Boho-style BASQ House opens in Byron Bay

BASQ House Lounge Room
BASQ House Lounge Room

The new 32-room boutique hotel offers a blend of luxury, culture and art in the heart of Byron Bay

A new boutique hotel, BASQ House, has opened its doors in a tucked-away laneway in Byron Bay’s vibrant village centre. Developed by Melbourne-based friends Matt Walsh and Shane Wilkinson, the eclectic hideaway has been designed as a home-away-from-home, where guests arrive as visitors and leave as friends.

Inspired by Moroccan riads, Fauvism and the bohemian spirit, Creative Director Matt Dalby and interior designer Léo Terrando have designed the hotel to evoke a sense of wonder and exploration.

Minimalist yet stylish, the bedrooms feature soothing neutral tones and bespoke honey-hued timber joinery. They also have Mr Smith toiletries and minibars stocked with local products.

But it’s the hotel’s communal spaces that really stand out. The reception area doubles as a relaxed bar, featuring works by local artist Damian Bisogni, woven pendant lights from Tigmi Trading, ceramics, objets d’art and house-style hospitality.

A speakeasy-style Lounge Room flows through to the outdoors, with furniture from Bodhi Living and bespoke rugs from local Byron brand Pampa. The generous space encourages socialising and connection, with comfortable seating and a selection of board games.

The Library is more intimate with low-slung leather sofas, a large open fireplace, books on travel, art, design, literature and photography, a whimsical three-panelled Brazilian Rainforest artwork and South African carved wooden masks.

The hotel’s rooftop features zones for self-guided yoga and meditation, reflecting Byron Bay’s reputation as the wellbeing capital of Australia. Guests will also have access to a Bathhouse and Wellness Centre with infrared saunas and ice plunges.

The hotel’s leafy magnesium pool, sun-drenched daybeds, and cabanas offer another oasis to relax and recharge.

BASQ House’s location offers easy access to Main and Clarkes Beach, The Pass, Wategos Beach, and the Cape Byron walking track to the Lighthouse. There are plenty of dining options like Light Years, Bar Heather and Lovers Lane are nearby.

Byron’s hinterland, vibrant restaurant scene and renowned beach culture are all nearby, and guests are encouraged to hire the hotel’s Lekker push bikes, beach shades and surfboards to enhance their stay. Two dedicated share vehicles are available for short trips or adventures to neighbouring towns.

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