It was my birthday last week so what better way to spend it other than in Byron Bay. It was the third time we had been up there this year and this time round we knew we had to stay in the beautiful area of Wategos Beach. Wategos sits in the exclusive area just below the famous lighthouse in Byron. A 30 minute coastal walk into Byron, it is our favourite spot in the area. We opted for an airbnb for a bit of a different experience this time round. Here’s my review of where to stay in Byron Bay and what it was like staying in an airbnb.
Where Did We Stay?
We booked ourselves into a studio nestled right in the heart of Wategos with a sea view and just 200 metre walk from the beach. We stayed at Seahaven, a property owned by a local couple, Grahame and Carol which had been converted into 3 apartments – top floor was the owner’s home, a 2 bed airbnb below and to the side was our studio. All three apartments had a sea view in a beautiful tropical oasis.
Firstly, let me just say that this airbnb is beautiful. We were taken to our private entrance in a tropical garden complete with sun loungers, a sea view and the sounds of the ocean.
Our private entrance
Upon entry into the one bed studio, candles were lit and fairy lights were on. The attention to detail was second to none – it was gorgeous! I loved that Carol & Grahame mentioned that they present their airbnb the way they would expect their stay to be. With hotel quality sheets, chocolates by the bed and beach towels at the ready, we were set for a great relaxing holiday.
Even though breakfast is generally not included in an airbnb stay, Carol & Grahame generously supplied us with enough food to get us through our five days, from cereals, yoghurt and milk in the fridge and fresh fruit. They even came and brought us the best loaf of bread I’ve ever had (bought from The Farm) and croissants another morning. All of this was not included in the price which they did because of their kindness to make things easier for us.
The gardens at Seahaven were a serene and calming environment which have really been thought about. I loved all the details from the water feature to the buddha statues dotted around.
This apartment is just to the side of where we stayed and it’s perfect for longer stays. A two bed apartment with a big balcony, equipped with the master bedroom overlooking the beach and another bedroom with 2 single beds, it really is a great place to relax. We popped up there when it was vacant and took a few images as it was so beautiful.
Grahame and Carol are the utmost perfect hosts. With the right balance of interaction, they knew how to leave us in peace yet they were on hand if we needed anything. I think that’s the worry most have when opting for an airbnb, there’s the feeling that you can’t have the anonymity like you do in a hotel. Yet with Grahame and Carol what was really great about staying with them was their local knowledge. If we hadn’t had stayed with them then we wouldn’t know about the best places to eat around Byron to secret rock pools right near Wategos. They even supplied us with a beach umbrella when we were off to the beach one day. We can’t wait to book with Grahame and Carol again because it is without a doubt the best place to stay in Byron Bay.
If you are looking for a getaway from Sydney, look no further than to stay at Seahaven – it was the most relaxed I have been in a while! For more information, click here.
For my view of Byron’s Best Cafe and Restaurant, click here.
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