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Byron Bay, Australia: Best luxury hotels

By Faye Bradley 17 November 2021

Header image courtesy of Raes o Wategos

Byron Bay’s beachside location provides an abundance of coastal hotels and resorts to sit back and embrace the sun. The charming region reins in visitors from all over, including city folk and overseas tourists. With its eco-friendly approaches, the region embodies the sustainability lifestyle, offering everything from alternative therapies to organic food at some of its farmhouse-like restaurants. Here are some of our favourite luxury hotels in Byron Bay to indulge in.

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Raes on Wategos

An exclusive, world-renowned boutique hotel, Raes on Wategos overlooks Wategos beach, a more intimate beach to its infamous Byron main beach. Decked in Mediterranean furnishings and interiors, the hotel offers an elegant, opulent holiday in an exceptionally private space. Guests can expect all the benefits of a five-star luxury hotel, from its personalised service to its pristine beachfront location. The idyllic retreat features an in-house Moroccan-inspired spa, offering a range of holistic treatments to rejuvenate and revitalise. Named Raes Spa, the space comprises the most indulgent, high-quality spa remedies in a secluded atmosphere. There are two dining options—the Cellar Bar and the Dining Room. Both al fresco, gourmands can embrace the cool beach breeze while dining in bliss.

Raes on Wategos, 6–8 Marine Parade, Byron Bay NSW 2481, Australia | (+61) 2 6685 5366

Atlantic Byron Bay

Run by couple Kimberly Amos and Stephen Eakin, Atlantic Byron Bay is a refurbished boutique hotel converted from a collection of cottages. There are only four guesthouses at this sandy getaway, offering perfect seclusion in a luxury space. The beach and cafés are only footsteps away from its location, surrounded by swaying palm trees and the crisp ocean breeze. Reminiscent of surf shack vibes, the hotel is updated with local art adorning the walls and premium amenities in the rooms. Wake up to breakfast at the gourmet restaurant for a taste of the finer things in life.

Atlantic Byron Bay, 13 Marvell Street, Byron Bay NSW 2481, Australia | (+61) 2 6685 5118

The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa

Nestled within a tranquil 18-hectare rainforest, The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa offers a restored balance between five-star luxury and top-of-the-range service. Set only footsteps away from the beach, the hotel features 91 suites (being an all-suite property), a multi-award-winning day spa, and an exotic restaurant overlooking the rainforest. All suites include a picturesque deep soak bathtub, a gallery kitchen with a dining table for four, an L-shaped lounge, a California King bed, an LED TV with Foxtel and Movielink, and two verandahs in all rooms. There are three suites to choose from—the Standard Suite, the Superior Suite, and the Deluxe Spa Suite. For a relaxing holiday, guests can explore the on-site restaurant, the day spa, the infinity pool, and the sauna for some well-deserved R&R.

The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort, 77–97 Broken Head Road, Byron Bay NSW 2481, Australia | (+61) 2 6639 2000

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28 Degrees Byron Bay

Eco-conscious 28 Degrees Byron Bay hotel is a barefoot luxury experience, located just minutes away from the iconic Main Beach. A luxury guesthouse with a homey feel, the four-room hideaway comprises healthy breakfasts, in-room massages, and a photo-worthy private plunge pool. Each impeccably styled room is surrounded by tropical greenery. Guests can explore the nearby restaurants and bars at the hotel’s doorstep for a true taste of Byron Bay’s hospitality.

28 Degrees Byron Bay, 12 Marvell Street, Byron Bay NSW 2481, Australia | (+61) 2 6685 7775

The Bower, Byron Bay

Discover a world of understated boutique luxury at The Bower, Byron Bay, where Australian beach style is reinvented to align with the ambience of Byron Bay. Inspired by effortless New York elegance, the beachside hotel is a relaxed, palm-filled establishment featuring a unique range of rooms to cater to every traveller. Guests can add on gourmet hampers during their stay for a relaxing picnic by the beach or in the countryside. The hotel houses a spa for revitalising and reinvigorating the senses, with services including full-body massages and private yoga sessions. Mobile surfboard hires, babysitting services, and airport transfers are all available upon request to ensure you have everything you need for a comfortable stay.

The Bower, Byron Bay, 28 Bangalow Road, Byron Bay NSW 2481, Australia | (+61) 2 6680 9577

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Faye Bradley


Faye Bradley is a freelance writer based in Hong Kong, covering topics in travel, wellness, F&B, and the arts. As the editor and business development executive for Cha Siu Papers Times and Compare Retreats, Faye has experience in writing predominantly about luxury travel and well-being. With a keen eye for finding hidden gems, exploring new destinations, and tasting best-of-the-best cuisines, she continues to pursue her love for writing about travel and visiting remote lands. You can find her by the pool with a good book and a mojito in hand.