By Rhiannon Taylor, June 2016

There are few in Australia who haven't succumbed to a Byron Bay jaunt at some point. A short flight to Ballina and you're escaping the winter blues for the warm shores of the New South Wales hinterland.

It's balmy pretty much all year round in Byron Bay and the coast attracts visitors far and wide. From in-the-know surfers to bare footed Nordic backpackers, it's a energetic hub for nature-curious travellers searching for off-grid freedom.

Over the years Byron Bay has gentrified with an influx of artisan makers and city dwellers who seek a slower pace of life. Talented chefs have flocked to the coast searching for fine produce and have established fabulous eateries. Fashion designers have set up base, revolutionising the hippy aesthetic with bali-made clothing worn by celebrities and bloggers worldwide.

So, where does one find sanctuary amidst the backpackers and the hipster lifestyle? In a family-run business that is Byron Beach Abodes.

Byron Beach Abodes is a haven for those looking for luxury comforts in private accommodation. With a portfolio that includes a cottage, a chapel and asian-inspired villas, there's a space for every kind of traveller.

Each with a distinct style, they cater for loved up couples, families and adult groups. We chose The Cottage on this trip and it ticks all the boxes for a fabulous stay with a group of friends or family.

The Cottage has 3 bedrooms, with the master privvy to it's own bathroom and all centering around the main living area.

The lounge flows effortlessly in to the dining and kitchen areas and double doors open to a fabulous entertaining area, complete with a barbecue and plunge pool.

White washed timber walls feature throughout the cottage alongside polished timber floors. An eclectic mix of reclaimed vintage pieces furnish the house with a few deep sofas thrown in for ultimate beach comfort.

There's ample reading material, with books on Kate Moss and photography scattered on mod coffee tables. There's also a wealth of entertainment in the kids room and it's a bit of fun spending a night-in with a classic board game.

The kitchen is fully equipped and has a few basics in the pantry (the supermarket is only a short drive down the road). If you're peckish and feeling lazy, Byron Beach Abodes has jaw dropping platters that can be delivered on request. A mezze board comes overflowing with hard and soft cheeses, fruits and condiments and could quite easily substitute dinner.

Bath products are supplied by New Zealand lab The Aromatherapy Co and robes are by local luxe brand, Spell Byron Bay. There's also a collection of Turkish towels which come in handy for picnics, the beach and makeshift sarongs.

Connected at the rear is the chapel, which is an industrial-style structure that can sleep another 2 guests. This takes on a completely different vibe, with concrete floors and exposed brick walls. Coming with it's own kitchenette, it's the perfect retreat for a pair of love birds.

The Byron Beach Abodes collection also includes The Magnolia House, which is the private home of the owners. This property is available when the residents are away on holiday and is four bedroom luxury house. There will soon be a Palm Spring's style addition to the already stellar portfolio and if the current suite is any indication, it will be fabulous.

FEEL: Venice Beach meets country chic.
WIFI: Yes.
RATES: From $560 per night mid-week for One Bedroom Villas, $225 mid-week for The Chapel and $695 mid-week for The Cottage.
BREAKFAST: In Villa breakfasts are available from $65 p/p for an gourmet spread served by the chef.
PLATTERS: A range of platters are available, including mezze, seafood and chocolate which start at $75.
GETTING THERE: Byron Beach Abodes are in the heart of Byron Bay, a 20 minute drive from Ballina airport.


I stayed courtesy of Byron Beach Abodes.