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After settling in for the third trimester of pregnant life at home on the Sunshine Coast, and welcoming little Dusty into the world early August, Jason and I recently embarked on our first family getaway. And as you might have seen on Instagram, we decided to stay at The Bower in the heart of Byron Bay.

The latest addition to the Byron Beach Abodes collection of luxury accommodation, The Bower has effortlessly given a classic Australian beachside motel a modern, New York style boutique facelift.

The relaxed, palm filled motel features accommodation to suit a range of needs and budgets, including The Bower Suites, The Bower Cottage, The Bower Barn and The Bower House; each is completely unique and offers the understated luxury, beauty and simplicity that the Byron Beach Abodes has become so well known for.

For our getaway, we stayed in one of The Bower Suites, which was situated in the old motel, and perfect for our little family. Upon arrival, we parked our car in the complimentary carpark provided on site, which was lined with lush palm trees.

On one side is the old motel, which now houses The Bower Suites. Further down you’ll find the The Bower Cottage, The Bower Barn and The Bower House, which is perfect for bigger groups of travellers. Next to the house is a large park with black seats and umbrellas, which according to a sign, will soon play home to a swimming pool.

Back up the front is an impressive converted house painted in black, with white bicycles standing out the front and an art deco ‘HOTEL’ sign. This is where the resplendent reception is; a space which feels as though you are in a modern Soho hotel in New York.

After checking in, we were shown to our beautiful Queen Suite, which is perfect for two people (and a little human in tow). The rich textured furnishings, considered finishings and bespoke interiors make every penny spent on the room completely worth it – as you can see by the photos below. As with most places these days, the wi-fi is complimentary. The complimentary mini bar and the ability to watch Netflix using our own account on the smart tv was a lovely surprise.

Our room was perfect for our needs; there was a fridge/freezer to store milk, Jason's beer (hello holiday!) and fruit, a kettle to boil water and a kitchenette to steam feeding bottles. There was plenty of room for Dustys Reds Baby pram, his Baby Bjorn travel cot, and all of our bags. The bathroom was small but stylish and functional; which was perfect for us.

The Bower itself is just a short walk into the heart of town and beach, and is close to Broken Head, which is my favourite beach in the area. If you’re looking for things to see and do in Byron, make sure you download and print my free Byron Bay Travel Guide. I should also mention, that a visit to Byron is not complete without a lunch and cocktails at The Mez Club – our personal favourite.


STAY: The Bower

WHERE: 28 Bangalow Road, Byron Bay, NSW Australia 2481

RATES: Our room was $229 AUD per night (mid-week)


INSTAGRAM: @the_bower_byron_bay

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