The original hippy hangout, these days Byron Bay is home to millionaires, 5-star hotels and all manner of secluded retreats and resorts. Located roughly halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, Byron Bay is a great place to stay if you are looking for surf, sun and something to eat. Byron Bay is a popular hangout for affluent Sydneysiders and the town’s shops. boutiques, cafes and restaurants cater for all budgets and tastes. The town has a vibrant alternative community and there are always festivals and artisan markets to explore in and around Byron Bay. Cape Byron is the most easterly point on mainland Australia and most of the town’s luxury hotels are located close to the beach. Further afield, there are numerous retreats and resorts sequestered away in the rainforests of the hinterland. Byron Bay is a perfect place to relax, catch a few rays, and maybe learn to surf. And just because you are immersed in the sybaritic luxury of a Byron Bay resort doesn’t mean that you, too, can’t adapt your day to your own version of the “Byron Schedule”: surf, breakfast, surf, coffee, rest, surf…pizza!
Want to stay somewhere a little bit removed from the hustle and bustle of Byron? Then the Byron Hinterland Villas is the place for you! A luxurious boutique style private resort located in the hinterland area of Clunes, it strikes the perfect balance between separation from, and proximity to, Byron Bay.
Offering self-contained villas that house up to 3 bedrooms, the property showcases stunning rural views of undulating countryside and the nearby Nightcap National Park. Each villa features large bedrooms with a king bed, a bathroom with a large double spa-bath and shower, free wi-fi and a fully equipped kitchen.
Perfect for those wanting to self-cater, the accommodation also has barbeque facilities and outdoor dining on a large, covered verandah. If you don’t fancy cooking there are plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants for you to frequent in Byron, which is a 30 minute drive away. As well as closer to the property in Clunes.
The resort has a wide range of facilities for guests to use including a tennis court with night lights, a saltwater swimming pool, a yoga pavilion and also a gym. Guests can also swim or fish at the river or walk through the macadamia orchard. Both of which are located within the property.
For sheer location alone, the fantastic Beach Hotel Resort in Byron Bay is very hard to beat. This stunning 4 star hotel is situated just 50 metres from the iconic Main Beach. With the Cape Byron Lighthouse, The Farm and the main drag all within easy reach of it too.
Each of their 25 spacious individual rooms and suites come with a garden and sea views, which can be seen from your very own balcony or courtyard. They are furnished with king-sized beds, and also feature bathrooms with organic products, free tea and coffee making facilities and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels.
The hotel has a restaurant called the Beach Kitchen which is situated within their onsite pub. It serves fantastic meals, like delicious pizzas and Bangalow Sticky Pork & Prawns, that are made with produce sourced from local suppliers. Their drinks menu includes a range of fabulous craft beers, great wines and signature cocktails.
Boasting beach frontage and a very central location to cafes, restaurants and shops, the hotel also has a resort-style private garden, a heated pool and a poolside heated spa. In addition it also offers live music entertainment every night, as well as a laundry service and complimentary undercover car parking.
Luxury Accommodation does not come much better than the stunning villas at East on Byron. Located directly opposite Belongil Beach the resort is only an 800m beach stroll away from central Byron Bay. So it provides the perfect place to unwind and relax during your stay there.
Offering a fabulous beach house, a selection of villas and an impressive trio of penthouses, the resort boasts 26 exciting accommodation options. These generous open plan apartments provide all the comforts of home with polished timber floors, open-plan living and dining areas, private balconies and spacious private courtyards.
All apartments have fully equipped kitchens. But for those looking to eat out try a wood fired pizza at The Tree House. Or head to the Balcony Bar for delicious seafood. The Mez Club, a Mediterranean cantina and bar, and Daughter In Law, the self-proclaimed ‘unauthentic Indian’, are excellent options too.
This multi-award winning resort features landscaped gardens with a lagoon-style pool and hot tub onsite. It also has an outdoor barbeque and dining areas and provides direct access to Belongil Beach. Most of the main tourist attractions and sights, in and around Byron, can be easily accessed from this property.
If you are looking for 5 Star Luxury, with sensational views of the Pacific Ocean and private access to a beach, then the Shambhala @ Byron is definitely for you. Located at Belongil Beach the property also provides an excellent location, just a 5 minute walk from cafes, restaurants, bars and shops.
One of only a handful of properties in Byron Bay positioned right on the sand, the accommodation offers 4 contemporary, stylish and impressively designed cottages that are elevated within a pristine rainforest setting. All units feature a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi and an outdoor deck. Bathrooms have rain showers, and some have a private hot tub.
All of the cottages feature kitchen facilities for those wanting to self-cater. Whilst there are numerous dining options in Byron for breakfast, lunch and dinner including Main Street Burger Bar, Di Vino which is a fantastic Italian restaurant, Bang Bang which serves up superb Asian cuisine and the vegan friendly Manna Heaven.
The cottages provide guests with the opportunity to relax in beautiful tropical gardens on a Balinese daybed or hammock. Massages and spa treatments can be arranged for you as well, while the giant steam room and hot rock sauna, provide the opportunity to reinvigorate and rejuvenate your senses.
77-97 Broken Head Rd, Byron Bay NSW 2481
The Crystalbrook Byron is a luxury hotel that celebrates nature, sustainability and eco-friendliness. Set in 45-acres of subtropical rainforest, the property, which used to be known as Byron at Byron, is remote enough to be considered a retreat, but close enough to the city centre to be a part of the action.
Offering 92 suites, which take the form of ground level ‘rainforest suites’ or first level ‘treetops suites’, all accommodation features a private bathroom with free toiletries, a rain shower and freestanding deep soak bathtub. They also have two rainforest-enclosed verandahs and a flat-screen TV with cable channels in both the living area and bedroom.
All suites boast kitchenettes with full-sized fridges and stove tops. But if you would rather not cook you can dine at Forest, the magnificent on-site restaurant. Offering lunch and dinner, they serve up sensational, seasonal menus based on a farm-to-plate philosophy, and a great range of local and international wines.
For those looking to relax their mind and bodies the Eléme Day Spa offers a world class range of treatments like facials, super-circulation stimulation, mammoth detoxification and skin firming. The retreat also offers free daily yoga classes, numerous hiking trails throughout the rainforest, and a 25 metre infinity pool where you can order cocktails.
Set against the backdrop of lush coastal rainforest, The Villas of Byron is a deluxe 5 star hotel in the vibrant heart of Byron Bay. Offering luxurious accommodation, its prime location near the Cape Byron Lighthouse, Main Beach and town centre makes it the perfect base for your stay.
Offering a selection of one and two bedroom villas, this intimate hideaway is the perfect retreat. They feature high ceilings, marble floors and airy living and sleeping quarters with stylish furnishings. Their Grand Villas also boast a king bed and ensuite that look out to a tropical courtyard garden with an outdoor shower.
The villas have fully equipped kitchens and BBQ facilities. But if you would rather someone else do the cooking for you, the on-site chef can prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner. These include 2 and 3-course meals, as well as seafood and sushi platters. Desserts options include chocolate fondue and Bella Rosa Gelato packs.
All villas possess an excellent range of amenities like a mineral pool and heated spa, as well as free WIFI, Apple TV, Foxtel with in-house movies and a plasma TV with Sonos wireless sound system. The accommodation also offer professional services for full-body massages, private yoga classes and beauty therapy.
Located in a prime spot along the Tweed Coast, Halcyon House is an elegant and bespoke luxury hotel. The hotel overlooks stunning Cabarita Beach and is within walking distance of a range of shops and restaurants. It is 40 minutes north of Byron Bay.
The well-appointed rooms were individually designed to have a unique and eclectic feel. They feature antique furniture, fabric upholstered walls and premium beds. The elegant bathrooms are fitted with English tapware and have a gorgeous marble vanity and bespoke handmade tiles. Guests have access to a complimentary mini-bar, Apple TV, Foxtel and unlimited Wi-Fi.
Halcyon House has a large outdoor lap pool and comfortable day beds for patrons to relax under the warm Australian sun. There is a steam room and guests can see reception to organise use of the hotel’s bicycles or McTavish surfboards. For those looking to relax and rejuvenate, the Halcyon Spa offers a range of luxe treatments designed to unite mind, body and soul.
The hotel is home to an award-winning hatted restaurant, ensuring guests have the opportunity to enjoy fine dining. At Paper Daisy, diners can taste sophisticated yet simple dishes that are created using high quality local produce and sustainably sourced seafood.
Located in the Byron Hinterland, Blackbird Byron is perched up in the bush on the side of Mount Koonyum. This secluded luxury getaway is only 20 minutes from the coastal town of Brunswick Heads and 30 minutes from famous Byron Bay.
The detached pavilion rooms offer guests the comforts of a luxury hotel in a more secluded and relaxing environment. They feature floor to ceiling windows through which guests can enjoy views of the surrounding bushland and Pacific Ocean. The comfortable beds have Egyptian cotton linens, and the Moroccan inspired bathrooms are equipped with a rainwater showerhead.
Blackbird Byron features premium wellness facilities. Guests can soak in the hotels’ magnesium pool or relax in the Infra-Red Sauna. Qualified massage therapists are also available to provide a range of massage treatments. The capable staff can assist in arranging tours and transport.
Each morning a locally sourced breakfast is served in the Reception Pavilion. For lunch, guests are invited to make use of the fully equipped kitchen to create gourmet meals from fresh, regional produce. As the sun sets, the hotels’ private chefs begin preparing the evening meal from local ingredients. It is generally a 3 course set menu or 5 course degustation meal.
Located in the heart of sunny Byron Bay, 28 Degrees Byron Bay is a barefoot paradise, exclusively designed for adults over the age of 21. It is centrally located and is within walking distance of Main Beach, the Cape Byron Walking Track and Cape Byron Conservation Area.
The well-appointed, luxury hotel rooms feature décor that is inspired by the surrounding coastal environment. All rooms contain a luxurious king size bed with organic linens and private ensuite. Some rooms feature a private garden with a plunge pool, while others have a large private deck. Guests have access to complimentary Wi-Fi, Turkish beach towels and Biology Skin products.
Those looking to relax can visit the quiet reading room or outdoor lap pool. There are deck areas to enjoy, and guests can access a gourmet kitchen. The hotel has bikes and can assist in organising a range of experiences including whale watching, hot air ballooning, surfing lessons and a sunrise picnic.
As part of the luxury experience, the hotel offers signature packages for guests to indulge in. Each package has been carefully curated to suit the client, with some of the inclusions being locally sourced cheese platters, couple massages by qualified therapists, skin treatments and thoughtfully chosen gifts.
While Byron Bay remains a much-loved backpacker destination with a hippy vibe, there is a luxurious side to this beach town, too. Aside from an array of luxe hotels, Byron Bay is home to fine-dining restaurants, blissful wellness centres, and exclusive country clubs. Here are a few of the best things to do and see on a relaxing Byron Bay getaway.
Gaia Retreat & Spa is an internationally recognised wellness centre located in the gorgeous New South Wales Countryside. The secluded spa is a 20-minute drive from town and surrounded by 10 acres of nature, making it a truly tranquil spot to pamper yourself.
Aside from their boutique pamper retreats, they offer fantastic spa day packages, too. The day spa menu includes a wide range of massage styles, including Swedish, deep-tissue, aromatherapy, ayurvedic, and hot stone. You can also choose one of Gaia’s signature facials, body polishes, or masques.
Byron Bay Golf Club offers a world-class 18-hole championship course spread over 120 acres with stunning coastal views for a laid-back yet challenging golfing day. The club is located 5km south of the town centre and has an onsite restaurant where you can refuel. They also host competitions open to visitors on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
In Brunswick Heads, a 15-minute drive from Byron Bay CBD, you’ll find the small, booking-only Fleet restaurant. As one of the most popular restaurants around and with only 14 seats, you’ll need to book in advance, but the effort is well worth it. The menu changes frequently, and all dishes use local ingredients. I recommend the shared menu with beverage pairing for the most magical culinary adventure. And when you’ve sampled Fleet there are of course many other fine restaurants in the Byron area for you to explore – check out our list of Byron Bay restaurants here.
Less than an hour north of your luxury hotel in Byron Bay is the picturesque Tweed River, surrounded by lush rainforest and golden cane fields. For a peaceful and luxurious vacation experience, you can hire a self-drive pontoon and cruise through the river independently. You don’t need a license to use a self-drive pontoon boat, and you can book it for four or eight hours. Plus, there is a gas BBQ onboard, so you can enjoy a laid-bunch boozy lunch as you admire the gorgeous surroundings.
Cape Byron Kayaks is Byron Bay’s original dolphin kayaking tour operator. They run morning and afternoon sea kayaking tours where you can meet Byron Bay’s friendly bottlenose dolphins. You’ll leave from Clarkes Beach and head to Wategos Beach to see the dolphins and stop for tea. The company also organises private trips if you don’t feel like joining the group tour.
Minyon Falls is a stunning plunge waterfall in a lush rainforest setting that makes a fabulous day trip from Byron Bay. If you want to get up close to the falls, you’ll need to hike the 8km loop, which is long but not too difficult. Plus, once you get down to the creek, you can swim in the refreshing pools. However, if you don’t fancy the trek, you can admire the falls from the lookout platform. From here, you’ll also see deep into the valley below and even out to the coast on clear days.
See the sun rising over the ocean and admire the beautiful hinterland of Byron Bay from above with a sunrise hot air balloon ride. There are numerous hot air ballooning companies in and around Byron Bay, including Balloon Aloof, which offer private flights.
This memorable sunrise experience takes off from The Farm Byron Bay and lasts 1-hour, where you will ascend to heights of 2000 feet or more. You can also add on breakfast at the Three Blue Ducks Restaurant to celebrate your adventure afterwards.