Peggy Flannery and Stuart Ayers
Peggy Flannery and Stuart Ayers

Elements of Byron has been officially opened by the New South Wales Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres.

Following six years in planning, design and development the 50-acre beachfront property has received overwhelming acclaim since welcoming its first guests on February 1.

“Byron Bay has cemented its reputation as a premier regional destination for interstate and international visitors,” Ayres said.

“The NSW North Coast is the number one regional destination in this State and Elements of Byron is a wonderful new investment in our tourism industry.

“Ensuring we are in a position to continue to grow and support the Northern NSW visitor economy is vital and we are delighted to be adding this fantastic tourism attraction to our portfolio,” he said.

Elements of Byron owner, Peggy Flannery, held tight reins during the planning process to ensure that nature, not buildings, was the dominant experience. And with its 10% only development footprint coupled with innovative design and technology, the resort is already busy hosting conferences and events.

“There are a dozen spaces for both celebration and deliberation here, one of which caters for 450 people,” Flannery said.

“To be able to employ so many locals, both in the construction phase and now through operating the resort, has given me tremendous joy.

“The team have really embraced my vision and dream and are carrying it forward with big smiles, friendly attitudes and service,” she said.

Elements of Byron signature one bedroom villa in the wetland theme

Elements of Byron, a member of AccorHotels’ MGallery collection, boasts 94 villas, each abutting ocean, rainforest, lagoon or pond, an 850,000 litre infinity lagoon pool with bespoke fire pit, private cabanas and day beds overhanging the water in the adults only area, the light filled Osprey Spa with five therapy suites opening to private garden courtyards, Graze restaurant, Drift Bar, Barefoot Bar and Kiosk and, scheduled to open mid year, Mixed Dozen dinner only showcase restaurant.

On Belongil Beach guests can relax with a drink in the private Beach Club with views to Cape Byron Lighthouse and out to Julian Rocks.

The Club also offers a range of activities, which celebrate the elements including kayaking, surfing and horse riding.

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management