Who doesn’t love the eclectic melting pot that is Byron Bay? With its hippie soul, heavenly beaches and majestic lighthouse views it’s hard to beat Byron for groovin’ and chillin'. And luckily for Brisbanites it’s a mere two hours away to get your prescription of relaxation and rejuvenation. Our Editor, Tracy Sinclair, gets her annual dose at The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa and shares why it’s numero uno for her sanity, spirit and soul.
Each time I arrive at The Byron at Byron I feel like I’m seeing it for the first time. Somehow the sky looks bluer, the trees greener and everything feels lush, abundant... and I haven’t even had a magic mushroom ha! My body relaxes as soon as I hit the lobby. Set within a paradisiacal subtropical rainforest, this is where luxury and nature collide. I instantly shed my city stress and start to become one... with a margarita.
Calm Takes Over
The resort is situated just minutes out of town. There’s a regular resort shuttle bus or you can jump on a resort push bike – it’s flat all the way into town, so it’s an easy ride. However, after a day of beach, shopping and dining I love to retreat back to this oasis of calm. The peacefulness is an antidote to the Byron bustle.
Unparalleled and Unpretentious
The team is friendly, not stuffy and all about making your stay as enjoyable as possible. The service and attention is intuitive – you never feel like anyone is intruding or pestering. General Managers Lyn and John Parche designed and built the resort (with Gerry Harvey) and their expansive experience in the hotel game is evident and enviable. If you’re lucky you might run into them on the deck and perhaps Lyn will share the history of how they created the resort 14 years ago. It’s quite a story (and achievement) providing jobs and utilising local suppliers, particularly fresh food providores.
Aa-ee-aa-ee-aa [insert Tarzan call]
The apartments are sublime and feel a bit like a treehouse, in perfect harmony with the rainforest. They are beautifully styled and self contained, featuring kitchen, lounge, bedroom, full sized bathroom and two enclosed balconies, ensuring you are always close to nature. I love strolling along the timber boardwalks throughout the resort however you can also call for a buggy to transport you around. Choose from Standard and Superior Suites, or the adults-only Deluxe Spa Suites which are situated in a secluded and private part of the resort (and just a short walk to Tallow Beach).
The stunning infinity pool is the place to be during summer and I have been known to spend many hours here. It’s in the heart of the resort – adjacent to the deck, restaurant, bar and day spa. Day beds and deck chairs surround the pool and you can order delicious food and drinks from your poolside position. I feel a hash tag coming on – it is simply #bliss.
While the resort is intimate and affords as much privacy as you desire, the stunning main deck is a great place to simply sit with a book, read the paper over coffee, do free yoga, enjoy a meal and socialise with other guests. It’s a common area for guests to enjoy any time of the day or night, with a laid-back vibe and beautiful Ralph Lauren-esque styling. It’s my favourite part of the resort and is so comfortable in fact, that during our most recent stay, aside from a drive to Bangalow, we never left the resort. The space was cosy and warm with fires and heaters, so we ordered dinner and drinks and kicked-back with other guests, taking in the illuminated rainforest by night.
They are the simply the best I’ve tasted and quite possibly one of the reasons why I was so content to stay put on the deck!
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