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The Bower: New York loft meets barefoot Byron living

This near-new hotel set in lush palm-filled grounds close to the centre of town is the absolute epitome of the luxe-laidback lifestyle that Byron Bay is known for. And, they’ve had sustainability on their mind from the outset.

On arrival at The Bower you’ll wander through the hotel’s grounds and be met by the sweet scent of the tropical gardens where mangoes, guavas, figs and citrus fruits grow under the northern NSW sun. Featured in Conde Nast’s Traveller Hot List 2018, the hotel offers 28 guest rooms and 8 different room types.

Lay your head in luxury

At the top end of the price scale, the two new adults-only Deluxe King Rooms with Baths set a new level of luxury for the property and the sophisticated and sensual design is perfect for couples. The dark wood features give off New York loft vibes and the floor to ceiling glass doors open into a private greenery-filled courtyard.

There’s a kitchenette, the 5-star king size bed is dressed in Cultiver linen, and two seating spaces provide the perfect place for a pre-dinner glass of champagne from the gourmet mini-bar. But, the standout feature of these rooms is the stone bath which looks out onto a private tropical garden.

For families or groups of friends, there is the option of The Bower House, Barn or Cottage. The modern, light-filled Bower House has open-plan interior, a sheltered terrace with a barbeque and four bedrooms with king beds.

For small families, The Bower Barn is a rustic private oasis with reclaimed wooden beams and restored cottage windows. For bigger groups, The Bower Cottage is reminiscent of a classic country house. It’s located further into the property’s grounds giving complete privacy and the restored 100- year-old cottage has five bedrooms, three en-suite bathrooms and an extensive deck and garden area.

The jewel in the crown of The Bower is their award-winning circular swimming pool located in the middle of the property. You could easily spend your entire holiday longing by the pool with cocktails, snacks and a book.

The property is a short walk from the cool cafes and restaurants of Byron Bay and Main Beach. Or, you can rent a bicycle and venture further to explore Tallow Beach or the Cape Byron Lighthouse.

A solar-powered sanctuary

It would have been easy for The Bower to rely on its luxurious good looks and stunning surroundings, but their mission from the outset was to incorporate sustainability, making sure they were protecting their corner of the earth for future generations.

The property was designed for best natural airflow and maximum insulation which results in better, natural temperature control and less need for aircon, even during the summer months. They have made a substantial investment into carbon offsetting the hotel by using 132 solar panels which generate enough energy to power everything in the hotel, as well as sending energy back into the grid.

If you have an eye for design you’ll notice that a lot of the décor at The Bower is made from upcycled or recycled materials. And, there are other eco-touches too, like recycled toilet paper, organic and locally produced cleaning products, LED lighting, a ZIP tap by the pool with metal cups for refills and they even bank with an enviro-conscious bank.

Where?

Website: www.thebowerbyronbay.com.au

Address: 28 Bangalow Rd, Byron Bay NSW 2481

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!