Cabarita Beach is spectacular little heart-stealing gem of a place about 40 minutes north of Byron Bay on the NSW coast. Thanks to its spectacular beaches, quiet laid back vibe and practically perfect weather, it has quickly become the place we would return to in a fluttering heartbeat. It is also where you will discover Grounds of Cabarita, which as our debut ‘Air BNB’ luxury home review, is unquestionably a standout accommodation.
This 1960’s fully renovated weatherboard radiates an air of relaxed coastal chic; a minimal yet textured aesthetic helps the house feel uncluttered and open, yet comfortable and quaint. From its white picket fence, palm tress and chicken coop welcoming you up the steps to the glass fronted door, to the large turquoise private pool, iconic Byron Bay hanging chair and grassy knoll out the back – this home is the epitome of the modern Aussie vacay.
It also helps that as hosts, Sophie and Nick are absolutely wonderful. From suggestions to visit the famed Mullumbimby Farmers Market, to coming over of a nighttime to fix the washing machine, they are next level Super Hosts; as charming and friendly as their home.
“I’m just one of those people that really vibes off others having a good time”, says Sophie. “If people come and stay in our space, explore local places we have recommended, cook an amazing dinner on our pizza oven, or just love their stay, that fills me with so much joy!! We have had quite a lot of brides stay at our house to get ready for their wedding too, and I feel truly honoured that people want to share such a special and monumental time in their life with us!”
It’s a magical place for families too. Mornings spent at the breakfast bench or swinging in the hanging chair before a frolic at the main beach and quick trip to Crystal Castle. Followed by playing in the pool until sunset before enjoying a home-cooked dinner at the long wooden table under the bamboo covered pergola, as the brush turkeys eye of your meal and the kookaburras cackle in the background. Magic.
The convenience of your own private pool, large open plan living and great outdoor areas that are fully enclosed and secure make it perfect for families. Plus, the layout of the house means that the front two rooms are ideal for the kids, whilst the folks get to enjoy their oasis of a Master bedroom at the rear, opening out onto the pool and grass area.
Keen for a fancy dinner out? No problem. There’s the award-winning hatted restaurant Paper Daisy at the famed Halcyon House down the road. Win, win win.
Grounds of Cabarita has definitely earned its spot among our luxe hotel and resort reviews, not only because it is such a wonderful abode, but because the care and service given by its hosts truly makes it one of a kind.