Byron at Byron Bay, Suffolk Park
Tel: 61 2 6639 2000
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:This 60-room resort (soon to be 92) nestles so beautifully into its lush surroundingsa stunning 45-acre patch of coastal rain forestthat it's hard to believe locals ever resisted its creation. Raised wooden walkways meander from the guest quarters, perched above the forest floor, through gum trees to the nearby swimming pool, beach, lake, gym, and restaurant, which offers unusually good food for such rustic surroundings. Don't expect a minibar or too much in the way of room service, but come prepared for a passel of memorable touches: complimentary Nirvana coffee, a luxurious spa offering aromatherapy cocoons, and a rain forest regeneration program that is already paying dividends.2005 Hot List
When to go: December through March, for the warmest weather and sea.
Which room to book: Any of the upper-level North Suites, of which the quietest is Everglades 32
Amenities: Bar/lounge, Gym, Pool, Spa, Wheelchair-accessible