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The Absolute Best Accommodation In Byron Bay In 2024

By Urban List Writers

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 and one of the most famous beach towns in the world. 

Loved by celebs and locals alike, there’s a vibing food scene, amazing boutiques to give your credit card a workout 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 21 of the best accommodation spots in Byron Bay in 2024.

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Best Luxury Accommodation Byron

4 Fletcher Lane, Byron Bay Basq House

One of the best accomodations in Byron Bay, Basq House
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Basq House is a 32-room boutique hotel is inspired by Moroccan riads, with a temperature-controlled magnesium pool, a rooftop retreat, and stunning interiors. Generous rooms feature warm earthy tones and natural timber joinery for a relaxed mood. They are each equipped with HD TVs with Chromecast, Mr Smith toiletries, and a minibar stocked with Byron's best local produce. 

Common spaces include a library and lounge with original artwork, reading materials and Maybe Sammy bottled cocktails, a rooftop with self-guided yoga sessions, and Lekker push bikes, beach shades and surfboards, and dedicated share cars.

144 Bayshore Dr, Byron Bay Elements Of Byron

One of the best accomodations in Byron Bay, Elements Of Byron
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Perched right on the stunning Byron beachfront is the award-winning hotel Elements Of Byron. Boasting world-class facilities, including an adults-only pool fringed with cabanas, a sumptuous fine dining restaurant, and a dreamy spa, these digs are, without a doubt, one of the most luxurious getaways in Byron Bay.

After you’ve sipped cocktails by the pool, had drinks delivered to your private poolside cabana, or enjoyed an ice-cold bev at the Beach Club on the sands of Belongil Beach (yes, there are a lot of beautiful spots to have a drink), you’ll want to retreat to your private villas because they’re so stunning. There are eight luxury freestanding villa styles to choose from, ranging from one-bedroom villas perfect for couples to deluxe two-bedroom villas complete with a private bathhouse and fireplace—and yes the mini is stocked.

77/97 Broken Head Rd, Byron Bay Crystalbrook Byron

One of the best accomodations in Byron Bay, Crystalbrook Byron
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Tucked away on 45 acres of magical subtropical rainforest, Crystalbrook Byron is the luxury escape you’ve dreamt about. Boasting 92 private rainforest suites that are practically hidden among the treetops, you’ll feel a world away from your troubles as you soak in their ultra-deep bathtubs, sip a wine on your verandah overlooking the lush surroundings or meandering through the seemingly endless rainforest trails.

Each suite is designed as a mini home away from home… only much better. Everything has been meticulously designed to ensure nature is the star at Crystalbrook Byron and we love that this ethos is reflected in Crystalbrook's commitment to responsible luxury sustainability. Be sure to carve out some time to dine at the incredible onsite restaurant Forest, which celebrates sustainable, locally-sourced ingredients, transforming them into edible art on a plate. Eléme Day Spa is, hands down, one of the best spas we've experienced, and we also recommend topping your stay off with a dip (and drinks on repeat) in the 25-metre infinity pool, daily morning yoga and a sauna session.

4 Marvell St, Byron Bay Hotel Marvell

One of the best accomodations in Byron Bay, Hotel Marvell
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At Hotel Marvell, the boundaries between luxury and comfort meld harmoniously, inviting you to indulge in a one-of-a-kind stay characterised by opulence and tranquillity. Situated in the vibrant heart of Byron, Hotel Marvell is much more than five-star accommodation—it boasts Byron’s first rooftop pool and bar and an exquisite seafood-centric restaurant, Bonito.

Almost every detail of this architecturally designed hotel has been hand-crafted and selected to create an incomparable retreat—warm coastal tones are complemented by terracotta hues and blonde wood; greenery pops up throughout and the unique architecture encapsulates Byron’s vibrant yet laid-back essence. Each guest’s hotel stay is meticulously tailored and you can cater your five-star stay to your unique preferences.

11 Butler St, Byron Bay Swell Hotel Byron

One of the best accomodations in Byron Bay, Swell Hotel Byron
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Get acquainted with Swell Hotel Byron—a seriously luxurious new hotel in the heart of Byron Bay that is redefining the concept of boutique accommodation. Featuring 16 one-of-a-kind, custom-designed suites, Swell Hotel is a surf-inspired hangout grounded in art, food, and culture, making for a truly unique accommodation offering just moments from Byron Bay’s iconic coastline. 

Taking the bones of an iconic motorside lodge, The Swell embodies distinctive design and architectural considerations—interiors are a moody interplay of tone and light, where organic, earthy colour palettes meld with textured woods and lush velvets. So yes, it’s stunning. Immaculate interiors are matched with lush tropical gardens, while a marble-tiled pool neighbours a bar serving small batched cocktails and organic wines. A luxurious wellness space with a sauna and ice bath (at a chilly 5 degrees) invites youto truly disconnect during your stay.

20 Bay St, Byron Bay Beach Suites Byron Bay

One of the best accomodations in Byron Bay, Beach Suites Byron Bay
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Beach Suites Byron Bay has got 'luxury accommodation' written all over it; throw a pet-friendly offering in the mix and this beachfront property is setting a new standard for Byron Bay accommodation. As the only luxury beachfront property in Byron with private pools in every penthouse apartment and some studios, Beach Suites is a beacon of sophistication and relaxation. 

And it's not just sophistication and relaxation for human guests—the team knows that our fur babies are at the heart of joyful holidays, and dogs are treated as honoured guests (as they should be) with plush dogs beds, premium food bowls and everything they need to make their stay blissful. Take your pick from the meticiously designed penthouses, garden or beachfront studios and rest easy that you really can't go wrong here, as every room has been carefully curated to create a seamless blend of luxury, sustainability and tranquility.

17 Byron Creek Rd, Coopers Shoot Sun Ranch

One of the best accomodations in Byron Bay, Sun Ranch
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A pinnacle of creative collaboration, Sun Ranch is a picturesque 55-acre coastal estate in the Byron Bay hinterland, where guests can enjoy total privacy and incredible onsite experiences. Sun Ranch houses a five-room luxury guest house called The Rambler Longhouse, plus six two-bedroom barns.

From the curated interiors that blend ‘70s California Ranch nostalgia with Spanish influences, to the stellar event spaces dotted throughout the property and the inventive culinary experiences, Sun Ranch is something truly unique. The event spaces are simply sublime and a few of the most impressive include The Pool Club, a 25-metre hillside pool; The Field House, an outdoor dining space with Argentinian BBQ; and a wood-fired floating sauna. Oh, and you can also add on horseback riding, cacao ceremonies, astrology and sound healing.

6-8 Marine Parade, Byron Bay Raes On Wategos

One of the best accomodations in Byron Bay, Raes On Wategos
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A bit like the Chateau Marmont on Sunset Boulevard, every corner of this stunning hotel and spa could be torn from the pages of Vogue or a Sofia Coppola movie. From the sky blue loungers dotted around the pool to the wooden shutters, tropical garden, ocean views, and Mediterannean-inspired restaurant—every detail has been considered.

Suites are bright and breezy, fitted with large baths, luxury linen, and Lucy Folk-designed towels. If beachside, fashionable, and exclusive is your vibe—Raes is the place for you.

841 Fernleigh Rd, Brooklet The Brooklet

One of the best accomodations in Byron Bay, The Brooklet
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Unwind in the tranquil surroundings of a picturesque 125-acre oasis at Byron's newest luxury boutique accommodation, The Brooklet. The Brooklet stars six brand new villas—one and two bedroom villas, as well as a gorgeous three-bedroom house with elegant country charm. The villas are architecturally designed with high ceilings, expansive glass windows, indoor and outdoor fireplaces and luxury furnishings, offering a private and opulent getaway.

Treat yourself to a range of leisure activities with wellness facilities including a magnificent 25-metre mineral pool, a magnesium hot tub to soothe both body and mind, an infrared sauna to flush out toxins, a light- filled tennis court, and a gym. The Brooklet team also offers wedding and event planning (and why wouldn't you want to get married on such a beautiful property?) and a range of luxury events including distiller masterclasses, champagne and oyster degustations, yoga retreats and more.

28 Bangalow Rd, Byron Bay The Bower

One of the best accomodations in Byron Bay, The Bower
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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 luxury stays 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 its 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.

13 Marvell St, Byron Bay The Atlantic

One of the best accomodations in Byron Bay, The Atlantic
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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 boutique 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 pushbikes all for you to use for free—what more could you ask for? Trick question.

210 Frasers Rd, Mullumbimby Blackbird Byron

One of the best accomodations in Byron Bay, Blackbird Byron
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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, Blackbird 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.


Best Budget Accommodation Byron

23 Lawson St, Byron Bay The Surf House

One of the best accomodations in Byron Bay, The Surf House
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If you thought your hostel days were passed you, you’d be wrong, because The Surf House is one seriously stylish spot, complete with an 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 are 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?

80-86 Butler St, Byron Bay Glen Villa Resort

One of the best accomodations in Byron Bay, Glen Villa Resort
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Sprawled over 14 luscious acres, Glen Villa is primely 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 lowkey accom 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.

100 Bangalow Rd, Byron Bay The Sunseeker

One of the best accomodations in Byron Bay, The Sunseeker
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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, fire pit, and Tiki bar?


Best Group Accommodation Byron

75 Butler St, Byron Bay Barrel And Branch

One of the best accomodations in Byron Bay, Barrel And Branch
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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.


Best Airbnbs Byron

Federal Howling Wolf

One of the best accomodations in Byron Bay, Howling Wolf
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Keen for a Byron Bay glamping experience? Take a peep at Howling Wolf, a stunning 4-metre Lotus Belle tent set on 12 private acres, complete with sun deck, ensuite bathroom, and undercover kitchen with a gas stovetop.

Howling Wolf is located just outside of Federal village, about 20 minutes outside of Byron Bay proper—and being west-facing, gets some absolutely spectacular sunsets.

Nashua Temple Farm House

One of the best accomodations in Byron Bay, Temple Farm House
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A super private hacienda Airbnb set in the Byron Hinterland that sleeps up to nine guests, Temple Farm House oozes charm with a touch of global spice. With intimate outdoor areas for that stylish soiree complete with oversized outdoor troths to bathe in, this property is as authentic as it is stylish.

The added touches and detail are what makes Temple Farm House extra special, like the quirky handmade cubby house and chook pen. A magical place that embraces its natural surrounds and where you’ll often find kangaroos roaming the property, Temple Farm House is one of the finest Airbnbs in Byron Bay.

Tintenbar Paddock Hall

One of the best accomodations in Byron Bay, Paddock Hall
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Lovers of farm life, welcome to Paddock Hall, a blissfully small but modern guesthouse located in Tintenbar in the lush Byron Bay Hinterland. Praising open-plan design in support of rural views over the working macadamia nut farm, Paddock Hall provides the perfect getaway solution with its use of sustainably-sourced timbers, exposed beams, vintage claw foot bath on the veranda, tranquil pool, and a fireplace for chilly nights.

Rise, shine and inhale the fresh country air as you enjoy a breakfast catered by Newrybar’s Harvest (optional) or a wander to visit the resident sheep, goat, and chickens.

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