Drawing inspiration from its stunning natural environment, Elements of Byron is an ultra-luxe resort that blends beach, bushland, wetland and rainforest with contemporary design. Situated on the sandy shores of Belongil Beach (just north of beautiful Byron Bay), the resort design is organic and unassuming; focusing on the unique ecologies of the landscape. Elements of Byron is the only absolute beachfront resort in Byron Bay, with 193 villas dotted across fifty acres of luscious rainforest. The style of the resort is quintessentially Australian, featuring Australian hardwood accents, exquisite glass work by local artists from the Byron region, and a striking lagoon pool with sunken fire pit. Elements of Byron truly is barefoot luxury at its best.
One-and-two-bedroom villas are dotted across the sprawling grounds of Elements of Byron, resulting in residences that are nestled amongst the eucalypt forest and wetlands or overlooking the tranquil lagoon or situated just a few steps away from the beach. All villas have been designed to integrate seamlessly into the natural environment and showcase beautiful stone and timber finishings. The colour palette tastefully features natural tones with a pop of colour. Some villas offer a sleek gas fireplace for a cosy winter night, plus a private bathing deck – so splurge on these villas if this will make your stay extra-special.
We stayed in a beautiful split-level Botanica Villa that was perfect for our weekend getaway. Everything had a touch of finesse, with an amazingly-comfortable king bed, deep soaking tub, Nespresso machine, Bose audio system, iPad, Appelles Apothecary bath products and more.
I loved that the villa had a mini-kitchenette with microwave, fridge and sink. Travelling with a toddler is made so much easier when you can easily prepare or heat up a snack. The villa was quite spacious and we easily fit our Phil & Teds Traveller cot in the bedroom for our little one. The small terrace outside was perfect for us to have somewhere to sit and chat once our little one was asleep. There is also a parking space situated next to each villa, which is convenient for those on a local getaway with a car.
The lagoon pool at Elements of Byron is simply gorgeous! Its expansive design is great for both families and couples; and features a paddling pool for children plus an adults-only wading pool with hanging lounges.
The pool is heated from mid-May and throughout the cooler months, and there is also a heated spa. Poolside bures and cabanas surround the lagoon pool and are the perfect place to laze about. The resort has recently been re-launched and now also offers a 25-meter adults-only heated pool with swim-up bar, if you need a quiet place to relax.
Elements of Byron is set on the spectacular Belongil Beach, just north of Byron Bay town. The resort has created a chilled beach lounge, with day beds and umbrellas placed along the beach front. From here you can also see the tidal estuary, stained with crimson and cobalt hues from the tea tree forest. Enjoy a relaxing stroll along the sandy shoreline of Belongil Beach, with the iconic Byron Bay lighthouse in the distance.
Our little boy loved playing on the beach and splashing about in the ocean (even though it was cold during our stay!). Staff at the resort even offered us a selection of beach toys to use during our stay, which was a thoughtful touch.
Enjoy a cosy evening in front of the sunken fire pit, and watch the soft flames dance in the air. We bought some delicious chocolate brownies from Byron Bay and enjoyed them in front of the fire pit on a cool winter evening. If you are staying at Elements of Byron on a Friday night, be sure to check out Fire Pit Fridays where you can enjoy local oysters freshly shucked to order, nibbles and drink specials.
There are plenty of options to stay active while holidaying at Elements of Byron. The onsite fitness centre offers a range of the latest cardio and weight-training equipment. There is also an outdoor fitness circuit, tennis courts and hiking trails. Why not go on a complimentary guided rainforest and bird tour, to fully immerse yourself in the natural environment surrounding this eco resort. For those wanting to experience wellness of the mind, body and soul I would recommend partaking in the First Light Club Yoga – held first thing in the morning while overlooking beautiful Belongil Beach.
Byron Bay is a haven for foodies. There are so many amazing farm-fresh dining options both at Elements of Byron and in the local area nearby. Graze offers a market-style breakfast menu, with the lunch and dinner menus featuring farm to plate dishes that champion the freshest local produce.
Barefoot Kiosk has a relaxed poolside ambience with a range of tasty light meals (think pizzas, burgers and tacos), cocktails and refreshments. Head to Drift Bar for a drink or a speciality coffee; or organise an intimate dining event in the exquisite Private Dining Room. Oh, and if you are passing through the lobby make sure you sample some tea by the Byron Bay Tea Company. We had cold brew chai with apple, mint and citrus – refreshing!
To me, no weekend beach getaway is complete without fish and chips – so a trip to Fishheads in Byron Bay was a must. Order in the takeaway section and find a spot at the beach to enjoy your lunch. If you feel like woodfire pizza, Il Buco is the place to go. It really is simple, honest food and they source many of their fresh ingredients from local farmers.
If you want to indulge in the ultimate pampering, book a treatment at the Osprey Spa. After an initial consultation with your therapist, you are taken through to a serene lounge area that really took my breath away. Neutral hues, driftwood, soft lighting and a water feature come together to create a stunning ambience.
The treatment rooms are also beautiful, featuring an indoor/outdoor space with fresh air and lush vegetation. The spa menu is heavenly, with treatments using pure ingredients sourced from nature. Mandarin peel, grape seed oil and marine salt are used as a soothing foot scrub before your treatment begins. Be sure to book any spa treatments in advance, as the Spa does book up quickly.
LITTLE LUXE TRAVELLER TIPS
- There is a grocery store (IGA), pharmacy and speciality stores nearby for any last-minute baby-related needs
- The resort re-launch has made Elements of Byron more family-friendly, with the addition of two-bedroom villas with full kitchen and laundry, and a new adventure playground for the kids. Note that some of the one-bedroom villas are split-level and have a few steps – which may not be suited if your little one cannot safely navigate stairs (note that we didn’t find this an issue)
- The Byron Bay Railroad company will soon operate a solar train service connecting Elements of Byron to Byron Bay, which will make for a fun and scenic way to reach the town
If you have any comments or questions, I would love to hear from you
You can find out more about Elements of Byron here
*Little Luxe Traveller received a media rate for our stay at Elements of Byron – but all opinions, as always, are my own