Long celebrated by Australia’s boho crowd for its cinematic ocean frontage and wild powdery beaches, Byron Bay’s laid-back charms have been raised a few notches with the unveiling of 99 new villas at the stylish Elements of Byron resort. 

Set among the property’s 50 acres of rainforest, lakes and lagoons, the new additions unroll seamlessly from the existing offerings to also include a new adults-only pool with a swim-up bar. Owner Peggy Flannery has overseen the design to furnish the light-drenched bungalows in understated neutral tones, timber strips and pops of colour inspired the surrounding nature, though it’s difficult to imagine spending too much time indoors when the resort is positioned right on the two-kilometre stretch of Beongil beach. 

And if the modern Australian menu, with offerings such as charred octopus with nduja or spanner crab lasagne, doesn’t entice, then hop on hotel’s new solar powered steam train and putt your way into town, where a plethora of dining options await.