Considering Byron Bay is apparently the hottest spot on the entire map of Australia right now, it's only fitting that the hordes of tourists looking to take a load off in the easterly beach town will need fitting accommodation. While the ever-growing town centre is filled with motels, holiday rentals and relatively charming campsites, we're turning our attention to the slightly more bespoke experience. Below, find our tried and tested recommendations for where to stay in Byron Bay.
When it comes to the Piece de resistance of boutique hotels, Rae's on Wategoes is the obvious choice. Situated on the front lawn of the forever sacred Wategoes beach, at the foot of the Byron Lighthouse, the picture of Raes is why people travel to Byron Bay in the first place. For those looking for a five-star stay to remember, Raes is where you'll find it.
Just three kms from the town centre, nestled amongst the constantly developing industrial estate, lies St Agni's concept accommodation, Apartamento Byron Bay. Based on the brands 'Less is More' ethos, find serenity at Apartamento with two bedrooms, an ensuite bathroom, and a fully equipped kitchen.
Right in the thick of it, on Bangalow Road sits The Bower, a stylish modern residence, a perfect retreat scenario for group stays. The entire compound features options for singles and smaller groups, all sticking to a similar scheme of serenity and calm amid the bustle of townspeople and tourists.
Another gem on Bangalow Road is Joints in Byron, a family-owned compound out of everyone's holiday dreams. Small yet spacious shacks sit alongside each other, tucked behind town. The entire experience at Joints is one to remember, with artists in residence (this month is Sydney ceramicist, Ryan Der, teaching classes), and group dinners with renowned guest chefs, you're likely to get more than a good night's sleep out of a visit to Joints in Byron.
A never-fail classic. The Atlantic is a congregation of rooms situated in a nautical-style residence in the heart of Byron Bay, within moments walk to some of the most popular dining options the town has to offer, let the calm of the Atlantic, equipped with everything one might need for a relaxing stay, lull you into the Byron state of mind.
Perhaps the most expansive of accommodation offerings is the Elements of Byron, placed towards the ocean-side of the industrial estate, this sprawling luxury hotel is equipped with five-star eco-lodges, an expansive pool exclusive to adults, and likely a celebrity or two.
A haven, just outside of Byron's centre, lies Sunseeker. Offering rooms and bungalows, Sunseeker offers 80s motel nostalgia in an elevated and cozy way. It's the perfect place to stay for the conscious traveller looking for a boutique experience with some character.
Located in the sleepy town of Brunswick Heads, about 20 minutes outside of Byron Bay by car, Chalet is in the perfect area to still feel like you're in Byron Bay, without the swarms of tourists. It's peaceful, located near a few gorgeous beaches of its own. Hot tip: If you ever find yourself in Brunswick heads on a warm day, treat yourself to Natural Ice cream from the cart. Check their opening times on their Instagram.
This guesthouse is situated in the secluded town of Tintenbar. Owned by husband and wife, David and Jane Fewson, the cabin is designed and built in Alpine-style timber. It has a fourposter king-sized bed and a timber verandah. There is also an outdoor clawfoot bath that stands on the Yalbarubah, which means “place of healing” in the local Aboriginal language of the Bundjalung people.
Another great pick for Brunswick Heads, the guesthouse of the same name has some lovely offerings. With 18 minimalist, earth-toned rooms, great restaurants and the river a stone's throw away, you can get anything you need within about five minutes. It also has a kidney-shaped saltwater pool to lounge around. Have a Stone & Wood or natural Jilly wine and relax the day away.