Finding elegant but laid back accommodation in Byron Bay isn’t easy to do. Thankfully, there’s Atlantic Byron Bay, which embodies an elevated experience of the essence of Byron. I’ve stayed at Atlantic the last few times I’ve visited Byron, and it has come to feel a bit like a home away from home.
First off, lets talk about the location. Atlantic has Byron Bay town literally on its doorstep. So eclectic dining, unique shopping and the breathtaking beaches of Byron are a short walk away. See my guide here for where to eat, drink, shop and explore in Byron from the comfort of your base at Atlantic.
Atlantic is formed of a series of original houses, all lovingly restored and updated, dotted around the lush tropical garden. They’re all whitewash boards and louvre windows, with a minimal coastal theme throughout. The walls are meticulously decorated with an interesting collection of artefacts from vintage tennis rackets to Pacific Island masks and my favourite, a 1970s surf photography book that encapsulates the understated cool and simplicity of Atlantic’s salty, surfy atmosphere.
The minimal coastal theme continues in each room (including the retro on-site Airstream trailer in the garden). They’re beautifully decorated, although not overdone – when you’re in Byron Bay, you don’t end up spending too much time in your room. Everything is outdoors, from each house’s communal kitchens all of which open up onto the outdoors, to the lush green gardens and beyond Atlantic’s grounds, the town, beach and hinterland.
At least one evening must be spent at Atlantic itself, though. If you’re staying on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday, you must visit one of the local markets at Byron, Mullumbimby or Bangalow respectively. Bring your fresh produce back and cook up a feast in your house’s kitchen, and enjoy, along with some fine wines in the garden by the fire pit, with the stars overhead. Pure magic.
Atlantic also makes sure there’s plenty to do. There are bikes you can borrow to cycle from town to beach, surf boards, beach towels, the lap pool for lounging around or washing off the salt water in, and a bocce pit alongside the very chic outdoor BBQ area.
The staff all have that laid back (but professional) beach town friendliness which makes you feel even more at home amongst the palm trees. And they are full of local knowledge and tips to help you plan your days.
If you’re thinking of a trip to Byron, a stay at the Atlantic is a must.