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Hotel Highlights

  • Beautiful setting right by magnificent Wategos Beach – just outside laid-back Byron Bay
  • Pretty, elegant decor with a classical Tuscan style
  • Lush tropical gardens and sleek lap pool

Overview

A fairy-tale Tuscan-inspired villa tangled among the tropical garden vines, Byron Bay’s boutique hotel Victoria's at Wategos will bring out the romantic in anyone. A lush setting beside a beautiful beach, this coastal casa overlooking a lighthouse boasts airy rooms with charming four-posters and other European-style furniture.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Victoria's at Wategos with us:

Tropical fruit platter and a bottle of Australian sparkling wine on arrival

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

10, including one suite.

Check–out

10am; check-in, 2.30pm, but both flexible subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $315.75 (AU$363), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Breakfast is extra, at AU$35 a person.

Also

At Victoria’s you can play boules on the lawn or just wander the pretty tropical garden, which includes a water feature with rocks and lilypads – and a gentle, petite pet goanna.

At the hotel

Swimming pool, CD/DVD and book library, surfboards, surf skis, binoculars for whale watching, spa treatments. In rooms: TV, DVD/CD player, free WiFi, minibar.

Our favourite rooms

The best room depends on your preferred view – request pool and gardens or vistas up towards Cape Byron Lighthouse. The Executive Spa Rooms are the most spacious, with king-size beds. All bedrooms have a floaty, feminine feel, with fairy-tale four-posters, antique French-style dressing tables and chairs, chaise longues, muted cream curtains and white walls. Bathrooms are luxe marble with spa baths set between pillars, and pale coral stone floors.

Poolside

There's a sleek, 16-metre-long heated lap pool, surrounded by classical colonades, outdoors.

Packing tips

Stylish swimming costume, sneakers for walking to Cape Byron lighthouse, your yoga mat – Byron Bay is a centre for alternative therapies and all things New Age.

Also

There's a minimum stay of two nights at weekends, three on long weekends or during special events, and five at Easter, Christmas and in January. Smoking is allowed on bedroom balconies or on the hotel's public terraces.

Children

This hotel doesn’t cater for kids – opt for a liberating adult break instead.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Victoria’s doesn’t have a restaurant, but a full breakfast is served 8.30am–9.30am on the terrace by the pool. You can also pick up gourmet picnic hampers, if you fancy seaside snacking, and freshly baked treats for tea. In the evening, canapés, a seafood platter or barbecue hamper can be made to order, or the hotel can direct you to recommended places to eat nearby.

Hotel Bar

There’s no bar, but minibars come fully stocked, champagne is served at breakfast and a decanter of port awaits you in your room.

Room service

Breakfast and light meals are available between 8.30am and 5.30pm.

Smith Insider

Dress code

A vibrant kaftan and metallic flip-flops for evening (conjure Elizabeth Taylor in the sexy Seventies); stylish swimming costume or yoga kit by day.

Top table

Head for the romantic poolside terrace for drinks or snacks with a soothing mix of chill-out music.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

You’re inches from one of Australia’s most gorgeous beaches, Wategos, so grab your Seafolly suit and get in there. The hotel can hook you up with one-on-one surf lessons, or deep-sea fishing charters, whale and dolphin watching tours and even kayaking with dolphins. If you'd rather stay on dry land, a short, scenic walk takes you up to local landmark the Cape Byron lighthouse. From this lofty vantage point, you can take in sweeping views, spy dolphins cruising by or whale-watch in winter months, when the giant creatures migrate north to warmer waters. Should the mood take you, you can even hurl yourself off the top in a tandem hangglider. There are over 4km of spectacular walking tracks around the headland, taking in coastal rainforest, eye-popping beaches and ancient Aboriginal sites. Other activities nearby include horse riding on the beach and hinterland, golf at one of five local courses or a game of tennis. For a dash of retail therapy, art galleries, local markets and a stylish mix of cafes, bars and retaurants, just wander down the beach to Byron Bay itself. The vibe here is relaxed with a dash of glam, with gourmet hotspots reminiscent of Bali or Miami.

Local restaurants

In the centre of town St Elmo Dining (+61 (0)2 6680 7426) is the go-to place for seriously cool vibes. You can eat from the excellent authentic tapas-style menu or just sit at the bar and enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail; it’s first in best dressed so you need to get there early in the busy season. In nearby Bangalow, try fine-diner Town (+61 (0)2 6687 2555; townbangalaw.com.au).

Local bars

Set in a historic building, the Balcony Bar & Restaurant (+61 (0)2 6680 9666) is a mellow port of call for lychee martinis and mojitos.

Local cafés

Byron Beach Café (+61 (0)2 6685 8400), at Clarkes Beach, has amazing views from its deck and dining room, and serves a mean wagyu burger at lunch. The Pass Café (+61 (0)2 6680 8028; thepasscafe.com.au) is also nearby for brunch above the Pass surf spot.

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Coastal tropical valley

Victoria's at Wategos

1 Marine Parade, Wategos Beach, Byron Bay, NSW 2481, Australia

Located just under the famous Cape Byron lighthouse, Victoria’s at Wategos is nestled in an exclusive ocean front valley at beautiful Wategos beach on the New South Wales North Coast.

Planes

Ballina/Byron Gateway Airport (www.ballina.info/airport) is 30 minutes from the hotel, and is serviced daily by Jetstar (www.jetstar.com.au; 131 538), Virgin Australia (www.virginaustralia.com; 13 67 89) and Rex (www.rex.com.au; 13 17 13) with direct flights from Melbourne and Sydney.

Trains

CountryLink (www.countrylink.info; 13 22 32) runs train and coach services to Byron Bay from all main cities in New South Wales, as well as from Melbourne and Brisbane. A taxi can get you the last 2kms to Victoria’s.

Automobiles

Byron Bay is a nine-hour drive north from Sydney or a two-hour drive south from Brisbane. Cars can also be easily hired from the rental companies at Ballina Airport for those who are flying in but still want their own wheels.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

This review of Victoria’s at Wategos in Byron Bay is taken from our guidebook Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection Australia/New Zealand. As we turn onto the road to Byron Bay, thoughts of past adventures here flash through my mind: beaches, festivals, mud, tents, music, swimming and sunrises (far too many of them the result of not getting to bed). Among all these great memories, however, t…
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Victoria's at Wategos

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

This review of Victoria’s at Wategos in Byron Bay is taken from our guidebook Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection Australia/New Zealand.

As we turn onto the road to Byron Bay, thoughts of past adventures here flash through my mind: beaches, festivals, mud, tents, music, swimming and sunrises (far too many of them the result of not getting to bed). Among all these great memories, however, there are none that belong to specific sleeping arrangements. This time is going to be different; this time it’s all about the hotel.

As we head through town, my thoughts turn to another of my Byron obsessions: whales. On all my trips here, I’ve never seen one, which doesn’t stop me from craning my neck as we come over an incline. Nothing. Well, except for our first glimpse of Victoria’s at Wategos. Outside the Tuscan-inspired villa, we’re greeted – by name, no less – by staff who make us feel as though we’ve arrived at an old friend’s house. They give us a quick tour before taking our bags upstairs and leaving us to enjoy the room. Mr Smith bounces on the bed, while I begin my explorations: fruit plate, fluffy towels by the spa bath, views of the garden and Cape Byron lighthouse, and a decanter of port for that post-prandial tipple. So far, what’s not to like?

Lunch is beckoning, so we decide to stretch our legs and head into town. Only we never figured on stumbling across the Byron Beach Café. What starts out as a stop for a quick bite turns into a long affair. How could it not? Our table looks out over the beach, the sun is beating down, the people-watching is stellar, and we have plates of tasty tapas-style dishes, along with a chilled glass of sauv blanc, as the epicurean accompaniment. Our hosts, locals and visitors are all debating the best place to spot whales; to say my interest is piqued is an understatement.

After a little too long enjoying the sunshine and the wine, we amble back to Victoria’s and immerse ourselves in the spa. There are no water restrictions here, our phones are turned off and, with the aid of some deliciously scented bubble bath, we doze off with music softly playing.

Downstairs in the lounge, having emerged from our siesta, we feel as though we could curl up on the couch and never leave, but our rumbling stomachs make us flick through the book filled with restaurant recommendations. We snare a reservation at the Italian at the Pacific, more city restaurant than beach café, where we tuck into the specials, with a lovely pinot to match. The drive back to the hotel is an adventure in itself, as we navigate our way slowly past echidnas and bush turkeys.

Waking to a clear blue sky in the morning, I’m intent on continuing my mission to see the elusive whales. The ever-helpful ‘Victorians’ have suggested a hot-air balloon ride or a boat trip, both of which would hopefully give us a glimpse. I, however, have a fear of boats and Mr Smith is afraid of heights, so instead we decide on a pre-brekkie stroll. After walking along the almost-deserted Wategos Beach, we tackle the stairs to the lighthouse. From this, the most easterly point of Australia, the views are spectacular, but there are no whales.

Back at Victoria’s, the tables are set up in a corner of the lounge, overlooking the pool and down towards the beach. We can’t resist the aromas of the breakfast: perfect eggs, crispy bacon, feta and home-made chutney. Just when I think it can’t get any better, I’m offered a glass of bubbles.

Without even trying we fit in a lot of local sights during the morning. Twenty minutes away is the Crystal Castle, with its beautiful gardens, walks among mystic statues and a giant stone Blessing Buddha. It might not appeal to all, but the serenity is a welcome break from our hectic lives. On the way back we go via Bangalow, where there’s no choice but to explore the boutiques, galleries and antique shops on the main street.

Realising the time, we return to our sanctuary and the in-room treatment that has been arranged. Not being too keen on the whole holistic experience, Mr Smith leaves me with my idea of heaven to visit his: the golf course. He returns to find me luxuriating in my robe on the bed after a 90-minute massage and facial, feeling like I’ve been replaced by a new model me (ah, the magic of healing hands). With time before we have to meet old friends for dinner, we give the spa another road-test.

The next morning, to combat the indulgences of the past few days, I’m determined to beat my time to the lighthouse on our dawn walk. Mr Smith, meanwhile, lingers on the beach watching the surftastic members of the Byron Bay Malibu Club in action. I’ve got my head down, focused on pushing on up the hill, when a Japanese tourist rushes past me laden with cameras, squealing with delight. I hear the word ‘whales’ as she and her companion sprint by. Picking up the pace, I’m on their tail dashing along the path to the lookout. And there they are, just off the coastline, a small group of migrating mammals playing and splashing. For once, I am speechless. They’re beautiful. I look back, but Mr Smith is nowhere to be seen. I race back to the beach and grab him. This, after all, is an event that needs to be shared.
 

The Guestbook

Reviews of Victoria's at Wategos from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

It's a very beautiful place with great service.

Don’t expect

Coffee machines in the rooms would be good.

Rating: 10/10 stars