Stefanie Acworth

Atlantic Guesthouses

www.amodernwayfarer.com
  • Where:Byron Bay
  • Why:A girly getaway in search of some blissful sun!
  • When:Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend in June (oh the joys of still being a constitutional monarchy in Australia).
  • Who:My bestie and I.
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The Atlantic pushbike has become something of a celebrity, dressed-up in different themes every now and then. Note to self: must hunt down wine from Penfolds crate…

No circular driveways or bold entry statements, in fact you’d be forgiven for driving right past the unassuming reception exterior - but the chilled-out Atlantic Guesthouse wouldn’t have it any other way!

A refurbished vintage airstream hides behind some palms in the outdoor garden. You can even stay in it…if you’re not too tall.

Meandering sun-drenched footpaths of jungle-like proportions connect the three Caribbean plantation-inspired guesthouses.

“Driftwood” the second guesthouse, is very Scandinavian seaside fishing village meets old barn. Except it’s about 50 metres from the beautifully warm Pacific Ocean.

A standard ensuite room is modern coastal living at its best. Clean, cosy and simple, the design emphasizes the bright natural light outdoors with all white interiors. PS – the bathroom is extra large!

The hotel’s very own Mini Moke.

The “Lodge” (one of the guesthouse’s) has a beautifully designed communal kitchen for guests to cook up a storm.

Design details in the shared living room at “The Lodge”.

View from the Shared Kitchen/Dining Room looking out to the garden.

Atlantic Byron Bay is like a treasure trove of designer nooks and crannies. From fancy flipper wall hangings to summer coffee-table books, each one carefully curated to outdo the last.

The outside of “The Lodge”, one of three very welcoming (and chic) beach guesthouses that make up Atlantic Byron Bay.

Highs & Lows

  • The designer kitchen and dining space available for all guests to use as well as the general set-up of the three interconnected guesthouses make for a real ‘home away from home’ vibe.

  • Lots of little nooks and crannies to explore and relax as well as the cutesy design notes scattered around the grounds.

  • The restored vintage airstream – it’s just rad!

  • Perfectly located opposite the beautiful, blue Byron Bay main beach and adjacent to the main street (but just far enough away to minimize noise).

  • Minimal bathroom products makes BYO’ing toiletries essential!

  • The sound of high heels on polished floorboards in the communal kitchen/dining space in the wee hours of the morning can echo in the rooms.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 42/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Guesthouse / specialty lodging.

  • Vibe

    Surf. Stay. Style. Caribbean cool meets Hamptons kitsch.

  • Location

    The best of both worlds. It’s central, just off the main road in town and about 50 metres from the beach.

  • Rooms

    15

  • Music

    The indie-pop sounds of Phoenix and Portishead.

  • Year Opened

    2012

  • Designed By

    Owners Kimberley Amos and Stephan Eakin.

  • Pool/Gym

    No. But the Pacific Ocean is about 50 metres away.

  • Restaurant

    No, however the communal kitchen and dining area is fully equipped, which means you can whip up a gourmet meal after grabbing some local organic produce at the markets down the road.

  • Bar

    No. But a few sunset wines on one of the many communal decks (or your own private one for that matter) won’t go astray.

  • Minibar

    No

  • Children

    Leave them at home unless you want more than two in the bed!

  • Price

    Affordable luxe.

Dishing up fresh and local fare, punters venture from far and wide to frequent this institutional eatery located in Newybar, about a 10 minute drive from Byron Bay.

Harvest Café

Harvest, 18-22 Old Pacific Hwy, Newrybar Village NSW 2479, Australia

Dishing up fresh and local fare, punters venture from far and wide to frequent this institutional eatery located in Newybar, about a 10 minute drive from Byron Bay.

Head straight to Byron’s bohemian soul for some retail therapy.

Spell and the Gypsy Collective

Spell & The Gypsy, 15 Browning St, Byron Bay NSW 2481, Australia

Head straight to Byron’s bohemian soul for some retail therapy.

Its crystal-clear water and rolling waves are Australia’s best. And if you’re hungry visit the decadently Moroccan-inspired Rae’s on Wategos (Nicole and Tom had their honeymoon here) for some freshly-shucked oysters overlooking the beach.

Wategos Beach

Wategos Beach

Its crystal-clear water and rolling waves are Australia’s best. And if you’re hungry visit the decadently Moroccan-inspired Rae’s on Wategos (Nicole and Tom had their honeymoon here) for some freshly-shucked oysters overlooking the beach.

Atlantic Guesthouses

Atlantic Guesthouses, 13 Marvell St, Byron Bay

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