Where to find the best accommodation in Byron Bay

By Tegan Reeves,

Thirty years ago Byron Bay was known as the alternative lifestyle hotspot of Australia. Today, thanks to gentrification, the area is now a hub for boutique resorts and a thriving arts and culture scene. Many of Bryon Bay’s best resorts and accommodation are situated in the hinterland surrounding the township, and are only a short walk from the beach.

The Lord Byron

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If you’re looking to stay in the heart of Byron, then The Lord Byron is ideal. Its spacious rooms are decorated with internationally sourced fabrics and prints. Each comes with a private balcony – an ideal place to enjoy the afternoon sea breeze.

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Guests get access to the hotel’s tennis courts, heated outdoor pool and spa, in addition to the poolside bungalows. The nearby supermarket is ideal for stocking up on BBQ supplies to take back to the hotel’s pool and BBQ area. Take advantage of the vintage bikes, which can be borrowed to explore Byron Bay’s surrounds. The hotel is also an ideal option for Splendour in The Grass revellers, with festival shuttle buses nearby. 

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tri Byron bay

tri Byron Bay is one of the newer boutique hotels to open in the area. Comprising of several self-contained studios and apartments, the hotel takes full advantage of its location in the Byron Hinterlands. 

All suites and apartments feature private balconies looking out over the valley, making this one of the best options for a secluded retreat around Byron. Extras such as the Welcome Hamper and free WiFi add to the boutique family feel of the hotel.  

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The Bower

Over the past year this former motel has been transformed into a luxury boutique hotel, taking its inspiration from the style of New York’s Bowery district.

Choose from 14 suites, a barn, a cottage and a family house. Both the cottage and family house are suitable for larger groups, and maintain their privacy from the rest of the property. The Bower Barn is ideal for an intimate couple stay, with its centrepiece being the bathroom and its full glass ceiling.

Minimalist interiors incorporate a mix of white washed walls, offset by wood, brass metals and original artworks. Light-filled rooms are spacious, and open out onto gardens landscaped with flora typical of the region. 

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The Garden Burees

Nestled on the edge of the Cumbebin Swamp on the outskirts of Byron Bay  The Garden Burees. The property is home to a number of different huts, varying in size and design. 

The most impressive is the aptlynamed Grande Buree, which is less of a hut, and more of a two-story mansion. Sleeping up to seven people, the Balineseinspired hut features a gourmet kitchen, outdoor entertainment area and plunge pool. 

Those after a romantic weekend away should opt for the Garden Burees. Each of these features a mezzanine bedroom overlooking a private garden, an outdoor shower and spa.  

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Azabu Boutique Accommodation  

This Japaneseinspired guesthouse is home to five boutique suites. The open plan studios feature shoji screen timber panelling, adding to the Oriental feel. Rooms open up to balconies looking out over the five-acre hoop pine forest surrounding the property.

One of the standouts at Azabu is the organic breakfast, delivered to your balcony each morning. Local gourmet muesli, Mediterranean omelettes and brews from Byron Bay Coffee Company are just a few of the options. 

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Elements of Byron

Elements of Byron is easily one of the most luxurious resorts in the area. Impressive resort facilities include the Osprey Spa, Graze Restaurant and Drift Bar. Take advantage of the poolside cabanas and guided rainforest walks.

Elements of Byron has taken its architectural inspiration from mother nature, incorporating buildings into the natural landscape, while aiming to be as lowimpact as possible. The end of 2017 will see the development of a solar powered train, shuttling guests the three-kilometres between Byron Bay and the resort.  

All villas feature unlimited complimentary in-room movies, morning beachside yoga, Bose audio systems, APPELLES bathroom amenities and Shibori leather bedheads.

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