Staying at the Byron at Byron reminds me of the classic Australian film The Castle. None of the other guests are anything like the working class characters in the movie but I still can’t help thinking of that famous line. “How’s the serenity?” The Byron at Byron is so serene that it is impossible not to relax. Winding timber boardwalks meander through the resort and guests are outnumbered by native birds. The only thing disturbing the peaceful silence is a raucous chorus of kookaburras.
The Byron at Byron is surrounded by 45 acres of lush rainforest and is located an easy 5 minute drive from the heart of Byron. I prefer this more secluded location to the centre of town as it can feel a little ‘loved to death’ at times, particularly during peak season. It’s much better to enjoy the restaurants, shopping and vibrant atmosphere and then return to the calming luxury of the resort. Accommodation blocks are connected by wooden boardwalks and there are four one bedroom suites in each. These are open plan and have sliding doors that can be used to reimagine the room’s configuration. Each suite contains a kitchen, separate lounge and dining area, plasma TV and two enclosed balconies.
One balcony overlooks the winding boardwalks and is a great spot for people watching; the other is nestled in the heart of the rainforest and makes the bush seem like it is close enough to touch. Bathrooms have deep free standing bathtubs and a separate shower. The king size bed can be closed off from the living area or you can go entirely open plan and gaze out at the bush from the bedroom. It is an easy stroll along the resort’s boardwalks to Tallow Beach which, unlike Byron’s main beach, is not on the tourist trail. Locals run along the sand with their dogs and the Byron Lighthouse shimmers in the distance.
It is worth noting there are no cafes or bistros near the resort but this is of little concern. The bistro at the Byron at Byron called The Restaurant is excellent. It is a classy yet casual diner with a focus on produce from the surrounding area. The food is fresh, tasty and not overworked, allowing the quality of the ingredients to shine. Time your stay for a Thursday and you can join the chef for a free guided tour of the local farmer’s markets. There is no better spot to pick up some produce of your own so you can create culinary magic in your suite’s kitchen.
There is plenty at the resort to keep you entertained with a tennis court and sparkling 25 metre pool. Guests at the Bryon at Byron can find their inner bliss during a free morning yoga session or at the on-site spa which focuses on pampering and relaxation. My only regret is not allowing enough time to enjoy the spa’s facilities. Ten minutes in a hot tub is usually more than enough for me but this one was so beautiful that I could have stayed longer. I should have known better. When you come to Byron, you should always allow time to follow your bliss.
Disclaimer: The writer was a guest of the Byron at Byron.