Newrybar has top award
A LUXURY holiday property at Newrybar has won a national people's choice award, less than a year after it opened.
Toraja Luxury, on Old Byron Bay Rd, has taken first place in the Indulgence Category in the 2013 Stayz national awards, from a field of 4000 entrants.
"We are really happy and excited," said property owner, Sarah Connellan.
"To win an award where people vote for you shows us we're doing something right. People love the views here - we have a grand, panoramic view over rolling green hills to the ocean.
With quality furnishings and details, including fine bone china, cashmere throw rugs and an award-winning pool, Toraja Luxury offers top end, boutique accommodation. Most of their visitors are city-dwellers from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
"They want somewhere peaceful to relax, unwind, and enjoy the tranquillity," Ms Connellan said.
Research by Regus has shown almost half of Aussie professionals will try to fit in three hours of work every day while on holidays. One in 10 are "serious workaholics" who work more than three hours a day.
And plenty of others stay glued to their smartphones and tablets, with 37% checking their emails, making calls and attending to important work while on holiday.
That's why it is now essential for accommodation places to ensure they have wi-fi and phone signal.
"People want wi-fi to check emails ... they often bring their work with them," Ms Connellan said.
"We cater for that here at Toraja as well.
"People come here because they want to go some
where beautiful and quiet. Yes, they might sit by the pool with their laptop.
"In between times we are in a convenient location where people can explore nearby towns and beaches like Broken Head, Lennox Head, Bangalow and Byron Bay."