Alpha Luxe Byron
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Sleek, modern and minimalist, this architect-designed four-bedroom home in the centre of Byron will appeal to groups who want to be close to the action yet still have privacy. Entertainment is its focus: a covered deck with a gourmet BBQ and daybeds overlooking the pool forms the social heart of the house. Upstairs, a large rumpus room adjoining three bedrooms will keep the kids happy.
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The indoor/outdoor style of this architect-designed three-bedroom villa is reminiscent of Bali, with water features, wrap-around plunge pool and a stone courtyard with fire pit contributing to the island vibe. An open-plan living area complete with swinging hammock invites hours of idle bliss while a breezeway overlooking lily ponds inspires quiet contemplation.
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This high-end, architect-designed “box” accommodating 10 people is an astounding work of art. Its open-plan, light-soaked interior features raw timber, polished concrete and floor-to-ceiling glass and almost steals the show from the panoramic hinterland views and its almost-beachfront location.
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Wake to the sound of birdsong and crashing waves at this luxury retreat on the edge of Arakwal National Park and offering direct access to Tallow Beach. A Japanese pavilion-inspired design features seven bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms and communal living spaces spread over two levels, making Birdland a good choice for large groups and families.
Buhwi Bira Studio
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Buhwi Bira means “breathe” in the language of Byron Bay’s Indigenous Bunjalung inhabitants. So breathe deep and experience the serenity in this lavishly studio for couples, which draws inspiration from Bali and Japan in its award-winning design. Outdoor spaces are incorporated through clever use of glass and stone, with the frameless glass-walled bathroom a standout.
Byron Bay Villa
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If you’re craving seclusion, this contemporary, four-bedroom beach house backing onto bushland and just steps from Wategos Beach should fit the bill. Chill in the infinity pool overlooking the azure waters of the Pacific, or retreat to the upstairs open-plan living space, dominated by floor-to-ceiling windows and mirrored walls to ensure the mesmerising view is appreciated from every angle.
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Located opposite Belongil Beach, this hip, architect-designed beach pad resembles a bunch of shipping containers in wrap-around formation; at the centre is a swimming pool and cabana designed for socialising. With seven bedrooms sleeping 14, four bathrooms and six decks, this is ideal for groups celebrating a special occasion.
Elevation Byron Bay
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Toast the sunset as you take in expansive views to the hinterland in this stylish contemporary home, designed with entertainment considerations at the fore. Indoor living spaces connect with the exterior via concertina glass doors, leading to a pool and spa surrounded by decking. The four bedrooms – two with ensuites - are thoughtfully located away from social areas.
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Unique artworks, luxury appliances and open-plan living add a bit of luxury to this four-bedroom home in a central location close to the beach and cafés. Three of the bedrooms feature walk-in robes; there’s also a media room, airy living spaces cooled by ceiling fans, a gourmet kitchen and plenty of private nooks for reading and relaxing.
Essence of Byron
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Minimalism is at the heart of this contemporary two-bedroom house. A dramatic cantilevered overhang seamlessly links the clean, white, open-plan interior with an outdoor entertaining area, where the pool is surrounded by an expansive deck and manicured lawn. Within the “Golden Grid” of Byron Bay, close to both town and beach, it’s a short walk to just about everything.
Pacifique on Pacific
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Enjoy sunset views from the veranda of this sprawling home, set over three levels with six bedrooms sleeping 12 guests. Described as “an enchanted museum”, it features European antiques, vintage furniture, hardwood floors and exposed beams, while a saltwater pool completes the picture of laidback luxury.
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Charm is in big supply in this dinky two-storey retreat, perfect for a couple or small family looking for unpretentious yet comfy digs within walking distance of the beach and cafes. Upstairs living spaces include a sweet little balcony for morning coffee in the sun, while the two bedrooms downstairs have direct access to the tropical gardens.
Sundays Beach House
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Grab your yoga mat and salute the sun from the deck overlooking the glass-walled pool at this three-bedroom home. With its tropical garden and fresh, white decor, this home is the essence of Byron’s hippy-chic vibe. It’s centrally located near Clarkes Beach and just a few minutes walk from the retail hub of Johnson Street.
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The adorable little Barn, with its pitched roof, period features and exposed beams, is the newest addition to the range of accommodation at the Flamingo Byron Bay property, providing a romantic haven for couples on a beach break. The open-plan space includes kitchenette, glass-ceilinged bathroom with an egg-shaped tub and a private courtyard where guests can soak up the sun.
The Cottage with The Chapel
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The Hamptons meets New York City in this three-bedroom timber beach cottage with additional loft accommodation (called The Chapel); a central courtyard featuring a saltwater plunge pool and spa links the two. Recently restored, this charmer retains many original timbers and rustic features, tempered by mod cons including a BOSE theatre system and retractable cinema screen.
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