The Absolute Best Accommodation In Byron Bay In 2023

By Urban List Writers
26th Sep 2023

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 2023.

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Best Luxury Accommodation In Byron Bay 

Elements Of Byron

elements of byron bay pool
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 sumptous 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's alot 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. Book your stay here

Hotel Marvell

a rooftop pool at a byron bay hotel

At Hotel Marvell, the boundaries between luxury and comfort meld harmoniously, inviting you to indulge in an 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 can cater your five-star stay to your unique preferences. Book here.

The Swell

the swell byron bay

Meet The Swell: a seriously luxurious hotel in the heart of Byron Bay which is redefining the concept of boutique accommodation. Featuring 16 one-of-a-kind, custom-designed suites, The Swell is a surf-inspired hang out 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 ensures guests truly disconnect during their stay, offering a range of stress-relieving treatments. Book here.

Sun Ranch

sun ranch pool byron bay

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. Book here.


a view from a luxe byron bay airbnbIf your wish list includes acres of tranquil forest, a freshwater infinity pool, a geodesic yoga dome, wellness add-ons, and a little notoriety by way of featuring in a star-studded TV series—you’ll want to take a look at Soma. Yes, if it looks familiar, this stunning Byron Bay retreat was the backdrop for Nine Perfect Strangers. Set on 22 hectares of rolling green hills and lush bamboo forest, Soma is a quick 10-minute drive from the centre of Byron, boasting maximum hinterland privacy.

In real life, it is a wellness retreat run by technology entrepreneur Peter Ostick and sought-after wellness and meditation practitioner Gary Gorrow. As well as its wellness facilities—the infinity pool, yoga dome, fire pit, zen garden, infrared sauna, and magnesium ice bath—there are 10 luxury guest rooms, each fitted with a king-size bed and rain shower. Book your stay here

Raes On Wategosraes on wategos white interior

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. Book your stay here

The Brooklet

a byron bay luxury accommodation with a large pool

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. Book here.

Crystalbrook Byron

the interior of crystalbrook byron bayNestled 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 into 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

The Bower

the dark interior of a luxury hotel roomInspired 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. Book your next escape here. 

The Atlantic 

aerial view of a Byron Bay hotel poolWith 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. Book your stay here. 

Blackbird Mullumbimbythe pool at a luxury, Moroccan-style hotel

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. Treat yourself by booking right here.

Best Budget Accommodation In Byron Bay

The Surf House

two people walking in front of The Surf House in ByronIf 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? Book your trip here

Glen Villa Resort 

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 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. 

The Sunseeker 

poolside beds at a Byron Bay hotelPaying 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? Book your stay here

Best Airbnbs In Byron Bay

Howling Wolfa glamping tent in Byron Bay

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. Book your stay here

Temple Farm Housea luxurious wood-toned Byron Bay airbnb

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. Book your stay here

Paddock Halla pool on a Byron Bay farm

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. Book your stay here

Byron Beach Getaway

If you want to stay in Byron with an exorbitant price tag, Airbnb Rooms might be your answer. Airbnb has recently unveiled this new feature, which allows you stay in a private room with an Airbnb owner, at a fraction of the cost. 

This Byron beach getaway is hosted by couple Nikki and Andrew, and you'll sleep in a private room with a queen bed, TV, mini fridge and Wi-Fi. Relax in the sunlit shared outdoor space and play with the two friendly house dogs, or wander to the Byron General Store, just 600 metres away. Book here.

Best Group Accommodation In Byron Bay

Barrel And Branch

a white Byron Bay airbnb with large poolOozing 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

The Kingsleya black outdoor bathtub

Located just ten minutes from the vibrant main strip of Byron Bay (and just 50m from the famous Top Shop cafe), this luxurious Airbnb can sleep up to 10 people. With a charcoal colour palette, The Kingsley blends coastal cool with industrial chic.

There are five 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

Magnolia Housewhite Byron Bay airbnb with large backyard

The name alone should be enough of an indication of how damn cute this place is. The four-bedroom Byron Airbnb (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 a saltwater 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

Image Credit: Hotel Marvell, Jesse Prince, Sun Ranch, Soma, Raes On Wategos, Crystalbrook, Elements of Byron, The Bower, The Atlantic, Blackbird, The Surf House, Arvin Prem Kumar for The Sunseeker, Temple Farm House, Paddock Hall, Barrel and Branch, The Kingsley, Magnolia House

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