Construction at Elements of Byron, the new beachfront resort on the North Byron Beach Resort site at the end of Bayshore Drive, is in full swing.
“It’s all happening pretty quickly now” outlined Development Director Jeremy Holmes. “The curved roof of the main pavilion roof is really starting to take shape. This has certainly been a challenging build, but you can now start to get a sense of the sand dune form. We are about halfway through the construction of the accommodation villas, which together with the central resort and leisure facilities have a combined footprint of about 10% of the site.
“Whilst the vision has always been to let nature – not buildings – dominate, at the same time we wanted to ensure that the buildings reflect the elements” said Holmes. All buildings are single storey and raised off the ground. “We are striving to offer guests a real experience of nature. Even if you are inside the villas we want to provide a sense of where you are on the land”.
The villas are sited within four separate endemic ecologies – eucalypt, rainforest, dunal and wetland. Specific native landscaping, furnishings and colour palettes chosen for the villas reflect the ecology or landscape in which each particular villa lies. “Each landscape has its own story” said Holmes. “Without getting too serious about it we want guests to understand and appreciate the land as it is”.
Elements of Byron have signed an agreement with Accor Hotel Group’s boutique luxury brand – The MGallery Collection to help them manage the tourism side of the business. “We will still own and operate the resort, directly employing the staff at Elements of Byron” said Holmes. “However Accor has proven experience in marketing and distribution and we appreciate what they bring to the table behind the scenes. They will work alongside us, bringing their world class systems”.
Plans for a proposed rail shuttle between Sunrise Beach and Byron township are progressing and it is hoped that work on the track will commence mid year. “We continue to work with Byron Council and the Northern Rivers Rail Trail group” outlined Holmes.
Construction of Elements of Byron incorporates a full upgrade of the public road and beach access off Bayshore Drive from the railway line including a toilet and beach shower, new formalised beach parking and a kiosk.
The resort is scheduled to open in December 2015.