Basq House opens its doors in Byron Bay

Basq House opens its doors in Byron Bay
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    Basq House, a 32-room boutique hotel on Bundjalung Country in Byron Bay has officially opened its doors.

    The eclectic hideaway in a tucked-away laneway in the heart of Byron’s village centre is owned by Melbourne-based friends Matt Walsh and Shane Wilkinson.

    They developed the property as they wanted a home-away-from-home in Byron Bay, somewhere that felt personal and like staying at your best friend’s house. They commissioned Matt Dalby, creative director and founder of StudioFAB, to design Basq House and local designer, Léo Terrando, to style the interiors.

    Inspired by the grandeur of Moroccan riads, the design pays homage to tradition, with many rooms overlooking the central temperature-controlled magnesium pool, offering a contemporary sanctuary for guests.

    A relaxed vibe features in this Byron backlane hideaway.

    Much like a suburban house, with a distinct indoor-outdoor aesthetic, the reception area features artwork from Byron Bay artist Damian Bisogni, weaved pendant lights from Tigmi Trading, ceramics and objets d’art. But it also doubles as a bar inviting guests to sit back, soak up and slow down with a Coconut Margarita or Negroni in hand.

    The speakeasy-style lounge room, which flows through to the outdoors, features pieces from Bodhi Living and bespoke rugs from local Byron brand Pampa, fusing the interiors with a sense of warmth. Original artworks on the walls reflect the region’s artistic heritage.

    Moving through to the library, the intimate space features a three-panelled Brazilian rainforest artwork, South African carved wooden masks and bespoke floor-to-ceiling bookcases filled with an eclectic collection of books. Low-slung leather sofas and a large open fireplace make the space cozy in the cooler months.

    One of the plush rooms at the new Basq House.

    The bedrooms are a mix of formats, with amenities including HD TVs with Chromecast, Mr Smith toiletries and a minibar with a menu with list that includes the area’s best producers.

    The surrounding landscaped gardens feature a logo-embossed magnesium pool, daybeds and cabanas offering guests an oasis of calm.

    The hotel’s rooftop will also be a space to retreat with zones for self-guided yoga and meditation. The hotel will also have access to a Bathhouse and Wellness Centre with infrared saunas, ice plunges and other treatments.

    Guest have use of the hotels Lekker push bikes, beach shades and surfboards, in addition to two dedicated guest share vehicles, ideal for short dashes around town or adventures to neighbouring towns such as Bangalow, Newrybar, Mullumbimby or Brunswick Heads. Underground secure basement carparking is also available.

    Basq House has opened in Byron.

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