One of Byron Bay’s newest resorts – it opened in 2016 – is situated on 200 acres of prime beachfront real estate just north of town.
The design and decor of the dune-shaped main pavilion and 193 private villas, many with lagoon views or beach access, are inspired by the surrounding natural elements – beach, wetlands, eucalypt woodlands and rainforest – and feature local artists and materials.
This being wellness-conscious Byron, of course there’s a spa. Called Osprey after a local seabird, it features nature-based treatments and uses Australian skincare products from LaGaia. There’s also complimentary yoga every morning, at 7.30am – it’s not called First Light yoga for nothing, but the sunrises here are not to be missed; Byron is after all the first place on the Australian mainland to see the day’s first rays.
Dining and drinks options showcase Byron’s famously fresh, seasonal, local offerings; there’s the open-all-day Graze restaurant, Barefoot poolside kiosk (open 10am-4pm to guests only) and Drift bar (open from 12 noon daily and featuring “bush-tucker” cocktails as well as local and international brews, fine wines and specialty coffees).
The enormous infinity pool also has a natural focus: it’s filled with filtered water pure enough to drink (translation: no chlorine taste or smell). Or you can wander from the resort straight onto beautiful Belongil Beach, which even has its own Elements lifeguard (it’s some distance from Byron’s patrolled Main Beach).