STAY-CAY OR SHORT ROAD TRIP, THESE DRIVE DESTINATIONS MAKE THE MOST OF SUN-SOAKED DAYS AND BALMY NIGHTS, WRITES CHANTAY LOGAN
Save water — drink tequila. The neon pink mantra propped beside the swim-up bar of your dreams is #summergoals.
The hardest decision Elements guests face is choosing between its two spectacular pools.
The aforementioned adult’s only haven has been voted Australia’s best hotel pool and you can stay submerged while you order from the zesty Mex and margarita menu.
Then there’s the central lagoon pool, a family friendly wonderland of hanging daybeds and shady cabanas.
Gather around the firepit and swap stories under starry skies or mingle with your toes in the sand at the beachfront bar.
“THE ADULT’S ONLY HAVEN HAS BEEN VOTED AUSTRALIA’S BEST HOTEL POOL ... STAY SUBMERGED WHILE YOU ORDER FROM THE MARGARITA MENU.”
Horse riding along Belongil beach is another highlight — Zephyr Horses, a boutique riding school, operates from the ranch next door to Elements.
Don’t forget to explore the hinterland too. Killen Falls is one of Byron locals’ favourite summer swimming spots.
An easy 10-minute wander from the carpark through the rare remnants of big scrub rainforest, it’s one of the region’s most accessible waterfalls. You can swim behind the curtain of crashing water into a cool, misty cavern.
Stop in at Suffolk Park for an easy, breezy lunch at taqueria Chupacabra. Head chef Evan White has been mastering the art of “coastal” or “Caribbean” style Mexican for years, and it couldn’t be more compatible with our climate.
Wake up your palate with bright, light, zingy flavours. The flame-grilled corn alone is a revelation, but save room for the lime-licked ceviche, Cape Byron steak tacos and zucchini blossom quesadilla.
Elements of Byron villas are from $475 per night.