New Byron Bay resort offers visitors carbon-neutral holidays
THE $100 million Elements of Byron resort has been hailed a "game changer" by tourism boss Sandra Chipchase, chief executive of Destination New South Wales.
Ms Chipchase praised the architectural design and added "the picture perfect setting at Belongil Beach is unsurpassed".
She believed the development was a good addition to the local visitor economy.
The "slow architecture" venture, which is currently under construction, stretches along the beachfront sand dunes at Belongil Beach.
A collaborative effort between owner Peggy Flannery, Shane Thompson Architects and Coop Creative, the design was driven by reverence to the four landscape ecologies present on the 50 acre site - rainforest, dunal, eucalypt and wetland.
A state of the art energy management system will also enable guests to monitor their carbon footprint in real-time via iPads.
Upon checkout guests have the option to offset their carbon footprint with funds contributing toward habitat restoration.
The resort will start taking accommodation bookings in September.