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Byron set to get first Accor Hotel

Elements of Byron, a brand new $100 million beachfront resort, is set to become Accor’s first property in Byron Bay following the signing of an agreement under its luxury brand – The MGallery Collection.

Now underway at the former Byron Bay Beach Resort site, the resort has been given approval for 193 one and two bedroom villas, of which 94 villas, and central resort and leisure facilities, are due for completion by Christmas 2015. The site encompasses rainforest, lakes and 2km of absolute beach frontage.

Private owner, Peggy Flannery is personally involved in all design aspects of the resort to ensure it is sympathetic to the site. She surprised many with her decision to work with a 1987 “beach shack” style approval over the site rather than a more recent development approval eventually granted to former landowners Becton.

“The 1987 Byron Beach Resort approval and design was reflective of our vision for small single-storey cabins dotted through the landscape and is a more appropriate design response for the site” outlined Development Director Jeremy Holmes.

“The villas sit lightly on the land, are low scale and in keeping with the ethos we are striving toward”.

The main pavilion, with its curved roof symbolising the sand dunes along the beach frontage, is surprisingly low-key. Three pavilions make up the central resort and leisure facilities, and include a signature restaurant and lobby bar, poolside bar and kiosk, gymnasium and garden spa. In line with the resort name, there will also be a sunken fire pit, a large lagoon pool, spa, and numerous additional water features weaving through the resort.

Elements of Byron will be well equipped to host top events, with state of the art conference facilities in a dedicated conference wing. Four flexible spaces will cater for up to 400 delegates separately or in one room, with numerous break out areas offering views across the Bay to Cape Byron Lighthouse.

“This organisation has engaged with the community to bring them along on the journey” said Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson.

“And at the same time they have looked at other ways to support the local community, such as the two carriage train which they are reinstating along our tracks. Byron will support good projects”.

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Chris Ashton

We're Chris Ashton and Simon Ceglinski, two Aussie travellers with a love of exploration and adventure, and the odd bit of luxury thrown in. We seek out street art, street food, and scuba diving wherever we go, and prefer the road less travelled over well-worn tourist paths.

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