$100m Byron resort hailed ‘“game changer” by Destination NSW CEO

The $100 million Elements of Byron Resort has been dubbed a “game changer” by Sandra Chipchase, CEO at Destination New South Wales.

“The picture perfect setting at Belongil Beach is unsurpassed,” she said. “The Elements of Byron Resort is a game changer for the Byron region. Congratulations must go to the architects and owners for creating this wonderful new addition to the local visitor economy.”

“The vision was to let nature, not buildings, dominate,” outlined Development Director Jeremy Holmes. “Each landscape has its own story”. Specific native landscaping, furnishings and colour palettes reflect the ecology or landscape in which each particular villa lies.

The 94 villas were sited among native trees and while the trees provide shade and privacy for guests and habitat for wildlife, their canopies prevent the use of solar panels on the villas. “This is compensated to some extent by the 500m² array on the drive-through housekeeping facility, which generates power for daily operations,” a representative said in a statement.

The resort’s energy management system allows guests to monitor their carbon footprint in real-time via iPads in each villa. The system controls power and temperature using motion detectors to respond to human presence. Upon checkout, guests have the option to offset their carbon footprint with funds contributing toward habitat restoration.

Resort guests can ride the Elements of Byron Train to-and-from Byron township, or alternatively enjoy the walk along the beach. The resort is investing $1 million to reinstate a train that will transport them to-and-from the Byron township, including repairing the track. “Cars will be unnecessary,” said Mr Holmes.

While the resort itself will open in Summer, bookings and enquiries for weddings and other events have already begun.

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