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Planula B&B Retreat
Ranked #16 of 39 Byron Bay B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Lovely location and friendly proprietors”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2014

We stayed her for a couple of nights and wish we'd have stayed longer. A short drive from Byron Bay and in a lovely setting. Breakfast was included and was a communal affair so provided a chance to talk with other travellers. The hosts were friendly and provide helpful advice on where to visit en route to Sydney.

Our room was pretty basic but comfortable. Would recommend paying a bit more for one of the larger rooms (there is one with a large external balcony area).

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2014

What a refreshing stay we had at Planula, the perfect spot to relax on our roadtrip - just wished we could of stayed for longer than one night. The setting was beautiful and loved seeing and listening to the little green frogs too - which our 8 year old delighted in! Wandy and Tim were the perfect hosts and the breakfast provided was plentiful! Thanks guys :-)

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2014 via mobile

We booked online driving from Coffs to Byron. Stayed 2 nights in the garden room...so quiet, beautiful surrounds and lovely hosts...they made us feel very welcome. Only 2.5km from centre of Byron and shops less than 1km away for food, booze etc. Freshly baked muffins each morning and a lovely spreads for the included breakfast. Great little escape.

Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

My husband and I spent 6 glorious nights at Planula B and B Retreat in Byron bay over the new year. I found this place through the internet and booked online. I was so impressed by the charm of the rainforest retreat and the graciousness of our hosts Wendy and Tim . Our room was very comfortable. I loved the room fan because it was very humid in Byron (.I prefer a fan to air conditioning ...it is much healthier)
The frogs, lizards and beautiful birdlife in Planula made our stay feel like we were deep in tropical forests yet we were just 3 km away from the buzz of Byron Bay. I also loved reading and dozing in the hammock on the wooden deck. We had access to the kitchen and lounge room at all times and so it felt very homely. Our hosts were mindful of our privacy but were also available for a chat and gave us good advice about local happenings . Breakfast was served in a continental way . Wendy is a wonderful baker and each morning we were greeted with freshly home baked bread, muffins and fruit platters.(the raspberry and white chocolate muffins were amazing ) I would highly recommend Planula for a relaxing and rejuvenating getaway. We will certainly return

Room Tip: our ground floor room was large enough for my 18 year old daughter to stay one night after camping...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2014

A stay at the Planula retreat is a great place to relax and unwind. Tim and Wandy are fantastic hosts and always happy to assist. The place is set in a rainforest and is full of wildlife. It is 3km from main town, which was not a problem for us as we had bikes to commute back and forth.
If you are after a nice, quiet place to relax and enjoy what nature has to offer, this is the place for you. I am happy to recommend.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2013

One other review summed it up !! ..,.if you like camping , you will love your stay here .
If however you are expecting a 4star hotel service you will be very disappointed as we were .
Our room was very basic, the bathroom was full of bugs on arrival (I guess the down side to staying in the rain forest ) however after a quick trip to the local super market for bug spray ....all was good again ........until I found I was sharing my shower with a large spider !!
Not to mention the large lizard on the deck and the tree frog (we were in the rain forest that said ) If being in touch with the wild life is not for you , this place is definately not for you .
If you are into self catering and sharing your space with other guests and taking in a bit of nature on route then Planula is for you ....if you prefer 4 star to be 4 star with crisp clean sheets on your bed every day , soft fluffy towels and your room cleaned daily then try somewhere else !
Judging by some other reviews , there are folk out there who love what Planula has to offer,
We however like a hotel with everything available so Planula was not for us
That said there was something unique about listening to the strange noices of the rain forest at 3am

Room Tip: Only two rooms out of the five that are not accessed via the guest sitting room and kitchen
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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planula, Owner at Planula B&B Retreat, responded to this review, January 2, 2014
Dear Melissa,

Thanks for taking the time to write a review and we are very sad to hear that our motto 'Surrounded by Nature' did not seem to resonate with you.

We are very proud of our green tree frogs and water dragons as you can see from our own website and our facebook page. Planula is situated on over 50 acres of bushland, most of which we devoted to the wildlife (see the 'Land for Wildlife' logo on our website).

We believe we offer the best of both worlds by being far removed from the 'madness' of inner Byron Bay on a tranquil property surrounded by nature, but within only 3 kilometres of town which is unique in Byron Bay.

From your other review about Byron Bay in general, I can read that you didn't really enjoy our town and that might have contributed to your disappointment.

We do not advertise ourselves as a 4-star hotel but as a unique retreat in Byron Bay, where people come to relax and enjoy the fact they are surrounded by nature.

As for your bathroom which was 'full of bugs', we would have of course happily removed any bugs and we are always available at reception. Our towels are fluffy, our linen is clean and line dried where possible and our rooms are serviced every second day.

We wish you all the best in your future travels.

Tim & Wandy Hochgrebe
Owners - Planula Retreat
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Newcastle, Australia
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2013

My stay at Planula was very satisfactory. My room was quiet with a comfortable bed and pillow and open to lots of fresh air thru fly screens. I loved the setting which was rainforest all around so that it felt like I was staying in the middle of the bush even tho it was only a short drive into Byron and not far from Bangalow. The hosts were sensitive to one's privacy but most supportive at the same time. I would certainly recommend.

Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Planula B&B Retreat

Property: Planula B&B Retreat
Address: Lot 1, Melaleuca Drive | PO Box 1753, Byron Bay, New South Wales 2481, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Byron Shire > Byron Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 39 B&Bs / Inns in Byron Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Planula B&B Retreat 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Planula Retreat offers beautiful accommodation set on over 50 acres amongst tropical landscaped gardens just over 3km from the centre of Byron Bay. You will love the relaxed atmosphere created in this modern B&B style retreat. We are the only true remaining oasis that close to town! Unwind on the extensive decks around the house overlooking the frog pond and enjoy the lush gardens. How about listening to the birds and frogs over a BBQ at night? Extensive continental breakfasts are included in all rates. FREE wireless fast broadband everywhere. Friendly hosts and great recommendations. ... more   less 
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