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The New Bathhouse in Mullumbimby

There’s a new bathhouse that’s opened in Mullumbimby in Northern New South Wales near Byron Bay.

The new bathhouse in Mullumbimby is an immersive bathing and dining experience to Mullumbimby

Banya has opened its doors as a modern experimental twist on a traditional European bathhouse. This new bathhouse will take you away to a new restorative space unlike anything else in Australia.

It’s the first of its kind, and being in the heart of Mullumbimby means, you are surrounded by some of the best natural landscapes Australia has to offer.

A Banya is originally a Russian steam bath with a wood stove and is considered of Russian culture.

The Banya Mullumbimby’s owner and local publican, Brenden Lawless, wanted to breathe new life into the space while preserving the original building. 

His strong local footholds, business acumen, and appreciation for old-world style have allowed him to bring this spectacular concept to fruition. 

Interior Designer, Mardi Borrack from Style Agenda, was commissioned for her background in the film industry and her experience in designing for specific periods — an

essential element to preserving the old bank’s history.

Local builders Swell meticulously transformed the building into a new era, honouring the building’s rich history while overlaying contemporary elements designed to inspire relaxation in style.

“In Europe going to the Banya is a social experience, it’s in their blood. While we might go to the pub or a restaurant, they’ll go to the Banya for a few hours: it’s food, its drinks, it’s

wellness and connecting”, says Brenden Lawless.

As an original concept here in Australia, The Banya exudes contemporary fun and traditional wonder. From possum footprints embedded in the 1920’s bricks and the original bank safes to hand-painted finishes by artisans and luxurious soft furnishings.

The goal, to become one of the go-to wellness locations for Australians to visit.

The Banya is headed up by General Manager, Carlee Bufalino – a well-known hospitality identity and former owner and operator of Tasca, Coolangatta.

The Bathhouse features a tiled lap pool, three large hot mineral pools, a wood-fired sauna, a steam room, and a cold plunge. There are 5 massage treatment rooms and a rooftop

sundeck for post-treatment relaxation.

After the Bathhouse, guests are encouraged to stay for a long lunch or enjoy a few drinks with friends. The on-site bar and dining are focused on casual refinement with small share

plates and nutritious staples. Wine, cocktails, and health elixirs round out the offering — designed to enhance the bathhouse experience.

For more information about The Banya, head to their website here:

This post is an unpaid guest post by The Banya.

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