The result is enthralling.
Facilities include a swanky restaurant, lagoon pool and day spa. Why stay anywhere else?
Elements of Byron is located among 50 acres of land facing the magnificent Belongil Beach, a 15-minute drive north of Byron Bay township. Most of the site – almost 90 percent – have been preserved as natural bushland, wetland and sand dune.
The littoral forest and natural lakes support a large number of native birds and other species.
Elements are part laid-back Aussie beach hideaway and part swanky international honeypot. The curved roof of the Pavilion mirrors the outline of the nearby sand dunes and the site has been replenished with more than 65,000 native trees and plants.
But the interiors are pure Miami, with dangling Italian light fittings, wicker chairs, bi-fold glass doors and enormous copper sculptures on the ceiling.
Given Byron Bay’s reputation for alternative lifestyles, it’s a surprise to be greeted by a bevy of young employees crisply dressed in striped blue and white shirts. Unlike many Australian resorts, Elements is abundantly staffed. Facilities include a day spa, up-market restaurant, nature trails, fire pit, private beach access, and a 40-meter infinity lagoon pool.
The resort consists of 94 eco-friendly studios and villas, ranging from entry-level Botanica Studios to two-bedroom Villas – all carefully spaced to maintain privacy.
Guests can choose from a forest, dune or wetland location. Although they appear modest from the outside, villas are luxurious and stylish on the inside, with designer couches, hardwood floors, original artworks, and smart televisions.
The imposing Pavilion houses the Graze At Elements restaurant and a rather slinky cocktail bar.
Breakfast is seriously delicious and includes breakfast burritos as well as blueberry and ricotta hotcakes.
Evening meals are even more stupendous, with a good choice of starters and mains to share, such as slow-cooked organic Hinterland chicken ($35 [£18]) or rack of Dorper lamb ($45 [£23]), plus sensational desserts; try the rum and raisin panna cotta.
During the day lighter snacks and drinks are available from the kiosk near the lagoon pool.
Double rooms from £161 for a Botanica Studio or £251 for a Beachside Villa; the tariff includes free Wi-Fi and a full buffet breakfast.