Arriving at The Byron at Byron, I feel like I’ve landed a coveted invitation to an exclusive retreat. Just a couple of minutes from town on 18 hectares of subtropical rainforest, the resort is a peaceful oasis in Byron Bay.
The reception area opens out to the forest and the pool and boardwalks lead to the 92 suites, built in blocks of four. There’s an immediate sense of calm here, naturally established by the vivid greenery surrounding the property and enhanced by the staff and simplistic, timber-and-cream interiors. The spa is along the boardwalk to the right and dining is to the left.
There’s a focus on wellness here, with a meditation walk, tennis court and daily yoga classes, and I inhale the distant salty air from the ocean as I wheel my weekender to my suite.
The room is compact but clever in design, utilising the space to allow a kitchen, bedroom, lounge and ensuite bathroom. A protected balcony wrapped in glass gives you the feeling of being in among the trees and is the perfect spot to read, I soon learn.
The huge lap pool and cabanas beg to be occupied all day long, but it’s the spa I want to devote time to on my first day. I book a 90-minute Signature Massage and am transported to a parallel universe. It’s unbelievably good, up there with the best I’ve ever experienced and as I sit afterwards in the relaxation room sipping tea, I plan days to follow with very little.
One morning I wander down the private walkway to Tallow Beach and lie out under the sun for the best part of a day; another I start with an 8am yoga class, followed by the buffet and lounging by the pool. When I leave after just three days I feel rejuvenated and vow to do it again next year.