Byron Bay—those sweet sounding words that conjure up images of beachside bliss and stunning headlands. Globally renowned as the hip place to vacay (and star spot) in Australia—Byron has the wow factor nailed.
With an array of places to stay in the Bay, from beachfront camping to hinterland farms to swanky reinvented cottages to the classic beachside hotel-motel, we’re here to help you narrow down the search.
Look no further, these are the best Byron Bay hotels and resorts for your next escape.
Byron At Byron
Byron at Byron is as intimate as it is stylish. Surrounded by a lush thriving rainforest and nature walks, Byron at Byron is a tranquil paradise only a short drive outside of the Byron bustle. Known for its exquisite spa and award-winning restaurant that has housed many a talented chef, Byron at Byron also boasts a dreamy infinity pool that cascades over the rainforest. Want more? This hotel come wellness retreat offers complimentary yoga daily. Namaste.
Elements Of Byron
The larger kid on the Byron block, Elements Of Byron has quickly become one of the fave places to stay in the Bay. Located in the back bush surrounds of the industrial estate with Belongil Beach on the front door step, this is one glamour-filled resort. An Instagrammer’s dream with spacious villas set in 50 acres of native bush land, overhanging pool swings, bright orange hues, pop-up cocktail bar at the adult’s only pool and beach lounges around a sprawling lagoon pool—you get the picture. The resort has all the mod cons, from the exclusive day spa to conference suites to a top-notch restaurant and cocktail bar. While its earthy décor gives you a feeling of serenity; open plan lounges look out onto a supersized fire pit, complete with acoustic guitarist on hand, making this a top contender among the best accommodation in Byron Bay.
The name has a certain style to it and this luxury Byron Bay boutique hotel simply oozes charm. At The Bower, expect natural light-filled bathrooms and vintage windows, complimented by chic design lines created by a team of uber talented local designers. Family owned and run, The Bower has added a subtle uniqueness to the array of Byron Bay hotels on offer; with its own design flair it feels like a home away from home. Guests rave about the luxurious mineral pool, which is as inviting as it is soothing. The Bower is built on one of Byron Bay’s original beach properties and captures the essence of Australia, reminiscent of the beach motel days.
The catch phrase is stay, surf, style and that pretty much sums up The Atlantic. Home to four original Byron Bay beach cottages, this boutique hotel has its own unique charm and is set amongst a plethora of palm trees. Surfboards and driftwood signs adorn the walls, complete with a retro gunmetal airstream caravan and open fire pit—The Atlantic takes beachside quirk next level. Ideally located in the centre of town and next to a private reserve, this is the perfect place to chillax in your own private swimming pool and with full kitchen options onsite. The Atlantic is your home away from home and without question one of the best places to stay in Byron Bay.
The Lord Byron
An oldie but a goldie, The Lord Byron has recently undergone renovations and with a Hamptons-style refresh it’s looking pretty swish. Only a short walk to the main beach and high street shopping, this Byron Bay hotel is all about location, location, location. A mix and match of eclectic textiles and colourful, soft furnishings set this hotel apart; with its own unique style The Lord Byron is a long-standing accommodation institution in the Bay.
The Villas Of Byron
Tropical villas located in the heart of Byron for that luxury hotel stay, The Villas of Byron has it covered. Set amongst a natural rainforest, where the outdoors meets indoors, The Villas ooze exquisite detail. Here you’ll find private courtyards and mineral pools, pop-up chef dinners and signature pamper treatments available upon request. No stone is left unturned at this pristine property, priding itself on impeccable service and amenities; The Villas raises the Byron Bay accommodation bar.
Raes At Wategos
Reminiscent of a Spanish hacienda, Raes is to Byron as Icebergs is to Bondi. A stunning property that’s perched high above Wategos Beach, the slick rooms are styled to impress with pop art and textiles to suit. There’s an array of suites on offer, all with picturesque views and seaside breezes, while Raes at Wategos award-winning restaurant is inspired by fresh, local produce and the flavours of the Mediterranean. If that weren’t enough, there’s a beachside pop-up summer bar and plenty of lawn games to entice, with the Pacific Ocean as the backdrop. Bliss.
The Beach Hotel Resort
Known as the motel next door to the iconic Beach Hotel, this little beauty commands a beachfront position. Welcoming guests for over 25 years, The Beach Hotel Resort is steeped in history and overlooks the golden sands of the Bay. An ideal location with unsurpassed ocean views across the road, a central resort-style pool and large rooms; having the iconic “Beachy” right next door is perfect for families and provides a convenient pit stop on the way home. The Beach Hotel is an affordable and reliable choice for your next Byron Bay holiday.
Image credit: Hayley Williamson for Byron at Byron + Elements of Byron, The Bower, The Villas of Byron, Raes at Wategos