Byron Bay is an iconic destination for local and global tourists alike. A place seething with life, where you can get close to nature, delight in the surf culture and indulge in the finer things in life. It is where we call home and offers an unparalleled East Coast experience. From the rippling waves at the Pass to the tangerine sunrises from the Cape Lighthouse and getting up close and personal with the regional wildlife both at sea and on dry land; you will never be lost for something to do here. With myriad luxury accommodations to choose from, you can adventure in comfort and style.
The Sunseeker is an impeccable contemporary remodel of an 80s roadside motel. It has been curated through a nostalgic lens with a high-end boutique vibe from check-in to check-out. Consisting of a collection of boutique rooms and bungalow stays, you can lay poolside under the swaying palms with a pina colada for the whole retro holiday experience. The creative culture of the Sunseeker seeps through into every minor detail, and you can’t help but feel inspired from the moment you step foot through the iconic round red door into the lobby. This hotel is an amalgamation of delectable design and true character; everything is hand-picked, giving you a one-of-a-kind stay—the perfect place to slow down and soak it all in.
It is impossible to list elite accommodation in Byron without mentioning the legendary Raes on Wategoes. Its beachfront location is like no other, giving you a special slice of paradise. With a nod to Mediterranean-style living, it is a sea of white walls, blue loungers and Aperol spritz (divine, right?) Raes offers a selection of picture-perfect private suites that include views of the ocean, lighthouse and headland alongside regular sightings of the resident dolphin pods. Each room is carefully considered, with a beautiful balance of sophistication and laid-back living. The elegant restaurant and bolthole bar have ever-changing menus consisting of locally produced ingredients and modern Australian cuisine. You will be welcomed with immaculate service and a personalised stay every time at Raes - you know it's good when it is hard to leave!
Many people like to travel to Byron to get away from the hustle and bustle of city living and take the time to get back in touch with themselves; if that's the case for you, then look no further than Soma. Garry Gorrow and Peter Ostick designed soma’s unique retreat experience; together, they created a place of pure sanctuary. Located amongst the dense rainforest that borders Byron town, the extensive grounds of 22 acres provide an oasis to walk around and explore at your leisure. Teaching the art of mindfulness and meditation, Soma is about connection, calm and consciousness. Come to realise your potential and empower yourself with the knowledge to spiritually grow whilst surrounded by stunning facilities, including a freshwater infinity pool, idyllic treatment rooms, infrared saunas, yoga classes; the list goes on. For the real deal in retreat-style getaways, this is the place.
Suppose you like to be slightly out of town and prefer more private accommodation. In that case, Blackbird Byron Hotel is situated on an old banana plantation just outside Mullumbimby, a short drive from the centre of Byron Bay. This eco-luxe lodge is one of a kind and feels off the beaten track without having to go full bush. Experience the seclusion and exceptional closeness to mother nature whilst enjoying the luxury spaces curated by founder James Hudson. The individual pavilions are home to opulent and organic furnishings that blend seamlessly with the property's stunning landscape. Make the most of the ten-metre-long magnesium pool, personal massages and exclusive Blackbird tours of the encompassing area packed with fine dining destinations and local distilleries, the ideal escape!
Lastly, for somewhere in close proximity to town (four minutes drive to be precise) that goes the extra mile to accommodate your every need and desire, Cape Byron Retreat is a gorgeous property consisting of a main house alongside a selection of self-contained luxury studios. This adults-only location is designed for an all-exclusive vacation, with everything on your doorstep. Be close to the buzz of town, restaurants, national parks and pristine beaches, as well as the space to indulge in the green serene of the blissful hinterlands. Expect views across to Mount Warning, a complete spa and wellness centre and an expanse of luscious fields to complete the scene.