From 1 June to 5 July 2010 local showpiece The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa will temporarily close its doors.

During that time the roofs will be replaced and the resort will receive a refresh.

“Our roofs were damaged in the hail storm of October 2008, along with many others in Byron,” said John Parché, General Manager of The Byron at Byron Resort.

“The work needed to be done and in the end we felt that the noise and inconvenience to guests was not an option. So we chose the quietest time of year to close and are using the time to our advantage to bring the resort up to sparkling as new condition.”

The Byron at Byron first opened its doors to guests in December 2004.

Since that time the resort has gone on to win awards for its accommodation (including “Best Resort Accommodation” in The Australian Travel & Tourism Awards for the last two years), its spa (including #2 Best Spa in Australia in the Luxury Travel Gold List Awards 2010) and its environmental achievements (including the Sustainability Award at the Northern Rivers Urban Design Awards 2007).

Although the general public will not be able to access the resort during the five weeks, resort staff will still be on site to handle telephone and email enquiries.

The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa will reopen its doors in July with a renewed focus on local patrons in the restaurant, a brand new menu in the Spa and Wellness Centre featuring signature journeys for the face, body and spirit and a Rainforest Meditation Walk.

“Meandering on the timber boardwalks through our forty acres of rainforest and out to Lake Tallow is a treasured experience for our guests,” said John Parché.

“We get a lot of interest in the flora and fauna, so we are now creating a low-key meditation walk through the rainforest. The different species are explained on non-obtrusive signage, including the precious Mitchell Rainforest Snail.

“Until June it’s business as usual and we welcome locals to our resort.”