Wanderlust: Bask & Stow, Byron Bay

There’s a little piece of paradise hidden in the back streets of Byron Bay called Bask & Stow. If you’re looking for boutique accommodation in the area, this is a must-stay.

Photography: Kara Hynes  /  Words: Loni Parker

When it comes to accommodation, I can be very picky as I’ve stayed at a number of beautiful boutique hotels in Australia and the US. So you can trust me when I say Bask & Stow really is an inspiring place to stay. I loved all of the design details both inside and out. White breeze block throughout gives a definite Palm Springs vibe – it’s safe to say my head was bubbling with design ideas for my future dream home.

There are four suites to choose from – sun, sea, sand and salt, each with its own unique coastal-inspired style. We stayed in the sea suite pictured above and right. Whilst the rooms aren’t huge, they did feel spacious thanks to the high ceilings and white walls and furniture. Plus you have your own private balcony – some with hanging cane chairs and outdoor table and bench seat.

The bathroom was pretty big, complete with bathtub and rain shower. I loved the luxurious details in the suite, like the marble floor tiles in the bathroom, leather door handles on the wardrobe and Slim Aarons print on the wall. There’s even a small kitchenette, but with so many great cafes and restaurants in Byron, you’ll want to eat out. On our trip we ate breakfast at Byron Fresh, grabbed some fish and chips from the kiosk at Beach for a casual lunch, and dined at the laid-back Byron Bay Brewery (try the sticky lamb ribs - they’re insanely good). It’s also worth noting Bask & Stow is a short walk from Top Shop, famous for its milkshakes, smoothies and casual bites.

Other features on-site include the shared plunge pool – a great spot to cool off in the afternoon.

Location-wise it is situated half-way between Tallows Beach and Byron Bay’s city centre, making it a great spot to enjoy the best of both worlds. There are great walkways along the beach – I’d highly recommend it on your stay. We walked up to the infamous lighthouse from Bask & Stow, which took us about an hour overall (there and back). It’s near impossible to get a car park up there in the summer, so walking is your best bet (plus great for walking off those lunches and dinners out!).

Overall I really enjoyed my stay, it’s the ideal spot for couples seeking a quiet weekend away in a tropical, relaxed setting. Click here to check out their website and to book your own escape.