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Published September 20th 2012
Do the words tranquil, luxurious haven mean anything to you?
Cavvanbah Beach House is the ideal spot for a chic, charming chill-out away from the cares of city life. It's a peaceful and secluded haven tucked away in a quiet corner of Byron Bay, not too close to the hurly burly of the downtown tourist mecca. It's only a 100 metre walk down a sandy track through rainforest to the beach and an easy ten minute stroll into the main part of town. By peaceful I mean truly restful and relaxing, not the kind of peace some proprietors think can be achieved merely by placing a few buddha statues in prominent places. This is languorous luxury with a personal touch.
I have a love / hate relationship with Google, but a quick search for quiet, quality accommodation for our one planned night in Byron Bay yielded this apparent gem, so I booked the last available room (King with ensuite bath - no spa) and hoped for the best.
From our first glimpse of the dense tropical garden and striking aqua exterior and my first steps on the crunchy pebble pathway I knew I was going to love Cavvanbah. We were greeted by our friendly host Sue, who showed us around, highlighting pleasant touches like a sparkling saltwater pool (being winter we decided not to take the plunge), reverse cycle air conditioning and our own private entrance and balcony, and then left us to unpack, kick off our shoes and unwind.
Our room was large, light and airy, the bed comfortable, the sheets crisp, and the towels white and fluffy. Just not too sure about the art work adorning the wall. All the usual accompaniments one expects in a first class establishment were available - bar fridge, television, DVD player, tea and coffee making facilities and wireless internet. My favourite luxury was the pungently scented Sanctum bath products. The shower gel smelt just like a rainforest, in a good way. You know, that sharp, intensely fresh, woody aroma. Heaven.
King Room with polished floors, separate bath, private balcony and colourful art work
Before heading out to explore we left our order for breakfast provisions, which were later delivered to our room for us to prepare at out leisure in the morning. Fruit, yoghurt, cereal, bread, crumpets, and jam made a great start to the day, shared on our private balcony.
Apart from our King Room with bath, the main building has another King Room with spa on the ground floor. A separate building houses 2 more King Spa Rooms with timber bi-fold doors that open directly onto a terrace overlooking the pool. Based on out host's recommendation we'll have to try one of these rooms on a return visit. And there'll definitely be a return visit.
The full rate for rooms at Cavvanbah Beach House is $375 per night but depending on the number of nights you stay and how far in advance you book you can pick up a delightful room with continental breakfast hamper for as little as $135 per night. Need I say more? You can book here.
There's much to enjoy in Byron Bay. A curious mix of up-market tourism, alternative culture, backpacker party places, family beaches and an apparently thriving business centre, your chosen activities will very much depend on your generation status. Without giving too much away I will tell you that our itinerary included dinner at the highly recommended One One One Cafe restaurant (just go there, OK), some beers at the popular Byron Bay Beach Hotel (I recommend the Stone and Wood beer on tap), a meander up to the lighthouse and an early lunch at the quirkily named Fishheads Cafe overlooking Main Beach (try the eggs benedict with smoked salmon).