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NSM Review: Elements of Byron

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This is the life!
This is the life!

Looking for that perfect beachside resort getaway? We’ve found it! Whether you’re wanting to escape with your girlfriends for a mum’s weekend away, a family-friendly getaway or a special destination to celebrate a milestone in your life, we recommend that you put Elements of Byron on your holiday wishlist!


Holidays. Weekends Away. Mini-breaks. There’s nothing I love more than escaping the day-to-day routine, taking a step back from the pressures of everyday life and enjoying a world that’s a million miles away from my normal reality.

One of my besties (Annie, who now lives in Melbourne) and I have recently started trying to do an annual “mum’s weekend away”. Living in different cities, we rarely see each other, so it’s a great chance to catch up on everything going on in our lives. Last year we went to Kingscliff but had to take our breast-feeding babies with us, but this year these tiny humans had grown into independent toddlers, so we decided that would leave our respective tribes of three kids with their Dads and have a completely child-free getaway. Luxury!

We were quick to agree that we wanted to go somewhere warm, close to a beach and where we could enjoy a few poolside cocktails. I was so excited to hear about Elements of Byron… from the moment I browsed through their website and watched their videos, I knew we needed to make it our next escape.

So we left our capable husbands each in charge of three children for the weekend, and jetted up the coast for two child-free nights. Yipeeee!

Getting There

We both flew into Gold Coast airport, managing to synchronise our respective flights from Sydney and Melbourne by about five minutes. We picked up a rental car from the airport, and headed south down the Pacific Highway to Byron Bay. The drive took 50 minutes, but went in a flash as we didn’t stop chatting the whole time.

You can also fly into Ballina airport, which is about a 30-minute drive Byron Bay – but for us, the flights were more expensive and not as frequent, so there would have been a few hours of waiting at the terminal between arrival and departure times.

If you’re planning on going for more than just a weekend (and you don’t mind a bit of a road trip!), it takes about 8-9 hours to drive from Sydney to Byron Bay.

Arriving at Elements of Byron

I’d spent a considerable amount of time devouring the Elements of Byron website, photo galleries and video clips before arriving (as you do!), so I already knew that it was going to be a special place… but arriving at the resort completely took my breath away. From the minute we arrived, we were transported into a zone of tranquility and sophistication. We were warmly greeted at reception for check-in, as we looked across the huge pool and guests having cocktails by the firepit. I think we were both rendered mute for a few minutes as we soaked up the beautiful environment.

With the electronic keys in hand, we couldn’t wait to check out our home for the weekend.

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The view across the pool from reception

The Resort

Elements Of Byron is set across 22 hectares of beachside paradise, surrounded by rainforest, and features 193 standalone villas – ranging in size from studios to 2-bedroom villas.

Despite the scale, the villas are all cleverly designed to be very private, and it was very peaceful and quiet around the accommodation.

I’m not an expert in interior design, but I can totally appreciate just how much thought and style has been put into the design of the resort – to make it seamlessly integrate with the natural environment, but in an elegant and stylish way. Nothing is over the top, it’s just done very tastefully and with huge consideration.

Our Accommodation: Two-bedroom Superior Villa

We were delighted to enter our gorgeous, brand new Superior 2-bedroom Villa (which had only opened in October). From the moment we used our keyless entry (a funky swipe card that unlocks the sliding door), we knew we were in for a treat. The interior design was stylish and modern, but also felt very welcoming and homely (certainly not your normal personality-less hotel room).

One room had a king bed, and the other with two king singles and a trundle bed (so would be perfect for a family with three children). Each room had its own large ensuite with rainfall shower and bath, and lots of hanging space and drawers so you could really settle in.

Our favourite space in the house was a sunroom, that was fully enclosed with mesh – meaning you could be sitting outside, but still have protection from mosquitos. Overlooking the rainforest, this was the perfect spot to crack open a bottle of champagne and celebrate the start of our child-free weekend away.

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Kicking off the child-free weekend with bubbles on our fully enclosed deck

 


Drinking & Dining

With such beautiful surrounds, there was no reason to leave the resort to eat, so we made sure we enjoyed all there was to offer at Elements of Byron.

For dinner, we opted for a more relaxed vibe at Lobby Bar on the Friday night, for cocktails, bar food and gourmet pizza by the pool.

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Cocktails and gourmet pizza for dinner at the Lobby Bar

On the Saturday night, we treated ourselves to a 3-course meal at the beautiful Graze Restaurant, which served delicious fine dining meals with friendly, attentive service from the waiters.

Breakfast each morning was a treat into itself. There was an incredible continental breakfast buffet that featured a huge range of mueslis, cereals, gourmet breads, fresh fruit, yoghurt, nuts & seeds, pastries, muffins. On top of this, we had a package which enabled us to order a hot breakfast a la carte – think avocado smash on sourdough, omelettes, big breakfast – all fresh, locally sourced products, and absolutely delicious.


Around Byron

Although we arrived a Friday afternoon into glorious sunshine, our only full day (Saturday) was cold and rainy. Fortunately, there’s lots to do around Byron Bay, so we decided to hop in the car and explore the area.

We visited Bangalow, a lovely village about 10 minutes drive from Byron, which had the most gorgeous gift and homewares stores. Browsing these kind of stores with young kids (and disinterested husbands) just isn’t a reality, so we relished the opportunity to mooch without whining children or potential breakages.

We then drove across to The Lighthouse at Byron Bay, to touch the most easterly point in Australia and to see if we could spot any whales. With the rain continuing, we headed to the Byron Bay town centre for a bit more shopping and a bite of lunch.

Thing to do at Elements of Byron

If the sun is shining, there really is no reason to leave Elements of Byron. There’s a beautiful rainforest to explore, a gorgeous beach on your doorstep and the most incredible pool – complete with hanging seats, cabanas and refreshments.

If you’re visiting with your family, there’s a parkour-inspired all-natural adventure playground that children of all ages would enjoy. If you want to keep in shape, there’s a tennis court, free beachside yoga every morning at 7.30am… as well as a stunning beach to walk or run along.

And if you want to simply chill out in your villa, they’re all equipped with state-of-the-art entertainment systems and free movies.

Although we didn’t get the chance to book in for a session of the stunning Osprey Spa, it looked absolutely incredible! Next time…

We were only there for two nights, but could have easily spent two weeks! There’s so much to explore and do… click here for current events.

The verdict?

How many words are there for ‘love’? Elements of Byron would have to be the most incredible resorts I have ever stayed in. It’s sophisticated, stylish and modern… yet natural, understated and not at all pretentious. There’s a really lovely, warm, friendly atmosphere, yet you can also feel quite secluded and private at the same time.

Although we were there for a ‘mums only’ escape, there were all sorts of groups of people – lots of families with young kids, older couples, younger couples, large groups of women, mums and daughters.

Now that I’ve had a taste for this tropical paradise, I’m already planning a return next year… this time with the family!


Want to make Elements of Byron your next beachside escape? Click here to go to their website to find out more and check availability. 

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