Byron Bay has everything you might want from a beach holiday. You have stunning crystal clear beaches, a creative food scene, a bustling shopping strip, breathtaking natural attractions and most importantly top-notch accommodation.
It has well and truly shrugged off its hippie vibe and is now known as a place that offers respite, without ever compromising on convenience or luxury. Here's our list of the very best places to stay in one of Australia's most sought-after destinations, that will leave your Instagram followers ridiculously jealous!
I first came across this super stylish property on Instagram (of course) and from the hours spent scrolling through their beautiful feed dreaming of when I visit for real, I know this stunning property definitely belongs on this list.
The Atlantic is run by couple Kimberly Amos and Stephen Eakin, who redesigned a collection of weatherboard cottages into a gorgeous boutique hotel. You can choose between four different room types, with each one offering a different sense of style. You also have the quirky, yet brilliant airstream caravan on site for those that crave that gypsy lifestyle, without sacrificing on luxury.
Wooden pathways sheltered by palm trees lead you to the various cottages, each possessing its own distinctive style. Communal living areas and kitchens allow you to feel more at home and even the option to socialise with other guests, while adjacent patios attached to the rooms give you your own private spot ideal for relaxing in peace, enjoying an outdoor shower oasis or getting stuck into a good book.
If you are keen to join the locals for a surf (5 min walk), upon entry to the property, you’ll find a large shack stocked with surfboards for loan-outs.
Elements of Byron
Six years in the making, Elements of Byron is a luxury beachfront resort that sits on the shores of pristine Belongil Beach.
Lauded for its design, eco values and ultimate luxe appeal, Elements of Byron boasts 103 private villas and 65,000 native trees dotted across 22 hectares, which helps to create a rainforest-meets-the-sea paradise.
The masterpiece of this wonderful resort is without question, the enormous 850,000-litre infinity lagoon pool, which is surrounded by bures, settees and hanging lounges.
If you are all about complete rest and relaxation when on holiday, then why not book yourself a treatment at the magical Osprey Spa or a bit of sunrise youg. However, if you are the more adventurous action type, then choose between horse riding, surfing, kayaking or some beach volleyball.
Rae's on Wategos
The boutique resort, spa and restaurant in Byron Bay, which opened in 1994, has been transformed under the ownership of the Catalano family, who bought the property in 2014.
Fresh from a recent upgrade slash rebirth, Rae's on Wategos is the ultimate place to unwind in Byron Bay. Perched above Wategos Beach, the Spanish Mission-inspired mansion's return to cool splendour is well and truly complete.
The new look is refreshing and paired back, which compliments the arched windows, stone flooring and light-filled interiors. The makeover extends to all seven resort rooms, including two penthouses and a villa.
If you can snare yourself a few nights at this wonderful oasis, don't you dare leave without booking a table at the al fresco restaurant headed by chef Guy Skinner-Hutchison, where you can dine on signature seafood plates such as spanner crab salad with pea, mint and fennel.
Bask & Stow
Perfectly positioned a short 5-minute walk to Byron's beautiful beaches and the main part of town, Bask & Stow is a local family-owned boutique that should not be missed when looking for a luxury coastal escape.
This bright and sunny guesthouse is all about style and simplicity. The four self-catering suites have been tastefully styled with reference to mid-century design, all things Palm Springs and luxury coastal living.
A few days stay at this little piece of paradise hidden in the back streets of Byron Bay will leave you feeling refreshed and revived.
The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa
Sometimes referred to as "honeymoon central", The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa is an intimate environment set amongst a 45-acre subtropical rainforest.
The large inviting reception area is built around trees, and its long, narrow design places the restaurant at one end, the spa and gym at the other, with a beautiful pool on the edge of the rainforest.
Boardwalks through the forest lead to the 92 suites, built in blocks of four. Every single suite is beautifully styled and self-contained offering that ideal balance between luxury and purity.
This resort creates a rare sense of separation and isolation, which allows you to completely relax and unwind amongst all the creature comforts you could want.
Azabu Retreat and Spa
Nestled within five acres of lush hinterland on the edge of Byron Bay, Azabu is a unique getaway-for-grown-ups, where Zen-inspired design produces a soulful and tranquil environment.
The rooms reflect the authentic Japanese Shoji style, whilst bi-fold doors open onto your very own private outdoor space. During your stay, you can enjoy the tropical pool, heated spa, sauna and an exclusive on-site Day Spa, where you can indulge in relaxing and rejuvenating treatments.
Wander through the groomed forest to one of several private platforms for yoga, reflection, meditation or to just to breathe in that fresh forest air.
Azabu is the ideal retreat for singles that want to get away from it all and for couples who want to treat themselves to a romantic getaway.
20 minutes north of Byron’s centre at Cabarita Beach you’ll find Halcyon House and trust me when I say, you won’t want to leave.
Guests can spend their day’s poolside sipping cocktails, dining in the gorgeously fitted out award-winning restaurant Paper Daisy, relaxing at Halcyon spa, or enjoying one of Halcyon’s 21 uniquely designed rooms and suites.
No two rooms are the same; textiles, antiques, art and furnishings have been sourced from all over the globe. Every bathroom is fitted with English tapware, marble vanities and handmade tiles for ultimate luxury.
This refurbished 60s surfer motel is a feast for your eyeballs and without question one of the best and most instagrammable luxury hotels in Australia and definitely one to add to the bucket list.
So there you have it, 7 of the very best places to stay at one of Australia's most popular destinations. Just be warned, after a few days at any of the above properties you might just struggle to head back to reality!