With it's influx of celebrity residents, Byron Bay has cemented itself as the sparkliest jewel in Australia's tourism crown. Believe me when I say that you'll be holidaying there before long.
The chic coastal town is packed with luxury accommodation, from guesthouses to bed and brekkies to 5-star beach suites. Each accommodation is unique and owns its own aesthetic - so which is the right one for your trip?
In this article, we'll explore the best hotels in Byron Bay, and discover what makes each one stand out. You'll be packing your bags before we get to number 5.
Ideal for a honeymoon or romantic getaway, 28 Degrees is a luxury guesthouse in central Byron Bay. With their 21-year-old age cutoff, a quiet and relaxing stay is guaranteed. Forget about dodging strollers in the elevators. Step out to the world class beach just metres away, or relax in your suite's private plunge pool. The staff are dedicated to providing the best getaway imaginable, and encourage you to kick off your shoes and relax in barefoot comfort.
And, with the help of their pamper packages, some including massages and skin care, you'll find yourself doing just that.
Approx. AUD $380
12 Marvell Street, Byron Bay, New South Wales 2481.
Not only is Beach Suites located among the shops and cafes of Byron Bay with direct access onto Belongil Beach, it welcomes your dog with signature bedding and treats. Finally, a vacation with the entire family! This 4-star luxury hotel offers boutique studios and roomy apartments. Other perks include free WiFi, pool amenities, modern TV appliances and free parking ideally located in the heart of Byron.
Beach Suites provides the dream wedding venue and offers it's luxury penthouse apartments for bridal party bookings. It's proximity to florists and hair salons will ensure that your big day runs seamlessly while the nearby wine bars are the perfect spot for your wedding's social calendar.
Approx. AUD $450
20 Bay Street, Byron Bay, New South Wales 2481
If you're looking for a view over Byron's splendid Main Beach, Beach Hotel Resort may be the one for you. And whether you prefer basking in the sun on the beach or staying in to wander the resort's lush gardens, there's always live music to enjoy in the evenings and an onsite bottle shop to ensure that your holiday is as relaxed as it can be. Locals are especially prized at the Beach Hotel Resort, with 10% off food and drink for their stay. But wherever you are from, an Aussie of a foreigner, be sure to enjoy the free WiFi, pool, parking and beach access of this upscale vacation spot.
Approx. AUD $450
1 Bay Street, Byron Bay, New South Wales 2481
Enjoy the central location of this 4-star hotel, just a few steps away from the city's famous beaches and surrounded by the bustling cafes and shops of downtown Byron. The perfect home away from home, enjoy private kitchen and laundry facilities, free WiFi and parking, and an onsite restaurant and pool. Or, if you're feeling energetic in the morning, pop across the road to the best restaurants and cafes in town for brekky.
Approx. AUD $360
20-22 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay, New South Wales 2481
"Cheer up, slow down, chill out," reads the sign behind the reception desk of this adorable budget accommodation, just a short stroll from Main Beach. Everything about this chic guesthouse beckons the beach lover, from it's airy decor to its mantra of relaxation. The Surf House provides luxury seeking guests with free WiFi and parking, and boasts Byron's only rooftop bar. Perfect for chilling out over cocktails and brew after a day in the sun, the classy bar is the beating heart of the hotel and is the perfect night in - or out.
With sky-high guest ratings, it's no secret that The Surf House is, and will continue to be, a fan favourite.
Approx. AUD $180
23 Lawson Street, Byron Bay, New South Wales 2481
A classy hotel just a few metres in from the beach, Waves is the perfect family destination. They provide beach towels and toys to keep the kids busy, and treat guests to a free breakfast of muffins made fresh every morning. Enjoy relaxing by the fire in the lobby every weekend with wine tasting available. Waves is passionate about providing tailored guest service, so expect to be treated like the queen. Or, should you require tips about making the most of your Byron Bay experience, just chat with the friendly staff, all locals who will be happy to point out the parts of Byron that you can't miss.
Approx. AUD $450
35 Lawson Street, Byron Bay, New South Wales 2481
This posh 4-star retreat, nestled among palm trees and overlooking Wategos Beach, offers high end suites and penthouses. Perfect for luxury seeking travellers, the unique bohemian interior will sweep you away in time. Don't miss the relaxing spa treatment or a Mediterranean-influenced meal in the Hottest Regional Restaurant of 2019 (The Weekend Australia's Top 50 Restaurants List.) Raes also offers event venues perfect for exclusive beach weddings or parties, as well as chiller options such as the Cellar Bar where you can enjoy bite-sized seafood treats and drinks from midday on.
Once you've relaxed all you can, saunter up to the Cape Byron Lighthouse or explore the vibrant centre of downtown Byron.
Approx. AUD $200
6/8 Marine Parade, Byron Bay, New South Wales 2481
The Bower is a popular 4-star hotel located just one kilometre from Tallow Beach, and a short drive from the Byron Bay markets. Built on one of the town's first properties, the resort combines New York's luxury boutique style with overtones of Byron's barefoot beach side culture. Relax under the compound's rustling palms or sunbathe from the veranda of one of the many accommodation choices, ranging from The Bower Suite of Rooms and Bower Studios to The Bower Barn.
Think you'll be hungry when you arrive? Simply call a day ahead to arrange the loaded hamper and platter for your arrival. Don't know the area? Hand over the chore of hiring a surfboard and finding a babysitter to the friendly staff who will go the extra mile to ensure that your stay is relaxing, even if your request isn't featured on the special services menu.
Approx. AUD $365
28 Bangalow Road, Byron Bay, New South Wales 2481
This adults-only oasis of calm in Byron's restaurant precinct provides 4.5-star luxury services to couples looking for that romantic getaway or much needed stress free break. From the wood panelled floors to rustic wicker sofas, Aabi's decor is at once warm and sleek and almost forces you to sit back and put your feet up. Enjoy the pool or heated spa, and make sure to visit the BBQ Cabana. Other perks include free WiFi and parking, tea and coffee facilities, and an indoor guest lounge. Aabi's has garnered several awards, including Travel Myth's recognition as the top 4-star accommodation in Byron Bay.
Aabi's is only a 4-minute drive from Tallow Beach and a 7-minute drive from Cape Byron Lighthouse, and commands a convenient central location.
Approx. AUD $200
17 Ruskin Street, Byron Bay, New South Wales 2481
Looking for a modern hotel that's close to the bars and the beach? This 3-star accommodation houses all the leisure facilities you need, including a full size tennis court and pool. The lush campus is just a 10 minute stroll from Byron's famous beaches and is surrounded by Byron's colourful restaurants and shops. The Lord Byron takes convenience and comfort to the next level with their poolside bar service and brand new Nespresso machines installed in every room. Morning coffees were never so simple. Other upsides include onsite surfboard and paddle board hire, free WiFi and free parking.
Whether you've booked the three bedroom apartment and are holidaying with the kids or are crashing in Byron overnight, The Lord Byron makes a great home base and place to relax after your whale watching expedition or biking tour.
Approx. AUD $250
120 Jonson Street, Byron Bay, New South Wales 2481