On a whim, my girlfriend (and fellow mother of an almost 4 year old boy) and I decided to book a last minute getaway to Byron Bay with our three year old boys. We packed the car like Noah’s Arc, two of everything - two scooters, two iPads, two of every snack imaginable so there wouldn’t be any arguments about who’s got the better cracker, carrot or apple, but with toddlers, it’s still unavoidable. But this is not what this story is about.
Toddler antics aside, we still managed to have a great escape at the relatively newly opened Elements of Byron in the majestic Byron Bay. Earth, wind, water and fire, this incredible beach-side resort did not disappoint, and exceeded all expectations.
Set among a stunning backdrop where the bush meets the sea, the resort seamlessly blends into its natural surroundings. It is hard to imagine it ever not being there. After a long car ride down from Brisbane, with a brief and very emotional stop to try and escort an enormous huntsman spider out of the car (it was seriously enormous, not even exaggerating), we were pleasantly welcomed by smiling faces, a glistening pool, and refreshing iced teas on arrival.
Keys in hand, we made our way down to our home for the night, one of the Botanica Villas. The villa was just enough space for the four of us with a split-level design offering a separate lounge and bedroom, mini bar with sink and microwave, TV, breakfast bar, gloriously spacious bathroom with a beautiful free-standing bathtub, and a cute little outdoor dining space overlooking the lake.
We quickly unpacked and headed straight for nirvana, the pool where we spent the rest of of the afternoon, rose in hand. The place is perfectly split into two areas where children are welcome, and a separate area where the children were not.
There are private cabanas, sun lounges, an infinity edge pool, a spa, and shallower waters for kids to play in and friendly dining and drinking options that you can enjoy by the pool.
As day rolled into night, the whole area comes alive with the glow and crackle of the fire pit where a couple (without kids) can enjoy a cosy drink or quiet dinner. We opted to wine and dine at our villa with out gorgeous boys, with the setting sun over the glistening lake as our backdrop which was every bit as peaceful.
Something about being out in the “elements” that really soothes the soul. When the sun (and my son) arose, we took the winding paths to the majestic shores of Belongil Beach. On our way, we spotted kangaroos, horses, bush turkey and lots of sand crabs. With only a handful of people out, it was an incredibly tranquil way to start our day. Next time, I would love to try the daily yoga class on offer, to which we were told you could bring the kids.
Breakfast was a surprising delight for the senses offering a continental style breakfast with seasonal fruits, baked goods, bircher station and cold meats.
In all it was the perfect place to stay with little ones, there was plenty to do and lots of options around us to explore the best of what Byron has to offer. Definitely will be back again as there is still so much that we didn't get to try including the dining options, spa, and beach club.
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