate planning, meeting, bonding, re-charging and floating a few new ideas.
The latest in luxury, high technology, and totally private corporate venues, the Boatel offers a list of features that is long and impressive, including the stunning Sky Lounge which features a large open meeting area; a world-class kitchen, secluded outdoor areas for meetings and/or socializing, plus an array of the latest in labour-saving and entertainment technology.
The meeting areas can comfortably accommodate up to 12 people plus more if required and accommodation can be arranged on additional houseboats to cater for additional attendees.
Fully catered or self-catered options are available.
The Boatel is a non smoking boat. Smoking inside the Boatel or on the decks is prohibited by law.
The kitchen is a stunning masterpiece.
White dinner plates, bread plates, entre plates, soup / desert bowls, and pasta bowls
White coffee mugs, tea cups, saucers, glass tumblers, white wine glasses, red wine glasses, and champagne flutes.
Ample cutlery including knives, forks, bread knives, desert forks, desert spoons, soup spoons, and tea spoons.
Cutting knives of six different sizes plus other general cooking utensils.
Assorted chrome salad servers and various salad bowls.
BBQ tools (2 sets of spatula and tongs).
Various cooking aids including mixing bowls, measuring spoons, wisk, rolling pin, colander, sieves, measuring scales, grater.
Pans including frying pan and three varied size saucepans, wok, and gas kettle.
Baking dishes of various sizes.
Plastic storage containers.
Muffin and cake cooking trays / tins.
Spring water chiller at the bar.
Cappuccino espresso machine at the bar.
Various bar implements and bottle holders.
Basic kitchen cleaning chemicals, dishwasher powder, and tea towels.
Two sinks, two fridges, freezer, microwave, full gas oven, and dishwasher.
Containers for sugar, salt, pepper, and serviettes.
Ample guest cupboard space.
THE SKY LOUNGE is the heart of the Boatel.
Two triple and three double lounges with side tables and lamps
Command centre to control all boat functions including lights, windows, blinds, and boatel propulsion. Instrumentation for fish finder, depth, speed, wind speed, wind direction, engine revs, engine hours, fuel used, fuel efficiency, sewer capacity, clock, throttles, and air conditioning
Two storey wrap around windscreen giving panoramic views of the immense Murray scenery.
Dining tables with twelve luxury chairs.
Open access to carpeted outside deck with sumptuous lounges and chefs six burner BBQ.
Hi-performance six channel surround sound with big screen cinema for DVD and video.
The sky lounge is accessed from the grand lobby by a sweeping grand stair.
Touch screen computer for navigation, sound, and help screen
We have used environmentally efficient equipment that exceeds the performance set down by Environmental Protection Authority regulations.
Two 115HP Honda four stroke outboards with electronic control
Three cylinder low revving sound proofed 8Kva generator
Two invertor chargers for seamless power automated to generator
Two gas hot water units
Two water pumps at 35 litres per minute
High storage capacity batteries (2 banks)
800 litres of unleaded fuel, 200 litres of diesel, and 90 kg of gas
2 evaporative airconditioners
An incredible 85 unseen computers make your stay pleasurable.
The boatel uses the latest technology from across the globe to control lights, blinds, windows, propulsion, power generation, power use, and entertainment.
The technology is highly sophisticated and so user friendly that you are not aware of the impact that the computers will have on your stay.
The only guest interactive computer is located on the command centre, and is a robust and highly powerful Panel PC equipped with touch screen technology - which means you easily get information about the Boatel by touching it's screen - no mouse, joystick or keyboard to worry about!
The panel PC has hundreds of CD's loaded into it for you listening pleasure.
The Boatel has five bedrooms oozing sophisticated luxury.
Exclusive and sumptuous River Dream bed as either king or two king singles
White Polycotton sheets
100% down luxury quilts with high thread count white cotton cover
2 King size pillows per person with high thread count white cotton cover
Bedside tables with granite tops and lighting / blind control
Direct access to outside
Huge panoramic windows
Walk in robes with ample hanging space, shelves, drawers, and coat hangers
Each bedroom has a private contemporary bathroom of exquisite design.
Full size shower with luxury hotel head
Full size basin with contemporary tapware
Ample shelf space
Direct access to outside
Huge panoramic window
Full size mirror
Soap, shampoo, toothbrush with paste, body lotion, and toilet paper
Large white towels, bath mat, hand towel, and flannels
$800 of the hire fee must be paid to confirm the booking. Reserved bookings will be held for 3 days. The full hire fee plus bond must be paid at least 14 days prior to departure.
The bond is $1500, and the cost of any minor damage, fuel, ice, sundry hire or insurance excess will be deducted from the bond before the balance is returned to you, within 7 days of your return. Your deposit will be forfeited for cancelled bookings. We will reschedule if more than 28 days notice is given. Cancellation fees apply.
You are not permitted to bring weapons, jerry cans, axes or chainsaws on board. The Boatel is a non smoking boat. Smoking inside the Boatel or on the decks is prohibited by law. Non compliance will result in the forfeiture of the entire bond. Pets are not permitted on the Boatel.