Feeling like a change of scene? Our favourite remedy for feeling cooped up is a luxurious staycation in Byron Bay.
Byron Bay has long held a certain magnetism and magic, drawing in travellers from both near and far. With its stretches of long white beaches, lush hinterland rainforests and bustling bohemian town centre, there is no surprise Byron Bay is known as one of Australia’s most iconic beach towns.
Recently we have been implored to explore what is on our very doorstep, and what better place to start than beautiful Byron Bay?
Whether you are a yogi, adventurer, influencer or local looking for a luxury staycation, Byron has an enviable variety of accommodation options to suit every need.
Serene hinterland retreats, glamorous beach boutiques, plush private properties, luxury rainforest resorts…take your pick from our curated list of luxury stays in Byron Bay.
Shambhala @ Byron
Shambhala @ Byron is one of Byron Bay’s hidden treasures and the ultimate beachside sanctuary. The name itself means ‘pure land’ or ‘mythical hidden kingdom’, and it is just that. It is the perfect place to find your Zen and indulge in some inner healing amongst the property’s seven pool waterfall, lush tropical gardens and giant crystal features.
Shambhala @ Byron, composed of four luxury cottages or ‘retreats’, sits on the sandy foot of Belongil beach. Named Shanti, Shiva, Sarita and Samadhi, each retreat is unique and self-contained, allowing for both total privacy and peacefulness. Mixed luxe amenities include an outdoor Balinese bath, rain shower, outdoor jacuzzi, spacious deck, barbeque, beach cabana and more.
Whether you are seeking a romantic luxury escape or a place to switch off for some quality with friends or family, Shambhala @ Byron is the perfect Belongil beach getaway.
The Best Places to Staycation in Byron Bay
Nestled in the heart of the Hinterland, Blackbird is a boutique bed & breakfast that is both secluded and stylish. The contemporary architecture combines cool concrete, steel, glass and timber and contrasts beautifully with the lush, tropical landscape.
Take your pick of 3 detached pavilions with modern design features, Moroccan inspired ensuites with lush decor and sweeping views of both ocean and rainforests.
Blackbird is surrounded by nature reserves and national parks, so it is the ideal spot for exploring local mountain trails or sinking into the serenity of the rainforest. Set away from the bustle of Byron, Blackbird is the perfect place to kick up your feet in what can only be described as the ultimate rainforest retreat.
Book in for a deep tissue massage or take a dip in the magnesium salt and mineral pool, soaking in a little relaxation time as well as the breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, Mt. Chincogan and Cape Byron.
Raes on Wategos
Just a stone’s throw away from idyllic Wategos beach, Raes on Wategos offers a sophisticated and serene seaside escape. The Spanish style hotel with white-wash walls and wooden shutters sits glamorously within a garden rumoured to have been designed by Salvador Dali.
Raes offers penthouse and suite options that are both lavish and unique. The two expansive penthouse rooms are complete with luxurious king-sized beds, multiple balconies, secluded sun lounges and dreamy ocean, headland and lighthouse views. Meanwhile, the five exclusive suites offer a mix of private terraces, high-end amenities, garden-view spa baths, marble and mosaic bathrooms and stylish split-level spaces.
Take a short stroll to the beach or up to the iconic Byron Bay lighthouse, perched atop the headland overlooking the bay. Or to help you relax and rejuvenate, why not head to the spa for a Vichy body scrub, detoxifying facial or deep restorative massage.
And for dining options, the Cellar bar serves up spritzes and sumptuous seaside snacks whilst Raes Dining Room offers a modern Australian menu with Mediterranean influenced dishes.
The Bower Byron Bay
The Bower is both understated and elegant, bringing a little slice of New York City cool to Byron Bay. Described as a reimagined ‘beach motel’, The Bower is a sophisticated haven set just on the outskirts of town.
The black and white exterior and excess of towering palm trees make for a dreamy urban oasis. Head to nearby Tallow or Main Beach or relax and soothe your body in The Bower’s heated natural mineral pool.
The compound offers sleek suites and studios as well as a 100-year-old cottage complete with five luxury bedrooms, three ensuites and both indoor/outdoor living spaces. Additional accommodation options include The Bower House, a four-bedroom home with stylish living and dining areas and a secluded terrace with daybeds and barbeque. And finally, the Bower Barn: With a pitched roof, wooden beams, egg bath and glass ceiling, is the ideal option for a romantic couple’s retreat.
Byron at Byron
In terms of Byron Bay accommodation, it doesn’t get much better than 5-star Byron at Byron. The resort can be found just south of Australia’s bohemian epicentre, amid a dreamy subtropical rainforest setting.
Immerse yourself in nature with a choice of tranquil treetop or rainforest suites, where sustainable luxury is the theme. Select suites include rainforest showers, deep freestanding bathtubs, plush living and dining areas, yoga mats and rainforest enclosed verandahs.
Byron at Byron is the perfect place to unwind, whether meandering alongside Tallow Creek beneath the rainforest canopy, lounging beside the idyllic outdoor pool or checking into the spa for a rejuvenating treatment. Byron at Byron’s restaurant, Forest, favours sustainably sourced protein, fresh local produce and uses delicious organic ingredients to create a tantalising menu.
Victoria’s at Ewingsdale
Pull into The Farm Byron Bay for a hearty breakfast at local institution Three Blue Ducks, before making the five minute journey to Victoria’s at Ewingsdale. This stately manor, set on four acres of impeccably manicured gardens, mixes European elegance with vintage country charm.
At Victoria’s, you will have the option of standard, spa and executive spa rooms which include queen or king beds, balconies overlooking the gardens, spa baths and an open fireplace.
Victoria’s is the ideal getaway regardless of the season. In summer, you can relax in a cabana beside the saltwater lagoon pool or enjoy a gourmet picnic on the property’s immaculate grounds, whilst in winter you can cosy up with a book, besides the crackling log fireplace.
Schedule a pampering session with the inhouse massage therapist or beautician, book in for a champagne breakfast or indulge in a sumptuous high tea complete with delicate finger sandwiches, fresh scones, and tea served in English bone china. To really capture beautiful Cape Byron from new heights, why not hop on the property’s private aircraft for an extravagant spin above the bay.
Picadilly House (Airbnb)
For a secluded luxury getaway with friends or family, why not book out the impressive Picadilly House. This private enclave, located in scenic Coopers Shoot, can sleep up to sixteen of your nearest and dearest.
With breathtaking valley views out to the Pacific Ocean, this vast property is set to wow with its European inspired design and extensive range of amenities. The house has two beautifully styled wings with multiple bedrooms, spa baths, outdoor shower, fireplaces, private balconies and walk-in wadrobes.
The property offers privacy in its separate wings as well as shared entertainment areas which include an eighteen person dining table, infinity pool with far reaching views, patio with fireplace and BBQ and a rumpus room with pool table and bar for late night escapades.
The property also offers unique hideaways including the Mezzanine: A loft room with ladder access and an elevated treehouse sitting within the immense gardens. To top it off, besides the house is a fully restored 1963 Airstream caravan with an outdoor shower, kitchenette, ensuite and air conditioning.
In a year of such uncertainty, one thing we know for sure is that Byron is the perfect spot for a luxury staycation. And with this roundup of unique and spectacular stays, you will no doubt be spoilt for choice.
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