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I have read some of the bad reviews that have been posted about this place and it astounds me that’s people can be negative, as I have only great things to say about my stay here. The place is paradise, set in the rainforest, as soon as you walk through the doors you feel relaxed and it just gets better. The facilities are excellent, great selection of kitchen equipment, use of the bbq and the spa. The beach is outside and it is simply paradise. The units are comfortable, the beds are comfy, there are plenty of fresh towels and you can get more if needed. Everything is really well thought out and simply a great place to stay. Will be back for sure!

My husband booked 3 nights here as a surprise for me before I started my new job. It was the perfect way to unwind and relax. A beautiful setting and only steps from the beach. Our dogs loved it and I think were disappointed we had to come home. Close enough from the energy of Byron but far enough to be secluded. This was perfect bliss.

From the moment you stand in front of the thick heavy doors at the entrance to Shambhala you know your in for a treat. Open the doors and you are greeted with serenity, the pebbled entrance culminates in a very large amethyst crystal formation. Then you detect the soft music playing and the sent of incense in the air. Take a breath and move into a what feels like a tropical oasis. There is a raised boardwalk through ythe middle of the property with the RETREATS on either side of you as you walk up the boardwalk. We stayed in the 1 bedroom (2 people only) retreat caled Samadhi, this retreat has it's own facilities, you are able to cook breakfast, lunch and dinner even a rast dinner if you wish as tgere is a full size oven. There is an outdoor area that feels like home, a lazy louge, outdoor dinning table, personal BBQ and to top it off your personal hot tub with ocean views. The bedroom is located upstairs and has a large balcony off the bedroom. The balcony has a stone bathtub with running hot and cold water for a lazy soak after a hard day of relaxing in and around the room and beach. Words don't fully describe the experience, opulence is as close as I can get. Shambhala was an experience that I believe is second to none. Give yourself and loved ones an experince like no other. Thank you Shambhala for a unique experience.

Hotel comes across as a really nice place to stay in, though it didn't feel that clean and the appliances were a bit out dated and warn for the price. Our TV from what I could see was the smallest in the 'retreat' and didn't add to the uniformity of the resort. We as well didn't have the advertised Netflix on the down stairs Tv which isn't a necessary, but would have been nice as it was raining for two days. Another down fall of the hotel was that there was no room keeping service, limited towels and soap per room. I ended up having to use a towel a few times over, eventually asking a staff member I saw on site for soaps and a towel. The staff were unaware of the location and took a while to bring it to me. Another let down of the private spa facility was the limited hours 8am - 9pm, which I do understand, but for a private spa I felt we should have been able to use it Any time we decided (being a retreat). I fee like Byron bay has better hotels to stay in, if you are after an upper class hotel with attentive staff. Overall the hotels location and surroundings are really beautiful, the beach front access makes it extremely convenient to access and a nice place to sit at night. A nice touch was the bottle of sparking wine left for us at the beginning of our stay, I would recommend the hotel on its grounds, location and it's secluded feel.

After purchasing a 'Luxury Escape' package recently my partner and I had the pleasure of staying in the Shiva Cottage for 5 nights in March. Reviews we had read about Shiva had us worried about the size of the cottage, privacy, noise on the roof from trees etc so we were absolutely delighted with what Juanita showed us on our arrival. The whole resort is beautiful, secluded and tranquil and Shiva was spacious, comfortable and well equipped. I believe that what was once a yoga studio is now the large living/ dining/ TV room and it was a wise decision as the transformation has made what would have been a pokey apartment into a luxurious space. Privacy was not a problem, we simply pulled down the blinds, and Shiva is immediately adjacent to the sauna and steam room which was an unexpected bonus. Juanita, who met us on arrival, was very helpful as was the maintenance man when we needed assistance. The beach is on the doorstep and the centre of Byron Bay is a very pleasant 15 minute walk along the sand!

This was my second stay here so I know the layout and am aware of the associated privacy issues that have been referred to previously. However, as far as the Samadhi Retreat goes, which we just stayed in, there can be no complaints. It boasts the most privacy within the complex. Waterfront position. Perfect for honeymooners. The rest of the people staying there will be envious. Big shout out to the manager Kristine. Perfect host. When little things go wrong, as they inevitably do, she is always on hand to rectify them.

We were staying for 5 days at the Shambhala@Byron. We had a great stay and the house was comfortable and had everything we needed (a little kitchen with everything you need during your stay, etc., a bbq-place, a washing machine and dryer, each "house" has a private area, etc.). We arrived very late, but got a perfect description of how to get to our house. The place is beautiful and has an entrance right to the ocean. The stuff is always willing to help and very friendly. We had one little issue (a harmless snake in our room, which they took care of, so I'm not complaining about the handling of this situation). It's Australia and nature and you probably don't realize a little whole in the roof right away, so this can happen. The only thing I was missing, was a little gift (nothing major, a bottle of wine or champagne would've been enough) for the inconvenience, which I believe isn't too much to expect. But other then this we had a very good time and enjoyed this place.

We had the most amazing time at Shambhala, we bought our 2 little dogs with us and they absolutely loved running up and down the beach every day. We stayed in Shanti and it was perfect for us. We will definitely all be back very soon for another visit.

We had a great experience at this place recently location was amazing and very surreal. We took our dog and he had a great time on the beach. Very fortunate that the weather was amazing. The Simadi is the best one in the place and we lived walking out straight out on the beach. We also brought our own small stereo which helped because neither the stereo and tv did not work our trip. The Spa worked well and we will be looking forward to coming back over the next few months hopefully

Set amongst the tranquility of a rainforest and eastern culture - you might think you have made the penultimate choice in accommodation!! Think again - a 'polycarbonate roof' - apparent insulation, a tree hoisted against the frame of the studio (Shiva in our experience), that squarked in resistance against the timber when the wind blew. An air conditioner that was supposed to be reverse with heating yet blew nothing but cold air and no spare blankets. When you pay a premium price for accommodation - in Byron Bay - you expect not to have to be running around asking for things to of a nominal standard - so yes we suffered in the resonating silence of all that these issues caused a sleepless night . . . & we'll never return.

14 Childe Street Byron Bay NSW

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Fitness center
  • Laundry facilities

Shambhala@Byron is located within a few miles (5 km) of Captain Cook Lookout and Wategos Beach. This 4-room, 4-star apartment has private in-room spa tubs along with free in-room WiFi and free self parking. Also close to this Byron Bay apartment are Belongil Beach and Main Beach.


All 4 air-conditioned apartments feature kitchens and space to spread out with living rooms and dining areas. Guests can expect free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with cable channels and DVD players. Private spa tubs, washers/dryers, and coffee makers are other standard amenities.

Property features

At Shambhala@Byron, guests have access to a fitness center, a spa tub, and a sauna. You can take advantage of free parking if you drive. Other amenities at this beach apartment include free WiFi in public areas, laundry facilities, and a garden.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

83.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 26 reviews