Their latest issue includes a design lover’s guide to Byron Bay, which they’ve stamped as the Montauk of Australia. Nice.
They’ve shone a light on a lot of our Byron Bay favs - Spell, Harvest, Nikau Store, Habitat, Locura, the Mez Club and lots more. We love that they’ve singled out The Bower too for some special Architecture Digest attention too. Byron Bay today. Montauk tomorrow….
This stylish beach town is the epitome of understated chic.
Less than an hour drive from the Gold Coast Airport is Byron Bay, an idyllic beach town in Australia’s state of New South Wales. Long a paradise for backpackers and surfers, it has since turned into a posh destination, attracting A-list celebrities like Chris Hemsworth and Margot Robbie. Thankfully, the seaside getaway has managed to maintain its laid-back vibes and free-spirited nature amid this change: Wave riders still walk around barefoot with board in tow, locals and tourists alike grab a front-row seat to the sunset by the shore, and musicians croon notes and strum instruments on the streets in the evenings. And the tragic spate of wildfires to the north have mercifully subsided.
For the design enthusiast the town is utter eye candy, and done in a manner that is so effortless that the bohemian beach aesthetic is just as much a part of its identity as its easygoing atmosphere. From cozy coffee hangouts to chic stores stocked with spectacular home goods, here are the must-visit spots when you’re vacationing in this sunny destination.
If anyone can prove that a motel can be given a new lease on life, it’s the Bower Byron Bay. Undeterred by the humble framework it took over, the hotel opened in July 2017 with 24 well-appointed accommodations. The most stunning options are the Bower Cottage and Bower Barn. The former is a spacious five-bedroom, decade-old dwelling perfect for groups and families, while the latter is the ideal couple’s retreat, with charming features like sliding wooden doors and a dreamy glass-ceiling bathroom outfitted with an egg-shaped tub. And even though it’s a little far from the beach, the property’s magnesium pool—with a retro 1960s vibe courtesy of its circular shape—is equally as inviting.