A Byron Bay escape to Rae’s

Written on the 9 September 2009

OWNED by keen local surfer Vince Rae, the vision for Rae’s on Watego’s started 17 years ago.

It is now considered one of Australia’s most desirable accommodation experiences, and a favourite haunt among celebrities Kate Hudson, Owen Wilson, Elle Macpherson and Chris Martin from Coldplay.

But celebs aside, Rae’s is devoid of pompous ethos and choosing to stay in this exquisite hotel while visiting Byron Bay offers a wonderful wind-down experience for the weary corporate or working traveller.

The seven-room boutique retreat provides an elegant, opulent and exceptionally private space in which patrons can enjoy a break from the hustle and bustle. Superbly located on the absolute beachfront of Watego’s Beach and surrounded by the natural beauty of the nation’s most spectacular stretch of coastline, it offers an unsurpassed experience.

Rae’s on Watego’s exclusive guest house and restaurant is a relaxing experience, offering luxury suite and penthouse accommodation and genuinely sophisticated cuisine.

The restaurant is recognised for it’s mix of modern Australian and Thai cuisine. Head chef Brendan Haras has worked for some of Australia’s top restaurants including, Galileo (Observatory Hotel), Berardos and Seasons (Noosa Heads) and Songbirds (Mt Tamborine). The al fresco restaurant overlooks the beach and serves the finest cuisine for those who are passionate about their food.

The fresh, high quality organic ingredients sourced locally and also from Rae’s organic farm in Bangalow is the cornerstone of Haras cuisine.

Rae’s is a distinctive Mediterranean and Moroccan styled villa that features an exclusive mix of seven individually styled luxury suites and penthouses. Each suite offers a mixture of courtyards or garden terraces while the penthouses have large sun drenched balconies with panoramic ocean, headland and lighthouse views. With so many romantic areas to choose, the only issue is which room to enjoy the champagne.

As a winter getaway, Rae’s is unsurpassed. Guests can enjoy a wonderful selection of wine relaxed in front of an open fire. In summer, the pool and garden area provide a wonderful escape to enjoy the warmth of the sun, drenched in luxury. Guests can choose to relax in the luxurious surrounds or choose Rae’s as their base for a super-cool hedonistic weekend in Byron.

Rae’s Spa similarly provides opulence and seclusion, and an unforgettable rejuvenating experience. Voted in the top 50 by Luxury Travel magazine, the spa offers a truly memorable experience in keeping with it’s surrounds.

The sounds of the outside world are silenced as soon as you enter the tranquil surrounds and therapists work to release the stresses of today’s high paced living.

Travellers to Byron can enjoy a wonderful walk around the headland which takes in the views from Australia’s most easterly point. Hang 10 on the popular waves of Watego’s beach, before returning to Rae’s for a night of blissful and relaxing indulgence.
Only an hour away from the Gold Coast and two hours from Brisbane, Rae’s is a perfect option for the stressed out executive looking for a weekend escape of pure indulgence.


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