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Gather at this Seaside Surfers Sanctuary in Byron Bay
Cortnie Fausner
by Cortnie Fausner

The Report

Aloha Gypsetters and hello sunkissed salt gypsies! Grab your sunscreen, a colorful silly straw, a big striped beach towel, and your surfboard. Oh yea, don’t forget your favorite friends and family. This unique coastal estate of three beach cottages has been transformed into Caribbean style plantation houses for your rest and relaxation. Each one of them is joined together by the cutest meandering sun bleached paths, so you will not be too far from your surf buddies. Use those hard earned vacation days for a beachy-keen adventure with the soundtrack of nature in the background as you drift off to sleep. Set in a nature reserve, you will hear the night time melodic sing-song sounds of birdies and frogs. So round up your crew and play hooky already!

You often hear that Australia is what the world was like before it got too crowded and Byron Bay seems to encapsulate that very mantra. It's just one of those rare magical places that you usually only stumble upon from the comfort of your couch, while watching a romantic comedy. So get up you couch potato, and experience the charming warm and fuzzies of a movie set in real life at Atlantic Byron Bay. Straight from the set of a 50's surf flick, this boho beach estate envelopes the Byron Bay surf culture known for it's carefree lifestyle and charming beauty. Salty hair and ocean air, here we come!

HOW WILL MY GUESTS GET HERE?: If your are doing a coastal surf roadtrip just drive. It's It takes about 9 hours to drive  from Sydney to Byron Bay along the Pacific Highway. It's also only a one hour drive from the Gold Coast, and just over two hours' drive from Brisbane. In a hurry? Just hop on a flight from Sydney or Melbourne into Ballina/Byron Airport and grab a shuttle.

CELEBRATION CAPACITY:
ACCOMMODATIONS: 3 rooms + 1 airstream
HIGH SEASON:
FOOD SERVICE: BYO
BAR SERVICE: BYO
VIEWS: Rainforest
ESTABLISHED IN: 2012
VENUE SPACES:
DECOR: Coastal Cottage

THE SCOOP

This 'Endless Summer' style beach estate would be the perfect peaceful respite to reunite with old friends while gathering in the communal kitchen to cook. Nothing is better than catching up over campfire stories and surf sessions. This relaxing respite is set amongst tropical gardens and a rainforest reserve, so how perfect would it be for a retreat or photography workshop?

When inside this surfer sanctuary it's hard to remember you are in the heart of  bustling Byron Bay and right next to the famously beautiful beaches and surf breaks. The overall feel of modern coastal living will envelope you with its milky white tones, swaying palms and idyllic tropical setting.  The simple yet well-designed beauty of Atlantic Byron Bay  creates the perfect space to soak in those long forgotten beach reads and the serenity to capture those rare moments for self reflection.

There are a few places to chill out at. Our reporters particularly love the 'American Airstream'. We can envision late night bonfire chats and seaside starry night adventures.   The iconic caravan is designed to maintain it's retro vibe with the added bonus of modern day luxuries for your getaway. There is not much better than the polished aluminium of an airstream set amongst a beach locale to transport you back into the nostalgic times of yesteryear when life seemed simpler and "hang ten" was the mantra.

Pillow Talk. This boutique hotel houses four room types. The beach chic cottages are all built around communal gathering spaces and have that shared cooking facility and BBQ. Perfect for a candlelit evening feast after your surf sesh.

Perfect for:

  • group getaway
  • Reunion

BONUS

You are seriously majorly close to the famous beaches of Byron Bay. Hop on a beach cruiser or walk, either way you can embark on a marathon of adventures here. Surfing, sea kayaking, diving or whale watching. Feeling too relaxed for high energy excursions? Then simply enjoy a leisurely jaunt to Byron Bay's famous lighthouse. Explore local art galleries, shops and markets or treat your self to yoga and a massage. From the words of Atlantic Byron Bay "As the sun rises over this rugged Australian coastline the ocean crystallizes and the white sand shimmers. Dolphins share the morning line up while whales shadow the headland looking for home. The sky is blue and the air is fresh and there is nowhere else to be."

STYLE FOR YOUR SETTING

This is the kind of place that you need to merely grab your kaftans, kimonos, beach blankets and lemon yellow sunshine sandals.

1. Endless Summer: Snuggle up on the sandy beaches. Eat s'mores, giggle, tell jokes and apply aloe vera after your long day in the water. Keep it simple.  2. Pack a Picnic: We love the fact that this charming setting feels like you are right at home with a communal kitchen. That means you can whip up some boozy pops. Lemon-lime and vodka perhaps? Throw em in the cooler and you are good to go. Perfect after a long day under the Australian sun. Via Refinery 29  3. Candlelight is always a good idea: Eat your BBQ feast by the light of the stars, lanterns and candles. Via Chandelier Creative  4. Pastel Surfboards. Prop up your boards to create a fun photo backdrop.  5. Beach Tipi: We are big fans of these beach tipis by local Australian company Ginger & Gilligan. In fact we own two ourselves! Pop one up in a few minutes for some shade!

INSIDE SCOOP

The upstairs room in The Lodge has a lovely balcony overlooking the rear yard. If you opt to stay in the Airstream you will have more of a camping experience with close quarters and smaller accommodations. BONUS: Word on the street is that the as the internet connection is excellent.  So while we think you should unplug while here,  you will have the option to be connected if need be!

HIGHLIGHT REEL

  • This surfer's paradise is set amongst a nature preserve and close to some of the best surf breaks around.
  • You can choose from an Airstream to the Coconut Cottage. It's up to you and you can't go wrong.
  • Communal spaces for gathering and BBQ feasts under the stars.
  • The Caribbean Cottage design is tropical perfection.

AROUND TOWN

Art & Dinner:

Whether you just want to soak in art or host a dinner party, you can do both here. The venue is suitable for a small intimate dinner of 30.  Surrounded by beautiful gardens and lawns and offering panoramic views of the Tweed River, the Tweed Regional Gallery is the perfect place to visit to view first-rate contempoary exhibitions. Visit | artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au

 

Byron Bay Beach Cafe.:

Drink mimosas made from fresh squeezed orange juice while taking in the view. Formerly a small run down traditional beachside kiosk, The Byron Beach Café has been restored to a beautiful beachfront location. Sit and stay for a while or order food 'to-go' and eat it back at the cottages! Visit | http://byronbeachcafe.com.au

Breakfast for Champions:

Right across the street from Atlantic Byron Bay you will find cute cafe, Bay Leaf. The wall is ever changing with large murals hand painted by local artists. From a tribute to Nelson Mandela to the local surf culture, you never know what masterpiece you will get to gaze out while eating your brekkie.

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