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November 13, 2020
Danielle McEwan Tigmi Trading

STYLE EDIT: Styling advice with Tigmi Trading’s Danielle McEwan

From the beginning of our Bower journey, we have constantly been inspired by local brand Tigmi Trading. Known for their timeless pieces and artisan-made rugs sourced from far-flung places between the Atlas Mountains in Morocco and the Black Sea, we’ve roamed their showrooms and stalked their Instagram more times than we care to admit! Tigmi pieces are perfectly imperfect, each with a story of how it came to be a part of their collection. When […]
October 25, 2020
Light Years - Byron Bay Restaurants

EAT & DRINK: Best Restaurants in Byron Bay

Once upon a time, visitors flocked to Byron Bay to meditate, surf and detoxify the mind and soul. These days, however, the coastal town offers another drawcard! Byron’s food star has been quickly rising on the foodie map with an abundance of locally grown fruit and veg, bountiful seafood and ethically sourced meats. The thriving and diverse culinary scene has been fuelled by a slew of chefs and restauranteurs bidding their goodbyes to major cities in […]
October 11, 2020
Alexandra Sage - 2020 swimwear trends

STYLE EDIT: 2020 swimwear trends with Alexandra Sage

Free spirit, sun lover and avid bikini collector, Alexandra Sage knows a thing or two about the art of swimwear shopping. From the itty-bitty, to terry-towelling textures and modest cuts with unique twists. With the warmer weather trickling in we turned to her for advice on where to shop and why!  
October 9, 2020
Best books to read on holiday

READ IT: Poolside Page Turners

There’s a certain sense of accomplishment that comes with finishing a book whilst on holiday. It really justifies the prolonged periods of laying down that goes hand in hand with a vacation to somewhere relaxing. The only tricky part is deciding on what book to invest your hard-earned vacation hours reading. Whichever way you choose to consume your literature, be it downloaded to your Kindle, read to you via audible (still counts), or a good ol’ […]
September 23, 2020
Frida's Field restaurant

NEW IN BYRON: Frida’s Field

A brand-new farm-to-table restaurant has quietly launched in Byron Bay’s hinterland. Nestled in a working property and surrounded by lush rolling hills, Frida’s Field is a joint project between the Rawlings family and Icebergs Group alumni, Daniel Medcalf. The eatery promises to be a celebration of produce and agriculture from the Northern Rivers while shining a light on sustainable farming practices, with the added bonus of being downright delicious!
August 28, 2020
Father's Day in Byron Bay

FOR HIM: Last Minute Father’s Day Shopping in Byron Bay

You’re on holidays, you’ve managed to remember to pack everything from your phone charger, to your new swimsuit, that far-too-expensive night cream made it without smashing, and you even brought your refrigerated pro-biotics. But, you still can’t shake that niggling feeling that you have forgotten something… something important! Your stomach drops, you’ve forgotten Father’s Day! While men can be notoriously hard to buy for at times, we’ve made a list of last-minute ideas you can […]
August 18, 2020
Best Pilates and Yoga Studios in Byron Bay

SWEAT & STRETCH: The best studios for Yoga & Pilates in Byron Bay

With Byron Bay being a mecca of health and wellness, it’s little wonder our slice of the world offers some of the best Yoga and Pilates studio experiences in the country. Gone are the days of smelly rooms, bad lighting and tired interiors. Today’s boutique studios provide sophisticatedly designed spaces with classes that are challenging, enjoyable and downright addictive. We’ve rounded up our top picks so the only leg work you have to do is […]
July 22, 2020
2020 Sandal Trends - The Bali Tailor

STYLE EDIT: The 2020 sandal trends we can’t get enough of

Summer footwear, it has to be comfortable yet stylish enough to take you from the beach to the bar. While we love our sky-high heels, Byron is the perfect place to give them a rest and opt for something a little more practical. This summer these are the sandals we’ll be packing into our beach bags!
July 9, 2020
Francesca Owen - photographer

FOCUS ON: Francesca Owen

Mesmerizingly beautiful, Francesca Owen’s photographic work captures the female form suspended in both time and water. Contours of the female body combine with the feeling of not quite floating as her subjects linger just shy of the water’s surface. The result is a calming series of enviable fine art pieces, a few of which we are lucky enough to feature here at The Bower.
June 24, 2020
Byron Bay Distillery Tour

DRINK: Distillery Tour of Byron Bay

Byron Bay is known for many things – beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, laidback locals, sustainable lifestyles and celebrity sightings (no trip to Byron is complete without one). But in the last few years, craft distilleries and boutique breweries have been popping up like mushrooms and we’re not one bit sad about it. From cult craft beers to colour-changing gin, Byron’s surrounds have become the Shangri-La of boutique boozing.  
June 18, 2020
Road Trip Sydney to Byron Bay

ROAD TRIP: Sydney to Byron Bay

Is there anything more nostalgia-inducing than loading up the car, throwing on your favourite playlist and indulging in some sugary snacks under the guise of keeping yourself alert? Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we’re talking about the great Aussie road trip! With NSW travel restrictions lifting it’s time to pack up your beach bags and opt for the scenic route. Sure, driving takes a little bit longer than jumping on a flight, but it also promises to […]
April 24, 2020

ESSENTIAL EATS: Secret Recipes from Byron’s Toast the Sun Luxury Brekky Experience

BYRON SKIES, LIT MAJESTICALLY WITH SHADES OF GOLD, DEEP PINK, RED AND SOFT VIOLET HERALD THE START OF ANOTHER DAY I BEAUTIFUL BYRON BAY. The vast stretch of Pacific Ocean shimmers, the abundance of native bird life starts its morning chatter, and our thoughts turn to the first brew of the day and the choices we’ll make for breakfast. Will it be something scrummy prepped in our own kitchen or a takeaway from one of […]
March 20, 2020

ESSENTIAL EATS: The Bower Team’s Fav Autumn Recipes

AUTUMN’S HERE AND IT’S SUCH A GLORIOUS TIME OF YEAR IN BYRON BAY. The nights have a bit of nip in the air, the ocean sparkles under blue sky days and Mother Nature is at her resplendent best, whether it’s the waters gushing over Minyon Falls, the brilliant greens of the Hinterland with its quirky villages, or the lush rainforests, coastline and beaches with their myriad of walks. This Autumn sees lots of us with […]
March 11, 2020

OUR ACCOMM IN THE MEDIA: A Design Lover’s Guide to Byron Bay / Architectural Digest

ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST IS OF ITS OWN WHEN IT COMES TO CELEBRATING DESIGN AND DESIGNERS, DECORATING IDEAS, CULTURE AND TRAVEL AND ITS INFLUENCE IS FELT THE WORLD OVER. Their latest issue includes a design lover’s guide to Byron Bay, which they’ve stamped as the Montauk of Australia.  Nice. They’ve shone a light on a lot of our Byron Bay favs – Spell, Harvest, Nikau Store, Habitat, Locura, the Mez Club and lots more.  We love that […]
March 5, 2020

IN THE MEDIA: 13 Design Ideas to Steal from Our Boutique Byron Bay Hotel / Inside Out

THEY SAY COPYING IS THE SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY, SO IT’S KINDA NICE THAT INSIDE OUT HAS CHOSEN TO STEAL (THEIR WORDS NOT OURS!) 13 DESIGN IDEAS FROM THE BOWER, OUR LUXURY BYRON BAY BOUTIQUE HOTEL, TO SHARE WITH THEIR READERS. There’s lots of inspo from the impact of your colour palette to making the most of small spaces, the shape and colour of your swimming pool to the shape and functionality of your furniture, […]
February 24, 2020

BYRON: Byron Bay’s Best Surf Spots

AUSSIE SURFER AND SIX-TIME WORLD CHAMPION STEPHANIE GILMOUR HAS SALT WATER RUNNING THROUGH HER VEINS. SHE’S GRACEFUL, SKILFUL, AND HAS A DEEP APPRECIATION OF ONE OF THE STRONGEST FORCES ON THE PLANET – THE OCEAN. “The ocean has to be the strongest natural force on the planet, right? It’s where you recharge the batteries,’ says Stephanie. “We’re all solar-powered and when you put sunlight on top of all the motion you get in the ocean, […]
February 20, 2020

DESIGN: Sustainability in Design / Tips from Bower’s Architect and Builder

NO DOUBT ABOUT IT, AT THE BOWER WE’RE PASSIONATE ABOUT ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN, AND OF COURSE ISSUES OF SUSTAINABILITY ARE ALWAYS AT THE TOP OF MIND WHEN IT COMES TO INTERPRETING OUR INITIAL CONCEPTS INTO THE REAL THING. As our architect extraordinaire John Burgess points out,  “The construction industry is a massive consumer of resources and once completed, buildings continue to be reliant on materials and resources for their occupants’ comfort and the structure’s […]
February 13, 2020

WHAT’S ON: Byron Bay Blues Fest

FROM 6000 VISITORS WHEN IT KICKED OFF IN 1990 TO MORE THAN 100,000 NOW, THE MULTI-AWARD WINNING BLUESFEST THAT IS SO SYNONYMOUS WITH BYRON CULTURE, WILL AGAIN SHOWCASE THE BIGGEST NAMES IN LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL MUSIC ACTS ACROSS 5/1/2 DAYS FOR ITS 31ST YEAR. For lots Easter just wouldn’t be the same without the annual pilgrimage to the 120-acre Tyagarah Tree Farm which plays host to more than 100 food and market stalls, licensed bars, […]
February 6, 2020

IN THE MEDIA: Real Living

REAL LIVING MAGAZINE WANTS TO INSPIRE ITS READERS TO LIVE A MORE STYLISH LIFE AND IS ALWAYS PACKED FULL WITH GREAT INSPO TO ACHIEVE JUST THAT. The Bower’s insta-worthy, seductive, perfectly round swimming pool with its towering 5m tall palms, is their focal point this month for ‘serving up seriously stylish pool inspo with a splash of water-wise advice too’. The feature includes pool toys, including the sepia-toned Villa26 pool chairs you’ll find floating on […]
February 1, 2020

BYRON: How Sarah from Salty Luxe Spends A Week in Byron

TAHITI, BORA BORA, TULUM, TURKEY, GREECE, PORTUGAL, MOROCCO, PERU, THE MALDIVES. Just some of the exotic places Sarah, aka Salty Luxe, has spent time visiting and photographing in the past few years, usually with her long-term  partner Chesh at her side. Home is Byron Bay but she’s a travel addict, a sunshine-filled creative, who wants to unlock the wanderlust in all of us with her luxury, tropical-vibe travel blog. Her imagery balances beautifully her authentic […]
January 24, 2020

LIFESTYLE: The Sustainable Table / Helping the Challenges our Environment is Facing One Meal at a Time

CONVENIENCE. WE WANT IT. WE NEED IT TO MANAGE THE TIME DEFICIT IN OUR LIVES THIS CRAZILY BUSY WORLD SEEMS TO PRODUCE. But convenience comes at a cost to our planet and lots of it is food related.  Whether it’s the single use plastics our foods are wrapped in, the bags we take it home in, the excessive quantities we put in the bin because we bought too much, left it too long or didn’t […]
January 18, 2020

STYLE: Creating a Capsule Wardrobe / An Edit by Felicity Brand – Head of Buying and Merchandising for Mode Sportif

WE RECKON THE START TO 2020 HAS MADE MOST OF US RETHINK OUR PRIORITIES AND OF COURSE FIRST PRIORITY HAS TO BE OUR ENVIRONMENT DOESN’T IT AS MUCH AS WE’RE ALSO AWARE OF THE MASSIVE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CHALLENGES FACING HUMANITY TOO. And that spins off into so many other elements when we look deep into our commitment to live, work and play in a truly sustainable way.  It’s made us think more about fashion […]
January 11, 2020

LIFESTYLE: Tips To Help You Live a More Sustainable Life

AUSTRALIA HAS HAD A TOUGH START TO 2020 AND IT’LL BE A LONG TIME BEFORE IT’S LIFE AS USUAL FOR SO MANY. THE IMPACT OF THESE TERRIBLE FIRES WILL BE FELT ACROSS THE COUNTRY FOR YEARS TO COME, AWITH THE FINAL COST TO PEOPLE, COMMUNITIES, THE ENVIRONMENT AND OUR UNIQUE WILDLIFE YET TO BE TALLIED. AND WE’VE STILL GOT MORE OF SUMMER TO COME. We all know it could have been so much worse without […]
December 18, 2019

FUN: These Are the Games We’re Playing Over Summer

THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH SETTLING IN AROUND THE TV FOR A BIT OF SHARED VIEWING. WE’VE ALREADY NOTCHED UP ANOTHER LOOK AT LOVE ACTUALLY AND SUMMER’S JUST BEGUN! But we’re also addicted to board games, outdoor games, adults-only games and giant versions of familiar favs.  It’s about having screen-free time with family and friends, old and young alike. Top of the list are some old-school classics such as Monopoly – or check out it’s newer […]
December 17, 2019

BYRON: What to do in Byron Bay on Christmas & New Year

WOW DID THIS YEAR FLY! IT SEEMS JUST A MINUTE AGO WE WERE LIST-MAKING, CAREFULLY CRAFTING OUR FESTIVE MENUS, PLANNING CATCH-UPS WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS, AND WONDERING HOW WE CAN MAKE EACH WEEK NINE DAYS LONG IN THE LEAD UP TO CHRISTMAS. It’s always crazy busy but it’s a time of year The Bower team absolutely loves. Then before you know it it’s New Years Eve and let’s face it, it’s all about party, party, […]
December 15, 2019

STYLE EDIT: The Swimwear We’re Loving This Summer

YOU LOVED THE SWIMWEAR EDIT WE CURATED FOR YOU LAST YEAR AND KNOW YOU’LL LOVE THIS ONE TOO. We’ve kept selections from some of our favourite brands such as independent Aussie label Zulu and Zephyr and Zimmerman (of course). Then we’ve added classics such as Country Road and brands that have bewitched us with their designs throughout the year such as Saint Somebody, The Fold, Monday Swimwear from super-influencers Tash and Devon Brugman, and PE […]
December 7, 2019

BEAUTY: Summer Skin and Make-Up Trends and Must-Haves

SUMMER IS HERE. MOVE OVER SPRING WHEN WE ALL SEEM TO GO NUTS OVER REORGANISING, RENEWING, RE-DOING. Now most of us are consumed with holiday planning (pssst….Byron and The Bower and its breathtaking mineral pool and ever-so smart Garden Bar are waiting for you), choosing new swimwear, updating the summer playlists, must-read books and podcasts. A summer beauty overhaul is usually on the cards too and it should be more than sticking to the old […]
November 27, 2019

EAT: Creating the Perfect Cheese Platter with Katie from Wild Goat Events

Katie from Wild Goat Events has put together for us her tips and tricks for producing the best grazing platters ever, and there’s no doubt a scrummy, mouth-watering grazing platter is an essential element to a Byron Bay Summer holiday.  Her platters are a symphony of tastes, colours and textures and for ours are best enjoyed poolside at The Bower (simply order one to be delivered to your room), or as part of a picnic […]
November 21, 2019

GET THE LOOK: The Bower Studios and Deluxe King Rooms

HOW MUCH DO WE LOVE HAVING OUR DESIGN HORMONES PUMPED AT SEEING A NEW COLLECTION OF IMAGES THAT CAPTURE A CONCEPT, A LOOK, A FEELING, THAT INSPIRES US. SEEMS YOU DO TOO! For us it could be a pictorial essay that captures the ever-changing hues and textures of our environment. It’s that which has always served as our greatest inspiration with few doing it better than Mother Nature. It’s where we find inspo for colour, […]
November 12, 2019

LIFESTYLE: How We’re Making The Bower Sustainable

FIRST AND FOREMOST THE BOWER TEAM IS ALL ABOUT PROVIDING THE MOST UNFORGETTABLE LUXURY HOLIDAY EXPERIENCES IN THE BYRON REGION. OF COURSE WE GET AN INSTANT LEG UP WHEN BYRON HAS SOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST ICONIC BEACHES, SURFING AND SWIMMING SPOTS, WALKS AND HIKES, PRISTINE, ANCIENT FORESTS, LUSH GREEN HINTERLANDS, THE CLEAN, CLEAR PACIFIC OCEAN IS OUR EASTERLY BOUNDARY AND THE CLIMATE IS, WELL PERFECT! At the same time we’re absolutely committed to doing […]
November 1, 2019

IN THE MEDIA: Vogue Living

THANK YOU VOGUE LIVING FOR THIS WONDERFUL PICTORIAL ESSAY ON THE BOWER AND IT’S NEW 5-STAR LUXURY SPACES – THE DELUXE KING ROOMS WITH BATH AND THE FREE-STANDING STUDIOS. The seductive and ever-so moody colour palette is a diversion from The Bower’s usual aesthetic which has a focus on soft whites with punctuations of colour introduced by bespoke furniture pieces, hand-thrown pottery, curated vintage art and metres of softest linens. These new Manhattan-Luxe influenced spaces […]
October 31, 2019

HOME: Spring Florals with The Flower Bar Bangalow

IN A STATELY HERITAGE-LISTED BUILDING IN THE GORGEOUS BYRON HINTERLAND VILLAGE OF BANGALOW IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL FLOWER SHOP. It assaults the senses in every which way when you walk through the door.  It’s the sweet, sweet fragrances, the visual abundance of colour, shapes and textures, the feel of soft, velvety leaves that invite a sneaky touch as you walk past and so much more. The Flower Bar Bangalow is one of The Bower’s top […]
October 23, 2019

DESIGN: Our Tips for Designing Small Spaces

SMALL SPACES ARE SOME OF BOWER’S CREATIVE DIRECTOR TALIAH LOWRY’S FAVOURITE SPACES. “It’s about the challenge of being forced to be more imaginative in terms of design, feel and functionality that I love”, she says.  “It’s about making every inch count, being super clever with storage design, being more creative with materials selections which sometimes translates into using more expensive materials because we need so much less of it.” You’ve only got to look at […]
October 18, 2019

NEWS: Our Newest Additions to The Bower are Unveiled!

THE BOWER’S LUXURY BOUTIQUE ACCOM HAS GROWN – AND OH SO BEAUTIFULY! Our 5–star boutique hotel has just grown with the addition of superbly designed and beautifully private adults-only spaces.  Our Suite of Rooms now has 16 options with the addition of two Deluxe King Rooms with Baths plus there are two private, Manhattan-Luxe inspired, freestanding, 5-star luxury Studios – Studios 17 & 18 – sited perfectly beside the majestic, perfectly round, mineral swimming pool. […]
October 11, 2019

A LOCAL’S GUIDE TO BYRON: Danelle / Bower’s Property Manager

MEET DANELLE. SHE’S THE PROPERTY MANAGER AT THE BOWER AND TOGETHER WITH HER HUSBAND AND THREE GREAT KIDS, HAS LIVED IN BYRON FOR MORE THAN A DECADE. She’s one of the friendly faces who’ll greet you when you arrive and ensure your stay is an unforgettable 5-star experience. “I just love Byron and our amazing environment and get such joy out of sharing my experiences living in and exploring the region with our guests, “ […]
October 1, 2019

BRANDS WE LOVE: Dharma Door

THE CREATION OF BEAUTIFUL AND UNIQUE SPACES OVERLAID WITH LUXURY AND COMFORT AT EVERY TURN, IS AT THE HEART OF EVERY BYRON BEACH ABODES PROJECT, INCLUDING THE BOWER. We love to create spaces where you can’t help but unwind and immerse yourself in the joy of a break away surrounded by Byron Bay’s extraordinary natural beauty. There are few things which please us more than creating these spaces with like-minded local businesses, and The Dharma […]
September 28, 2019

BYRON: 15 Activities to Try in Byron Bay While Holidaying with Kids

VOGUE HAS A BIT OF A LOVE AFFAIR WITH BYRON BAY SO IT’S LITTLE WONDER THEY’VE SINGLED IT OUT AS THE PLACE TO GO TO CREATE FABULOUS FAMILY HOLIDAY MEMORIES. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE LONG STRETCHES OF PRISTINE BEACH, THE CLEAR BLUE OCEAN AND THE CALM WATERS OF BRUNSWICK RIVER AND SIMPSONS CREEK, WHERE YOU CAN LEARN TO SURF, KAYAK, STAND UP PADDLEBOARD OR TAKE YOUR FIRST FORAY INTO JUST LEARNING TO SWIM. Then there […]
September 18, 2019

WELLNESS: A 15 Minute Exercise Program You Can Do Anywhere, Any Time

MORE AND MORE THE SPEED OF LIFE SEEMS TO HAVE OUR SCHEDULES PACKED TO OVERFLOWING MAKING A BREAK AWAY ALL THAT MORE IMPORTANT IN TRYING TO ACHIEVE SOME MUCH-NEEDED BALANCE IN OUT LIVES. And when we do get away, we don’t want to undo all the good things we’ve put in place to keep us healthy, happy and fit throughout the rest of the year.  No-one enjoys that tired old post-holiday reality of having to […]
September 12, 2019

IN THE MEDIA: The Bower / I Love Linen

WE’RE SELF-CONFESSED LINEN OBSESSIVES SO IT’S ALWAYS A DELIGHT WHEN ONE OF THE BOWER’S FAVOURITE SUPPLIERS, I LOVE LINEN, CHOOSE TO PROFILE HOW WE USE THEIR SUPERB PRODUCTS ACROSS OUR LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTEL. TRULY IT’S EVERYWHERE. IN CURTAINS, BEDDING, CUSHIONS, THROWS, TOWELS AND MORE. What’s not to love about these premium natural fibres dyed in the most divine colour palette, the feel of luxury French linen as you snuggle into bed, the softening effect of […]
September 5, 2019

NEWS: The Bower Pool Wins Commercial Project of the Year at SPASA Australia Awards

WE KNOW THE BOWER’S SENSUAL ROUND SWIMMING POOL, SURROUNDED BY ITS LUSH GREEN OASIS OF TOWERING PALMS AND BEAUTIFULLY TEXTURED FOLIAGE IS SPECIAL. NOW AUSTRALIA’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS SWIMMING POOL AND SPA AWARDS, THE SPASA AUSTRALIA AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE, HAVE ACKNOWLEDGED IT TOO WITH OUR POOL WINNING THE COMMERCIAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR SUNCATCHER POOL WHO CONSTRUCTED BOWER POOL. Like everything we do at The Bower, it was a team effort starting with the […]
August 26, 2019

DESIGN: Our Must-Use List of Plants in Bower Landscaping

THERE’S SUPER EXCITING THINGS HAPPENING AT THE BOWER WITH NEW LUXURY ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS BEING BUILT AS WE TYPE. THE DETAILS ARE STILL A LITTLE HUSH-HUSH, BUT WHAT WE CAN TELL YOU IS THAT THEIR DESIGN IS PUSHING THE BOWER BOUNDARIES. There’ll be lots of sophisticated new elements blended perfectly with our signature aesthetic and the new accoms are just steps away from The Bower’s heated mineral pool oasis.  All will have our fab new mini-bar […]
August 24, 2019

TO DO: Spell Designs Plastic Free Beach Picnic

PLASTIC-FREE JULY GOT US THINKING. MOST OF US ARE WELL AND TRULY ACROSS THE DAMAGE PLASTICS – PARTICULARLY SINGLE-USE PLASTICS LIKE IN SHOPPING BAGS, WATER BOTTLES, COFFEE CUPS AND STRAWS – ARE INFLICTING ON OUR PLANET, AND ALL OF US WANT TO DO OUR BIT TO MAKE CHANGE. Changing our habits around the Big 4 is easy – a tote bag for the shopping, reusable water bottles, reusable straws and reusable coffee cups. Tick. But […]
August 16, 2019

ACCOMM NEWS: The Bower’s New Mini-Bar Menu

THE BOWER MAY WELL HAVE STARTED LIFE AS A LAID-BACK 60’S BEACH MOTEL BUT ALONG WITH TRANSFORMING IT INTO STUNNING, LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOLIDAY ACCOMM, WE’VE ALSO SAID GOODBYE TO THE TYPICAL MINI-BAR AND PUT IN PLACE AN EXCITING, HAND-PICKED SELECTION OF THE FINEST WINE, SPIRITS, ALCOHOL-FREE BEVVIES AND NIBBLES. We’ve taken our time to create something really special and it will continue to evolve as we add in new selections from brands that inspire us […]
August 8, 2019

A LOCAL’S GUIDE TO BYRON: Helen Blair / Savvy Wed

THE TIME BETWEEN SAYING ‘YES’ TO THE “WILL YOU MARRY ME?” QUESTION AND SIPPING ON THE FIRST GLASS OF CHAMPAGNE AT YOUR WEDDING RECEPTION CAN BE FRAUGHT. And sometimes even more so if you opt for a destination wedding.  There’s just so much to think about and organise, and then there’s the tyranny of distance.  It’s what prompted long-time Byron local Helen Blair to set up Savvy Wed which ‘connects the dots between standout destination […]
July 26, 2019

IN THE MEDIA: The Bower / Real Living Magazine

OUR INSTAGRAM-FAMOUS, QUIETLY SOPHISTICATED AND SERIOUSLY ROMANTIC BOWER BARN IS GRACING THE FRONT COVER OF THE REAL LIVING MAGAZINE DECORATING EDITION AND WE’RE PRETTY CHUFFED. It’s always so rewarding to see the decorating and design smarts of The Bower’s Creative Director and Co-Owner Taliah Lowry and her team, showcased in some of our favourite mags, and to be featured on the cover is an even greater delight. As well as pointing to Taliah’s passion for […]
July 24, 2019

WHAT’S ON: Balcony Bar’s Oyster Festival

FRESHLY SHUCKED AND STILL IN THEIR GRIZZLY SHELLS, DRESSED WITH GRUYERE SAUCE, GREENS AND CHORIZO OR PERHAPS SOUTHERN FRIED AND SANDWICHED IN A TACO WITH SLAW AND CHIPOTLE MAYO. HOWEVER YOU LIKE YOUR OYSTERS YOU’LL FIND THEM ON THE MENU AT THE BALCONY BAR IN BYRON AS THEY PAY HOMAGE TO THIS EXQUISITELY, DELICIOUS LITTLE MOUTHFUL IN THEIR ANNUAL OYSTER FESTIVAL. It’s mollusk madness from August 1 to 31 as Executive Chef Sean Connolly shucks […]
July 18, 2019

DESIGN: Linen, A Design and Styling Essential in Every Bower Space

OUR LOVE AFFAIR WITH LINEN IS A FOREVER AND ALWAYS THING. AND THERE CAN NEVER BE TOO MUCH OF IT IN OUR BOOK. On sofas, chairs, curtains, cushions, pillows throws, bed linen, robes, towels, clothes. Linen’s the answer. We love its raw texture, its unique earthiness and ability to reflect the colours of nature that surround us – charcoals, olives, creamy whites, the many colours of sand, and the pale greens, ochres and softest greys […]
July 12, 2019

DRINK: Our Wintery Wine List, Hand-Picked by the Team at Covert Wine Co

WE’RE PRETTY  SELECTIVE AT THE BOWER. IT’S AN ETHOS SHARED BY ADAM MILLER FROM COVERT WINE CO WHOSE MANTRA IS BEING BOLD ENOUGH TO STRAY FROM THE MAINSTREAM, BUT ALWAYS WITH THE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE AT THE FOREFRONT OF EVERY DECISION. He looks to unearth cracking wines from smaller, boutique and artisanal producers that are not necessarily on everyone’s lips and that offer great value for money.  He prefers to go direct to the producer, winery […]
July 5, 2019

BYRON: Our Ideas for Staycation Holidays at Home

SO MONEY’S A BIT TIGHT, THE PASSPORTS HAVE EXPIRED, THE BOSS JUST WON’T LET YOU DISAPPEAR FOR A FEW DAYS OR THE KIDS HAVE SO MANY PLAYDATES AND SPORTS COMMITMENTS LINED UP THAT YOU CAN’T POSSIBLY CONTEMPLATE A BREAK AWAY. THAT MAKES IT STAYCATION TIME. Time to play tourist in your own region and create an itinerary of fab things to do, just like you would if you were hoofing it to Paris or Perth […]
June 27, 2019

MUST DO: Toast The Sun / An Award-Winning Luxury Sunrise Experience

WHAT BETTER WAY TO WELCOME A NEW DAY THAN BEING THE FIRST ON MAINLAND AUSTRALIA TO WITNESS THE SPECTACULAR GIANT GOLDEN ORB THAT IS THE SUN, RISE MAJESTICALLY OVER THE HORIZON. And Katie Elliott from Wild Goat Events makes it simply unforgettable with her award-winning luxury sunrise experience, Toast The Sun, which she hosts from one of the most beautiful spots on our coastline – Cape Byron. It’s a unique celebration of nature and food, […]
June 20, 2019

BYRON: 8 Of The Best Bars To Hop Around Byron Bay / Urban List

THE URBAN LIST, THE ONLINE HOME OF URBAN CULTURE IN AUSTRALIA, COVERING ALL THINGS WORTH KNOWING FROM FOOD AND DRINK TO MUSIC, STYLE, TRAVEL, HEALTH AND BEAUTY, HAS PUT TOGETHER A LIST OF THEIR BEST BARS IN BYRON BAY. THERE ARE LOTS MORE OF COURSE, BUT THIS LIST REPRESENTS SOME OF THE NEWEST IN TOWN AND ARE SOME OF OUR FAVES TOO. Chilling out in Byron just has to include a bar hop at some […]
June 13, 2019

A LOCAL’S GUIDE TO BYRON: Stacey Burt / Little Company

STACEY BURT IS A NEW BYRON LOCAL AND THE FOUNDER OF LITTLE COMPANY, A BOUTIQUE BUSINESS WITH SPACES IN MELBOURNE AND BYRON’S THRIVING INDUSTRIAL AREA, THAT CHALLENGES THE USUAL SALON NORMS AND INDUSTRY CLICHES. They’re spaces where living skin facials are paired with meditation, and tailored at-home skincare routines to achieve beautiful skin, in a sustainable way. She’s a Mum of two little girls (Lex and Stevie), has a staffie called Zizz, and with her […]
May 29, 2019

IN THE MEDIA: The Bower Byron Bay / Vogue’s Choice for Byron’s Best Airbnb’s

WOW! THREE BYRON BEACH ABODES PROPERTIES, INCLUDING THE BOWER COTTAGE IN VOGUE’S LIST OF THE BEST BYRON BAY AIRBNB’S TO STAY AT ‘TO UNWIND, RELAX AND DO, WELL, NOTHING!’. Their list includes properties to suit every budget and Vogue are happy for you to thank them later, but we’d like to thank them right now! We think the bespoke luxury holiday accommodation we’ve created in The Chalet, Bower Cottage and Magnolia House is pretty special and […]
May 23, 2019

BOWER PICKS: Netflix Series To Binge in Your Luxury Accomm

WHO DOESN’T LOVE A GOOD, LAZY CHILLED NIGHT IN – EVEN WHEN YOU’RE AWAY ON HOLIDAY. AND OUR GO-TO? SOME FINE FOOD, A GOOD GLASS OF WINE AND A WHOLE LOT OF NETFLIX BINGING! It’s the quickest way to drop into the Cosy Up, Slow Down, Chill Out Zone which, truth be known, isn’t too hard when you’re in the iconic coastal beach holiday haven of Byron Bay.  And when in Byron, it’s The Bower’s […]
May 17, 2019

BYRON: The Whales are Byron Bound on their Annual Migration

WHALE-WATCHING SEASON IS SHAPING UP TO BE THE BEST EVER, WITH WHALES ALREADY MOVING UP THE COAST ON THEIR ANNUAL MIGRATION TO THEIR WARMER, TROPICAL BIRTHING GROUNDS. And where’s the best place to see them? Byron Bay of course, which is now regarded as one of the world’s top spots to see these majestic creatures up close. It’s where you’ll witness the spectacle of thousands of Humpback whales on their 2500 km journey from their […]
May 10, 2019

HOME & DESIGN: Ways to Cosy Your Home for the Cooler Months

COOLER MONTHS IN BYRON WINTER ARE JUST DELICIOUS.  THE DAYS ARE STILL SUNNY, THE STRETCHES OF BEACH AT CLARKES BECKON FOR A LONG LAZY WALK, THE LUSH HINTERLAND AROUND BANGALOW IS FRAGRANT WITH THE SMELLS OF OPEN LOG FIRES AND YOUR BOWER ACCOMMODATION IS A WELCOMING HAVEN TO TAKE TIME OUT. Unwind with a warm, freshly brewed coffee, your favourite mag, a novel plucked from the bookshelf, a Netflix binge or just an old fashioned  […]
May 3, 2019

ESSENTIAL EATS: The Best Brekky – The Bower Team’s Top Picks in Byron

JUST HOW GOOD IS A LONG, RELAXED BREKKIE TO START THE DAY ANY DAY OF THE WEEK, AND WHAT BETTER PLACE TO ENJOY IT THAN IN BYRON BAY. Then on weekends, brekkie can drift into brunch to be enjoyed with family or friends, just kicking back together and simply enjoying life. It’s pretty much impossible not to enjoy life in Byron, particularly at this time of year when the crowds have thinned out, the days […]
April 26, 2019

DESIGN: Luxurious Outdoor Bathtubs: Soak Under the Stars

WITH SUBTLE LASHINGS OF LUXURY, SENSUAL BEAUTY AND DREAMY DESIGN, AN OUTDOOR BATH DEMANDS YOU RELAX, UNWIND AND FORGET THE CHALLENGES OF THE EVERYDAY. It’s about immersing yourself in an intimate environment but connected to nature, with the sky above and perhaps towering trees, views out to a rolling ocean or a forest of lush green foliage.  Outdoor bathrooms are beautiful, lustworthy spaces to indulge your senses and we just love them!  Sometimes it’s enough […]
April 17, 2019

IN THE MEDIA: The Bower / Sitchu

SO SITCHU, CREATIVE ONLINE LIFESTYLE BRAND, CURATED TO EXPLORE AUSTRALIA’S MOST SOUGHT-AFTER SUBURBS, HAS GOT A VENUE CRUSH ON THE BOWER AND LOTS OF LOVE FOR BYRON BAY TOO! Their storytelling paints a picture of what it’s like to live as a local with beautiful photography, and lots of insider tips from some of the country’s most stylish and influential locals such as Creative Director Taliah Lowry, who’s work at The Bower so beautifully combines […]
April 11, 2019

ACCOMM: Meet the Design Team Behind The Bower

NOSTALGIA. THAT SENTIMENTAL WISTFUL AFFECTION WE HAVE FOR DAYS GONE BY. But our expectations change, and the clever visionaries behind the transformation of an original Byron Bay beach motel into The Bower, honour that old-time nostalgia while overlaying their signature aesthetic of sophisticated, understated luxury onto every nook and cranny.  The Bower is now a destination. A relaxed, palm-filled compound with accommodation options for all experiences in The Bower Suites, The Bower Cottage, The Bower Barn and The Bower […]
April 4, 2019

GET THE LOOK: Bower House

LYNDA AND BELLE FROM INSIDE STORY + TALIAH LOWRY, DESIGNER AND CO-OWNER OF THE BOWER = DESIGN ELEGANCE, QUIET SOPHISTICATED LUXURY, AND A SYMPHONY OF TEXTURES, BESPOKE PIECES, FLOURISHES OF TASSLES, LINEN, ABUNDANT GREENERY AND SO MUCH MORE. Want to get the look?  See how these talented creatives have made Bower House a place of relaxed, light-filled luxury for families and friends to enjoy.  From the expansive living and dining area with its linen-draped couches […]
March 31, 2019

BYRON: Our Favourite Places to Listen to Live Music

ACCORDING TO BELINDA KIRWOOD, ONE PART OF THE DYNAMIC DUO BEHIND MULTI-AWARD WINNING BEACHFRONT RESTAURANT, CAFE AND COCKTAIL HOT-SPOT, BEACH BYRON BAY, “THERE’S SOMETHING MAGICAL ABOUT BYRON BAY AND THE CALIBRE OF BANDS IT ATTRACTS THAT INCLUDE SOME OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN AUSTRALIAN AND INTERNATIONAL MUSIC. THERE’S ALWAYS SOMEONE GOOD PLAYING, FROM THE BIG ANNUAL MUSIC FESTIVALS TO THE MANY LIVE MUSIC VENUES IN THE AREA. AND WE COULDN’T AGREE MORE. Just around the […]
March 21, 2019

FOOD: Beautiful Autumn Recipes from Celebrated Recipe Writer and Food Stylist Jody Vassallo

WHO DOESN’T LOVE A FRIEND WHO’S PASSIONATE ABOUT GOOD FOOD, CAN DESIGN AMAZING RECIPES AROUND IT AND COOK IT? Well that’s Taliah Lowry’s mate, celebrated foodie Jody Vassallo, whose CV of the people she’s worked with reads like a Who’s Who of culinary superstars and includes the likes of Donna Hay, Jamie Oliver and Bill Granger. She’s also an author, food writer, stylist, yoga teacher, Ayurvedic health coach (and loves stylish living) and her latest […]
March 13, 2019

HOLIDAYS: The Top 5 Things We’re Packing in our Makeup Bag

FOR US, HOLIDAYS ARE ALL ABOUT RELAXING, TAKING TIME TO REFRESH, RENEW, ENJOY. AND FOR US IT STARTS WITH A SIMPLE MAKEUP ROUTINE. One that takes you easily from beach to restaurant. That delivers you from under a blue-sky Byron day and hours in the ocean at one of Byron’s famous beaches, or lazing beside The Bower’s beautiful round pool, to one of Byron’s fab new restaurants or bars. And of course it’s all about […]
March 2, 2019

WHO’S STAYED HERE: Mel Carrero, Lisa Danielle and Mel Gubbin / Bower House

A CHEESE PLATTER, SPECIAL COCKTAILS (PINK OF COURSE), FABULOUS ACCOMMODATION AND YOUR BEST GIRLFRIENDS = THE PERFECT BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION. And that’s exactly what Byron locals Mel Carrero (PR and Marketing Angel at Spell Designs), Lisa Danielle (social media influencer/model/brand ambassador/content creator for both fledgling Australian businesses and international mega-brands like Spell Designs), and some of their closest girlfriends enjoyed while they celebrated Mel Gubbin’s birthday. Mel is owner/creative behind design and project management company Avenue Twenty […]
February 27, 2019

LOCAL: Our Coffee Lover’s Guide to Byron

COFFEE’S A THING IN BYRON. ACTUALLY ITS A THING ALL OVER THE COUNTRY NOW AND IT’S QUITE POSSIBLE THAT WE’VE ACTUALLY BECOME THE COFFEE SNOBS OF THE WORLD! We want our coffee distinctive and memorable.  We like it single origin but we’re also partial to blends with unique characteristics that give us the option to change up our order on any particular day.  We want choices whether it’s a double shot of intense espresso or […]
February 22, 2019

WHO’S STAYED HERE: The Bear Cub Club

SARAH’S A WIFE, MAMA OF TWINS CASPIAN AND QUILL, HOME DECOR AND PRODUCT STYLIST, AND THE NAME BEHIND INSTAGRAM’S BEAR CUB CLUB, AND SHE AND HER TRIBE ENJOYED A SUMMER BREAK AWAY FROM MELBOURNE IN THE BOWER COTTAGE. Just like her IG account echoes her passion for crisp, creative and simply beautiful photography, so do the images she snapped while lapping up all that’s great about Byron Bay in delivering the perfect family holiday. “If […]
February 14, 2019

BYRON: Gourmet Traveller’s Food Lover’s Guide to the Byron Bay Region

GREAT FOOD + GREAT DESTINATIONS = UNFORGETTABLE HOLIDAYS. It’s the very best equation in our book, and few do it better than Gourmet Traveller which always delivers new inspiration for us on where to eat, drink and travel.  January’s issue served up a food lovers guide to Byron Bay which includes some well-established favourites as well as lots of the exciting new eating and drinking experiences to be had in our coastal, beach paradise. They […]
February 8, 2019

BYRON: Our Top 10 Byron Bay Fashion Stores

TRAVEL MAG, THE GLOBAL CITIZENS BIBLE AND MUSE FOR ALL THINGS TRAVEL, NOMINATED BYRON BAY AS ONE OF THE MOST WONDERFUL PLACES TO VISIT IN AUSTRALIA. We know it of course and are ever grateful for the abundant gifts Mother Nature has bestowed on our beach paradise and its lush green hinterland.  But aside from the sheer beauty of Byron’s beaches, waterfalls, walks and the myriad of experiences on offer to show it off, our […]
February 1, 2019

BYRON: Byron Bay’s Best Beaches

EVERYONE’S GOT THEIR FAVOURITE. BEACH THAT IS. AND BYRON, RENOWNED AS IT IS THE WORLD OVER FOR ITS LONG STRETCHES OF SAND AND SEA AS WELL AS MORE INTIMATE, SANDY COVES IS NO DIFFERENT. We thought we’d share our local intel on some of our favourites with you and just what it is about them that makes them special, accompanied by some of the stunning imagery from Byron-based photographer, Craig Parry.  Craig is an internationally acclaimed and […]
January 25, 2019

A LOCAL’S GUIDE TO BYRON: Belinda Kirkwood / Beach Byron Bay

BELINDA KIRKWOOD IS ONE PART OF THE DYNAMIC DUO BEHIND MULTI-AWARD WINNING BEACHFRONT RESTAURANT, CAFE AND COCKTAIL HOT-SPOT, BEACH BYRON BAY, AND NOW AFTER HAVING CLOCKED UP 23 YEARS AS A LOCAL, SHE KNOWS THIS SPECIAL PART OF THE WORLD INSIDE OUT. She’s a restauranteur, designer, wedding and events planner, brilliant networker, a mum of two, an outdoors girl, philanthropic, warm, engaging and absolutely passionate about local – local producers, providores, suppliers and local business of all […]
January 18, 2019

BYRON: Our Favourite Swim Spots

WE ALL KNOW WHAT IT’S LIKE TO FIND THE PERFECT SPOT FOR A SWIM ONLY TO FIND EVERYONE ELSE HAS FOUND IT TOO! BYRON’S LONG STRETCHES OF ICONIC SURFING AND SWIMMING BEACHES ARE AN ALMIGHTY MAGNET FOR VISITORS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY AND ACROSS THE GLOBE, BUT SOMETIMES WHEN THEY COME TOGETHER WITH THOSE LUCKY ENOUGH TO LIVE IN NATURE’S WONDERLAND, A LESS POPULATED SPOT FOR A MID-SUMMER DIP COULD BE A BETTER OPTION. So […]
January 11, 2019

STYLE EDIT: Kids Summer Holiday Edit – Everything You Need for a Stylish Holiday

THE BEAUTIFUL IMAGES FROM DIMITY, ACCIDENTAL INFLUENCER AND CREATIVE CRAFTER, WHICH CAPTURED HER RECENT STAY AT THE BOWER COTTAGE AND HER TRIPS TO MINYON FALLS, LOCAL BEACHES, THE PASS, KILLEN FALLS IN BYRON’S HINTERLAND AND MORE, WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND OUR STUNNING KIDS SUMMER HOLIDAY EDIT. She found The Bower ‘insanely divine’ and we found the pics of her family, including toddlers Zaeli and Ochre, reveling in a Byron beach holiday, just so delightful that […]
January 4, 2019

IN THE MEDIA: The Bower / Inside Out Magazine

INSIDE OUT MAGAZINE LOVES THE SINUOUS CURVES, THE GENEROUS PROPORTIONS AND THE NATURAL MINERAL WATER OF THE BOWER’S STUNNING RESORT-STYLE CIRCULAR SWIMMING POOL AND HAS FEATURED IT IN THEIR JANUARY ISSUE. We are totally in love with it too of course and are grateful that we had the architectural smarts of local creative John Burgess to work with to realise our vision. “It was so satisfying to work with him through the creative process, watching […]
December 28, 2018

BYRON: Family Holidays at Bower

THE BOWER LOVES WELCOMING FAMILIES TO ITS PRIVATE, LUXURY OASIS AND SO IT WAS WITH CREATIVE INFLUENCER AND MUM, DIMITY, HER HUSBAND MIKE AND PERFECTLY GORGEOUS DAUGHTERS ZAELI (4), AND BABY OCHRE WHO HAD HER FIRST BIRTHDAY WHILE THE FAMILY HOLIDAYED IN THE BOWER COTTAGE RECENTLY. Dimity is an accidental influencer, whose sublime creativity, passion for turning the everyday into something bespoke and beautiful, a deep appreciation of nature and the need to preserve it, […]
December 19, 2018

A LOCAL’S GUIDE TO BYRON: Isabella Pennefather / Spell and the Gypsy Collective

ISABELLA PENNEFATHER – OR SPELLY AS SHE’S BETTER KNOWN – IS ONE PART OF THE CLEVER SISTER DUO BEHIND SPELL AND THE GYPSY COLLECTIVE, THE BYRON-BASED FASHION COMPANY WITH A FAN-BASE THAT CROSSES THE GLOBE. MARGOT ROBBIE, CHRISSY TEIGAN, ALLESANDRA AMBROSIA, MILEY CYRUS, CANDICE SWANEPOEL, VANESSA HUDGES, AND BYRON’S MOST FAMOUS LOCAL MUM, ELSA PATAKY ARE ALL RUSTED-ON FANS. While Spell designs tap into that sense of nostalgia, beauty and freedom that so compliments the […]
December 12, 2018

LIFESTYLE: Christmas, Bower Style

WE. LOVE. CHRISTMAS. THE INEVITABLE CHAOS IT BRINGS – THE DESPERATE ATTEMPTS TO FIT IN CATCH UPS THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN TIMETABLED EARLIER, THE PLANNING, THE PREPPING, THE LAST MINUTE CHORES AND THE MIDNIGHT WRAPPING AND CARD WRITING – IS ALWAYS WORTHWHILE WHEN IT FINALLY COMES TO SIT DOWN AND CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS TOGETHER. For Taliah, Bower owner/creative, Danelle, our property manager extraordinaire, and Georgia, our marketing and communications creative, it’s all about family and friends, […]
December 11, 2018

ESSENTIAL EATS: Well-Loved Christmas Recipes from our Bower Team

A CHRISTMAS TABLE LADEN WITH TRADITIONAL FAVOURITES AND SOME JUST-DISCOVERED NEW RECIPES IS SUCH PURE DELIGHT SO WE THOUGHT WE’D SHARE A FEW OF THE TASTY TREATS THAT’LL BE GRACING THE BOWER TEAM’S TABLES ON THE DAY. From The Bower’s owner/creative there’s a super moist Rosewater and Pistachio Cake with hints of Summer freshness provided by pomegranate, mint and lemon.  It’s a recipe from her dear friend, Jody Vassallo, food stylist, recipe writer and author, […]
December 7, 2018

GET THE LOOK: The Bower Barn

USUALLY IT’S SPRING TIME THAT GETS OUR REFRESH AND RENEW CREATIVE JUICES FLOWING, BUT NO, NOT THIS YEAR. THIS YEAR IT’S SUMMER THAT’S SEEN THE DESIRE TO GIVE THE BOWER BARN A FACELIFT OVERWHELM US, AND SO THAT’S WHAT WE’VE DONE. We’ve given that most delicious of intimate, romantic spaces a sophisticated new look.  And yes that means lots and lots of new linen.  Linen cushions, linen bedspreads and linen throws.  Bold textures and stripes […]
November 23, 2018

EVENTS: Style Me Romy 10 Year Celebration at The Bower

LUXURY BYRON BAY HOLIDAY CREATIVE, TALIAH LOWRY, AND ROMY FRYDMAN, STYLIST TO THE STARS, FASHION INSIDER AND THE FACE BEHIND THE CELEBRATED BRAND AND BLOG STYLEMEROMY, SHARE A PASSION FOR INTERIORS AND FASHION, AND MOST PARTICULARLY FOR LUXURY AUSSIE FASHION BRAND ZIMMERMANN. It’s what brought them together and cemented a friendship which now sees Romy as a regular guest at The Bower. It’s what made it so easy to combine a celebration of the launch […]
November 16, 2018

BYRON: Our Top 10 Homewares Stores

AT THE BOWER WE’RE ALL ABOUT SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESS WHEREVER WE CAN AND IT’S EASY WHEN BYRON BAY IS REELING WITH A CREATIVE EXPLOSION, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO HOMEWARES. We shop for hand-woven rugs from Morocco, beautiful plump cushions, richly textured furnishings, one-off door handles and hooks, imposing hand-made timber-framed mirrors, artisan baskets and plant holders, log stools, towels, lamps, aged timber carved doors and shutters, hats, art and so much more right here […]
November 7, 2018

MUST DO: The Hottest New Restaurants & Bars In Byron

BYRON BAY’S BURGEONING RESTAURANT AND BAR PRESENCE HAS JUST GROWN WITH THE ADDITION OF ANOTHER TWO EXCITING VENUES TO ITS DYNAMIC OFFERING AND LOCURA AND LOFT ARE ALREADY PROVING TO BE THE HOTTEST VENUES IN TOWN. Let’s start with Locura, a casual Latin American diner and cocktail bar that morphs into a late night bar. It’s the first foray into the bar scene for the talented crew behind Three Blue Ducks at The Farm Byron […]
November 2, 2018

WHAT’S ON: Markets In and Around Byron

WHO DOESN’T LOVE A COMMUNITY MARKET CHOKKA BLOCK FULL OF ONE-OFF PIECES FROM LOCAL CREATIVES, BASKETS SPILLING OVER WITH JUST-PICKED VEGIES AND EXOTIC FRUITS, THE SMELL OF FRESHLY BAKED ARTISAN LOAVES AND PASTRIES AND FOODIE ENTREPRENEURS SERVING UP THEIR SPECIALTIES WHETHER IT’S SAMOSAS OR HAND-CHURNED GELATO. AND BYRON IS ABUNDANT WITH THEM! In fact there is more than one market on in the area every Saturday and Sunday of the year, with fresh produce markets […]
October 26, 2018

STYLE EDIT: The Swimwear We’re Buying This Summer

SWIMWEAR MUST-HAVES ARE AT TOP OF MIND WHEN THE SUN AND THE SEA AND BLUE BYRON SKIES HERALD THE START OF THE MOST DELICIOUS TIME OF YEAR IN OUR COASTAL PARADISE.  AND THIS SEASON’S LOOK IS A DELIGHTFUL COMBO OF FLIRTY, ROMANTIC, EYE-CATCHING STATEMENTS IN ITSY BITSY BIKINIS AS WELL AS SLEEK ONE PIECES TO SWIM IN, SURF IN, OR CATCH SOME SUN. THERE ARE STYLES TO BEST SHOW OFF THE PERFECTLY TONED BODY AND […]
October 19, 2018

BYRON: The Cocktail Lovers Guide to Byron Bay

COCKTAILS. SHARP, SWEET, FRUITY, CREAMY, FLORAL, HERBAL, OR DISTINCTLY BOOZY. BYRON IS AWASH WITH THEM AND WITH THIS BEACHSIDE PARADISE, ITS BLUE-SKY DAYS AND BALMY NIGHTS INVITING YOU TO CHILL OUT AND IMMERSE YOURSELF IN ALL THAT A COASTAL HOLIDAY SHOULD BE, IT’S TIME TO SHARE WITH YOU OUR COCKTAIL LOVERS GUIDE TO BYRON BAY. Along with us, Mel Gubbin, design guru behind the sumptuous fit out of Spell & The Gypsy’s stunning boho fashion boutique, […]
October 12, 2018

WHO’S STAYED HERE: Tara Milk Tea

THERE’S THE BEEKMAN AND 1 HOTELS IN NEW YORK CITY, KEEMALA, FOUR SEASONS TENTED CAMP IN THAILAND, LA MAISON IN MARRAKECH, CAVO TAGOO IN MYKONOS AND THEN THERE’S THE BOWER BARN, BYRON BAY. THEY’VE ALL BEEN CALLED HOME FOR A FEW NIGHTS OR LONGER BY PHOTOGRAPHER/BLOGGER TARA WHITEMAN, WHO DOCUMENTS HER TRAVELS TO SOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST IDYLLIC DESTINATIONS IN STUNNING POSTCARD-LIKE SNAPS TO SHARE WITH HER MILLION PLUS FOLLOWERS ON @TARAMILKTEA. Tara’s living her […]
September 28, 2018

ESSENTIAL EATS: CHUPACABRA

AHHH BYRON. YOU NEVER DISAPPOINT IN YOUR PASSION TO EMBRACE GREAT FOOD EXPERIENCES AND THE ADDITION OF BYRON’S OWN MEXICAN TAQUERIA TO THE MIX IS PROOF. And who can’t love a restaurant named after a creature from Latin folklore which thrives on sucking the blood of goats! Chupacabra is the latest venture from Harvest Newrybar and Barrio Eatery who’ve teamed up with local chef Evan White and his partner Amelia Stokes. The 60-seat eatery is all […]
September 21, 2018
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BOWER: OUR ULTIMATE SPRING PLAYLIST

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MUSIC AND MEMORY IS A POWERFUL ONE. IT’S BEEN CALLED A MUSIC REMINISCENCE BUMP AND HAS AN UNCANNY WAY OF BRINGING US BACK INSTANTLY TO A SPECIFIC POINT IN TIME. IT’S WHY THE BOWER TEAM HAS CREATED THE ULTIMATE SPRING PLAYLIST FOR YOU, AND WILL FOREVER BE THE TRIGGER FOR A RAFT OF MEMORIES FROM YOUR UNFORGETTABLE BYRON BAY GETAWAY. We’ve got The Bower pool sorted for you – magnificently.  Sparkling clear, […]
September 10, 2018

NEWS: The Bower Pool is Here!

THE BOWER GUESTS-ONLY SWIMMING POOL IS FINISHED AND IT IS, QUITE SIMPLY, DAZZLING, FROM THE BEAUTIFUL LINES OF ITS EXQUISITE CIRCULAR DESIGN TO THE 5 METRE HIGH PALMS, CRANED IN TO CREATE THE LUSH AND DYNAMIC POOL SURROUNDS. THE ONCE LARGE RECTANGULAR LAWN AT THE HEART OF THE BOWER COMPOUND IS NOW A 5 STAR TROPICAL POOL OASIS WHICH ECHOES THE BOWER’S DESIGN THEME OF TROPICAL BEACH MODERNITY WITH A DECISIVE NEW YORK TWIST. IT’S […]
September 9, 2018

WHAT’S ON: Falls Festival

Falls Festival tickets went on sale a week ago and if past years are any indication, they’ll sell out fast.  So too will accom in Byron, with 25,000+ rusted-on music lovers descending on our coastal paradise, and not everyone wanting to flop into a tent after a day spreading their love across a massive roster of multi-genre live music from local and international artists.   For ours, we love our music, but love our 5 star […]
August 31, 2018

WELCOME TO THE BOWER!

BOWER LIFE. BYRON LIFE. THEY ARE INEXTRICABLY INTERTWINED IN THE MOST DELIGHTFUL WAY AND WE WANT TO SHARE THAT LIFE WITH YOU IN OUR BRAND NEW BLOG.  It starts of course with Byron Bay’s natural beauty – its iconic beaches and clear turquoise ocean waters, its lush green hinterland dotted throughout with quaint, eclectic villages, its fresh local produce from the land and sea, the symphony of tastes from eateries of all kinds, boutique shopping, […]
June 13, 2018

IN THE MEDIA: The Bower Barn / Home Magazine, France

ACCORDING TO FRENCH INTERIORS MAGAZINE HOME, THE BOWER BARN IS ALL WASI-SABI SPIRIT IT SEEMS… Wasi-sabi is a centuries-old Japanese aesthetic founded in finding beauty in imperfection, using natural materials to create a deep connection to the Earth, and keeping it simple, and certainly all of that forms part of the signature The Bower aesthetic. We’re chuffed to have the French, who undoubtedly are on the world stage when it comes to artistic know-how, from food […]
June 13, 2018

IN THE MEDIA: The Bower Byron Bay / Conde Nast Traveller Hot List 2018

THE BOWER, BYRON BAY IS JUST ONE OF TWO AUSSIE HOTELS LISTED IN CONDE NAST TRAVELLERS GLOBAL 2018 HOT LIST OF NEW HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, BEACH CLUBS AND BARS. NOW THAT’S SOME ACHIEVEMENT AND WE HAVE TO SAY WE’RE PRETTY CHUFFED THAT THIS GO-TO LUXURY AND LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE SO APPRECIATES WHAT WE BELIEVE IS THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN OF THE BBA BEACH HOLIDAY ACCOM PORTFOLIO AND WANTS TO SHARE IT WITH THEIR READERS, WHO THEY […]
June 13, 2018

IN THE MEDIA: The Bower Byron Bay / Hunter Lab

‘ARMING THE HUNTER WITH SUPER NATURAL GROOMING TOOLS…’ THAT’S HUNTER LAB’S MISSION AND FOR US, IT’S THEIR FOCUS ON TURNING THE BEST NATURE HAS TO OFFER INTO LUSCIOUS SKIN CARE PRODUCTS THAT MAKE THEM A MUST-HAVE IN THE BOWER AND BYRON BEACH ABODES ACCOMMODATION. To be honest, Hunter Lab products have been developed for men, but it’s sophisticated fragrance is simply divine, it’s so gentle on the skin and packaged so beautifully, that we’re not […]
May 30, 2018

IN THE MEDIA: How to Spend 24 Hours in Byron Bay / Gourmet Traveller at The Bower

GOURMET AND TRAVELLER AND BYRON BAY. THESE ARE UNDOUBTEDLY SOME OF OUR FAVOURITE WORDS AND EVEN MORE SO WHEN BYRON BEACH ABODES’ THE BOWER IS THROWN INTO THE MIX! Gourmet Traveller has created an amazing go-to list for the best of the best to experience not only in luxury accommodation but also what to do, see, eat and visit in Byron Bay in just 24 hours.  So loved-up couples or groups of you and your favourite people, it’s time! Time to […]
April 27, 2018

IN THE MEDIA: The Bower Byron Bay / House and Garden UK

HOUSE & GARDEN UK LOVES A HOTEL THAT ‘UNPLUGS YOU FROM EVERYDAY LIFE AND TUNES YOU INTO A NEW PLACE AND ITS COMMUNITY IN A THOUGHT PROVOKING WAY’; HOTELS THAT HAVE DROPPED THE ATTITUDE AND ARE MORE SEDUCTIVE BECAUSE OF IT. Places where provenance is king, and working hand in glove with local creatives is key.  It’s why they love Byron Beach Abodes’ luxury boutique hotel The Bower, and have featured it in their May […]
April 27, 2018

IN THE MEDIA: Byron Beach Abodes and The Bower / Domain Prestige, Australian Financial Review

WOW! DOMAIN PRESTIGE, WHICH EVERY WEEK PROVIDES A SNAPSHOT OF SOME OF AUSTRALIA’S MOST BEAUTIFUL HOMES, CHOSE TO CHAT WITH TALIAH LOWRY, CREATOR/CREATIVE BEHIND LUXURY ACCOMMODATION BRAND, BYRON BEACH ABODES. We are equally humbled and chuffed to have Tahlia’s passion for providing a unique, luxury accommodation experience that reflects the eclectic spirit and beauty of Byron Bay, brought to the attention of The Australian Financial Review readers. We love getting a close-up insight into the designers we […]
April 27, 2018

IN THE MEDIA: The Bower / The Lawrence House

EAT. EAT. DRINK. DRINK. RELAX. RELAX. SO SAY HUNTER AND SARAH LAWRENCE. BRANDING CREATIVES BEHIND COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO THE LAWRENCE HOUSE, AFTER THEIR FIRST VISIT TO BYRON BAY. Seems as well as falling instantly in love with the relaxed beach culture that pervades Byron, they also fell in love with many of the same things as Taliah and Sein Lowry, local creatives behind the luxury holiday accomm collective, BBA. All have a passion for health, […]
April 27, 2018

IN THE MEDIA: The Bower / Sydney Weekender

MIKE WHITNEY AND THE SYDNEY WEEKENDER CREW CHOSE THE JEWEL IN THE BBA COLLECTIVE OF LUXURY HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION, THE BOWER, TO STAY AT ON A RECENT VISIT TO BYRON BAY, A COASTAL PARADISE SITTING ON THE FAR EASTERN CORNER OF NEW SOUTH WALES. THEIR FILMING SCHEDULE INCLUDED A VISIT TO A COUPLE OF OUR FAVOURITE SPOTS TOO. Byron Bay Harvest with its commitment to Syntropic Farming, a unique agricultural system developed by a clever Swiss […]
April 27, 2018

IN THE MEDIA: The Bower Barn / The Beach People

JUST LIKE THE BOWER, THE BEACH PEOPLE HAVE A STRONG SIGNATURE AESTHETIC WITH A NATURAL COLOUR PALETTE OF CREAMS, WHITE, BLACK AND GREYS, AND SOFT COLOURS OF NATURE, COMBINED WITH A KEEN EYE FOR DETAIL AND USING MATERIALS OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY. Our Bower Barn was the perfect space for the photoshoot for their new bedding collection – The Eucalyptus Bedding Range.  The Barn’s wide floorboards, warm white panelled walls, pitched roof with reclaimed wooden beams, […]
November 13, 2020
Danielle McEwan Tigmi Trading

STYLE EDIT: Styling advice with Tigmi Trading’s Danielle McEwan

From the beginning of our Bower journey, we have constantly been inspired by local brand Tigmi Trading. Known for their timeless pieces and artisan-made rugs sourced from far-flung places between the Atlas Mountains in Morocco and the Black Sea, we’ve roamed their showrooms and stalked their Instagram more times than we care to admit! Tigmi pieces are perfectly imperfect, each with a story of how it came to be a part of their collection. When […]
October 25, 2020
Light Years - Byron Bay Restaurants

EAT & DRINK: Best Restaurants in Byron Bay

Once upon a time, visitors flocked to Byron Bay to meditate, surf and detoxify the mind and soul. These days, however, the coastal town offers another drawcard! Byron’s food star has been quickly rising on the foodie map with an abundance of locally grown fruit and veg, bountiful seafood and ethically sourced meats. The thriving and diverse culinary scene has been fuelled by a slew of chefs and restauranteurs bidding their goodbyes to major cities in […]
October 9, 2020
Best books to read on holiday

READ IT: Poolside Page Turners

There’s a certain sense of accomplishment that comes with finishing a book whilst on holiday. It really justifies the prolonged periods of laying down that goes hand in hand with a vacation to somewhere relaxing. The only tricky part is deciding on what book to invest your hard-earned vacation hours reading. Whichever way you choose to consume your literature, be it downloaded to your Kindle, read to you via audible (still counts), or a good ol’ […]
April 4, 2019

GET THE LOOK: Bower House

LYNDA AND BELLE FROM INSIDE STORY + TALIAH LOWRY, DESIGNER AND CO-OWNER OF THE BOWER = DESIGN ELEGANCE, QUIET SOPHISTICATED LUXURY, AND A SYMPHONY OF TEXTURES, BESPOKE PIECES, FLOURISHES OF TASSLES, LINEN, ABUNDANT GREENERY AND SO MUCH MORE. Want to get the look?  See how these talented creatives have made Bower House a place of relaxed, light-filled luxury for families and friends to enjoy.  From the expansive living and dining area with its linen-draped couches […]