Although there are 92 one-bedroom suites at The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa, you would never know it; the property is sprawling. The suites themselves are also spacious, starting at 65 square metres, and all have a kitchen with dining table, private balconies and king size beds. If you’re looking for some added privacy choose one of the deluxe spa suites – they are a 10-minute walk from the main resort and close to Tallow Beach.
The big drawcard here is the 45-acre rainforest accessible by a multitude of timber pathways. It is absolute nourishment to your soul to wander through the rainforest, listening to the birds and breathing in all of the earthy green smells from the rain the night before. Bring a camera as you explore. Included in the walks is a self-guided meditation walk that’s particularly beautiful at sunset. A 10-minute walk past the rainforest is Tallow Beach, a huge expanse of sand fronted by crashing waves. The beach is at the most easterly point of Australia, so the sunrise is spectacular.
Relax with a spa treatment
Back at the resort don’t miss the complimentary yoga classes on the spa deck every morning at 8am. The one-hour class mostly follows the principals of hatha yoga and is suitable for any level. If you’re there on a Thursday make sure to go on the Byron Farmers’ Market tour with head chef/comedian Gavin Hughes. The Scottish chef with a quick sense of humour has been with the resort from the beginning and has been supporting the local market every Thursday since. Gavin is an official ambassador for the market, which makes the wander around even more enjoyable – he knows all of the sellers and likes to have a bit of a chat. Bring your market bag; by the end of the hour I was loaded up with local honey, handmade beeswax candles, beautiful pastries and a wonderful CD from the local musician playing in the centre. The vibe was really fantastic, exactly what you would expect from Byron Bay.
Secluded pathways and private rooms
The restaurant at The Byron at Byron has won many awards and is very popular with locals as well as guests staying at the resort. There is a focus on fresh, locally farmed produce from the Northern Rivers with menus changing seasonally. Food is light and healthy, and the seafood in particular is excellent – you must try the Yamba prawns and the Hervey Bay sea scallops.
The resort has a beautiful spa and wellness centre with six treatment rooms, a heated spa, steam room and relaxation area. I enjoyed a 90-minute rainforest body ritual that took place on the most beautiful hand carved wooden table. By the end of the sugar scrub, Vichy shower, body moisturising and scalp conditioning treatment I felt refreshed and relaxed.
The Byron at Byron reception