Byron Bay sure is blissful. Especially when you know where to go to escape the crowds! While I thought I knew the best spots, turns out James and I had wayyy more to explore. Our latest trip to Byron Bay was absolutely amazing. We stayed right in the heart of Byron at Reflections Clarkes Beach and our days were still relaxed, sun-filled and extremely chilled out. (And we were staying right next to The Pass!)
An aerial perspective of Clarkes Beach and the villas.
Where we stayed completely made our trip. It was beachfront, quiet and totally brand new. We stayed in one of the Premium Villas at Reflections Clarkes Beach. A beautiful 2 person villa, perfect for a couples getaway!
You might be surprised to know that Reflections are actually a collection of holiday parks. They aren’t just any ordinary holiday park though. Reflections truly hold the most picturesque pieces of real estate in New South Wales. All just as gorgeous as the next.
The new villas, nestled in amongst the trees. It’s pure ambiance.
Our delightful abode literally had the beach as the backyard with the timber patio overlooking Clarkes Beach. We had views all the way out to The Pass through the ceiling to floor windows in our room, feeling immersed in nature whilst living in luxury. It was amazing.
Looking out to The Pass.
The Premium Villas have all been architecturally designed to perfection. (I was seriously taking notes for my future home). With touches of what looked like a “butternut” timber, to neutral light greys and blues, the villa had a real calm feel to it. It was an atmosphere created for pure relaxation.
The villa exterior.
The warmth of the timber really made us feel at home.
Besides all of these captivating features, my other favourite aspects were the white stone freestanding bath, the most comfortable queen size bed (which felt like a cloud) and the fact that everything was SO CLEAN.
A bubble bath was a must.
You could hear the waves crashing through the window.
Floating on a queen size cloud. Ideal after a long day spent at the beach.
With Clarkes Beach only a stones throw away, we spent time here everyday. Whether it was when James went droning, or just for a swim, it was a great beach to have as our backyard.
Aerial view of our villa. You can just spot our van!
Our villa was front left. Number 21.
Strolling down the stairs to Clarkes Beach.
As sand dune restoration is important for beach conservation in Byron Bay, accessing the beach from the villa isn’t allowed. Instead, beach access is only 20 metres away and still from within the park.
James and I were lucky enough to experience some pretty awesome sunrises while we were here. All watched from the comfort of our villa. Each morning was spent on the patio, drinking coffee, chatting about the day ahead and our recent adventures travelling around Australia.
The best way to spend a morning together.
James having a quick surf check!
One of the beauties of being on holiday is not having to use your car. (Being a coffee addict I will venture out daily to get a coffee from a local barista). Staying right next to Beach Byron Bay meant a good morning coffee was only a short stroll away. The coffee here really is good and the best part is you don’t have to drive anywhere! It’s literally right next door to Reflections Clarkes Beach.
Enjoying coffee back at the villa.
I’ve always dreamt of having an outdoor shower so this post wouldn’t be complete without mentioning it! I just love that the villas featured these!! (And that the shower head was large too). It was such a nice, refreshing way to rinse off after the beach. It also meant we didn’t bring sand into the villa.
A place to slow down
Byron Bay really is the place to “cheer up, slow down and chill out”. If you’ve ever been to this small town before you would have seen this sign on your drive in. It’s an ideal reminder to just “be” when you come here. Reflections Clarkes Beach truly is the place for that.
Relaxing on the day bed by the window.
The daily view out to Clarkes Beach.
All photography by James Knight at Aeroaus.
Have questions about our stay at Reflections? Ask me in the comments below!