Luxury Hotels in Byron Bay

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!

Byron Hinterland Villas

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

Beach Hotel Resort

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

Bayshore Bungalows Byron Bay

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

East On Byron

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

Shambhala @ Byron

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

Crystalbrook Byron

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

The Villas of Byron

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

Halcyon House

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

Blackbird – Byron Bay

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

28 Degrees

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

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.

Enjoy a spa day in the hinterland of Byron Bay

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.

Tackle the 18-hole championship course at Byron Bay Golf Club

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.

Dine at Byron Bay’s most exclusive eatery

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.

Hire a pontoon and cruise down Tweed River

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.

Kayak with the dolphins

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.

Explore Minyon Falls

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.

Book a sunrise hot air balloon experience

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.