How to create the ultimate wellness getaway in Byron Bay
Summer is fast approaching and what better time to give your body and soul a well-deserving wellness break in beautiful Byron Bay? World-famous as a hub for health and wellbeing, Byron Bay is known for its yoga, healthy locally sourced food, and a laid-back nature-loving lifestyle making it the perfect destination to relax and retreat after a busy year whilst soaking up the pristine surroundings.
However, before you pack your Lululemons and book your flights, we’ve put together a guide on how to create a personlised mini-wellness retreat in the world-famous tropical paradise, to help you ensure it’s customised just for you!
Which wellness resort should I choose in Byron Bay?
Byron is full of amazing retreats, resorts, and wellness centres offering health and wellbeing routines from meditation and yoga classes, and pilate lessons to Ayurveda treatments, Haute-health remedies, and detox programmes to clean and revitalise your body and mind.
And, Crystalbrook Byron is no exemption. The award-winning wellness resort with 92 specious suites is located by the ocean and sits on 45 acres of magical, subtropical rainforest. Frequently named in Australia’s top 10 best luxury resorts, Crystalbrook Byron, with its impressive pool surrounded by lush rainforest, is the perfect place to visit this summer for all wellness-conscious travellers looking to relax and retreat after a busy year.
Top Wellness Activities To Balance Your Body, Mind & Soul This Summer
Whether you are a hardcore yogi, detox queen, or someone who enjoys mixing up wellness activities with a glass of wine by the pool, Crystalbrook Byron lets you customise your mini-wellness retreat after your personalised needs, the resort, therefore, caters to all types of wellness travellers. This is great for mother-and-daughter trips for example, or when travelling with a bunch of friends when there might be different wellness needs within the group.
A wellness retreat for some might include a morning yoga class, a midday game of tennis, relaxing by the pool before enjoying a Lekka bicycle ride and a massage at the Eléme Day Spa, followed by a soothing bath in the spacious suite to finish the day after devouring a healthy and delicious dinner. Others might be committed to detoxing adding several infrared sauna sessions and forest bathing trips to the lush rainforest next door for the ultimate cleanse.
For those looking for a morning stretch the complimentary morning yoga class lets you sweat to the sounds of the local birdlife whilst letting your lungs absorb the salty fresh ocean air. After yoga enjoy a mood-elevating apoptogenic hot chocolate, and a nourishing smoothie bowl packed with reishi, Chaga, and Ashwagandha.
Make the most of the beautiful and lush tropical rainforest and try ‘forest bathing’. Originating in Japan in the 1980s, forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku in Japanese means to soak in the forest through all of your senses. Australian indigenous call it Dadirri and the experience is about immersing yourself in the rainforest and tapping into its healing qualities. It is about actively listening while gently moving through the forest. Science supports the idea, trees emit (phytoncides) increasing these feelgood chemicals show a long-lasting impact on people’s immune system. It’s an incredible way to step into absolute relaxation. In practice, forest bathing is a slow, mindful walk in the rainforest, where you pay close attention to your surroundings using all your senses (e.g. sight, smell, hearing, touch). The key is to be reminded that there is no destination or goal, other than to notice and appreciate your surroundings.
No wellness retreat is complete without indulging in one (or several) spa treatments. Eléme Day Spa, boasting seven luxurious treatment rooms, including two couples’ rooms, offers bespoke facial and body therapies using the internationally renowned Sodashi skincare range. For massage therapies, Eléme has partnered with Byron Bay’s Cura Co. Lab to develop custom-made eco-conscious therapeutic oils. Give your muscles a meltdown in the steam room and then follow with a Well-Tuned Chakra Healing treatment– a fluid combination of massage, essential oils, and healing crystals.
Add unique local activities to your wellness experience
For those looking to explore Byron Bay and its beautiful surrounding further, Crystal Castle is only a short scenic journey away. Another popular attraction is Temple Byron which consists of 3 acres of tropical paradise surrounded by lush gardens, crystals, and sacred geometry, and is located a few minutes’ drive from the heart of Byron Bay. Or why not get into the saddle and enjoy a scenic horse ride on the beach, learn about local bush medicine, or hit the Cape Byron Walking Track to Byron Bay Lighthouse, Australia’s most easterly point.
Design Your Own Personalised Mini-Wellness Retreat
The thing to remember is that you don’t necessarily need to book into a full-scale wellness retreat to reap the benefits of the healing locale. By planning ahead, you can create your personlised mini-wellness retreat complete with as many spa treatments, yoga classes, infrared sauna sessions, and Aperol Spritz (no judgment) by the pool as you desire, to soothe your mind, body, and soul.
Pick and chose the activities as you see fit and at the end of the day unwind in your suite and rollout your complimentary yoga mat and access the resort’s ‘Mindfully Safe toolkit’ – a magic box of feel-good, zen-inspiring, meditative goodness, all of which can be accessed from your in-suite iPad. End the day in the deep soak bathtub and wash your worries away.
Travel Between 1-15 December For The Best Deals
Although a wellness escape to Crystalbrook Byron is a real treat all year round, the summer months of December and January are a great time to recharge your batteries and immerse yourself in the resort’s rejuvenating offerings.
To enjoy the resort before the peak season really kicks in, a hot tip is to travel between 1 and 15 December. This will ensure you get access to the best rates and those prime poolside loungers.
What’s included in your Crystalbrook Byron retreat:
Minimum two nights’ accommodation
Bottled sparkling water and seasonal fruit plate on arrival
One 90-minute Well-Tuned Chakra Healing massage in Eléme Day Spa per person
One 30-minute infrared sauna per person
A complimentary Beauty Chef consultation and drink
Complimentary steam room access on the day of your treatment
Daily breakfast for two in Forest, Byron Bay
Daily morning yoga
Two Addition Studio Riverstone Bath Brews for use during your stay
For more information and to book your summer wellness escape visit www.crystalbrookcollection.com/byron