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A Touch of Luxe: Luxurious Boutique Retreats in Byron Bay

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As one of Australia’s well-travelled tourist spots, Byron Bay comes steeped in adventure and charm. From spiritual healing to hikes and wildlife trails, to buzzing culinary hotspots, this free-spirited beachside gem really has it all. Whether you want to relax atop the pristine sands or find your inner yoga zen, Byron is a haven of beauty and relaxation celebrated for its breathtaking seascapes and restorative powers.

But for those who want to escape reality with a few of life’s little luxuries, Byron has plenty of stylish boutiques, hotels and luxurious retreats tailored to both the spiritual and the indulgent. From whimsical Moroccan-style hideaways to spruced up Manhattan-inspired motels, take inspiration from our Insta-worthy edit of luxury hideouts in Byron, guaranteed to deliver on your next coastal getaway. 

Raes on Wategos

A tropical oasis tucked away in a quiet pocket of Byron Bay, this beautiful boutique comes with all  the trimmings. From its idyllic beachfront setting overlooking the glistening turquoise waters of Wategos Beach, to the wistful Moroccan-Mediterranean-style interiors – think monochrome muted palettes, obscure artworks, pops of greenery and rustic Sisal rugs – Raes on Wategos possesses a sense of earthly beauty that will instantly transport you to exotic faraway lands. 

And in this dreamlike wonder you shall stay – there really is no need to leave the premises. Everything at Raes is so carefully considered, we guarantee you’ll want to revel in all its understated glory.  

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Raes on Wategos

Special touches run throughout – you’ll find Aesop skincare products, sleep-inducing pillow mist and a selection of art and design books scattered inside every room – and the friendly staff go above and beyond to ensure every guest’s stay is nothing short of magical. 

Sprawl out by the pool on pink Lucy Folk beach towels, enjoy a massage at the spa, stroll down to the private beach, or book in a long lunch at Raes’ renowned restaurant. With an open-window framed view of the nearby beach, surrounding headland and famous lighthouse walk, it's one of Byron's biggest draws.

6/8 Marine Parade, Byron Bay

Starting at $700

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The Atlantic

When Sydneysiders Kim Amos and Steve Eakin made the move to Byron, they took over a collection of bayside cottages and transformed them into glamorous guesthouses oozing with coastal kitsch. Whitewashed boards and scattered surfboards add an element of retro surf-chic, but inside is a more modern affair with simple, sleek, minimalist interiors that really capture the essence of laid-back Byron living. The Atlantic is the definition of understated cool. 

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During the summer months, the glimmering pool beckons seductively, while the lush exotic gardens give you plenty of room to roam. For something a little different, try to book the kitschy American Airstream Trailer – it’s a real treat.

From $220 per night

13 Marvell Street, Byron Bay

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The Byron at Byron

There’s no denying that a trip to Byron is guaranteed to soothe the soul. But for anyone wanting to take their self-healing to the next level, a luxurious stay at The Byron at Byron will transport you to places you’ve never been before. 

A haven of tranquility, this secluded sanctuary is where wellness and luxury combine. Nature surrounds you at every corner, so even without the spa, yoga and mediation sessions, you’ll feel instantly grounded by the surrounding rainforests and wandering wildlife that come to nest under the canopy of Banglalow Palms. 

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The resort is sprawling, so even though there are 92 suites they’re so spread out and isolated, you’ll feel like you're in your own private residence. Suites are spacious and come with two outdoor decks – another chance to soak up the stunning natural surroundings – and for foodies, look forward to a fresh and elegant take on Byron’s regional produce, infused with a touch of Asian, modern Australian and European flair.

From $320 per night

77-97 Broken Head Rd, Byron Bay


The Bower

Redefining the concept of a no-frills Aussie motel, The Bower has pushed the boundaries of beachside boutique, bringing a touch of New York glamour to the laid-back bohemia of Byron Bay. Transformed from a retro ‘60s motel into a collection of chic contemporary abodes, The Bower effortlessly combines the essence of Byron with an edge of Manhattan urban cool. 

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Decked out in a cool palette of fresh, neutral tones and a minimalist design scheme, there are 14 suites, a secluded barn, quaint cottage and spacious family house to choose from. But for the ‘wow’ factor, book the Bower Barn. The freestanding bath exudes romance – a glass ceiling is positioned directly above, where guests can gaze up at the swaying palm trees by day and the twinkling stars by night.

From $170 per night

28 Bangalow Rd, Byron Bay

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Wategos Watermark

Boasting whimsical views of Wategos’ serene, tranquil beachfront, Watermark’s prime position guarantees a weekend of unadulterated – and undisturbed – relaxation. Particularly at night – the only thing standing between you and the beach itself are the stars and the soothing sounds of crashing surf swells. 

There are three stylish beach suites to choose from – one larger ocean view apartment and two stunning beachfront studios – as well as the private residence, with two master bedrooms and a twin room (sleeping six in total), or for larger groups, there’s an interconnecting door to the Ocean View Apartment. This has girls’ getaway written all over it. 

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Interiors are light, bright and airy with a beachy, coastal theme running throughout, and each room finished with a few luxe touches, like stone kitchen bench tops, marble-dripped bathrooms with Egyptian cotton bathrobes, and elaborate four-poster beds. But despite the dreamy interiors, the biggest draw is the sun-drenched patio, where you can enjoy an early morning breakfast overlooking Byron’s glorious gem of a beach. Let the smugness ensue. 

From $490 per night

29 Marine Parade, Byron Bay

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Elements of Byron

As the only beachside resort in town, Elements is the very definition of indulgence. Nature-inspired with a lavish dose of bling, this blissful sanctuary is one of Byron’s main draws. Beautifully designed eco-villas come surrounded by acres of lush rainforest and interwoven waterways, whilst glistening lagoon pools, white cabanas and pop-up taco vans provide endless respite. Cabins have private access to Belongil beach, and there’s also a swanky restaurant onsite along with a pampering day spa. Pure bliss.

Rates per night $380

144 Bayshore Drive, Byron Bay

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28 Degrees

An eco-conscious hideaway sprouting with lush greenery, 28 Degrees combines low key luxury with comfort, sustainability and effortless style. Inside this ultra-glam 1940s cottage – located just a stone’s throw from Byron’s bustling Jonson Street – you’ll be welcomed to the laid-back, barefoot vibes of Byron’s boho lifestyle. Cue swaying palm trees, beach-style whitewashed woods and gentle wafts of fresh sea air. The beach is just minutes away, along with access to many of Byron’s main boutiques bars, and cafés, but this stunning property demands all your attention. 

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Sleek interiors come courtesy of designer-owner Debbie, and her eye for style shines through in every room. Modern with a touch of boho charm, you’ll find on-point scatterings of Danish furniture, from Eames chairs to suspended pendant lights, amid a palette of crisp white, pastel pink and soft charcoal greys. 

Bedrooms are secluded and romantic, and if you’re feeling particularly indulgent you can request an in-room massage after a dip in the private plunge pool or long soak in the claw-foot bath. Local organic delicacies are served daily, but for a real treat, order the local-cheese platter with a glass – or bottle – of Champagne. 

Ayindi

For a group getaway, Ayindi’s luxury guesthouse ticks every box. Located above Clarkes Beach and The Pass, Byron’s world-famous surf beach, this sprawling beachside property sleeps eight in total and has plenty of space to really spread out. There are two open-plan livings rooms – one of which comes with a roaring fireplace for the cooler winter months – and the designer kitchen and dining space is geared up for the most lavish of dinner parties. 

Stroll down to the nearby beach, take a dip in the outdoor plunge pool or gather the troops for cheese, red wine and game time next the flickering fire. 

From $1300 per night

166 Lighthouse Rd, Byron Bay

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The Villas of Byron

Set against a breathtaking backdrop of lush coastal rainforest, The Villas of Bryon are a beauty unbeknownst. Impeccably styled and oozing with romance, this Byron bolthole is the ultimate in glam getaways. Relax in your own secluded, private oasis, these villas offer everything you could ever desire – from outdoor heated mineral pools and trickling waterfalls, to candlelit diners and pampering spa treatments – one night at The Villas and you’ll feel instantly revitalised.

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Choose from a beautiful selection of one or two-bedroom villas, each of them drenched in opulence – think heated marble floors and elegant bedrooms with lavish four-poster beds. Byron’s draws are literally on your doorstep, but when your bedroom opens up to a private tropical courtyard, you’d be forgiven for never stepping a foot outside. 

From $740 per night

19-23 Gordon Street, Byron Bay

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Bask & Stow

Discreetly tucked away just 10-minutes from Byron's buzzing dining and shopping strip, this bright and sunny guesthouse is all about style and simplicity. Laid-back and effortlessly chic, the casual beach vibe wafts through Bask & Stow as cool as Byron's fresh sea breeze. Towering palm trees, swaying hammocks and clusters of cacti bring a taste of coastal living, and there's a small plunge pool with umbrellas where you can cool down from the sweltering summer heat.

From $200 per night

40 Marvell Lane, Byron Bay

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