When it comes to the dream seaside escape, it doesn’t get much better than Byron Bay. Nestled between the sparkling azure waters of world famous surf beaches and lush, rolling hinterland, it’s the absolute gem in Northern NSW’s crown.
Loved by celebs and locals alike, there’s a vibing food scene, amazing boutiques to give your credit card a work out and of course, stunning natural beauty aplenty. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to book that trip. From luxury stays to budget escapes and everything in between, here is our guide to the best accommodation in Byron Bay.
Best Luxury Accomodation In Byron Bay
Nestled in 45-acres of magical subtropical rainforest, Crystalbrook Byron is the luxury escape you’ve dreamt about. Boasting 92 private rainforest suites, you’ll feel a world away from your troubles as you soak in their ultra deep tubs, have a wine on your balcony overlooking the lush surroundings or you can vege out in the spacious lounge. Each suite is designed as a mini home away from home… only much better. Be sure to carve out some time to dine at the on-site restaurant, Forest, which celebrates sustainable, locally-sourced ingredients, transforming it to edible art on a plate. There’s also a luxe spa and huge pool for you to cool off in too. Book your sweet stay here.
Elements Of Byron
Perched right on the stunning Byron beachfront is award-winning hotel Elements Of Byron. Boasting world-class facilities, including an adults-only pool fringed with cabanas and a dreamy spa, these digs are absolutely one of the most luxurious getaways in Byron Bay. After you’ve sipped cocktails by the pool, or on your sun lounge on the sand, you’ll want to retreat to your private villas because they’re so stunning. There are eight luxury freestanding villas to choose from, complete with freestanding bath and fireplace—and yes the mini is stocked. Book your stay here.
Inspired by New York’s boutique hotel scene and meshed seamlessly with the Northern Rivers laid back beach vibes, The Bower is absolutely one of the best hotels in Byron Bay. Choose from a king room, studio, or even a whole house and you’ll be ‘gramming every single inch of these swanky digs. Each option has their own style but think: rich dark cabinetry, sheer linen curtains, freestanding tubs, limestone floors and reclaimed timber beams. And to top it all off, The Bower’s home to an award-winning circular mineral pool and a garden bar, slinging poolside cocktails daily. Book your next escape here.
With four original Byron Bay cottages right in the heart of town, consider The Atlantic your dreamy home away from home. Filled with all the luxury creature comforts you’d want from a five-star hotel, but with the attention to detail and warmth of a cosy home, you won’t want to leave this slice of paradise. There’s a lap pool and lush lawns fringed with palm trees to soak up the sun, a fire pit, plus McTavish surfboards, umbrellas and push bikes all for you to use for free—what more could you ask for? Trick question. Book your holiday at one of Byron Bay’s best boutique stays here.
Nestled up in the Byron Bay hinterland (read: expect epic views), this luxury, adults-only retreat is ideal for a romantic getaway. Set on 28 acres of lush rainforest, this private paradise features touches of Palm Springs and Morocco, whilst still paying homage to the Aussie landscape. The pavilions are thoughtfully fitted out with modern luxuries, designed to ensure you unwind and zen out. Think: private deck, polished concrete floors and king beds with Egyptian cotton linen. While it’s tough to leave your cosy retreat, achieve peak holiday mode in the sauna or get comfy on a daybed by the 10-metre mineral magnesium infinity pool where you can watch the mountains meet the sea. Treat yourself by booking right here.
Best Budget Accomodation In Byron Bay
The Surf House
If you thought your hostel days were past you, you’d be wrong, because The Surf House is one seriously stylish spot, complete with Byron Bay’s first and only open air rooftop bar. Located just two streets back from Main Beach in the heritage-listed Byron Council Chambers building, The Surf House effortlessly combines the building’s original architecture with modern design to bring guests a one-of-a-kind accommodation experience. There’s private queen rooms with balcony, ensuite and even ocean views—plus shared rooms that can accommodate anywhere from four to eight sleeping heads. And did we mention there’s a range of surfboards for you to borrow for free? Book your trip here.
Glen Villa Resort
Sprawled over 14 luscious acres, Glen Villa is perfectly located between Byron’s famous beaches (just 500m away) and bustling town (350m away). With private tropical gardens and a saltwater pool that is just asking you to lounge next to it with a good book, this beauty has all the creature comforts you need, without the price tag. Choose between deluxe cabins, cosy cottages and colourful beach huts featuring comfy beds, flat screen TVs and free WiFi. The best bit? All the cash you’ll save on your accommodation can now be spent on delicious cocktails. Book Glen Villa Resort here.
Paying homage to the blissed out vibes of the 80s, this sun-drenched motel is the place your gram-worthy dreams were made of. Blending modern design with nostalgic touches, you can choose between spacious rooms (Standard, Sunseeker or Family) or one of their uber charming bungalows. Fitted out with luxuries you wouldn’t expect from a budget-friendly option, think: recycled Italian terracotta tiles, bamboo bedding and Sherman mattresses, you’re going to want to check in here stat. Oh, and did we mention there’s an onsite library, a mineral pool, cabanas, firepit and Tiki bar? Book your stay here.
Best Group Accommodation In Byron Bay
Barrel And Branch
Oozing coastal vibes, this chic bungalow is perfect for up to six sleeping heads. Just a short stroll from the sparkling azure waters of Byron Bay’s famous beaches, this open-plan property is what holidays are all about. With a sun-drenched deck framed by palm trees, it’s the perfect place for sipping a crisp drink. Cool off in the summer months in the pool and then take the short stroll into town where all of Byron’s incredible foodie scene is at your disposal. Let the holiday planning begin. Book Barrel and Branch right here.
Located just 10 minutes from the vibrant main strip of Byron Bay (and just 50m from the famous Top Shop cafe), this luxurious house can sleep up to 10 people. With a charcoal colour palette, The Kingsley blends coastal cool with industrial chic. There’s five newly renovated bedrooms (all with private ensuites), so you and your friends or family can spread out. There’s also an ozone pool, multiple lounge rooms, a large rumpus room plus beautiful outdoor spaces designed for indoor-outdoor living. If you like to entertain, the kitchen is equipped with luxury Miele appliances. Book your stay here.
The name alone should be enough of an indication of how damn cute this place is. The four-bedroom home (which sleeps up to eight guests) was made for blissed out holidays. With polished wood floors, crisp white walls and exposed brick, you’ll never want to leave these stylish digs. There’s a spacious living-dining room connected to the terrace through Bi fold doors, plus a private garden with salt water pool and a sun area with deck chairs. There’s also an indoor fireplace for cosy nights and a pool table should you want to set up a game or two. And for those nights when you want to stay in and cook up a storm from Byron’s local producers, the open plan kitchen has Bosch appliances too. Book your stay here.
This grey weatherboard house is so stylish you might just want to redesign your whole home around it. Set amidst the treetops in a quiet position in Byron’s Golden Grid, just a few minutes walk to Clarke’s Beach and the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse walking track, The Cabin can sleep up to four guests. Here’s it’s all about the thoughtful design touches. Think: a sleek three-storey lime-washed spiral staircase, a media bunker with French linen-covered built-in feather sofa, a French Oblica fireplace, a black Apasier bath and outdoor showers. But perhaps our favourite part? The horizon edge pool with the bush backdrop. You know what to do, book yourself a stay at The Cabin now.
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