Halcyon House is probably my favourite hotel. I stayed there as an artist-in-residence and was blown away. The food, service and styling are world class and it’s right on Cabarita Beach, amongst some of the most beautiful natural wilderness on earth. Hard to beat!
New South Wales meets the Hamptons in this easygoing but high-class boutique hotel. It’s halfway between Gold Coast and Byron Bay, but shares none of their bustle: it’s made for laidback mornings and sleepy afternoons, it’s somewhere to enjoy service on the beachfront or surf the uncrowded waves, to lounge by the shaded, heated saltwater pool or dine at the Paper Daisy restaurant, which serves casually impressive small plates from the Noma-trained head chef.