Just a 25 minute walk along the beach from Byron Bay township is Shambhala. A quiet, tranquil oasis of shade and peace close to the the bustle of Byron. The unit that we were in (Shiva) had a large lounge (used as the yoga room during yoga retreats), comfortable double bed with an ensuite (shower only). Really enjoyed the steam room and the sauna, both excellent. There’s no pool at Shambhala and our room didn’t have a spa like the others and no dishwasher. It’s right on the beach so great for a morning walk or swim. Stayed 5 nights, the room was serviced on day 3. Fresh towels each day would be an improvement. Would stay again, very pleasant:)
We stayed in Samadhi which was an amazing villa and we would highly recommend if you are wanting to treat yourselves. From the bedroom upstairs you could look out to the ocean and there was a private balcony with a beautiful egg bath. Downstairs was a small lounge area inside but a huge lounge outside (undercover) as well as day bed, private hot tub, BBQ and loads more. We loved swimming in the ocean just outside the front door and using the steam room and sauna on colder days. The whole place is a little oasis and walking through the timber grounds felt like we were in tropical paradise. They had a little gift for us as well as we were on our honeymoon which was a really lovely touch. Location wise it was spectacular with the beautiful Belongil Beach out the front door with a couple of cool restaurants 5min walk away (Treehouse was our fave). Otherwise it was an $8 Uber into Byron Bay town or a 20min walk along the beach - perfect.
It is fairly secluded but not 100% private as the other villas use the same beach access and had some loud kids at one of families which was killing our buzz on the day bed a little. Also for the cost I felt like there should have been daily room turn down, otherwise it's twice a week which can be a little long when there is sand and stuff involved.
From the moment you stand in front of the thick heavy doors at the entrance to Shambhala you know your in for a treat. Open the doors and you are greeted with serenity, the pebbled entrance culminates in a very large amethyst crystal formation. Then you detect the soft music playing and the sent of incense in the air. Take a breath and move into a what feels like a tropical oasis. There is a raised boardwalk through ythe middle of the property with the RETREATS on either side of you as you walk up the boardwalk. We stayed in the 1 bedroom (2 people only) retreat caled Samadhi, this retreat has it's own facilities, you are able to cook breakfast, lunch and dinner even a rast dinner if you wish as tgere is a full size oven.
There is an outdoor area that feels like home, a lazy louge, outdoor dinning table, personal BBQ and to top it off your personal hot tub with ocean views. The bedroom is located upstairs and has a large balcony off the bedroom. The balcony has a stone bathtub with running hot and cold water for a lazy soak after a hard day of relaxing in and around the room and beach.
Words don't fully describe the experience, opulence is as close as I can get. Shambhala was an experience that I believe is second to none.
Give yourself and loved ones an experince like no other.
Thank you Shambhala for a unique experience.
Hotel comes across as a really nice place to stay in, though it didn't feel that clean and the appliances were a bit out dated and warn for the price. Our TV from what I could see was the smallest in the 'retreat' and didn't add to the uniformity of the resort. We as well didn't have the advertised Netflix on the down stairs Tv which isn't a necessary, but would have been nice as it was raining for two days.
Another down fall of the hotel was that there was no room keeping service, limited towels and soap per room. I ended up having to use a towel a few times over, eventually asking a staff member I saw on site for soaps and a towel. The staff were unaware of the location and took a while to bring it to me. Another let down of the private spa facility was the limited hours 8am - 9pm, which I do understand, but for a private spa I felt we should have been able to use it Any time we decided (being a retreat). I fee like Byron bay has better hotels to stay in, if you are after an upper class hotel with attentive staff. Overall the hotels location and surroundings are really beautiful, the beach front access makes it extremely convenient to access and a nice place to sit at night. A nice touch was the bottle of sparking wine left for us at the beginning of our stay, I would recommend the hotel on its grounds, location and it's secluded feel.
After purchasing a 'Luxury Escape' package recently my partner and I had the pleasure of staying in the Shiva Cottage for 5 nights in March. Reviews we had read about Shiva had us worried about the size of the cottage, privacy, noise on the roof from trees etc so we were absolutely delighted with what Juanita showed us on our arrival.
The whole resort is beautiful, secluded and tranquil and Shiva was spacious, comfortable and well equipped. I believe that what was once a yoga studio is now the large living/ dining/ TV room and it was a wise decision as the transformation has made what would have been a pokey apartment into a luxurious space.
Privacy was not a problem, we simply pulled down the blinds, and Shiva is immediately adjacent to the sauna and steam room which was an unexpected bonus.
Juanita, who met us on arrival, was very helpful as was the maintenance man when we needed assistance. The beach is on the doorstep and the centre of Byron Bay is a very pleasant 15 minute walk along the sand!