A rejuvenating break at Byron at Byron Resort and Spa is a great antidote to life in the fast lane, writes Tamarah Pienaar.
You know you've been in the city too long when you don't even blink at the sound of a wailing siren as an emergency vehicle speeds past. Thus it was for me, so a mini break was planned post haste.
There's only one antidote for the urbanite blues — sunshine, fresh air, nature and perhaps a bit of pampering to recharge the batteries. A two-day Winter Escape break at the Byron at Byron Resort and Spa in Byron Bay was just the ticket.
Byron at Byron Resort and Spa is set in 18 hectares that take in pristine rainforest, lakes and lily ponds, and of course, the multi award-winning accommodation. The white sands and azure sea of Tallow Beach are also just a stone's throw away.
My home away from home is a magnificently appointed self-contained apartment. Waking up to birdsong and bush views is certainly a salve for a city-weary soul! My first day at the resort begins with a meandering walk through the rainforest. Simon points out particular highlights such as the trees, plants and wildlife found only in the area, and explains the fascinating history of the grounds. We pause to take in the vistas of lily ponds, Bolli Point and the Meditation Point — I feel my cares drifting away with the current of the river that runs through the property.
Next I indulge in a Rainforest Body Ritual treatment at the resort's Spa and Wellness centre. Afterwards, I feel completely reinvigorated. It's a beautiful day, so I decide to make the most of it and take a walk along Tallow Beach. Before I know it, two pleasant hours have passed and the sun is heading towards the horizon. Dinner that night is at the resort's acclaimed restaurant, The Restaurant. Locals are onto the fact that The Restaurant offers a top-notch dining experience. I'm not surprised the word has got out — my meal of porcini gnocchi is divine.
I begin day two of my stay with yoga on the deck by the pool, along with 15 or so other guests. It's not something I've done before, but it's definitely a blissful way to get going in the morning. After a hearty breakfast, guest relations manager Cee Cee drives me into town, dropping me off at the famous Cape Byron Lighthouse. The bonus of visiting Byron Bay at this time of year is that it's whale-migration season, and my co-visitors to the Lighthouse Walk and I were thrilled to see both whales and dolphins frolicking just off the headland. From the lighthouse, I follow the well-marked paths through the bush and parallel to the coastline back into Byron Bay.
The true joy of Byron at Byron Resort and Spa is that you can do as much or as little as you like. Whether your idea of relaxing is hanging out by the pool, sipping cocktails on the deck, indulging in a spa treatment or meditating, or something more active such as cycling, bush walking, surfing or exercising in the gym, you can do it all. In style.
Byron at Byron Resort and Spa
1300 554 262 or www.thebyronatbyron.com.au
What's the deal?
Jetstar, Virgin and Rex airlines fly to Ballina (the closest airport); the resort is 25mins' drive from Ballina. Transfers and rental cars are available at the airport. Coolangatta/Gold Coast airport is a hub for both interstate and international flights; the resort is 45mins away.
Tamarah Pienaar travelled courtesy of Byron at Byron Resort and Spa.