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Tropical Bliss : Villa Rustica

Earlier this month Dave and I set off on our bi-annual (I'm saying it's bi-annual now, so Dave we have to make this a thing) trip up to QLD to visit our good friends. Being such a long way away from Canberra (14 hours or something in the car) we decided we'd take our time on the journey home and took the trip back over four days.
This did, however, mean we had to find a place to stay each night, and being the classy wannabes that we are, we decided to step up our game for our Air BnB's. January, being fairly close to some anniversaries (anniversary of when we started dating and when we got engaged), is often a time we try to do something a bit nice to celebrate. Which is exactly where this first Air BnB came from.

Tucked away in a quite little street about 20 minutes from Byron Bay, you will find a tropical bliss. For those who are seeking a retreat from the hustle and bustle of every day life, Villa Rustica, offers some beautiful accommodation in a tropical retreat nestled in the Byron Bay hinterlands. Stay in the self contained cottage adjoining the villa, or spend an evening in the exotic Jaipur Suite. It is sure to indulge your Moroccan senses with it's rustic design.

We stayed in the beautiful Jaipur Suite while we visited. The decor in this romantic suite is inspired by the owners’ travels to India. Although situated within the villa, guests have their own private entrance. The spacious suite has a lounge area, a breakfast table looking out to the swimming pool, a Moroccan bathroom, and a kitchenette with mini fridge and coffee machine.  

So it was definitely this place that encouraged me to do a couple of write ups about our trip. I was inundated with messages about the Jaipur Suite when I posted on my stories about it, which is totally fair - this place is AMAZING! 

The Villa Rustica  has basically everything you could want. The suite itself is HUGE! With a king size bed (with the softest and most amazing sheets on it), a comfy couch, a little nook for you to sit and have breakfast, overlooking the pool, a kitchenette with coffee machine, condiments and a bottle of Prosecco to enjoy, and air con if, like us, you hate the humid hot heat of summer. If you get tired of swimming, or lounging by the pool with a good book, they also have Netflix. Then there is the bathroom. OMG THE BATHROOM! It is an amazing Moroccan inspired bathroom with so many gorgeous little details. You can shower and you can bathe (they even leave you bath salts to use if you wish). It is just beautiful. Breakfast is also included in the stay and it was so delicious, including a range of fresh fruits, croissants, yoghurt, bread and fresh orange juice. 

While we only stayed one night, we do regret not spending more time there. I mean, it does just mean we have to go back again and explore everything else that the Jaipur Suite has to offer. There is also a tennis court and 3 par golf course on the grounds, so you basically don't have to leave.

If Byron is not really your thing (and I am going to be brutally honest here - Dave and I were not fans of Byron. I know some people absolutely love it, but it was just too busy and too commercialised for us) then there is a cute little town about a five minute drive from the suite called Newrybar. They have a lovely little restaurant/deli/bakery called Harvest, which actually reminded me a bit of Byron's The Farm, without the animals and quite a bit smaller. They have fresh bread, meats and cheese, as well as a little garden with flowers, herbs, bees and even some chickens, that you can wander through. It was a really lovely little spot to grab breakfast, lunch or dinner. 

Then, of course, there are the cute little shops where you can pick up some beautiful little handmade pieces from local and other Australian makers. This is really what I was hoping for in Byron, but again, it was a little too commercialised to find anything like this. There is Driftlab, a fun little beach clothes store. Newrybar Merchants (probably my favourite shop of the whole trip) which has all sorts of cute bits and pieces, from books to sheets, candles, skincare, plants and more. I picked up a few edible bits and pieces from here to take home, but I honestly could've picked up so many homewares if they would've fit in the car... Then there is also Luther and Co, which again has lots of cute handmade bits and pieces, as well as some lovely antiques. 

Safe to say, we absolutely loved our time at Villa Rustica and it is high on our list to go back and visit again. I would honestly just go and hide away in the villa, visiting Newrybar occasionally for my next holiday and would be 120% happy.

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