OMG, I Want to Rent That House: Byron Bay, Australia
Wategos Villas, Byron Bay, Australia (Vrbo): For two years, we were all glued to the “next wave” news. So, arguably, we all deserve a break. But if you choose to take advantage of the holidays we believe every human on the planet has amassed by living off COVID and use them on a Byron Bay vacation, you won’t necessarily need to take a break from watching the waves. That’s because this New South Wales hotspot is known for its great surfing. Between the days in the South Pacific and the nights in this sumptuous villa, you can start to feel some of the energy of 2019 coming back.
This bird-shaped setting helps illustrate the home’s most important feature: it’s just 164 feet from Wategos Beach. At a glance, that doesn’t seem that close. But to put it into context, it’s only about the same length as Tiger Woods’ $20 million yacht, Privacy.
Based on what we assume must be the multimillion-dollar industry of maritime accents and beach-themed wall art that fills most beachfront homes, we believe that almost It is impossible to design a truly luxurious beach house. That sea air starts blowing in and suddenly you have a craving for kitsch. Not here. Wategos Villas is an exception to the rule and proves a design tenet that never goes out of style: If you keep the color neutral and use only art and nature to decorate, you can’t go wrong.
“The house looks gorgeous,” you’re thinking, “but why the plural?” “Villa” is more than just a grammatical choice. This property consists of two separate homes, all included in the not-so-low price of $3,000 a night. On the plus side, this small family-friendly resort sleeps 12. If you keep that in mind and have a few glasses of wine, the math will start to look more and more interesting.
The listing describes the property as having a “comfort and tropical feel”, fully displayed in this view. This may be the formal dining room, but there’s nothing oppressive about it.
Taking a vacation is about taking a week (or four, if you can do the doctor’s paperwork for your boss) doing whatever you want. To that end, your first choice for dinner is to put this insanely gorgeous chef’s kitchen to work and blow away something you just can’t get with your usual digging at home. The second is to take advantage when your guests come to a nearby resort restaurant and sit down on their tired ass while some of the other chefs treat you like a queen.
This photo is just another in a long line of proof that black-and-white combinations never go out of style, no matter where in the world you are or what style of home you’re decorating.
Around this complex there are many hiding spots, both indoor and outdoor, for you to rest and relax or chat and drink. Similarly, there are several different seating options for your meal. You can choose to eat in this casual dining nook, at the more formal dining table we’ve introduced to you, or at the backyard option in the wonderful outdoor space. The theme of this holiday is: choice, choice, choice.
Yes, that’s it. Based on this image alone, we decided to quit our jobs, take a vacation to Byron Bay at this cool classic yet unique home, and then conveniently never leave. Cross our fingers that Australia respects the rights of squatters.
What is the #1 gift that a beach house gives? An outdoor shower! This one has the added plus of looking better than our indoor shower at home.
There are six bedrooms around the property, spread over two homes, and an additional standalone suite on the grounds. It’s better to stay close, but not too close to all your vacationing guests, honey.
This house is a paradise just steps away from Wategos Beach. But if that’s not enough for you (always wanting more, gosh!), it’s also a short walk to Cape Byron Lighthouse and Byron Bay town center from your own front door.
This might just be one of our three all-time favorite reading niches. It’s like the Secret Garden, but for an Australian adult.
In addition to having the ocean in your own backyard, you also have a private pool and gardens in your actual backyard. Unless you choose to vacation during the rainy season (and why would you!), we see no reason for you to spend time under one roof during this vacation.
The property listing claims that Wategos Villas “elevates every experience.” Normally, we would call bullshit with such an inflated statement. But, in this case, they may be right. If only our boss had sent us to Byron Bay to see for sure…
Your reservation: Villa WategosByron Bay, Australia: $3,110 / night Vrbo