Rae’s has been a landmark at Wategos Beach ever since it opened its Javanese teak doors in the 1960s. Nestled at the base of Cape Byron, it’s been a stopover for everyone from Lenny Kravitz to Kate Winslet and, with just seven suites, there’s a strong focus here on privacy and romance. Each suite has a north-facing terrace open to the sea breeze and all exude a bohemian opulence with their Moroccan alcoves, Balinese four-poster beds, whitewashed Greek walls and Turkish mother-of-pearl tiles (the latter in the steam rooms of the award-winning day spa). Bring your surfboard, swim in the secluded pool or take a run up to the nearby lighthouse.

6-8 Marine Parade, Byron Bay; (02) 6685 5366



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