Frequently Asked Questions
Following are some of the more common questions we are asked about the Escape Haven retreat experience. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our retreat in Byron Bay, Australia.
- What is Escape Haven and what happened to Surf Haven?
- What's included at Escape Haven Byron surf and yoga spa retreat?
- How much does it cost?
- How do I get to Escape Haven Byron?
- What's the climate like in Byron?
- What time is check in/check out?
- What is the food like at Escape Haven Byron?
- Is alcohol available at this retreat?
- What style of massage can I choose?
- Is it mandatory to participate in all the wellbeing retreat activities?
- What is a typical day like at Escape Haven Byron?
- What age and nationality is a typical guest? What about solo travellers?
- If I would like to stay in a shared room, can I come to Escape Haven alone?
- Do you have internet access at your women's surf retreat?
- How much money should I bring?
- Is there shopping nearby?
- Is there an age minimum?
- Do you offer discounts?
- Do I need to know how to surf before coming?
- Can I bring my own surfboard?
- I have never done yoga before. Is it difficult?
- Do I need to be a good swimmer?
- What should I pack?
- Will there be other guests on retreat who are not part of Escape Haven?
Escape Haven has evolved out of industry leading Surf Haven Bali and expanded into Byron Bay. This year we have introduced new 4 night Refresher Wellbeing packages incorporating yoga, massage and other activities. Our programmes are designed for women by women; we offer a complete wellbeing programme that includes accommodation in a luxury rainforest suite, massage, yoga and the choice of surfing or other activities which support the mind, the body and the soul.
Our Refresher breaks are run as a 4 night wellbeing escape in partnership with world-renowned Byron at Byron Resort and Spa, Byron’s most luxurious property. Together, we have created a tranquil space and a supportive and inspiring environment where you can retreat from the world. Included in your package is 4 nights luxury accommodation, gourmet cuisine with most meals provided, daily yoga, massage, two activity choices including surfing as an option plus more! There are no hidden costs. Excludes one dinner to allow guests to sample some of Byron Bay’s fantastic eating experiences.
A list of what’s included in your all-inclusive surf and yoga vacation spa retreat package can be found here.
With an all-inclusive vacation surf spa retreat package, there are no hidden costs at Escape Haven Byron. Luxury has never been so affordable with all inclusive Refresher surf and wellness packages starting from just US$1,895 per person.
Our retreats are run from the Byron at Byron Resort and Spa located at 77-97 Broken Head Road in Byron Bay. This is a 30 minute ride from Ballina Airport, 1 hour from Gold Coast airport and 2 hours South of Brisbane’s International airport. Transfers are not included within your Refresher package however there are many options that are available directly from the airport.
Byron has a tropical climate with temperatures averaging 25 degrees from October to May when we run our retreats.
Check in is from 3pm on arrival day and check out 10am on the final day.
With a focus on fresh, locally farmed produce, The Restaurant at The Byron at Byron showcases Northern River’s local produce with passion. Menus change each season to reflect the diverse regional offerings while daily specials embrace the chef’s pick of the day.
Stunning open plan dining areas take advantage of the breathtaking rainforest backdrop and wide verandahs with over sized lounges are perfect for afternoon cocktails, tapas style dining or just lazing around watching the world pass you by.
Yes, alcohol is available to purchase at the Byron at Byron. They have an extensive wine and cocktail list which provides enthusiasts with a magnificent selection to complement this unique dining experience.
As part of your all-inclusive Refresher retreat package, you will receive 1 60 minute massage. The style of massage you prefer can be discussed with our experienced therapist ahead of time. Additional massages can be booked subject to availability.
All our spa retreat activities at Escape Haven Byron are optional, so it’s up to you how much or how little you do. You choose the level of activity or rejuvenation to fit your goals and ideals.
- 7:30am Yoga
- 9:00am Fresh, bountiful breakfast
- 10:00am Chosen package activity eg. Surf lessons or Ocean Kayak or Cooking School
- 12:30pm Delicious lunch
- 1:30-4:30pm Afternoon free to follow your bliss - activities vary in the afternoon and include; afternoon excursions, massage, yoga take home workshop, shopping, or simply lounging by the pool or beach.
- 4:30pm Sunset Surf (tide depending, optional) or sundowners on the beach
- 7:00pm Dinner
*Schedule is a guide only and may be subject to change
Typically, our guests range in age from mid 20's - to early 50's. However, we have had many younger and older guests. What unites guests at Escape Haven surf and yoga vacation spa is not so much their age or nationality; but rather, their fun loving attitude and spirit for adventure.
About 70% of our guests are solo travellers and meals are served communally. Most of our guests make firm friends, staying in touch long after their surf camp and yoga retreat finishes. Escape Haven Byron is a safe and ideal place to stay as a solo woman traveller.
Yes, of course! If you are traveling solo, we will match you up with a great roommate with a compatible profile. Many friendships have been formed at Escape Haven.
We have complimentary WiFi available at the Byron at Byron. Please bring your own device.
As this is an all-inclusive vacation surf spa retreat, the only things you will need to pay for are any incidentals (such as alcoholic drinks, extra spa treatments or activities) and the 1 dinner not included where you get to explore some of the fabulous restaurants nearby.
If you wish to do any optional extra activities or go shopping while staying at Escape Haven Byron, there are plenty of ATMs available nearby, where you may withdraw money.
Yes, Byron Bay is renowned for its boutique shopping covering fashion, footwear, jewellery, home wares and art. We can also take you on a cultural day to the antique and artisan stores in Bangalow for more shopping opportunities.
Yes, guests must be 18 years or older to attend Escape Haven Byron unless otherwise agreed to by management and under supervision of a guardian.
We do offer Escape Haven discounts for early reservation and for groups of four or more. Check out our current rates. We also offer a discount for our treasured previous guests (alumnae).
No. Our surf school specialty is teaching beginners how to surf right from step one. We'll start with the basics and you'll be riding waves by the end. We also cater for many intermediate and advanced surfers as well. Byron has many breaks to choose from so this coupled with our small group sizes, allow us to cater for all levels of surfer.
Our surf school has a great range of soft top surfboards for you to choose from, if you are more comfortable with your own board, please bring it along.
Note: Don't forget that airlines charge extra for surfboards so please make sure you check with your airline prior to arriving at the airport.
Yoga is one of the most wonderful forms of exercise and complementary to your surf program. Not only will you be experiencing countless benefits of yoga during your wellness retreat, but you can carry on your yoga practice at home and throughout your life. Our yoga classes are suitable for beginners through to advanced and our instructors will adapt classes to suit all abilities.
Although beginners will be learning at a gentle break, it’s important that you feel comfortable in the ocean. All our surfing happens in the ocean, close to shore. For a fulfilling and positive surf experience, we ask that our guests be competent swimmers and in reasonably good physical condition.
Here are some suggestions: several swim suits, sunscreen, running shoes, hat for sun protection, a dress for a night out, sandals, beach towel, yoga clothes, light comfy PJs, personal toiletries and a few light jumpers for the occasional cooler evening. Bath and pool towels are provided by the Byron at Byron and if you have chosen surfing as an activity option then a beach towel will be provided by our surf school.
While the facilities at the beautiful Byron at Byron will be shared with other guests both male and female, the Escape Haven team will continue to deliver the exclusive retreat experience we're known and loved for. This includes private yoga sessions and workshops in a private space, exclusive activities and private group table for meals.