This hotel is on Wategos beach which is about a 5 minute drive from Byron. The view from the hotel overlooks the beach and is fantastic. The location is slightly out of Byron and so would require a taxi if you have dinner in Byron (we paid $13).
We booked last minute and stayed in the Garden Suite and paid $250 (originally quoted at $600!). The suite was lovely. It has the feel of a Moroccan Riad. There was a large bedroom area, inside seating area, large bath, separate bathroom with shower and then large outdoor area that had a cushioned seating area. The suite opened directly onto the pool. From the Garden Suite, there is no view of the ocean, but that is fairly obvious from the name. We feel $250 per night was a good deal but it isnt worth $600. We're not sure if this changes with high/low season. The pool was lovely but as it was in an enclosed area and under a tree, it was full of branches and leaves. It wasn't suitable for swimming and we feel this is something that should have been cleaned on a daily basis.
The staff were lovely. We had our breakfast in the restaurant which overlooks the ocean - amazing. We stayed with the continental (included in the price) and is was great. Fruits, coffee, croissants, muffins. There was a wide selection of choice on the breakfast at an extra cost (approx $20-$30 per meal). The dinner menu looked amazing but we opted to have dinner in Byron instead.
This hotel is great! A quiet retreat with good service. This hotel offers something different and there is a feel of exclusivity. We would stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rae's on Wategos in Byron Bay is Australia's most iconic boutique Hotel. It combines modern luxury with bohemian grandeur - a truly unique experience. Situated on absolute beachfront, Rae's on Wategos has been voted one of the world's top 25 Hotels by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine and offers a unique and unforgettable romantic experience. Whether you visit our Hotel, Restaurant or Day spa, Raes on Wategos is a boutique retreat with magnificent surroundings and personalised service like no other. With only only seven rooms in the Hotel, Rae's provides an elegant, opulent and exceptionally private space where one can lose oneself in the mystique of a bygone era. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rae`s On Watego`s Hotel Byron Bay
- Raes On Wategos Byron Bay