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Azabu Boutique Accommodation Byron Bay
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Skinners Shoot
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne, Australia
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20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Beautiful, but no privacy - visual or audio!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2009

We booked this place for our honeymoon, as it looked just gorgeous on their website. I requested a room that might be a bit more private as we were on our honeymoon. Not to be. I was a bit unimpressed to find no blinds on the windows (might be nice to be one with nature, but it would also be nice to have the option to pull the curtains, especially on your honeymoon!!). The windows were louvers - so didn't really shut out the noise from outside - people on their balconies etc. There was a walking path just outside our room, so they could see straight into our room. The occupants of the neighbouring room could also see into our room from their balcony. Really unacceptable I think for somewhere calling itself a luxury, romantic getaway. The walls were probably just a sheet of plasterboard. Our neighbours had set their alarm quite early the day they were checking out, and it went off the following two days at about 7am in the morning. We could hear our neighbours having a phone conversation, flushing the toilet etc etc.
The breakfast was delicious, and beautifully presented, and always more than I could eat.
The location was also idyllic, but you do need a car to get into town.
I liked the fitout of the room, with eveda products in the bathroom.

  • Stayed November 2006, travelled as a couple
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2008

I agree with the earlier reviews - NOT a luxury experience, but certainly a luxury price. First problem - lack of soundproofing - though I'm pleased to say that our neighbours were VERY quiet - since we could hear EVERYTHING, that was just as well. Footfalls outside or next door were very loud too. The washbasin+bath/shower were IN the bedroom - bizarre having a shower in the bedroom - expecially in so-called luxury accommodation. Second problem: The room was relatively small, given the high price of the accommodation, and the sunken spa-bath in the bedroom was a 2-foot drop which given the small size of the room was potentially hazardous - eg when negotiating the way to the toilet in the dark in the night (at least the toilet was separate from the bedroom, though not well sound-insulated). There were multiple blemishes in the woodwork (mainly burns from the mosquto coils that had been thoughtfully provided) . All this would have been acceptable in a $100 motel, but not in a $330/night room.

I agree about the lack of privacy that the others have mentioned, but with the room I had, it wasnt a particular problem.

I was kept awake the first night by calling peacocks - they were quieter the next night, I think because a local barking dog shut them up.

I'm not particularly one for "gourmet" breakfasts, being very happy with simple food, but, to be positive, I did find breakfast round the pool rather idyllic.

Its just the place should have been constructed to a higher standard and larger in the first place. Then maybe they could push it as "luxury" and charge accordingly.

  • Liked — breakfast
  • Disliked — poor value for a high price; noisy; skimpy construction; small room; bathroom part of the bedroom
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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AzabuBB, Manager at Azabu Boutique Accommodation Byron Bay, responded to this review, 30 April 2009
It is always so disappointing to read a negative review, especially as Azabu has had over 4,500 guests in the last five years with so much positive feedback received directly through our feeback forms completed by each guest. In January 2009 Azabu was renovated and refurbished which will address the building issues that this guest experienced. As the feedback received on our breakfasts has been "sensational" with guests returning for it, we are sorry that this guest did not enjoy it like a huge proportion of our guests have! Azabu posts testimonials on its website and has done for the past few years so we are keen to make sure our guests are satisfied. Azabu is a B&B and does not seek to be conference centre so technology is kept to a minimum as most people who come to Azabu are seeking some R&R away from what they can get at home and in the city. Usually with a book in hand and glass of wine in the other, guests at Azabu are happy to relax around the pool, in their room on or their balcony. The rooms have floor to ceiling windows without blinds as most guests love to feel part of the hoop pine forest, away from the conrete of the city, and it is such a splendid view from the bed out over the forest. With so much on offer in and around Byron, we have found that guests wanting to attend yoga sessions in town, visit markets, stroll along the beaches and walks, or dine in the many restaurants for lunch and dinner, are only too happy to travel the short 7kms to town. We are sorry that we have not been able to please this guest, but we know we offer a great getaway and you need only look at our testimonials to see that.
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2008

Well all I can say is this is the first place I have booked without previously reading TripAdvisor beforehand. Never, Never Never again will I book a place without reading the reviews from TripAdvisor. The review before mine is spot on in every single way. This is not a luxury resort by any means. We booked for 3 days and had to leave after 1 because it falls far short of what you expect when reading the website. The handbasin and mirror are in the bedroom separate from the shower and loo which at best i would rate as 3star motel quality. I won't write too much because I reiterate everything that the previous reviewer raised. However, I will stress the WALLS and the NOISE - do not underestimate this. IT is not private by any means. If you somehow like to listen to everything that the couple are doing next door then this may be your place. Not my idea of a nice getaway at all. Oh and by the way still no blinds or curtains in your room for privacy! Perhaps they think you might like to be an exhibitionist!

  • Liked — The therapists at the spa were lovely
  • Disliked — The total lack of privacy and the lack of the luxury you would expect from the website
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2008

Nice enough accommodation and a pretty setting in the rainforest but as for luxury escape - I think not.

Rooms not really that luxurious compared with many other luxury resorts I have been too.. Smaller rooms than expected and as I noticed another reviewer mentions, paper thin walls which means if you are expecting a quiet stay you're in for a disappointment.
Not only can you hear everything from the rooms next door but every footstep from people coming and going from the place and staff in the mornings cleaning and bustling about - terribly irritating if one is wanting a quiet retreat and relaxing sleep in.

The main bifold door which opens out onto your own little verandah also is not covered meaning, no blind, or curtain or privacy and even though they assure you there is complete privacy the fact that they tell you there is a pathway to a reading deck which goes right by certain rooms, you would have to be blind if you didn't notice the rooms and the fact that you could see straight into them. This may be liberating for some but I found it to be a distracton as I was always self conscious about the possibility of someone walking past and seeing inside my room. The idea of the outside connecting with the inside may or may not be a consideration here but I wouldn't say it was effective from any perspective. There are various resorts I have stayed in which have an outdoor shower within your room but it is still private.

The furnishings within the room were average, clean and tidy but nothing "Wow" here. Small LCD mounted on wall, queen bed, toilet and unusual spa in the floor with shwr - also nothing particularly luxury about the fittings, just a bathtub really. Robes but no slippers (unusual for a luxury retreat), minimal Aveda products compared with some other places, and no real mini bar....

I found the pool/spa area to be a bit dirty and defunct - All was working of course but the atmosphere was not that of an enclosed enclave or spa, more like being at someones house at the pool where you wish you had the guts to say "I don't suppose you could clean the decks"...not very warm or inviting - open air.

NO decent wireless or broadband - they do however warn on their website that dial-up is available so this is clear.

NO inhouse entertainment (movies) or cable which you would expect in any luxury establishment, I mean its the norm amongst accommodation places these days unless you are advertising yourself as eco/getting away from technology and other ugly influences of our normal lives kind of destination.

And I suppose another fairly important factor about this luxury stay is the absence of facilities and "FOOD"> So to be fair, if you are looking for that getaway from it all and you're the kind of person who is more interested in getting out and about to discover the town and all its delights - culinary or otherwise then Azabu is for you.

They provide a breakfast with your stay which is advertised as a 3 course feast ( as if to draw you in to the luxury aspect once again) but it disappoints - you are more likely to get an out of this world experience in town at one of the many ambient restaurants or cafes. And then for those of you who want food at your bec and call like myself because you are thinking that you want to enjoy the luxury of your accommodations purely and never leave your room - this is just not possible. NO room service or food is available bar breakfast. And while the drive into town is no more than 7 Km its still too far after you've had a couple of drinks on the deck and are feeling hungry... the drinking and driving thing is not advisable in Byron as the police being used to the influx of tourists are always switched on. And on another note, if you want to dine in town to whatever style you're accustomed with drinks in tow, the drive back to Azabu is still 7 Kms which is impossible legally if you have imbibed and the cab is hardly worth it if you left your car in town because you just have to pay for another cab in town the next day to retrieve it.

Facilities: No Gym or any other alternative or relaxing forms of exercise like yoga or pilates. Initially when I enquired as to a gym I was told that while there are no gym facilities there are nature walks and the like around the place but upon arriving it is made clear at orientation that there is only a little path to a reading area that you may traverse and the rest is private property ( what good is that to the adventurous traveller who wants to go on a long walk in the mornings or a little adventure).

Overall : An average experience really not the luxury escape I was looking for.

Stayed June 2008
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Brisbane, Queensland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2007

We had a 2 night stay at Azabu over from 31/8 - 2/9 in a queen room.

It has a good location - it's not in the busy traffic town of Byron, but only 7klms out of town, so not too far to get a taxi ride home, and you get really get the feeling of the bush and hinterland surrounds.

Breakfast - 3 courses with an excellent selection of mains and all done to perfection.

The rooms are much smaller than anticipated, but a good size balcony within the forest makes up for it. However, the paper thin walls (2 rooms adjoin) allowed for mostly EVERYTHING to be heard!

One thing that was a little odd was there is only one DVD player to be shared amongst 5 rooms.

Overall, we had a great weekend. The facilities are clean and comfortable, but probably not 4-5 star as self rated.

  • Liked — The setting within the bush.
  • Disliked — Paper-thin walls and a little overpriced.
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: Azabu Boutique Accommodation Byron Bay
Address: 317 Skinners Shoot Rd, Skinners Shoot, Byron Bay, New South Wales 2481, Australia (Formerly Azabu Guesthouse Byron Bay)
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Region: Australia > New South Wales > Byron Shire > Byron Bay > Skinners Shoot
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Skinners Shoot
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Azabu Boutique Accommodation Byron Bay 5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Azabu Nature Guesthouse in Byron Bay is a tranquil escape nestled in the coastal hinterland of Northern New South Wales. Located only a 5 minute drive from the trendy Byron Bay shopping precinct and some of the world’s best beaches, Azabu is the ultimate destination to enjoy all that Byron Bay has to offer. With only five exclusive boutique guesthouses elevated above five hectares of natural forest, Azabu is a unique accommodation experience. At Azabu you can immerse yourself in nature, be greeted by the local fauna including Azabu’s resident peacocks and take the time to appreciate the natural hoop pine forest that surrounds your private guesthouse. At Azabu you can relax in the outdoor pool and heated spa or retreat to our secluded meditation and reading deck. Upon waking you can enjoy our gourmet three-course breakfast, which uses organic local produce. We also encourage you to try our day spa, with local Byron Bay therapists available to treat you to a wide range of relaxation therapies using organic beauty products. Azabu is a unique holiday destination, for relaxation, a romantic retreat, honeymoon getaway, or for a little bit of Zen-time in a magnificent natural setting. Azabu Nature Guesthouse…your own private escape in Byron Bay. ... more   less 
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