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by Stefanie Acworth

The Atlantic

A relaxed coastal lodge where you can live like a local.

Absolute Highlight

The renovated vintage airstream sitting pretty in the garden. *cue Instagram photos*

In a nutshell

No. of rooms
15
The design aesthetic is...
modern coastal living, accented with a 1960s surfer kitsch vibe.
The typical guest is...
young, international travellers on a mid-range budget wanting to explore the Byron shire but be close to the beach; east-coast creatives or soul-searchers; couples and friends.
The sustainability features (ie. plastic free, recycling, green wall, garden) are...
concerted focus on sourcing wares and produce locally.
The location is...
right in the heart of the Byron Bay township, and a mere 2 minute-walk to Byron’s Main Beach.
Interaction is encouraged by....
the shared spaces such as the firepit, swimming pool and immaculately decked out kitchens and living areas in each of the four ‘lodges’.
You should stay here because
it’s easy to slide seamlessly into Byron time when staying at The Atlantic.
What took you there?

A girly-getaway with my bestie to recharge and to bask in some blissful sunshine!

What was your room like?

There are four different types of accommodation at The Atlantic, each born from a series of original houses lovingly reinvigorated to reflect cool coastal locales around the world. ‘The Lodge’, one of The Atlantic’s bigger buildings, is reminiscent of a homestead you’d find in the Caribbean, with whitewashed walls, huge palms and louvred windows. ‘The Albatross Inn’, the second, smaller house, is rife with Baja Mexico vibes and has a slight Scandi seaside village undertone. You can even channel your inner gypsy-child and stay in the wistfully refurbished vintage American airstream. All buildings meander around a lush, tropical garden and resort-style pool. We stayed in a ‘Tropical Room’ in The Lodge, where the minimal yet luxe coastal theme continued. The room and communal spaces were meticulously decorated with kitschy artefacts and worldly wares – with Grown Alchemist spa products in the bathroom keeping things classy.

What about the venue

For a boutique hotel quite literally in the middle of bustling Byron Bay, and it sounds a bit counter-intuitive to say, The Atlantic is overwhelmingly relaxing. But that’s exactly what it is. Perfumed candles set the mood in communal spaces and every attention to detail in design, as well as guest experience, has been well-thought-out. Staff are lovely and attentive when needed but have a respectively hands-off approach. The ethos of The Atlantic is to live the Byron lifestyle and with that brings an increased amount of autonomy for guests. Do as the locals do; cook fresh produce from the local markets and bond over a glass of bubbly with others in the kitchen, or simply retire early and meditate the night away on your room’s private veranda.

Tell us about the destination

Bohemian Byron Bay is a coastal mecca for surfers, creatives and soul-seekers the world over. The township offers a melting pot of eclectic dining and shopping options. It is a genuine incubator of creativity and artistry. The beaches of Byron are also some of the most beautiful in the world, so don’t forget to do the Lighthouse Walk and take in the views.

Who did you meet there?

We had a lovely chat to an interior designer and his wife over the fire-pit one evening.

Surrounding Activities

Brunch at Harvest Café

Dishing up fresh local fare, punters venture a little inland to eat at this institution in Newrybar, about a 15-minute drive from Byron Bay.

Harvest Café

Shop at Iconic Fashion label, Spell

Head straight to Byron’s bohemian success-story for some retail therapy.

Spell

Whale-watching at Wategos Beach

From June-November, Humpback whales can be seen migrating north along the coastline.

Wategos Beach