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Byron at Byron: A celebration of nature

This five-star rainforest resort makes the most of Byron Bay’s extensive beachside bushland to create a luxury oasis that is frequently named in the top 10 best luxury resorts in the country. It makes nature the hero and is one of Australia’s finest examples of responsible luxury.

Nestled in 45-acres of subtropical rainforest, Byron at Byron, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort gives guests the opportunity to spot wildlife, including wallabies and goannas , as they take a walk along the hotel’s wooden boardwalks or swim laps in the outdoor infinity pool.

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At one with the forest

Byron at Byron has 91 suites located in freestanding buildings nestled among the trees. The resort has been designed with the protection of the environment in mind – environmentally friendly, upcycled, recycled and locally sourced materials have been used where possible and there are no plastic water bottles or straws.

Each room has a similar layout, with the Rainforest Suites on the ground floor looking directly out into the rainforest from the enclosed verandas. Whereas the Treetops Suites provide a true sense of immersion in nature from their elevated aspect of the rainforest canopy. All rooms have rainforest showers, deep soak free-standing bathtubs and two balconies fitted with fly screens to keep rainforest critters at bay.

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Both the Treetops and Rainforest Suites have Luxe options which are kitted out with higher quality furnishings an have more privacy. Guests in the Luxe suites also receive a complimentary bottle of champagne and chef’s treat upon arrival.

The resort’s common areas are open plan allowing several places to relax with views of the surrounding rainforest, while modern, wicker furnishings provide a reminder of how close guests are to one of Byron’s best beaches. There’s also an infra-red sauna, morning yoga practice every day at 6:45am or 8:00am, a complimentary resort shuttle to Byron town centre and free bikes.

A taste of Byron

One of the highlights of the Byron at Byron resort is its onsite hatted restaurant, Forest. With views of the lush rainforest oasis, the restaurant celebrates sustainability and works hand-in-hand with local farmers, growers and artisans.

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Led by executive chef Etienne Karner, Forest has a contemporary, social and approachable style of dining that is distinctly Australian. Embracing the Northern Rivers region’s abundance of stunning ingredients, expect to find Mooloolaba king prawns, Paroo kangaroo tartar and line-caught local fish as the heroes, accompanied by locally-grown, organic vegetables. A selection of more than 30 sustainable, organic and biodynamic wines are also on offer.

In fact, the team at Forest are so passionate about sourcing local produce that over 80% of the restaurant’s ingredients come from within a three-hour drive of the resort. The restaurant also only uses sustainably sourced seafood and free-range proteins. Add to this an organic herb garden, on- site beehives and worm farm and you’ll see that both the restaurant and the resort are seriously committed to improving the planet.

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Where?

Website: www.crystalbrookcollection.com

Address: 77-97 Broken Head Road, Byron Bay, New South Wales 2481

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Jennifer Gaskin
Jen is obsessed with both food and travel. She believes that the way we explore the world, and our own backyards, can have a profoundly positive effect on the planet and its people. Her favourite things to do are explore far-flung corners of the globe, eat as many different types of food as possible and work up a sweat in the boxing ring!