by Zac in Cool Travel on Thursday 12 April 2012

For the uninitiated, Byron Bay is one of Australia’s finest regions for food, beach and culture. The Byron at Byron distills the region’s unique mix into a compelling and utterly unique resort. We stayed in the Deluxe Spa suites, and once we arrived, we felt no urge to leave. Designed by Haysorn Architects, the rooms are a marvel in space maximisation and design aesthetic.

Boasting six separate sliding doors, our room adjusted throughout the day to our changing demands. There were two balconies, and our day sleep in the private rainforest enclosed daybed was a special holiday treat.

The Byron at Byron is marked by three unique things:

* The 92 room accommodation is 100 percent luxury and beautifully executed. Fittings are generous and selected with skill, matching the on-site amenities, such as the 25 meter infinity pool, gym, sauna, tennis courts and – this being Byron – the daily yoga session.

* The location is stunning. This is a resort immersed in its very own sub-tropical rainforest. Tracks are carved throughout the natural habitat, which is teaming with wildlife and offers several large lily ponds and meditation spots.

* Finally, what tips the Byron at Byron is the quality of the food and produce, which is selected daily from across the region by founding chef, Gavin Hughes. Hughes has a true belief in local produce and he offers a weekly guided tour of the farmers market for interested guests.

As a result, the teas are from Maduar (Australia’s finest tea), the pork from Bangalow, even the kids meal pizza had hand-made dough and quality toppings. Hughes’ ability to select fine, local produce and drive the local message throughout the resort sets the Byron at Byron apart.

Near full, we felt the space was still ours to enjoy in private and we easily immersed ourselves into this world class resort in one of the world’s great destinations.

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