We love beautiful Byron Bay! And we love Australia’s newest beach resort (that also happens to be eco-friendly and in the beautiful Byron region) – the stunning Elements of Byron.
We spoke with chief concierge, James (Jimmy) McHenery, who gave us the rundown on this gorgeous piece of paradise.
Why is Byron Bay the ultimate holiday destination?
Byron Bay is a dreamy tantalising circus of opportunity, a dazzling sun-kissed kaleidoscope of art, culture and music. With an abundance of goosebump delivering landscapes, sunsets, waves and visual vibes leaving you in no doubt that this is a place where magic happens. These phenomenal attributes are made possible by the fact that Byron Bay is a small coastal town with a large tourist and gypsy thoroughfare, untainted by high rises and the smog of the city. It is one of the most unique, magical places on planet earth.
You’re planning a day of events for an adventurous, food-loving guest, what’s on the itinerary?
Roll out of your villa to Heart of the Bay at Elements of Byron for complimentary yoga at 7am with First Light Club. After breakfast, which is included in all villa rates, you can’t go past the Byron Lighthouse Walk, starting at Wategos Beach or The Pass if you’re feeling more adventurous.
You’ll be hungry now, so head to Foam Food & Wine in Lennox Head, where food is art and the wine list is sublime. Make sure you ask about their killer natural wine selection.
Killen Falls, in the Teven area, would be my next stop. Be prepared for a rejuvenating waterfall fix. If you’re up for eating out, St Elmo’s Spanish Tapas Bar in Byron is authentic dining done right.
When it’s raining, how do you suggest guests spend their day?
Spa time. Full stop the best thing you can do is secure a booking at Osprey Spa. Once you are sufficiently pampered, head to iconic Byron institution The Pighouse Flicks for some old fashioned cinema time. Grab the double cinema chairs, a glass of wine and lose yourself.
It’s getting on now, so definitely time to park yourself at Drift Bar at Elements of Byron to provide some input to staff on the native produce inspired cocktail menu. You might need to sample a few to establish comparisons. I recommend the Healer, Macadamia Marvel and Tambourine Aviation. Accompany these with Justin Dingle-Garciyya’s crab doughnuts, then progress through his menu (my faves are the chilled cucumber and coconut gazpacho with spanner crab, Byron ceviche and his kale and cavolo nero Caeser).
Best caffeine fix?
Leaf and Grain offer a variety of coffees, including organic, that’s sure to summon your inner superhero. The team there are always smiling. Afends also do a great coffee and it’s just down the road from us.
What do you love most about Elements of Byron?
The setting of the villas. I love that they are stand-alone, leaving plenty of space for nature to flourish. I love the hand made glass cockatoos at reception by Noel Hart. The food, Belongil Beach, the earth, fire, water, wind and salt.
Are there any winter warmer packages on offer at Elements?
Winter rates are great, from $355 for two people you receive accommodation, a farmers market continental breakfast, yoga and wifi. Also, with every winter booking comes a comprehensive complimentary group hug from myself and Jake, our other concierge.
Until the end of July, Osprey Spa is offering a 90 minute “head to toe quench and drench” for $225. This luxe treatment includes copper and vitamin infused cocooning for the body and face, hot stone warming, a facial and pressure point massage – a perfect winter pamper!
To find out more about the Elements of Byron, or to book, click here.