Stay Here: This Beachfront Byron Bay Hotel Exudes Easy Luxury

At Raes on Wategos, the most difficult decision is whether to spend the day between the waves at the neighbouring beach or lounging by the palm tree-lined pool with a spritz in hand. Life is slower in Byron Bay, even with its recent surge in popularity and Raes—in all its recently-refurbished glory—is the ideal place to stay when visiting. With just seven private and individually-designs suites on offer, you're sure to leave with a few new friends and an ever-lasting memory of the summer that was.

If you're wondering who's responsible for the breathtaking interior design here, full credit goes to Sydney-based interior designer Tamsin Johnson whose distinctive style and worldly eye has completely transformed Raes into a modern Australian icon. The overall design scheme is everything you'd hope for in a beachside retreat, with sumptuous jute rugs that act as a respite for sandy bare feet and archways that nod to a Mediterranean state of mind.

Moroccan mosaics and travertine tiles confirm this European twist, with custom stone creations from Den Holm and wicker armchairs making regular appearances throughout the spaces. The hotel doesn't follow a typical coastal routine, instead benefiting from Johnson's signature eclecticism where bright pops of colour and ceramics with faces pop up every now and then to encourage you to lighten up.

This subtropical oasis is immersed in an abundance of lush green forest and fuschia bougainvillea that climbs its way gracefully up the solid white rendered walls in the many alfresco opportunities at Raes. Part Byron Bay part Mykonos, the influences for this boutique hotel are plentiful, which leaves both curious locals and discerning travellers feeling at home. Whether you're here to spend a relaxing evening watching the tangerine skies drift beyond the palm trees or to enjoy a week as a temporary resident, the luxury and breezy style will be sure to satisfy.

As well as a selection of boutique suites to rest your weary head after a long day in the sun, Raes has you covered when it comes time for a delicious, locally-sourced meal. With a Mediterranean-leaning, modern Australian menu, the alfresco dining room is a prime spot to enjoy the freshest produce the region has to offer. If you weren't feeling tranquil enough already, the hotel's spa is ready to indulge you in a range of rejuvenating massage and skin care treatments to truly evaporate any real-world worries. After an afternoon nap (treat yourself, you're on holiday!), slip into your favourite linen ensemble and mosey on down to the bar to set in for the night in one of the turquoise lounge chairs. So, what are you waiting for? Your best summer yet is awaiting.

Images courtesy of Raes. Photography by Sean Fennessy.

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