I often get asked about where to stay in Byron Bay so here’s my edit of the best boutique stays in the region!
When I travel, I like to stay in places that feel “personal” and reflect the place they’re in, as opposed to a big hotel chain. There aren’t a heap of options in the Byron area so below is my little black book of places that are boutique, stylish and relaxing…with a dusting of wanderlust!
Byron Beach Abodes: Luxurious, impeccably furnished, stylish houses and villas in the heart of Byron town, with close proximity to shops and beaches- all to yourself. When you’re after a home, rather than a hotel.
You’ll love these seriously stylish but relaxing boutique Byron beach houses and villas. Owner and interior stylist Taliah Lowry has impeccable taste and has furnished the houses beautifully, including a New York studio style abode with exposed bricks, timber floors and eclectic fittings (The Chapel), a beautiful light-filled restored cottage with original features, plunge pool and spa (The Cottage), Taliah’s own gorgeous 4 bedroom home (The House), and luxurious, tropical villas with lavish king beds, pool and garden (The Villas). So luxe! Clarke’s Beach and all the shops and restaurants in town are close enough to walk to, so it’s a good spot if you want to be in the centre of it all. www.byronbeachabodes.com.au
The Atlantic Byron Bay: Boutique hotel with individually styled guest rooms in white weatherboard coastal cottages, right in the heart of Byron. Think surf shack meets modern luxury…at an affordable price.
These gorgeous individually styled rooms feature private bathrooms with Aveda products, air conditioning, satellite TV and king beds with crisp linen. You can choose from The Tropical with a private deck overlooking palms, The Classic with an ocean inspired interior, The Simple with its cosier, surf shack feel (good if you’re spending most of your time out or in the surf), and for the ultimate hipster, The Airstream, an uber-cool luxe caravan fitted out with kitchen, dinette, ensuite and double bed. The Atlantic provides towels for the beach, space for surf boards and a lap pool for washing off the saltwater. Moments from cafes and restaurants in Byron town. www.atlanticbyronbay.com.au
The Atlantic Byron Bay
Halcyon House: Perched on Cabarita Beach, this newly renovated beachfront boutique hotel is one of the most stylish in the country (really), with a stunning Hamptons-style interior fit-out that will make you want to redecorate your house.
Press the pastel shirt and Camilla kaftan and sashay into Halcyon House, an immaculately renovated retro beachside hotel on Cabarita Beach, about 30 minutes drive up the coast from Byron. The lobby itself is a menagerie of blue and white cushions, bespoke fabric wallpaper and cane chairs, with each room also individually styled by interior queen Anna Spiro. The attention to detail is really impressive. If you can tear yourself away from instagramming everything, lovely pale blue bicycles await should you fancy a seaside ride, otherwise you can cool off in the hotel pool or beautiful Cabarita Beach directly in front of the hotel. Halcyon’s restaurant Paper Daisy is headed up by former Esquire chef Ben Devlin, with a breakfast worth setting the alarm for. Go on, treat yourself. www.halcyonhouse.com.au
Rae’s on Watego’s:Overlooking the famous Watego’s beach and nestled amongst Byron’s most decadent mansions, this iconic boutique hotel has been a luxury getaway for rockstars and millionaires for over twenty years.
With only seven rooms, staying at Rae’s is more like visiting a wealthy friend’s villa rather than a hotel. The rooms are bohemian inspired with Moroccan/Balinese furnishings and tiles, juxtaposed with modern David Bromley paintings. The boutique spa is one of the best in the region and the place to go for facials by renowned celebrity therapist Marionne de Candia. Long lunches and cocktails await in the restaurant, with the beach and famous lighthouse walk moments away. Just don’t forget the dark shades and kaftan. www.raesonwategos.com