Before staying at the Atlantic Byron Bay, I’d known about this stylish property for quite some time. After learning about the lifestyle hotel through Instagram (of course), I had my eyes set on scoping it out for myself some day and was lucky enough to do so during my first trip to Australia this past December/January. I’m happy to report that not only did the Atlantic live up to my expectations, but I seriously did not want to leave! It was not only my favorite place we stayed while in Byron Bay, but probably my favorite accommodation in all of Australia.
Why You Should Stay
For those that like to explore a destination like a local, this boutique hotel is the perfect place to base yourself while in Byron Bay. The Atlantic feels more like a homey apartment than a hotel, albeit one that is immaculately decorated and endlessly stocked with Aveda products.
You won’t find elevators or long carpeted hallways here. Instead, wooden pathways shaded by palm trees lead the way to four different cottages around the property each with their own unique flavor — some tropical or nautical, others inspired by Mexico and the American Southwest. Communal living areas and kitchens allow you to feel more at home and even socialize with other guests, while adjacent patios attached to the rooms give you a private locale for resting, enjoying an outdoor shower or hunkering down with a good book.
Amenities, Amenities, Amenities
As one of few places we stayed with air conditioning while in Australia (which is 100% necessary in the middle of summer!), this was probably my favorite of the Atlantic amenities during our stay, but definitely not the coolest. Aveda products are stocked in the bathrooms, king beds are the norm, and satellite TV is offered in each room — although who needs TV when you have the sun, surfing and the vibrant Byron Bay social life to keep you busy?
Upon entry to the property, you’ll notice a large shack stocked with surfboards for loan outs to guests, and any time a beach day is in order (hint: that’s every day in Byron), The Beach People’s iconic round towels are available to keep you looking stylish in the sand. Keen to rinse off the salt water from your daily ocean swim? The Atlantic’s charming little lap pool will do the trick. To finish off the day, head to the central fire pit with a glass of sauvignon blanc and whip up your own home cooked meal in the fully stocked communal kitchen.
Different Rooms Cater to Your Style
The Atlantic has four different room types, all representing various styles. The Albatross Room (where we stayed), features decor inspired by the owners’ travels in Arizona and Mexico combined with coastal and Moroccan flair, while all of The Tropical rooms are situated around the property’s garden for the most calming views. There’s even an airsteam option on site for travelers who desire that gypsy lifestyle without having to sacrifice on luxurious amenities.
The Atlantic is perfectly situated to explore the heart of Byron’s vibrant town center and beautiful coast, while still being set in a quieter part of town (read: no backpacker bar rowdiness will keep you up late at night). It’s about a five minute walk from the main beach, practically across the street from one of my favorite coffee shops in town, Espressohead, and a stone’s throw from Bayleaf Cafe — a must for brunch during your stay. While bikes are available at the property to take out for the day, walking from the hotel will get you almost everywhere you need to go.
Rooms start at about $225 per night. Book now.
Live Like It’s the Weekend was graciously invited as a guest of The Atlantic Byron Bay, but as always, all my opinions are my own and I would never promote anything I don’t freaking love.