Family Elements

by @debcaruso on Sunday, 17 Dec,2017

Having experienced Elements of Byron after it had been open for only six months, I jumped at the chance to revisit the eco-luxe resort to see what had changed in the past year.

To start with, the accommodation offering has doubled from the original 94 villas to almost 200 with many more options for families and small groups to experience the barefoot luxury of the 50-acre site.

The 65,000 native trees and plants had grown considerably in the 20 months since opening and the resort seems to have ‘settled’ into its natural environment.

Nestled on more than one-and-a-half kilometres of pristine, undisturbed beachfront and with walking trails that weave through the 20 hectares of native bushland, the resort incorporates a kids adventure playground; tennis court; beach club complete with a pop-up retro caravan bar; restaurant, bars and cafe; day spa and more! Around every corner there are surprises, like an oversized chess set on a shaded grassy patch; or an inviting wooden swing hanging from a large and characteristic strangler fig tree that is adorned with festoon lighting.

The centrepiece of this masterpiece however is the stunning infinity lagoon pool with spa, ample sun lounges, day beds and private cabanas for two to twenty; meanwhile in the adult only area, comfortable cocoon beds (pictured above) overhang the water with friendly waiters close by to provide whatever comforts you require.

Our arrival is perfectly timed! “Firepit Fridays” is a friendly and welcoming invitation to sit around the firepit at one edge of the stunning pool and soak up the ambience. Live music and the distant sounds of surf bounce off the swooping lines of the resort buildings which reflect either the distant sand dunes or the shape of a bird’s wing. There’s a feeling of being at one with nature, yet in the lap of luxury. The attentive and friendly staff ensure that you won’t miss the superb selection of food and drinks including signature cocktails, beers and a very good selection of wines. The breakfast, lunch and dinner options are as delicious as the bar snacks with a focus on local, seasonal, and fresh.

Electric golf carts can transport you around the resort however with the tempting food options, the walk is welcome! Besides, it’s a good chance to get a feel for the resort and how perfectly the single-storey eco-cabins sit comfortably in their surroundings with the understated external aesthetics providing little clue to the luxury inside.

Our accommodation was one of the new Superior two-bedroom villas nestled among the Eucalypt forest with all the creature comforts of home. The two large ensuited bedrooms (including one with a free-standing bath); a fully functioning kitchen; spacious central living room overlooking a screened deck complete with gas heater; and laundry with washer and dryer, were laid out in such a way to provide a functional space with plenty of room to move. We all took advantage of the free-standing bath and raindrop showers, which were as hard to resist as the custom-made king-size beds (think ‘sleeping on a cloud’).

The technology in the rooms is state-of-the-art with high speed WIFI; Bose audio system; in-room movies and entertainment (with a TV in each bedroom as well as the living area); and dualfunction air conditioning that measures different air pressure. Not that you need the latter with the clever design and

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