The Byron,a swanky new development, sums up Woolacombe’s vibe. Due for completion in 2018, this complex of 55 flats is seeking to link itself to the Australian boho surf mecca Byron Bay, offering homes, a restaurant and a spa, all minutes from award winning golden beaches. Residents will no doubt number some “midlife crisis” surfers, who are drawn to the area in droves and can’t help dropping in on the pros’ waves. Learn tricks at Hunter Surf School, party at Marisco’s, the longest-running disco in the UK, and hang out — with everyone else — at the Red Barn bar and restaurant.
From The Sunday Times, 12 July 23rd 2017.