Elements of Byron
Ninety-nine new villas, an adults-only pool with swim-up bar and a cocktail caravan on the beach were the finishing touches added in 2018 to the expansive Elements of Byron resort in Byron Bay.
It all came together to create one of the state's best accommodation options and a hotel that deftly blends the amenities of a beach get-away with the service and facilities of a luxury resort.
There's over 70 of these two-bedroom villas. They come with 110 square metres of living space, two bathrooms, a full kitchen, laundry and screened in-deck with views over the rainforest or grasslands.
Another calling card is the adults-only pool. It's sleek, linear and surrounded by daybeds and cabanas. There’s also a sunken swim-up bar with a focus on tequila and a pop-up taco van serving Mexican street food.
At sunset, head to the Botanica Beach Bar set up on the sand with panoramic views up to the famous Byron Bay Lighthouse. The bar is in a retro refitted caravan with spritzes on tap, lots of different gins and light snacks.
There's also an adventure playground for kids, giant chess sets and bocce scattered around the resort, and a solar-powered train to take guests into Byron proper. The train is a world-first; a refurbished 70-year-old "red rattler” travelling on three kilometres of disused track.