OCTOBER 2019 | OUR FAMILY OF SIX | 4 NIGHTS
Location, location! Ayindi is literally across the road from the Pass which is a well-known, and very popular, surf spot. Which won over my surf-loving family from the get-go.
Arriving was an experience. We had to turn off at a handmade sign called ‘No Name Lane’, which is when the curiosity kicked-in. We were greeted by the lovely host Liz who gave us a tour of the property. The home had been designed to maximise the amazing views of Byron, and I could tell that Lucy had thought of absolutely everything!
The property is spread out over four levels. At the top is the master bedroom and ensuite, which is absolute heaven. Waking up to views of the pass and the ocean breeze, and the ensuite brings the outdoors in with its stunning windows.
On the level below is the main living/dining/kitchen and outdoor deck. Open up the bifold shutters on the deck and again that inside/outside feeling was achieved. I spent a couple of afternoons having an afternoon nap on the built-in lounge. The living area was so well designed, and a big plus in my eyes was the tv dissolved into the cabinetry. We spent a couple of our nights watching some old movies, La Bamba and Dirty Dancing. When we were at the house, this is where we spent most of our time.
On the level below that was a guest room with an ensuite, with access to the garage that has lots of room for storage, or in our case, the people mover van that we hired (or what I call a vagina on wheels … eek). On the ground level is the main entry – a courtyard style yard complete with a heated plunge pool. Internally, there is a second living and dining area complete with a kitchenette, and another two guest rooms, main bathroom and laundry.
It is completely set up as an entertainer’s house, and the house caters for everyone.
The styling was on point. Lucy is a stylist so you can imagine the standard that was here at Ayindi. What I loved about the styling was the mix. There were unique pieces that you knew there was a story behind each of them, . The aboriginal artwork in the kitchen was a favourite of mine. What I loved is that there was a fusion of pieces here. I would describe the styling with my 70/20/10 rule as contemporary/coastal/tribal.
We all loved the location. That was a huge plus, as a family of six to be able to head down the path, cross the road and you are at the Pass (beach). As well as not needing to tackle the Byron holiday traffic was perfect.
The view at the property was sensational. My boys loved spotting whales off the rear deack. I loved just simply sitting and taking in the surrounds.
Ben could really appreciate the quality of the build and the finishes.
And of course, the fully equipped kitchen. Three of my boys loved playing chefs. To only be a kid again.
Every morning I woke up at sunrise. I had the beauty of turning right and doing the Lighthouse walk followed by a swim at Wategos. Or turn left and walk via the pass along the main beach. And as mentioned the boys and Ben could head across the road for a surf.
We did not see or hear another neighbour during our stay. It felt like our own private oasis, yet having other properties in close proximity.
To walk into town was around a 10-minute leisurely walk. Long enough to work up an appetite for my all time favourite café in the world, Bayleaf. It is a must. I have been going to Bayleaf for over 10 years and it only gets better. As a regular Byron visitor, the vibe here is what I love. It is chilled, it is a feeling that everyone is unique and that is what I love … anything in Bryon goes! For me I can’t go to Bryon without breakfast at Bayleaf and Combi, lunch at The Farm, dinner at The Mez and The Loft. The shopping is great, there is something for everyone. I didn’t shop. (yes you read write) but Ben & the boys did. And of course relaxation … head to Coma for a massage so good. And that is right, I can’t forget about having my palms read by a local Byron guru … and guess what he told me? To chill out!