Belongil resort opens

Staff at Elements of Byron preparing for the arrival of the resort's first guests on Monday.

Staff at Elements of Byron preparing for the arrival of the resort’s first guests on Monday.

After almost six years of planning, design and development, the $100 million Elements of Byron resort opened its doors to the public on Monday.

The splashy opening was a lavish pool party for the Bay’s ‘A’ list, with champagne and a slap-up meal by executive chef Justin Dingle-Garciyya and his team.

There were also tours of the resort, a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony, horses, a helicopter, drummers and fire twirlers, musicians all evening and to end the night, a DJ with dancing aplenty.

Located at the end of Bayshore Drive, the resort currently contains 94 villas, with a further 96 being built in stage two, say management.

New restaurants

There are restaurants Graze, Drift Bar, Osprey Spa, Barefoot Bar and a kiosk.

As part of the resort, there is a gymnasium and a ‘state-of-the-art conference wing catering to 450 delegates.’

Management say that over the next few months a private beach club looking out over Belongil Beach will open.

Management say the design pays homage to the resort landscape, ‘which encompasses almost two kilometres of beach frontage, critically endangered littoral rainforest and natural lakes and ponds supporting a diverse array of wildlife.’

The owners are Brian and Peggy Flannery, and Mr Flannery is managing director of coalmine corporation White Energy. In 2014 he was estimated to be worth $620 million by Business Review Weekly (BWR).

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