Byron Bay, famous for beautiful beaches, is enjoyed by the rich, famous, those preferring the alternative lifestyle and everyone in between. A variety of accommodation has always been there, but the opening of The Byron at Byron at the end of 2004 has added a new dimension. Owned by the entrepreneurial Gerry Harvey, it is the area's first luxury spa resort.
Just five minutes south of Byron Bay's centre near Tallow Beach, the 18 hectare property offers the best of man-made and natural worlds. It is built under a rainforest canopy within wetlands and is being developed in two stages. It will eventually have 92 apartments on 2.5 hectares.
A revegetation program providing 250,000 native plants and boardwalks protect the area's ecology and the resort's architecture blends with the natural beauty.
Apartments have a dining area, galley kitchen with microwave and refrigerator, entertainment area with plasma television and internet access and a laundry. Bathrooms are luxurious with free standing bathtub and separate shower. The king-size bedroom has a balcony and sliding screens allow flexible sleeping options.
The main building is the centre of the resort and captures its essence and culture.
The indoor restaurant seats seventy and the verandah, overlooking the pool and rainforest, seats ninety. Snacks and full meals are available, there is room service and spa cuisine will be provided on request. Cooking schools are held throughout the year.
The Resort Spa has a holistic philosophy offering a place for relaxation, restoration and revitalisation of body, mind and inner-self. The Rasual Steam Room a cleansing ceremony of clay, intermittent steam and rain-shower rinse is recommended in preparation for body treatments. There are lots of those on offer for that unforgettable holiday spoil wraps and polishes, hot stone massage, water therapies, algae milk and floral baths, facials, Swedish massage, aromatherapy, nail care and pedi-spa and holistic consultations. Spa packages can be enjoyed in the privacy of your room and there is even double outdoor bathing.
The Byron has a 25 metre lap pool, sauna and gymnasium, plus personal trainers are on call, there are power walks along Tallow Beach, mountain bike tours, diving at Julian Rocks, walks to the Lighthouse at Wategos and scenic flights.
Just 200 metres away is the par 72/74 18-hole Byron Golf Course. It is recommended you allow four hours for the 18 holes, some of which are tricky, but enjoyable thanks to the beautiful native trees sprinkled across the course.
If you fall in love with The Byron at Byron, you can own one of the apartments. Contact the Ray White Real Estate office in Ballina for details.