I surprised my partner with a surpise weekend getaway to Byron Bay and spent quite some time looking for the perfect spot. I am pleased to say that I was extremely happy with the Watermark. The location is perfect, right opposite the beach. There are 3 apartments to choose from, 2 studio apartments on the ground floor and 1 ocean front apartment on the second floor. We stayed in the ocean view apartment which is defintely the pick of the three as it has spectacular views and is more spacious. Given this is an apartment and not a hotel, it doesn't have a pool, restaurant, room service etc... so it's a little difficult to make a comparison to Victoria's or Rae's on Wategos, but 1 thing is for certain, the position of the Watermark is better than both. The walk into town is about half an hour on the beach or the same up to Captain Cook's lookout. The only restaurant in Wategos is Rae's which is quite expensive, so if you're not the type that likes walking, get yourself a car. It is also located close to the lighthouse. Internet access was provided (wifi) but we had trouble some days connecting. This didn't really bother us because we were on holiday to get away from everything!
Overall - Highly recommended!
One tip for those that haven't been to Byron Bay before, if you fly into Ballina, DO NOT get a taxi to Wategos! I think as soon as our driver heard Wategos they decided to charge us the night fare (at 2pm in the afternoon!) and then went the long way to Wategos... We obviously found this out later... Taxi fare ended up costing us $120! You can hire a car from the airport for about $50 a day which is perfect because you can then drive into town and get some groceries to fill up the fridge! :-) The trip from the airport to Byron is about 40 minutes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Watermark at Wategos is a unique beachfront property offering luxury lodging in three separate suites/ apartments. Settle into your self-contained luxury suite, with absolute beach frontage of one of Australia's most beautiful beaches, Wategos Beach at Byron Bay. Watermark consists of two sumptuous Beachfront Studio Suites, one Ocean View Apartment and of course the magnificent 3 bedroom Private Residence, all literally 10 steps from the sand. Every detail of the interiors has been meticulously and lovingly styled, with beautiful hand carved furniture, Pony chairs, a comfy lounges and Italian marble ensuite bathrooms. None of the mod-cons have been overlooked with each Suite having its own flat screen LCD TV, CD/DVD player and an integrated BOSE sound system with Apple universal iPod dock and wireless internet access. Open the concertina doors, breathe the fresh ocean breeze with a hint of frangipani and .....Exhale. ... more less
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