Ewingsdale Travel Guide
When your advertising uses enormous letters to announce yourself as "The most opulent accommodation in Byron Bay", you've either got to live up to it or get out of the business. The Palace on Magnolia in trendy Byron Bay, north of Sydney, hasn't even opened yet (December 9 is the date) but its publicity machine is working overtime.
By this new boutique guest house's own description, it's
a luxury resort reminiscent of the glory days of The Raj when the sahib played polo, the memsahib played croquet and Britain's flag flew over her Indian empire ... The Palace on Magnolia takes its guests to a level where luxury and service are without equal. Only the polo ponies and the croquet mallets are missing.
But despite harking back to the days of the Raj, rooms and suites at the Palace on Magnolia are also fully equipped with mod-cons, like wireless internet access, air-conditioning, DVD players, stereos and plasma TVs. The cheapest rooms in off-peak season start at $230, and the luxury Pavilion at peak will cost $470; all not too bad if it really lives up to the hype.
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