“An immaculate resort and spa set in 45 acres of reclaimed rainforest, this is holiday heaven for couples seeking R'n'R”
Hidden off the beaten track amongst 45 acres of glorious rainforest, The Byron at Byron has a wonderfully laid-back atmosphere that's married with stylish design and excellent staff. Its 1-bedroom suites have been cleverly designed provide privacy amongst the lush foliage and wooden walkways make for easy morning strolls. Bikes are available for hire, there’s a huge infinity swimming pool and a separate spa and wellness centre with a long list of treatments. The hotel attracts couples and young families looking for downtime - we felt incredibly relaxed here and were most impressed with the friendly and professional staff, for whom nothing was too much trouble.
- There's a large infinity pool, a spa with sauna and a great poolside menu
- The stunning location is deep in the rainforest yet 10 minutes' walk from the beach
- The modern Australian food is delicious
- The well-equipped and spacious suites have a living-dining area, a kitchen and lots of natural light
- Conferences run here, so ensure you’re not going to be visiting when there’s one on
- Its large size, identikit layout and unattractive signage make it feel more resort-y than other i-escape properties
- The wooden walkways and golf buggies are convenient, but they take the wildness away from the jungle
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- Spa Hotel
- Restaurant and self-catering
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Outdoor Pool
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Daily Maid Service
- Towels & Bedlinen
- Tennis Court
- Bicycles Available
Each large 1-bedroom suite has 2 small ‘balconies’ where you can sit and read; large windows and glass walls maximise views of the rainforest and natural light.
The Standard Suites are situated on the ground floor and are less private than the others. The Superior Suites afford a better view of the treetops by being on the first floor, while the Deluxe Spa Suites are the most private and the closest to the beach.
Inside, white and taupe interiors are set off by primary-coloured and patterned soft furnishings and original art. There’s a spacious sitting room with plasma TV, an expertly equipped galley kitchen, and a comfortable kingsize (or twin) bedroom . The bathrooms have large freestanding bathtubs, many with Jacuzzi jets, and a separate shower. Locally made and natural ‘Sanctum’ toiletries are supplied.
Some suites are more private than others and it's worth asking for one away from the wooden walkways so you don’t have to hear people walking or buggying past. Four of the suites have disabled facilities, and there are 2 sets of interconnecting suites if you’re here with family or friends.
- Air conditioning
- Cd player
- Central heating
- Coffee maker
- Coffee tea making
- Cots Available
- Safe box
The smart-casual restaurant serves excellent modern Australian food. Wide verandas and folding doors make it a lovely and cool during hot weather, or you can choose to eat inside. There’s plenty of choice - interesting pasta dishes, fresh ocean trout, local lamb and other meats - and an excellent wine list, too.
You can also cook yourself a meal in your suite kitchen, which has a good supply of contemporary white crockery and glasses, a state-of-the-art cooker, culinary equipment, a microwave, a huge fridge and a dishwasher. Byron Bay is bursting with organic fruit and vegetable shops and there’s a good fishmongers. The Green Garage is exceptional for its organic fruit and vegetables, delicious dry goods and fresh breads.
If you’re here for more than a few nights, you’ll no doubt want to sample food outside the hotel. Byron Bay has a wide range of cafés and restaurants - our favourite brunch spot is Succulent Café on Byron Street.
- Children meals
- Coffee maker
- Coffee tea making
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Vegetarian menu
- Use the gym, pool and sauna, have treatments at the spa and wellness centre or have a tennis lesson
- Hire a mountain bike and explore the rainforest; the multi-day guided tours with Mountain Bike Tours come recommended
- You can also join the resort’s resident 'rainforest regenerator' Rosemary Joseph on an informative journey through the sub-tropical rainforest. You can gain insight into this sensitive eco system, see a variety of wildlife and learn about the endangered Mitchell Rainforest Snail
- For a more serene wander, head off on the peaceful meditation walk through the trees, along a path designed to celebrate life and nature
- There's a complimentary yoga class every morning and Tallow Beach’s dramatic sunsets and sunrises are the perfect backdrop to your sun salutations
- If you want to surf but are a beginner, try Wategos beach or head to Lennox Head, a more mellow stretch of surfing beach 15 minutes away
- Try whale watching from May to October. Go out in a boat or keep your eyes peeled for humpbacks at the Lighthouse
- Sea kayaking, hang gliding, diving and snorkelling are all available locally, or you can play golf at nearby Byron Bay Golf Club
- If you want to take to the air, hot air ballooning, scenic flights over Byron and Mt. Warning and sky diving can all be arranged by reception
- Byron Bay has a wealth of beauty and holistic centres . Though basic, the Byron Ayurveda Centre is highly recommended
- Visit Bangalow, a lovely little town a 15-minute drive away, with fab boutiques and eateries
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Cooking classes
- Hot air ballooning
- Mountain biking
- Plantlife / flora
- Private guided tours
- Scuba diving
- Shopping / markets
- Tennis coaching
- Well being
Children are welcome; there's a dedicated kids pool and the beach is a 10-minute walk away.
Family friendly accommodation:
All rooms can take families have space for up to 3 people. Standard and Superior Suites are closer to the main resort facilities; Deluxe Spa Suites are closer to the beach.
Babysitting is available by arrangement (request in advance).
Baby monitors can be hired in on request.
- High chairs
- Baby cots
- Other equipment can be hired in on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Kids menus offering options such as battered fish and chips, spaghetti with bolognese sauce, sandwiches, scrambled eggs, baby beef burger, little pizzas, steamed veggies, and banana split, fruit salad and ice cream.
Kids Activities on site:
- Heated kids pool
- Rainforest walk
- Tennis court and coaching
- Library and games
Kids Activities nearby:
- Kids bikes and baby bike seats can be hired in Byron Bay
- Pool & waterslide in Ballina
- Macadamia Castle adventure park: petting zoo, tree house, train rides, mini putt putt
- Ten pin bowling in Ballina
- Kayaking with dolphins
- Circus Arts School
- Horse riding
- Surfing lessons
- Jewellery making workshops
- Crystal Castle in Mullumbimby
Families Should Know:
Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times as the resort is set in 45 acres of subtropical rainforest with wildlife. Children under 3 years are not permitted to use the main pool.
- Airport: 30-45 minutes
- Hospital: 10 minutes
- Shops: 5-10 minutes