Byron Bay was already a much-loved holiday destination pre-2020, but the past 12 months have elevated it to the global stage, attracting big-name international visitors alongside land-locked Australians experiencing a serious case of wanderlust.
As if on cue, a host of new accommodation options has opened in the Byron area, including some small but stylish ‘aparthotels’, like Joints in Byron. Founded in 2020 by musician Jimmy Lyell of Flight Facilities and his art consultant wife Chelsea Waddell, Joints comprises four cabins that are designed to feel like a home away from home – if that home belonged to your coolest and most creative friends.
Saint Helena is a LUMIRA favourite, thanks to its laid-back but sophisticated aesthetic. The colour palette is a minimal mix of white and muted pastels, underscoring a riot of textures – polished concrete floors are topped with woven rugs; rustic timber and sleek fibreglass furniture sit side-by-side.
Joints in Byron’s artist-in-residence program means the interior aesthetics are ever-evolving. Painter Elle-louise Burguez is currently stationed on the property – her vibrant, expressionist pieces depict sunny scenes full of wine and picnics and flowers in full bloom. Sydney ceramicist Ryan Der – one half of the Bondi-based Porch Ceramics – was an early guest of the program and held classes for other guests.
Adding to the general atmosphere of communal celebration, there are monthly dinners hosted by renowned chefs and an outdoor space and garden that encourages mingling with other guests.
Indulge in a mindblowing massage at luxury spa Comma. A full menu of massage options means you can precisely tailor the location, duration, pressure and relaxation levels for ultimate bliss.
The Byron Bay shopping scene has never been better, thanks to the increasing number of creatives, designers and makers who now call the region home. Visit Tigmi Trading for a stunning collection of homewares and St Agni for a pared-back wardrobe (see founder Lara Fels own home here).
Known for its year-round sunshine, Byron Bay meets its match in the radiance of Soleil du Maroc Parfum. The opening burst of citrus – zesty lime, lemongrass and ginger – melds into a warm and woody refrain of cedar, musk and vanilla pod, echoing the happy, hazy holiday feeling of an afternoon in the sun.
Written by Michelle Bateman