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Australian Travel: A fabulous beachfront,eco- resort in Byron Bay

Elements of Byron in Byron Bay is a gorgeous place to stay:

I  stayed at The Elements Resort in Byron Bay with my family, an eco resort with enough glamour and fun to keep the whole family happy.

There’s an adults only pool with swim-up bar, as well as a gorgeous  nature inspired organic day-spa, huge lagoon pool, luxe pool-side seating and a fabulous caravan parked on the lawns in front of the beach where cocktails and snacks are served whilst playing bocce at sun-down.

Accommodation is in 202 eco-friendly stand alone cabin-style spacious villas placed all over the huge property, some in rain forest settings, others in the sand dunes or wetlands.  Decore is modern, and white, and light with Bose speakers, and other upmarket accessories and there are huge stand alone bath tubs in many villas.

Two bedroom villas have full kitchens with coffee machines, as well as  washing machines and driers.

Elements is one of those rare Aussie holiday finds, as it’s just as fabulous for adults as it is children. I am not sure who had a better time – me or my  twins.

The pool furniture at Elements of Byron provides a great place to spend a day tanning.

By the beautiful pool at Elements of Byron with my twins.

Located on Belongil Beach,  15 minutes drive fom Byron’s town centre, Elements is a resort that lives up to its name.

The design and feel of the place encapsulates the natural elements of the Australian beach-front and rainforest in which it sits.

From a world class 40m long lagoon style pool to a trendy ocean-front caravan on the beach-front for cocktails from 4pm, to stunning room interiors, a rainforest inspired  spa, and an elegant, upmarket restaurant, this is a relaxing, easy place to stay.

 There are walking tracks on the edge of the property that weave through the surrounding rain forest, a pleasant way to spend a morning or afternoon.

The only problem when staying at Elements is that the place is so good there’s no point in leaving to explore the amazing streets of Byron Bay and its plethora of hidden coffee shops and restaurants as Elements has it all.

The swimming pools are spectacular.

This is a place to escape the world, not to keep re-entering it for a new restaurant experience each night in town, given the main restaurant Azure within the resort itself is of a high standard with everything from grass-fed steaks to locally caught fish and sushi. There are three menus each day, each showcasing local cuisine and there is a vegan menu.

Sails is more casual for (very trendy) poolside snacks and dining and Botanic Beach Club is the upmarket name given to the chic caravan on the beach front serving cocktails and pizza.

Salt is the swim-up bar in the adults-only pool serving Mexican food and fabulous cocktails.

Breakfast is served at Azure and is a vast continental buffet with hot a la carte options.

The 202 modern villas at Elements of Byron Bay are elegantly designed, and provide a sumptuous Australian-themed haven to unwind.

Accommodation at Elements is in spacious villas raised from the ground on small stilts, in an Australian rainforest style setting filled with gumtrees.

It’s calming and pretty. Overseas visitors would love it, as it is so Australian. The facades are a bit ordinary, but the interiors are stunning, and villas are filled with natural light and stunningly furnished.

The facade of the villas.

Each features marble, huge beds, blackbutt floors, a large bath, separate shower and stone and timber elements reflective of the outside environment. There is even a microwave, and in-room iPad.

The resort is filled with helpful, attentive staff, particularly at the front desk, where nothing is too much trouble.

A simple buffet breakfast is included, and pool staff bring cocktails and snacks all day.

The resort has access to a multitude of activities, daily yoga is free on site every morning at 7am, horse riding on the beach is available at additional cost just 100 metres up the road,  and surfing lessons are close by too.

The pool furnishings are elegant and luxe, some are adults only, which makes the setting feel luxurious and relaxed.

The setting provides the perfect place to truly relax and let go of life for a while.

The best thing about the place is the kids have as good a holiday  as adults, and there are not many places in Australia where you can leave after a week saying that.

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