Waves. Wax. Wind. Whether you’re scrunching your toes in the sand, cruising the waves at The Pass or listening to the sounds of nature in the rainforest, Byron Bay is one of the most relaxing places to visit in Australia.
Forget the hipsters, Byron Bay is still the ultimate getaway – if you know where to look.
And while there’s nothing wrong with a dishevelled hostel or cheap Airbnb, these epic hotels and accommodation will lend a certain sheen to your stay that you’ll be sure to look back on fondly (money doesn’t buy happiness, but good memories sure can go a long way).
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These are the coolest hotels in Byron Bay, that serve as the ultimate springboard for surfing, swimming, eating, drinking, catching up with family, or simply relaxing.
The Byron At Byron
From the moment you arrive at The Byron, you’ll soon realise you aren’t alone: you share this resort and spa shares with the ravishing rainforest, jewel-coloured birds and butterflies. So why not make your own nest here, at this tropical retreat near Tallow Beach? If you don’t feel like making the gentle stroll down to the sand, The Byron’s glittering pool is shielded by trees and greenery, and backs onto an excellent restaurant and an award-winning spa. From the adjacent Deluxe Spa Rooms to the Superior Suites, The Byron has something for everyone from Honey-mooners to families (and even singles) looking to indulge.
28 Degrees Byron Bay
Barefoot luxury at its finest, 28 degrees Byron Bay allows you to soak up Australia’s easternmost point in comfort-drenched style. All rooms feature a king bed with organic linen, a private ensuite, air-conditioning, heating and wifi, which makes them as appropriate for a ‘babymoon’ (or honeymoon) as they are for ‘digital nomads’ looking to work in style. Whether you’re after a room with a private garden and plunge pool (for the ultimate relaxation experience) or a Main Master with lighthouse views, 28 degrees has something for you. Best suited to couples, this resort is a true oasis every city slicker needs in their life.
Aptly named Australia’s most unique beachside property, Halcyon House is a boutique stay to keep your eye on. Fashioned by Ana Spiro, an eclectic interior designer, Halcyon House is synonymous with antique furniture, fabric upholstered walls, luxurious king size beds and private balconies. Located right on Cabarita beach, about a 40 minute drive north of Byron (15 minutes south of the Gold Coast), this getaway epitomises the Australian coastal holiday spirit: welcoming, relaxed, comfy.
Raes On Wategos
An exclusive boutique retreat with a price to match, Raes on Wategos is a luxe Byron Bay stay in an even more luxurious beachfront setting. The perfect place for those who love to sunbake, read, swim and indulge in fine wine, Raes on Wategos has a spa, cellar bar, and secluded penthouse accommodation with breathtaking views. Bonus features include sunken baths, smart TVs and outdoor day beds.
Elements Of Byron
When it comes to luxury Byron Bay accommodation you know the drill: pool, spa, bar, beach. But The Elements of Byron takes it a step further, intertwining award-winning design with breath-taking nature. With eight deluxe free-standing villas set back mere metres from Belongil beach and creek, a stay here means indulging in facilities like unlimited in house movies, premium bedroom and ensuite accessories, and tailored full body spa experiences.
Nestled roughly 40-minutes away in Mullumbimby Creek, you’ll find Blackbird Byron, a luxurious bed and breakfast that puts you right in the heart of Byron hinterland. Rooms come in the form of a small collection of pavilions, each of which is capable of sleeping two people and each positioned to take full benefit of the expansive views on offer. With champagne and olives on arrival, wine & cheese boards and chocolates all included in the room price, a Magnesium infinity pool and acres of hinterland to go exploring in, Blackbird is the ultimate luxury retreat.
The Bower only received its naming in 2019 following a huge makeover of what used to be a former motel. The site now occupies a 14-suite – plus a barn, a cottage (which sleeps 10) and a family house – boutique hotel that is essentially a hybrid mash-up of a beachfront motel and New York-inspired boutique accommodation. Rooms are decorated with locally-sourced ornaments and products, such as I Love Linen bedspreads, to give them a premium, yet completely laid-back beach-chic vibe.
Elevation – Air BnB
Grab yourself a few friends and book yourself into the absolute palace that is Elevation. A short stroll away from the centre of Byron Bay town, Elevation comprises four bedrooms (sleeping up to 8), 3.5 bathrooms and its own pool and jacuzzi. It’s unequivocally modern in its aesthetic, with lashings of charcoal and white, along with several panes of floor to ceiling glass, and will serve as a hub for a relaxed (or not-so, as the case may be) stay in Byron.
Byron Bay Hotels FAQ
How much is a hotel in Byron Bay?
If you're looking for luxury, then a room in a five-star hotel in Byron Bay will cost you from around $400 per night. Expect these prices to rise a fair amount during peak season and depending on the amenities the hotel offers.
What Byron Bay hotels are best for couples?
While a vast majority of Byron Bay hotels will offer couples a relaxing and luxurious stay, hotels such as The Bower Byron Bay and Elements of Byron cater to couples specifically.
What is Byron Bay famous for?
Byron Bay is famous for being the easternmost point of mainland Australia and for being home to the Cape Byron Lighthouse, which is a prime spot for viewing sunsets and sunrises. It's also famous for its beaches, its laidback atmosphere and for being a hotspot for travelling backpackers.