Natural beauty at Byron
BIG raindrops begin to fall as I follow a winding timber boardwalk to my resort room.
I pass a huge lily pond with flowers resplendent in purples and pinks. There are giant elephant ears, tall reeds, vine-covered towering trees and exotic palms.
Bush turkeys cross my path and in the distance I hear the call of whip birds and kookaburras.
I'm surrounded by tropical wetlands and rainforest but I'm not in the Amazon or the Everglades in Florida, I'm at the Byron at Byron Resort and Spa and even in the rain this place is simply stunning!
The Resort's 92 one-bedroom suites are spacious and luxurious and are nestled among a showcase of greenery.
It feels like you're staying in a treehouse.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the resort is located on 45 acres of lush, subtropical rainforest with breathtaking wetlands.
With less than a 10% footprint on the land, the rainforest teems with wildlife and endangered ecosystems.
So conscious of maintaining its green environment, the resort employs two rainforest regeneration specialists from the National Parks and Wildlife Service who work within the wetlands and rainforest maintaining their stunning biodiversity.
The miles and miles of timber boardwalks meander through the rainforest and beckon guests onto Tallow Beach or to soak up the natural vistas.
Spend the days wandering the boardwalks, take a swim in the heated pool, get fit in the gym or find your Zen with a complimentary yoga class.
For those guests who want to totally bliss out, the Spa and Wellness Centre is a must.
With six luxurious treatment rooms, a spa, steam room and relaxation area, guests can totally unwind and re-energise their body, mind and soul.
Deep, comfortable couches on the veranda are just perfect for curling up with a good book and a glass of bubbly.
Complementing the stunning location, The Restaurant at the Byron at Byron is headed by chef Gavin Hughes who has been with the resort since it opened.
There's indoor and outdoor dining and a strong emphasis on showcasing the area's fresh, locally farmed produce.
An extensive wine and cocktail list enhances this top-class dining experience.
Think tempura prawns with wasabi and Japanese mayonnaise; grilled market fish, with miso broth, baby bok choy, vongole and Asian herb salad; and cheese and fruit platters all enjoyed with a selection of Penfolds wine including a 2010 Grange.
General managers John and Lyn Parche, who have been in the hotel industry for more than 40 years, are justifiably proud of the award-winning resort.
The couple has just been awarded runners up for Best Hoteliers in Australia from Hotel Management. The award recognises their dedication, professionalism and passion.
The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa is the ultimate indulgence providing its guests with an idyllic escape and a truly unique experience.
- Jann Burmester
Jann was a guest at the Byron at Byron Resort and Spa.