Wellness retreats are no longer a trend, but a pilgrimage to relax, rebalance and revive the mind, body and soul.
Elements of Byron understands wellness. It’s individual. It means different things to different people.
Our Wellness Journeys offer a myriad of experiences that help renew the mind and body, and establish new habits for the future.
Being located in one of the wellness capitals of Australia, puts us in good company.
Relaxation – the first step in your Byron Bay wellness holiday
For the vast majority of us, one of the first things we want to do on holiday is relax. To leave the stress and worry of our everyday lives behind. To let go both in mind and body.
Byron Bay wellness holidays are renowned. But at Elements of Byron we take a more holistic approach to the wellness journey.
We aim to provide wellness experiences that offer lessons and practices that you can take home for long term benefits to your health.
Ways to Relax the Mind
Relaxing the mind can be the process of actively stopping worrying thoughts or channelling your concentration into one specific action.
This can often be achieved by focusing on simple actions based in nature such as a walk along Belongil Beach, finding stillness as you soak in your villa bath, gazing into the fire pit or standing still and listening to the sounds of the forest.
Enlighten the mind with new experiences by visiting the Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens. You’ll see the world’s largest and most beautiful natural crystal and still your mind as you wander through the ancient labyrinth.
Feel a sense of calm wash over you as you focus on the creative with a watercolor class surrounded by nature care of Byron Bay Art Workshops.
Ways to Relax the Body
Visit the experts in long term wellness at Elements of Byron’s Osprey Spa. Step into tranquil spaces of stone, raw woods, crystals and plants. Choose the Muscular Wellbeing Massage for its firm but soothing strokes that release built-up tension.
Learn about our full range of treatments here.
With the mind and body relaxed, we focus on the undeniable restorative power and long-term health benefits of sleep.
Harnessing the Power of Sleep
Sleep has a very real and direct impact on our physical and mental health. If we lack quality sleep it takes a toll on our energy, productivity, emotional balance and can even impact our weight.
Too often unhealthy daytime habits can leave us tossing in our beds. Try these five habits to get in sync with your natural sleep cycle or circadian rhythm. Get the rhythm right and you’ll be sleeping like a baby.
- Go to sleep and get up at the same time – yes, even on the weekend.
- Get lit – pull the curtains open as soon as you wake and have your morning cup of coffee on a sunny balcony. Applying the same rule, limit bright screens and lights 1 to 2 hours before bed and make sure your room is dark when you go to sleep.
- Daytime naps can be restorative but keep them to 15-20 minutes otherwise they will impact your night time sleep.
- Avoid caffeine and energy drinks in the late afternoon.
- Wind down by stretching or meditation before bed.
Elements of Byron is designed to help you reset your sleeping habits. Villas are naturally calming spaces with spacious king-sized beds that provide the perfect combination of firm support and luxurious softness. No counting sheep necessary.
Sleepwear and Aids
Uncomfortable sleepwear can cause you to wake throughout the night. Remedy it with a little retail therapy at The Lingerie Drawer in Brigantine Street, off Ewingsdale Road. Or add the feeling of luxury to your evenings with the softest bamboo sleepwear from Bodypeace Bamboo Clothing on Fletcher Street.
Help yourself relax by diffusing essential oils in lavender, vanilla, rose, geranium, jasmine or sandalwood in your bedroom. Essentially Australia makes essential oils from ingredients grown in the rich volcanic soil just half an hour outside of Byron Bay. Book an appointment to visit their store, just a quick stroll away from Elements of Byron.
Natural supplements such as melatonin and magnesium can also aid sleep. Melatonin is naturally produced in the body in response to darkness. Taking it sends the body a message that it is time to relax and sleep.
Rebalance – tips to rebalance on your Byron Bay wellness holiday
After we’ve relaxed the mind and body, it’s time to rebalance. To discover the practices, movements and nourishment we need to feel an equilibrium between indulgence and recovery.
Meditation and Yoga
Meditation is about stilling the mind and awaking your channels of focus. Mediation is about balance. Transcendental Meditation Byron Bay teaches you how to turn a 20-minute daily practice into a habit for transformation.
Learn the essentials of meditation for beginners in the comfort of your own villa, by downloading a meditation application on your phone. We love Calm and Headspace. Both offer programs for beginners and even meditations design specifically to lull you into a glorious sleep.
Where Belongil Beach kisses Elements of Byron, join like-minded yogis to start the day with balance at the First Light Club.
Saunas and Flotation Tanks
Give way to stillness and experience Australian first infrared sauna studio – Nimbus and Co. Relax as heating panels emit light that deeply detoxifies the body.
Or bring your mind and body to a state of relaxation that is deeper than sleep as you float weightlessly in The Haven’s magnesium rich water flotation tanks.
You’ll find a quiet place to rebalance a lot closer to your villa at Elements of Byron’s relaxing Adults Only Pool. Hear the monologue of the world passing by hushed as you dive into the pristine water.
With a new feeling of lightness, it is time to reconnect to earth and nourish your body in one of Australia’s fine food capitals.
Nourishing your Rebalance
Start at the beginning with the rich raw produce and artisan creations of the Byron Bay and Bangalow Farmers’ Markets. Sip rich aromatic coffee as you add local avocados, blueberries, miso and spices to your basket.
Learn how to take these ingredients and create dishes that will nourish your mind, body and soul through a series of dedicated cooking classes.
The Bhavan Cooking School applies traditional cooking methods to the modern needs of health-conscious individuals with delicious results.
After you’ve finished with the apron, this cooking school serves up your masterpiece on the top of a rolling hill overlooking the green bouquet of the Byron Bay hinterland.
Learn more about Byron Bay’s cooking classes here.
Dining out – in every form
There is a wholesomeness and pure joy to picnicking. There is something about eating with our hands with our bare feet in the grass. It’s just good, clean fun.
But if it is restaurant dining you seek, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Byron Bay is a heady mix of passionate chefs and restaurateurs bursting with the flavours of Spain, retro Vietnamese, relaxed Italian or a vegan extravaganza.
Read about our restaurant recommendations here.
Revive – tips to revive you on your Byron Bay wellness holiday
When we holiday well, we return home renewed and re-energise. We have relaxed. We have rebalanced. Now it is time to revitalise and strengthen our bodies, giving us the energy to take our lives to the next level.
Fitness Trainers and Classes
Byron Bay offers an incredible variety of fitness classes, but our resident trainers, Peachy Fit brings one of the best to you at Elements of Byron. Minimum fuss and maximum motivation, this is feel-good fitness at its finest.
Explore more about different fitness classes on offer in Byron here.
Activities that Get the Blood Pumping
Feel at one with your horse as its hooves beat a rhythm against the wet sand. Birds soar above you and the sea breeze pushes your hair back. It feels like freedom. Zephyr horses offers tours from stables at Elements of Byron.
There is something about the saltwater that replenishes the soul. It reminds us of childhood holidays, sun kissed cheeks and saltwater hair. Byron Bay pulls in surfers of every level with reliable surf.
Challenge yourself in the swell of The Tallows or feel the thrill of catching your first wave at The Pass. The experts from Let’s Go Surfing offer the lessons you need with a relaxed, carefree spirit that will make you fall in love with the waves.
Stay on top of the water with a GoSea Kayaks tour. Watch as the colourful reef life of Cape Byron Marine Park swims under you or feel alive as dolphins surface alongside your kayak.
Walk Your Way to Revitalisation
At Elements of Byron reviving your mood by exploring nature is as easy as stepping outside the door of your villa.
But you will be spoiled for choice with beach walks, easy forest trails or hinterland treks that challenge and inspire.
The iconic Byron Bay Lighthouse Walk is a 5km trail of undulating paths that encompasses an unforgettable coastal view and the white-washed face of the lighthouse. Allow 1-2 hours for completion.
For a longer walk, the Minyon Falls track is 7.5km of dirt track that meanders through rainforests and includes two beautiful waterfalls – the 100m drop of the Minyon Falls and the calmer Condong Falls with its inviting swimming hole at the top.
You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into the setting of a mystical novel when you sit in the cave under the cascading waters of Killen Falls. The 10 metre falls and swimming hole are a 25min drive and short walk from Byron Bay.
Find out more about our favourite walks and falls here.
Take the Gifts of your Byron Bay Wellness Holiday Home With You
There are three clear phases in the journey to feeling well. We begin with relaxation. We rebalance our body and mind. Then we revitalise ourselves, returning home with a feeling of empowerment that allows us to uplift our lives.
For every person the way they relax, rebalance and revitalise is different. A standardised health retreat cannot work for everyone. This is an individual journey.
With a bounty of activities, experts and natural assets, it is easy to see why Byron Bay is a health and wellness holiday capital.
At Elements of Byron we believe that wellness is a gift that should keep on giving. The true prize lies in learning how to take the lessons of wellness home with you and use them to build your best life.
Our five-night package combines luxury, private accommodation with spa and wellness treatments, yoga flows, nature and delicious nourishment.
Tread your own path to wellness in a luxury sanctuary purpose made for relaxation, reflection and rejuvenation. Book your Byron Bay wellness holiday here.
Want more inspiration for things to do in Byron Bay? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Byron Bay.