Byron Bay Travel Guide
There are not many hipper holiday spots Down Under than Byron Bay, where celebrities hide away and Sydneysiders come up for weekend breaks. After some renovations the Watermark @ Wategos boutique hotel is an ocean-front place to stay that's had some good press lately.
Watermark does try to be trendy--you can see that just from the "@" in the name--but it usually manages to pull it off too. Guests get either upstairs or downstairs studio apartments that have marble bathrooms and designer furniture, although the rooms are not especially big.
The location is the best bit, right on famous Wategos Beach. It's also only about a fifteen-minute walk into the town center. But like many boutique spots in Byron, the Watermark @ Wategos doesn't come cheap. Rates vary between A$390 (US$330) and A$590 (US$500) a night depending on the suite and the season so it's not a place for the average surfer to bed down.