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The Surf – relaxing lifestyle with a touch of sophistication

The Surf – relaxing lifestyle with a touch of sophistication

“They were looking for something that was relaxed and informal, but would also appeal to a sophisticated audience,” says King, pointing out the terrazzo floors that appear in the lobby, the staircase and in the guest suites.

“There’s something quite lovely about returning from the beach and walking to your room with bare feet, even with a little sand,” he adds.

The changing light through the brickwork on the stairwell walls also makes the return more memorable.

The architects created a relaxed atmosphere in each of the guest suites, which are located on the first and second levels.

Terrazzo floors, curved walls, blackbutt built-in joinery as well as loose furniture, create a beach feel, as do the exterior timber shutters than diffuse harsher light.


“At night, you can keep the doors open and allow the sea breeze to filter through,” says King.

Retractable, striped external awnings ensure rooms remain cool throughout the day.

Unlike the former hotel, The Surf has a large communal rooftop, with a swimming pool and garden, with the clear balustrades framing the pool ensuring unimpeded ocean views. Featuring chaise lounges, it is a perfect place to end the day.

On the rooftop’s south-east terrace there are generous lounge and seating areas that provide views over the heads and towards Pippi Beach.

Although larger towns such as Byron Bay have bespoke hotels, this is the first boutique-style lodging for Yamba, appealing to those looking for a point of difference, something intimate and one that feels as though you are coming home.

“Our clients have spent years coming to Yamba, meeting as a family over holiday periods. It just felt right when they decided to open a hotel here,” King says.

Stephen Crafti is a specialist in contemporary design, including architecture, furniture, fashion and decorative arts.

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