Byron Bay has always been cool. But in winter it adds a layer … of sophistication. The local’s tans are faded but look better under a cable knit. Long walks on that endless beach are more romantic without the crowds; toasting your love with a glass of red in a cosy beachside retreat is the stuff that dreams are made of.
It’s the first weekend of winter and although the skies are grey the sun keeps us warm. Bayshore Bungalows is home for the night and it sits quietly next door to its big sister Elements of Byron on North Belongil Beach.
The picture perfect North Belongil is moments away and is the place for a run, walk or just to contemplate the waves. The tranquil beach is Instagram ready 24/7 and really does have that lost desert island feel.
Once checked-in we don’t need to drive at all until check-out next day. Located just off Ewingsdale Road, Byron West Shopping Fair has a supermarket, coffee shop, bottle shop and florist. The Byron Arts and industry estate is only a five minute walk and Stone & Wood Brewing Co is only a three minute drive. Soon the resort will be connected to the town centre via one of the world’s first solar powered trains making the car an optional extra.
Like Elements the landscaping is a key part of the design. Lush with palms and Aussie natives the curlews, rainbow lorikeets and sulphur-crested cockatoos are irrepressible. Any minute you expect to see a wallaby or wombat emerge from the rich vegetation. The resort has a tennis court, pool and barbecue area.
Opening the sliding door reveals a suitably beachside chic design. The one bedroom loft bungalow features a streamlined kitchen and table and stools for dining a deux.
The lounge area comes complete with a large LCD TV with Austar for keeping up with the scores.
The bathroom shines brand new despite Bayshore Bungalows recently celebrating its 5th birthday. The plentiful toiletries are New Zealand’s Natural Earth with Manuka Honey giving the bathroom an aromatherapy scent.
Upstairs underneath the cathedral ceiling the room is minimal with white tongue and groove walls. A splash of colour comes from the bright yellow mohair blanket and the stain glass window. Unfortunately, we don’t get to road test the queen size for an afternoon nap but that night it delivered: extra comfy, cosy and warm.
This is the sort of low-key resort you could come back to again and again. Secluded but with everything you need just a walk away it ticks all the boxes. Take me back.
TML were hosted by Bayshore Bungalows.