Located along Tallow Beach at Suffolk Park, The Byron at Byron has always been a well-known spot in the buzzing coastal known – namely for its tranquil rainforest setting and sizeable treetop suites. But recently the property has undergone a unique transformation, proving that you can indeed improve on perfection.
A retreat in every sense of the word, the Crystalbrook Collection resort has all the hallmarks of a luxurious five-star offering – a day spa, fine-dining restaurant and a pool that sparkles in the sub-tropical sunlight. But what’s truly remarkable about it is the way it serves up a decadent holiday experience without loosing out on the natural surrounds. Each room (although apartment seems more fitting) is nestled on the forest floor or amongst the treetops, providing the upmost privacy and a feeling of isolation (the good kind). It’s the kind of place where bird song is your alarm, where natural light is abundant and the air feels cleaner than usual. It’s beautiful but respectful of its surrounds; all qualities that’s seen the property hold strong on the Byron Bay scene for so many years.
And so to celebrate the upgrade, we spent a few nights soaking in the natural spoils, sampling local delicacies at in-house restaurant Forest, and sipping one (or two) cocktails by the pool. So if you’re craving the respite that only nature can offer, might we suggest a long weekend at The Byron? Your body (and brain) will certainly thank you for it.
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What to do:
Set on 45 acres of sub-tropical rainforest, there’s something to be said about slowing down and breathing deeply at The Byron at Byron. Start the day with a complimentary sunrise yoga session, before a walk around the property or nearby Tallows Beach. Stop by Forest for breakfast, and either settle in pool-side or take a bike and ride into town. After a spot of lunch (by the pool if you fancy) either enjoy a game of tennis, a lazy nap back in your suite or our personal recommendation, a luxurious treatment at Eléme Day Spa. Inspired by the restorative powers of Byron Bay, Eléme specialises in treatments designed to not only nourish the body but also the mind. The entire treatment menu is gold class, but we can’t go past the Well-Tuned Chakra Healing, sure to leave your shoulders loosened and your heart open. Bliss.
Wrap up your day with a poolside cocktail, a slow dinner at Forest and a tranquil night’s sleep amongst the treetops.
For those who do have the desire to peel themselves away from a day bed, put hot air ballooning with Balloon Aloft on your list. While the early wake up is gruelling, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the coast and hinterland. A lighthouse hike or kayaking with Go See Kayak are also worthy adventures (be sure to pack your camera).
What to eat:
While you’re spoilt for choice food-wise in Byron, there’s no need to venture into town for a memorable eating experience. Forest, The Byron at Byron’s on-site restaurant, is an open, airy, inviting space perfect for long lunching or a moonlit dinner. Situated by the pool and looking out across the rainforest, the eatery puts a focus on sustainable farming, local produce and simple food done well (with a twist). Over 80% of what’s served comes from within a three-hour drive of the resort, so you know you’re getting to sample some of the regions finest – think farmers market crudités, slow-poached ocean trout, ricotta wattle seed gnocchi and local honeycomb with lemon curd ice cream.
What to pack:
In Byron, it’s always summer. The days are long and warm, the humidity is high and the need for shoes is optional. Instead, fill your suitcase with a good read, nourishing beauty products and a bikini.
Costa Brazil Óleo Para Corpo Kaya Jungle Firming Body Oil, $149. shop now
Rehydrate salty limbs with this nourishing body oil from Costa Brazil. Inspired by the wellness rituals of Amazon tribes, it feels fitting in the Byron at Byron’s rainforest adjacent setting.
Chanel Les Beige Eau de Teint, $109. shop now
Swap out tradition al makeup products for this lightweight water tint from Chanel. It’s super light and offers a slight wash of luminous coverage.
The Row Ginza two-tone leather and suede platform flip flops, $1333. shop now
Call us old fashioned, but we’re not quite ready to skip out on shoes. Instead, we’re slipping on this elevated take on the humble thong from The Row. The white leather looks beautiful against a bright pedicure, too.
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