When deciding on accommodation to attend the Bluesfest this year we knew to expect steep prices and lengthy minimum stays. We had heard a lot of great things about the 1-year-old Elements of Byron and decided to splurge to make the weekend even more memorable. It did not disappoint.
From the moment you walk in the door of the main pavilion you are surrounded by sumptuous coastal luxury with a great outdoor vibe and tremendously thoughtful design.The pavilion has an organic shape and seems to hug the natural lie of the land. High end finishes, beautiful artwork and installations and designer furnishing are well executed as well as functional. The overall aesthetic really works.
The staff is friendly and efficient and we had a great lunch by the pool waiting for our room. And what a pool !
Accommodation is 103 beautifully appointed ‘villas’ or cabins spread over much of the property’s beautiful gardens. A lot of thought has gone into the design and construction and the products used and given they are almost a year old and by the sea, they still look and feel brand new.
We had a dunal villa for 3 nights – the ones closest to the beach. Hell, if you’re going to splurge and you’re near the sea you may as well hear it! The bed is heavenly, the linen is crisp and high quality and the lovely toiletries are by Australian brand Appalles. There is a gas fireplace for crisp nights ( didn’t use it) and a well stocked mini bar INCLUDING a decent sharp knife, a corkscrew and good quality wine glasses. There’s even a full size ironing board and iron.Sometimes its the little things…
In case you actually want to leave your room and/or the pool area there are a raft of other things to do at Elements of Byron. A well equipped gym, a decent conference centre, bike hire, fishing, surfing, nature walks, beautiful gardens and of course, the beach. The resort has an excellent website with numerous suggestions for things to do in and around Byron. They can arrange everything from Helicopter tours to Farm experiences.
One of our favourite spots was the nearby beach ‘club’ – a series of day beds and umbrellas overlooking the nearby estuary spilling onto the beach and home to hundreds of seabirds. In the afternoon the local bar opens which is a funky little caravan and some cool tunes are played. Boules and other games are available on the lawn.
Food was a bit inconsistent. Overall great apart from a Chef who doesn’t know how to cook a steak medium-rare AND likes to argue with his guests about it. Not cool. Otherwise the calamari we had for lunch was divine and breakfast was ridiculously generous and delicious.
Despite paying a bomb for the Easter weekend we actually felt like it was good value for money. Plenty of people paid a little less for not much so we are so glad we booked Elements of Byron back in October.
It’s a breathtakingly beautiful resort in a great location. The grounds are gorgeous, the service is good and the facilities are excellent. It does help that Patti Smith was in the next cabin and Matt Damon popped in for coffee. But taking away the celebrity factor the the Easter weekend I cannot think of anywhere better to stay in the Byron area.
If you’re keen to find out all about the Bluesfest click HERE
To Book your stay at Elements of Byron CLICK HERE