Best Accommodation in Byron Bay

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For years Byron Bay has clung to its bohemian credentials, despite being one of the most-visited holiday destinations in Australia. It’s easy to understand its enduring popularity: Byron has stunning beaches, near-perfect weather and exciting, diverse eating scene.

No matter your plans, there’s never been a better – or more varied – crop of accommodation options. From rejuvenating retreats in the hinterlands to a beachside apartment designed by a beloved local fashion label, there’s a place in here for you.

  • Legend has it that Salvador Dalí designed this intimate whitewashed hotel’s tropical garden and free-form pool. After a superlative 2017 refresh led by interior designer Tamsin Johnson, it’s emerged better than ever, with a Med-inspired restaurant that’s a destination in its own right.

  • This is one of Byron's quintessential resorts, and we can see why. Between the luxurious villas, cocktail caravans, and the swim-up bar in the adults-only pool, Elements will provide the escape you need. The resort’s in-house restaurant is among the best in town.

  • This luxury resort, just outside of Byron, is surrounded by 45 acres of lush rainforest. There are 92 fully equipped suites (each with two balconies), a rainforest-edge infinity pool, three restaurants, a day spa, and the beach is just a short stroll away.

  • What was once a lo-fi motel is now a chic, modern retreat filled with well-appointed rooms, apartments and cottages. The design skillfully combines the space’s heritage features with contemporary touches.

  • A five-star boutique guest house with a quintessential Byron Bay feel. Go for a dip in the heated plunge pool; bathe on your balcony with views of the lighthouse and surrounding tropical gardens; or relax with an in-room massage.

  • An ’80s motel that's been given a mid century Cali refurb. The only choice you have to make is this: room or standalone bungalow? Then comes the relaxing part. Laze beside the kidney-shaped pool and order a drink from the Tiki-meets-brutalist bar.

  • Only in this part of the world could you stay in a hand-built timber cabin on a converted macadamia farm. This romantic spot blends European-inspired architecture and mid-century design with an appropriately bohemian Byron Bay aesthetic.

  • First opened in 1903, this historic Northern Rivers pub has been lovingly restored to its original condition. Upstairs, each of the comfortable and quaint rooms have their own theme. Downstairs is all about beers, live music and contemporary pub grub.

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  • A purpose-built oasis for weary brains and bodies, set on 22 acres of rainforest. It offers a range of programs designed to rest and recharge guests from the inside out – from yoga and meditation to massage and acupuncture. Meals are made in-house and are based on Ayurvedic principles.

  • Surrounded by hinterland, this boutique, adults-only hotel combines brutalist urban design with high-end hospitality. Stay in one of three striking villas and make the most of luxe features, including a private chef, an infrared sauna and a magnesium infinity pool.

  • This chic retreat sits above St Agni’s Byron Bay boutique, and is just two minutes from the closest beach. But it’s so beautiful, you’ll probably just want to stay in. In the mornings, the rooms are soaked in soft natural light through the sheer drapes, perfect for lingering.

  • A budget-friendly hotel in Byron Bay's heritage-listed former council chambers. It has all the style and luxury of a boutique hotel, but with the communal spaces (including shared kitchen and laundry facilities) you’d find in a hostel. Plus, it’s home to Byron’s only open-air rooftop bar.

  • Two cabins surrounded by forests and creeks on a biodynamic farm in the Byron Bay hinterland. Bathe beneath the stars in your own outdoor bathtub and eat produce from the farm’s edible garden.

  • A coastal motel reimagined for the oyster-eating, Negroni-drinking traveller. Its 18 rooms are designed with a minimalist aesthetic and feature earth-toned designer linens and rattan furniture. Plus, it’s walking distance from the riverbanks, beaches and bars of Brunswick Heads.

  • All the comforts of home – but inside a giant canvas bell tent surrounded by hinterland. Luxurious touches include a comfy queen bed and a solar-powered hot shower. Plus, you’re roughly 30 minutes’ drive from the centre of town and Cabarita Beach.

  • A mindful, relaxing stay is all but guaranteed at this spacious one-bedroom cabin 20 minutes’ south of Byron Bay. There’s an on-site veggie garden and a three-metre picture window that puts the surrounding hills and ocean front and centre.