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Wategos Beach Retreats

23 Brownell Dr, Byron Bay, New South Wales 2481 Australia
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23 Brownell Dr, Byron Bay, New South Wales 2481 Australia
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Jane Thompson wrote a review Aug 2020
Morayfield, Australia86 contributions43 helpful votes
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We really needed some ‘time out’ and this cosy little spot at Wategos hit the mark. The views from the bed & balcony really are gorgeous and the space plenty for a short stay. The bed so comfortable and a great shower. The little kitchenette well stocked (oil, salt, pepper, lots of tea options, plenty of crockery). I did miss not having an oven to heat up some things but we met the owner who brought in a bench top convection oven which was perfect. Beware the street parking is pretty hectic, even in winter, but you can park in the driveway to unload & pack, and whenever the street is parked out (the owners just let you know if they need you to move when heading out). The walk to the beach very easy (5min). Great other walks to the lighthouse or around the headland. Tip...head to Raes at Wategos for a mid afternoon drink on their terrace with views to the beach. I also had a very needed therapeutic massage at their spa, and we dined there for dinner. Highly recommend. Wategos is the perfect way to enjoy Byron but escape the busyness. It is also so protected from the southerlies that it has its own little micro climate...it was the middle of winter but felt like summer (without the humidity). Nights still cold of course, but the unit stayed beautifully warm having soaked up the sun through the day. No extra heating required at night. So absolutely loved our stay & will be back! We also viewed the 2 bed apartment next door which would be ideal if you needed more space. Same views, same lovely decor.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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KR6495 wrote a review Feb 2018
Brisbane, Australia1 contribution
Like others have said, I almost don’t want to write this review and have other people find out how good this place really is… When I booked a week at the Wategos Retreats Apartment for myself and my partner, I was truly not prepared for what a fantastic holiday we were about to have. A special thank you to Lynne and Gary the caretakers for making your beautiful home available to holidaymakers (they live upstairs and I would kill to see the views from their balcony!). The location is so truly relaxing, peaceful and quiet and only a few minutes walk from Wategos Beach, which I could safely say is one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever stepped foot on. It was nice to be able to escape back to our own little haven in Wategos from the hustle and bustle of town as it was such a busy time of year. Most mornings we woke for an early swim and watched the sun come up over the top of the lighthouse which was always spectacular. The trail walk up to the lighthouse to watch the sunrise is a must do and is absolutely breathtaking. The apartment is a perfect size for a couple and we loved having the separate living space, we stayed 7 nights over NYE and found it so easy to cook our own meals - I do wish the fridge was a bit bigger for drinks but luckily we brought an esky. The views from the balcony are phenomenal and the photos on the website truly don’t do it justice. I cannot wait to get back as I don’t think any amount of time spent here is sufficient… I’m so grateful that I know this place exists (and is so damn affordable compared to anything in the area) and I am counting down the days until we can return.
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Date of stay: December 2017
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spks s wrote a review Aug 2017
Coffs Harbour, Australia119 contributions30 helpful votes
I really don't wish to tell you how great this venue is..I don't want it booked out when I want to return..1xapartment or 1x studio......stayed in apartment...view to die for...furnishings so classy yet homely...quiet....tree tops,ocean view,off street parking,beach 5 mins walk.....bumped into the owners by chance otherwise would never had seen them..really nice people..this is one of the nicest places I have stayed and value for money
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Date of stay: August 2017
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BekkyHay wrote a review Dec 2015
Newcastle, Australia272 contributions23 helpful votes
We stayed for 6 nights in the full size apartment. We had been staying in hotel rooms so it was a nice change to have privacy and be fully self contained. It was lovely to have a very comfortable separate lounge, bed, bathroom and added bonus of a washroom (for laundry!). We had a very big comfortable bed with views of Wategos in the morning when we woke. The apartment was as breezy or still as we liked depending on how many doors or windows we opened. Everything was dated but clean and comfortable. Highly recommend. The only two very minor issues were: 1) a buggy tv with sporadic reliability and 2) the bathroom/toilet leaked onto the bathroom tiles. Apart from that we look forward to returning to this little escape by the sea.
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Date of stay: December 2015
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Discover406124 wrote a review Nov 2012
Northern Rivers1 contribution6 helpful votes
I thought the location of the accomodation was excellent. It was close to Wategoes Beach and in a very quiet area. However the gardens needed trimming so you could take advantage of the ocean views. The mattress was very old and uncomfortable. The bath towels were old and faded and in general the unit was in need of an update.
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Date of stay: November 2012
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Response from lynne f, Manager at Wategos Beach Retreats
Responded 5 Mar 2013
Thank you for your review, we appreciate your feedback. An update of The Apartment has been completed with fresh paint, linen and a new bed. The gardens have been trimmed to open up the fantastic northern view!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Wategos Beach Retreats
Which popular attractions are close to Wategos Beach Retreats?
Nearby attractions include Lets Go Surfing Byron Bay (2.2 km), Lighthouse Trail (0.4 km), and Wategos Beach (0.3 km).
What are some restaurants close to Wategos Beach Retreats?
Conveniently located restaurants include Manna Haven, Chihuahua, and Dip.