Byron Bay is a small coastal city on the northern edge of New South Wales, Australia. It is roughly an hour’s flight away from Sydney. The town is one of the most popular vacation and retreat destinations in Australia, widely known for its stunning beaches, natural attractions, and festivals. There are ample accommodations around Byron Bay and we have handpicked the 7 best luxury resorts and hotels that will give you the ultimate holiday experience.
- Raes on Wategos
- The Sunseeker
- Crystalbrook Byron
- Elements Of Byron
- The Villas of Byron
- Hotel Marvell
- The Bower Byron Bay
Raes on Wategos is one of the best boutique resorts and retreats in Byron Bay. It is located on the eastern edge of the town, near the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse. The resort is housed inside an elegant whitewashed villa built around the 1960s & 1970s, which looks like something you will see along the European coastline.
The luxury 4-star resort went through a major refurbishment in 2017 after ownership changes. The new interior looks extremely crisp and sophisticated with bespoke tiles and rattan furniture. Raes on Wategos offers just 7 exclusive suites and penthouses. They are each designed uniquely with plush bedding, marble floors, a sunken bath, a private balcony, a minibar, and complimentary internet access.
Besides, you will find a gorgeous free-form pool and garden inside the resort, rumoured to be designed by renowned Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dalí. If you want to further unwind and revitalize, feel free to head to the in-house day spa, which offers a selection of luxurious skin and body treatments.
The resort is also meticulous about its culinary experience. For instance, Raes Dining Room led by executive chef Jason Saxby specializes in modern Australian cuisine with a heavy Mediterranean influence. For more casual meals, you can head over to the Cellar Bar, which showcase an array of refined beverages and sophisticated light dishes.
The Sunseeker is a distinct luxury hotel located on the southern side of Byron Bay. The boutique hotel occupies an old brick building, formerly a motel back in the day. Inspired by the historic facade, the hotel brought back the 80s nostalgia with a reimagined twist.
With the help of different local artists, craftspeople, makers, and designers, the interior showcases a vibrant nostalgic charm alongside contemporary touches. You will find unique circular windows, chic furniture, pops of yellow & red, and everything in between.
The eclectic hotel presents 12 beautiful rooms and a couple of bungalows. They are each designed meticulously with bespoke furnishing. Many pieces are handcrafted specifically for the rooms. They also feature plush Sherman bedding, a private patio or balcony, Leif bath amenities, a TV, free internet access, and more.
Another notable highlight of The Sunseeker is its gorgeous kidney-shaped mineral pool, surrounded by ample daybeds and greeneries. You can also grab some cocktails or light bites at the tropical poolside bar. Besides, there is an in-house library with a curated selection of books and a playground that is perfect for kids.
Crystalbrook Byron is one of the newest luxury resorts in Byron Bay that opened in 2020. The 5-star resort is situated on the southern side of the town, calmly nestled in 45 acres of subtropical rainforest. The resort interior has been designed sophisticatedly. You will find ample use of beige and wooden hues that nicely echo the surrounding natural environment.
The resort offers 92 one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites, which are all very spacious with relaxing views of the rainforest. On the inside, you will find a king-size bed, a separate living area with a dining table, a TV with Staycast, a fully-equipped kitchenette, a laundry, and complimentary internet access.
The resort features a large swimming pool with lounge chairs and a pool bar located beside it. Grab a chilled drink and relax by the pool!! If you want to work out or break a sweat, you can also head to the in-house gym which has multiple machines. For meals, Forest, is an all-day restaurant that serves different dishes made from fresh local produce. You will also find a wide variety of drinks including mocktails, cocktails, beers, and wine.
Elements Of Byron
Elements Of Byron is located on the northern side of the town. It is one of the largest resorts in Byron Bay, occupying 50 acres of stunning beachfront property. Led by Shane Thompson Architects, the 5-star resort is designed meticulously to blend in with the nature. You will find a lot of trees, wooden materials, and earthy colour tones throughout the resort.
The luxury resort boasts 193 private villas ranging from studio villas to two-bedroom villas. They all feature sophisticated furnishing, king-size bedding, a work desk, Appelles-branded bathroom amenities, a TV, a Bose Audio system, and complimentary internet access. If you would like to cook, some villas are also equipped with a kitchenette or a full kitchen.
Besides, you will have access to a wide range of leisure facilities on-site. The most notable facility is definitely the lagoon pool in the center, surrounded by multiple day beds and cabanas. A cafe is also located beside, offering drinks and snacks.
You will also find an adult-exclusive pool with a swim-up bar for refreshments. Other facilities include a 24-hour gym, a beach lounge, a tennis court, a spa, a kid’s playground, and even a library. The activities inside the resort will be nothing short of eventful.
The Villas of Byron
If you are looking for more personal space to unwind, then The Villas of Byron the perfect accommodation for you. Unlike previous hotels and resorts, it comprises only villas, offering you the ultimate private experience. The 5-star resort currently boasts multiple one-bedroom and two-bedroom villas, each designed spaciously with great attention to details.
Each villa features their very own ceramic tiled mineral pool, heated spa, and courtyard. The interior is designed stylishly with a white, black, and wooden theme, complemented by modern furnishing. You will find everything you need inside the villa, including sumptuous king bedding, a fully-equipped kitchen, heated marble floors, a bath & an outdoor shower, a BBQ, a TV with Apple TV, a laundry, free internet access, and more.
If you don’t feel like cooking or heading out for dinner, The Villas of Byron team also provides in-villa dining services. You will find everything from luxurious breakfast hampers to three or five-course tasting menu prepared and served by your own personal chef.
Hotel Marvell is the newest hotel in Byron Bay that opened in August 2023. The luxury 5-star hotel is located in the center of the town, surrounded by ample shops and restaurants. Designed by Harley Graham Architects, the hotel is set inside a contemporary building made from concrete and burnt orange bricks.
The hotel’s 24 exclusive guest rooms and suites showcase a cozy bohemian aesthetic with sophisticated wooden furnishing across the interior. This is complemented by exposed concretes, timber floors, and white tiled bathrooms. Inside the rooms, you will find Bemboka & Eadie bedding, Leif toiletries, a smart TV, a minibar, a Nespresso machine, and free wifi.
The highlight of Hotel Marvell is none other than its stunning heated rooftop pool. The pool alongside the sundeck boasts a panoramic view of the beautiful coastline. Feel free to grab a chilled drink from the rooftop bar beside and soak up the views. For meals, you can head to Bonito on the ground floor, a modern restaurant that specializes in fresh seafood.
The Bower Byron Bay
The Bower Byron Bay is one of the best-designed resorts located near the center of the town. Inside the hotel, you will find a modern minimalistic aesthetic with ample white, black, and wooden hues being used throughout. The resort offers a range of unique accommodation options that cater to different needs.
From rooms for two to a cottage that can fit up to 10 guests, it got you covered. They all feature bespoke furnishing, plush bedding, Le Labo and Kevin Murphy toiletries, a smart TV with Chromecast, a Nespresso coffee machine, a gourmet minibar, and free wifi.
The centerpiece of the resort is its natural mineral pool surrounded by lush tropical gardens and lounge beds. On the side, you also find a garden bar serving an array of drinks and snacks. Besides, the resort offers a plethora of complimentary services. Feel free to grab a Lekker bike and explore the town or get a yoga mat and meditate in your room. If you want to further rejuvenate, head to the in-house spa for soothing massages and facials!
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