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Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Think Romance Australia, Think Byron Bay - here's why...

Byron Bay - The Destination
Bordered on one side by beautiful coastline and the other by magnificent rainforests, Byron Bay is ideally positioned as a centre for relaxation and romance. Situated at the easternmost point in Australia, this stylish coastal village enjoys a subtropical climate with clean air, crystal clear water and pristine beaches. In today's hectic world it also offers a chance to escape from the mundane and immerse yourself in wellness activities such as yoga and meditation or simply chill out on the beach.

Those wanting to experience the natural surroundings can enjoy activities such as kayaking with the dolphins, snorkelling and scuba diving or head inland to discover world heritage national parks and lush rainforests. While the adventurous can try tandem skydiving, horse riding along the beach, hang gliding or windsurfing. Surfing is also popular and the beaches in Byron Bay offer some excellent options, even for beginners.

The local cuisine is superb and cafes, bistros and award winning restaurants abound. The retail experience is uniquely Byron, with local artisans, and crafts people supported in a diverse range of outlets alongside internationally renowned brands. You can browse the local markets or visit one of the surrounding villages, such as Bangalow, which has a sophisticated yet rustic vibe.

Byron Beaches - Voted Sexy
Only one Australian beach made it on to a US travel website's list of the world's 25 sexiest beaches. Byron Bay was the sole Aussie beach to get a nod from Forbes Traveller, which compiled the list based on research by their own journalists, and other industry experts including tour planners, meteorologists, hotel owners and marine biologists. The far north coast NSW beach was lauded for its "chalky-white sands, deliciously temperate weather and occasional visits from dolphins and migrating whales". Byron Bay's cosmopolitan population, local festivals and nudist beach were also given the thumbs up.
Byron Bay ranked alongside other stunning destinations such as Eleuthera in The Bahamas, Lover's Beach on the Baja Peninsula, and Fiji's Natadola Beach.
Source Dec 22 2006

The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa
Set amongst a stunning 45 acre rainforest, moments from Tallow Beach and only a short drive or cycle to the iconic Byron Bay township, this resort is a haven for romance and love. The Resort has a wonderfully laid back atmosphere with exceptional service to complement the stylish design and architecture. This is a place to indulge, with nurturing spa treatments, daily yoga or simply relax on the wide open verandahs. With rainforest walks on endless timber boardwalks and luxuriously appointed one bedroom suites, The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa provides a unique opportunity to escape with your loved one and experience Natural Luxury. Relax by the 25m infinity pool or poolside sauna or experience the ultimate indulgence in the luxurious day spa. If you are feeling active you can play a game of tennis or work out in the fully equipped gymnasium. The resort also offers complimentary yoga each morning - the perfect way to start the day together or private classes can be arranged.

The spacious five star accommodation comprises 92 one bedroom air conditioned suites. Each suite contains separate lounge and dining area, plasma TV as well as two enclosed balconies. Luxurious bathrooms have deep free standing bathtubs big enough for two and the California king beds ensure dreamtime really does exist. Each suite has been designed to capture the essence of being nestled within the sub tropical rainforest.
Love Essential Package
The perfect escape for those looking to spend special time with their favourite person. An indulgent break which includes treats such as Bollinger champagne, a relaxing spa treatment and a candlelight dinner for two. A wonderful way to unwind together.
Package inclusions
- Five night's accommodation in a deluxe spa suite at The Byron at Byron Resort
- Bottle of chilled Bollinger Champagne and cheese platter in your room on arrival
- Two hour "Spa Elements" treatment per person in the Spa and Wellness Centre
- Enjoy a candlelit dinner for two in The Restaurant
- Full buffet breakfast daily
- Complimentary daily yoga class 8am daily
Contact: The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa
P: +61 2 6639 2000

The Byron at Byron Spa and Wellness Centre
The Byron at Byron Spa and Wellness Centre is a place of healing and wellbeing. We draw inspiration from our majestic surroundings to provide you restoration of the body's natural balance. In an atmosphere of tranquil peace, our team of highly trained professionals aim to make you feel nurtured and deeply relaxed. Supporting this commitment are some of the finest therapeutic products. The extensive Pevonia Botanica spa range offers natural ingredients while Environ facial products focus on vitamin infusion to deliver the ultimate in scientific skincare. Our six luxurious treatment rooms, spas, steam room, relaxation area and Vichy shower await your body and deserving soul.

Couples Spa Package - Spa Indulgence (3hr 30mins)
An indulgent interlude for two, our dual treatment room and private couple's courtyard allows you to step away from the world outside to an intimate spa experience. The journey begins with a gentle relaxation massage and energising facial in our dual treatment room. You will then move into the seclusion of our private spa bath courtyard, where you float in peace and together enjoy a sumptuous spa cuisine meal made from organic produce. Then return to the dual treatment room to complete your spa experience with a delicious foot therapy treatment.
Contact: Melinda Dunn - Spa Manager
P: +61 2 6639 2000

Celebrities Abound
In recent time Byron Bay has become a celebrity hot spot with many wanting to relax in the laid back lifestyle of Byron Bay. April this year saw Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban stay at The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa and enjoy beautiful Tallow Beach as well as dining in The Restaurant at The Byron at Byron. The Resort has also hosted Jessica Simpson and John Mayer and Barry Humphries and wife Lizzie are also regulars to the resort.

Cape Byron Lighthouse and Headland Reserve
The iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse has stood on the most easterly point of the Australian mainland for over a century, and today you can take a tour of the tower. The rugged headland, surrounded by sheltered rainforest gullies and subtropical waters, is a great spot for watching turtles, dolphins and humpback whales on their annual migration. The magnificent cliff-top walking track winds its way through diverse plant communities, offering panoramic views of the ocean and north coast hinterland. You can book a venue for a wedding ceremony, private or corporate lunch or a group picnic in the Lighthouse precinct or at one of the beautiful beaches fringing the Cape at The Pass, Wategos and Tallow Beach.
Contact: Sue Walker
P: +61 2 6685 8807

Horse Riding on the Beach
Can you think of a more romantic experience than a gentle horse back ride across miles of pristine beach. Feel the wind through your hair with rides across beautiful Seven Mile Beach or through the lush hinterland landscape. One to two hour ride sessions in groups or couples can be arranged. The two hour beach ride includes taking the horses into the sea and surfing the waves bareback, an amazing way to catch the waves.
Contact: Ramona Balshaw
P: +61 2 6687 1446

Byron Bay Ballooning
VIP Flights
What better way to celebrate that very special occasion than booking your own private balloon for a very romantic and intimate experience. There will be only the pilot and the two of you in the basket. Ideal for any other occasion where you want to float across Australia's Ballooning paradise on your own "magic carpet"
The VIP Package includes; Limousine pick up and return to your Byron Bay accommodation, pre flight briefing by your pilot, in flight photo, gourmet Champagne breakfast after flight, plus a commemorative flight certificate
Contact: Thomas Dattler
P: +61 2 6684 7880

Olivo Restaurant
Not only is this quaint French/Italian fusion restaurant the perfect place for a romantic candlelit dinner for two however this restaurant was also regularly frequented by Baz Luhrmann whilst he was completing the script for Australia The Movie. Located in Johnson Street the main street of Byron Bay, Olivo offers consistently great cuisine with daily chef specials.
Contact: James Lancaster
P: +61 2 6685 7950

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