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The word Halcyon dreamily conjures up images of buttery soft mornings, blue and white ocean breezes, and lashings of sunlight washing over skin. It’s no wonder then that this coastal hotel adapted the name that perfectly captures the laid-back, playful nature of Australian summers. The hype behind Halcyon is real. A faded surf motel woken from her slumber, given a jaw-dropping makeover, and turned into a hip beauty queen. There’s a pinch of California pool party, a dash of well-bred riviera charm, and an abundance of Aussie warmth, cool crowds, and fabulous facilities that have earnt Halcyon the accolade of being one of THE best hotels in the world.
Ideal for Couples and Families
Direct Access to Waves
Spa and Recreation Facilities
Cabarita Beach, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Wayfarers Atlas can make your journey to Halcyon House as seamless as possible.
AIRPORT – Gold Coast Domestic Airport or Brisbane International Airport if arriving internationally.
TRANSFER – Beautifully well-connected, the allure of Halcyon House can be found in its feeling of effortless ease and this echoes as soon as you step off the flight. There’s no need for a plethora of private boats and charters, the healthy high-class hotel is situated just 20 minutes from the hub of the Gold Coast Airport and only 45 minutes from the chic shores of Byron Bay. Those touching down in Brisbane can be here in an hour and a half. Private transfers can be arranged or hire a rental car.
WEATHER – September to May – Warmer Months
SURF SEASON – Year Round (best January to July)
Northern New South Wales enjoys a sub-tropical climate throwing open its arms to 300 days of sunshine a year. During the summer months, the sea will never look so tempting as temperatures soar and humidity hits its annual high. February brings the most rainfall, and as New South Wales welcomes Autumn, the weather stays mild and the sea temperature still plenty warm enough to swim. Winters are mild on this part of the east coast, but the night-time chill can call for a sweater. Spring months turn tropical once more but can be extra breezy.
“Halcyon House restores all your sentimental dreams of fabled lost summers. There’s an edgy innocence in the postcard-pretty aesthetics, the vintage-inspired bicycles, and the cool Californian vibes by the pool.”
Family Rooms Available
24-hour Room Service
Onsite Car Hire Available
Cabarita Point and surrounding beach breaks are right on your doorstep. 20 minutes to ‘The Superbank’ or 40 minutes to Byron Bay
Consistently wowing the gourmet food crowd, Halcyon House’s signature restaurant, Paper Daisy, is all about celebrating fresh seasonal produce with a spin on simplicity. Winner of Best Hotel Breakfast, featured in Australia’s Top 100 Restaurants and stashing a Two Hats Award in the Good Food Guide.
The dining space is inspired by seaside moods with yawning white archways inviting in the sun, hues of sapphire blue, warm wicker and sparkling glass. Breakfast is all about coconut and chia pudding, kefir pancakes with macadamia cream, and smoked fish on rye with scrambled eggs. Lunch turns a touch decadent with Wagyu cooked in ash, fish grilled on a pandan leaf, and fabulous fig ice-cream. Dinners are a dream with sublime set menus for those seeking adventure and some of Australia’s best new world sommelier wines.
Halcyon House’s California inspired swimming pool forms the beating heart of the glorious boutique hotel. Blue and white candy stripes echo of European grace and the Hollywood golden era on the French Riviera, swaying palms and touches of teak bring it back to the tropics. Towels match the décor without skipping a beat, the beach is ever in sight, and yes, there’s a vintage gelato cart.
Halcyon is sure to already bring out your youthful glow, but for those who want to up the ante when it comes to the term ‘kick back and relax’, the spa is as glorious as you would expect. Prepare to be pampered to within an inch of your life amidst a colour scheme of pretty pastels that emanate the playful nature of spring. The unique dome steam room invites you to lose yourself in a cloud of mist, beautifully appointed treatment spaces will bring you back to self with bespoke body therapies, healing massages, spa rituals, and sensory journeys.
While Little Wayfarers will adore the summer vibes at Halcyon House, the team have put efforts in place to ensure that adults get more than their fair share of fun. A local babysitting service is held in high esteem so that parents get plenty of space to breathe in the blue, surf, explore, and linger over luscious dinners and hand-crafted drinks with their loved one.
The collection of rooms and suites at Halcyon House wouldn’t look out of place in the centre fold of Conde Nast’s World of Interiors. There are 21 sublime spaces in total, most with views of the shimmering pool and all resplendent in commitment to detail. Bright artistic inspired wallpaper, ocean shades, bohemian balance, and antique touches hem together an environment you won’t want to leave. Thematic designs capture the whimsical nature of travelling, wave seeking, soul searching, and finally coming home to a heart-nurturing space.
Ground floor ‘Classic’ rooms enjoy direct access to the pool and the beach beyond.
Each room comes individually designed and the classic spaces capture that edge between refined and cool. Unique upholstered wallpapers bring out flora blooms, king beds are big enough to make you swoon, and in just a few steps you can be barefoot in your own private courtyard with dazzling green manicured lawn. Bathrooms are equally luxurious with gleaming marble features and intricate handmade floor tiles.
For those who want glimpses of the ocean, a breezy balcony and charmed colour schemes to lift their mood – the superior room brings that blissfully boutique joy. Textiles are both soft and bold and stand out beautifully when set against the singing brass and timber features and floor. A complimentary mini bar makes it easy to sink into a celebratory mood during sunset. An Apple TV also ensures that you don’t need to skip out on your fave boxset binges in this home away from home.
Wayfarers who cannot be a second without the sea will fall hard for the sea song that drifts in to the Ocean Deluxe room. Views of blue, large balconies, that much loved complimentary mini-bar and chic features like handpicked prints, vintage finds, character bright textiles and other such treasures are layered lovingly in a way that brings out cool kitsch without compromising an inch of sophistication.
Inspired by the Ocean Deluxe and then some, the Ocean Superior takes seaside living up a few notches. The Ocean Superior invites utter delight whether you are cat napping on the oversized king bed after a few too many lunch-time cocktails, sipping fresh coffee on your private balcony, or enjoying the cool touch of marble and tile in the bathroom adorned with English tapware.
At twice the size of the other rooms, the Master Suite is as cool and deliciously fresh as a cucumber. Expansive timber floors are highlighted by upholstered walls, plush fabrics, and gorgeous hand-picked art pieces. A spacious lounge area creates room for indulging in the complimentary mini-bar, a balcony with sink down loungers lets you lap up that Aussie sun in perfect privacy, and ocean views are right there as soon as you open your eyes and step outside. In the bathroom, you can still enjoy the English riviera tapware, the hand-cut tiles, and a deep soaking tub for rest and relaxation.
Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a perfectly orchestrated 170 sqm of space, the Halcyon Suite is as heavenly as this surf haven comes. In your own private penthouse complex, you can spread out in multiple spaces – long mornings in the lounge, bespoke breakfasts or balmy suppers in the dining room, and well-tailored rooms for dreamy uninterrupted sleeps that last as long as you need them. A private balcony easily moves indoor living into the outdoors, and as to be expected the interior collection is bright, lush and designed to make you feel vibrantly at ease with each passing moment.
Complimentary cribs are on hand for sleepy Little Wayfarers
Little Wayfarers will feel right at home in the fun fresh space that makes up the mood at Halcyon House. While there isn’t a dedicated children’s club, there are local babysitting services available, and plenty of activities and adventures to keep family spirits at an all-time high. Bubbling with just the right balance of grown-up fun and a lovely laid-back welcome for families means that no-one will feel out of place at this boutique Aussie gem.
The Halcyon Suite makes an ideal choice for families wanting to spread out in style. With two separate bedrooms – everyone can catch up on sleep after a day surfing and exploring the splendour of New South Wales. Two bathrooms also ensure that no one has to draw straws for when they want a long soak or a steamy shower. Family suppers around the dining table make Halcyon feel like home.
Little Wayfarers in love with bicycles, sunshine, picnics, and games will find life at Halcyon House a hearty place to play. While the absence of a children’s club may make some parents ponder, don’t feel disheartened as everything is put into place to ensure family memories bloom. For those days or eves when parents want to take some time for themselves, the hotel can arrange babysitting on request.
Little Wayfarers are welcome to sip cool drinks, splash, and read their books at the pool.
Paper Daisy doesn’t shun those Little Wayfarers who may need a dollop more attention when it comes to special smaller meals. A dedicated children’s menu ignites and inspires tiny taste-buds and of course there’s always the fig ice-cream and freshly plucked strawberries to sweeten tired moods.
Get in touch with your local Travel Doctor for up to date health information, precautions and travel advice for your destination, including information regarding clean drinking water.
Local medical clinic located close by
For peace of mind, Wayfarers Atlas recommends travel insurance that includes medical evacuation. Let us organise this for you.
Mozzies can be found in paradise too.
Refer to the World Health Organisation or the US CDC for information on Mosquito-borne and other insect-borne diseases.
Award Winning Spa – With an emphasis on 100 percent Australian made, the award-winning Halcyon House Spa will leave you refreshed and ready for the world in a multitude of wonderful ways. Sensory sojourns, healing hands, and tangible treatments ensure everyone feels at the top of their game. Seaside ingredients and an emphasis on harnessing the power of nature – you may want to stay all day.
Cruisers – Is there anything more romantic than pedaling a blue and white vintage-inspired bicycle around the charmed town of Cabarita Beach? Guests are free to pedal as they please.
Paper Daisy – The chic restaurant of Paper Daisy is worth writing home about. Not only is the dining environment just a heart-warming pleasure to be in, but with attentive service, a killer wine list, and scrumptious food that manages to teeter between health-laded loveliness and pure comfort, you may just end up exploring everything on the menu.
Surrounding Sights – Location, location, location – Halcyon House is more than just a pretty face. Cabarita Beach is one of the best surf spots along this stretch of golden coast, but even for those not seeking saltwater dreams – you will find endless pleasures. The beauty of Byron Bay, electic Brunswick Heads, coastal walks along Norries Headland, and inland to the ripe banana plantations and hobby farms of Murwillumbah – the scope for adventure is endless.
Australia is one of the homelands of surf culture and nowhere captures this better than Cabarita Beach. Off the beaten track enough to not suffer the same level of crowds like other Aussie hot-spots but consistent and firing enough to be a competition hot-spot, you can step outside the door of Halcyon and be in a surfer’s paradise.
From the surf to the sky, Halcyon House know how to create space for experiential living. Drift away above the lush landscape of New South Wales on a hot air balloon ride. Turn your head for perfect panoramas that reach out across the crashing coastline and the volcanic caldera of Mt Warning.
Gallop into pastures unknown on the back of your own trusty steed with a horse-riding adventure arranged by the team at Halcyon House. Thundering across the sands of Byron Beach where the white foamed surf gallops beside you is an immersive experience in what it means to be wild and free.
If you prefer your board on still waters rather than the dance of waves, then stand up paddle boarding is an amazing addition to your morning meditation. The surrounding waterways invite enticing meandering journeys down the verdant rainforest banks and mangroves that adorn the sidelines of Cudgen Creek.
A vacation at Halcyon House will have you ‘smack-bang’ in one of Australia’s surfing hot-spots with the Gold Coasts iconic beach breaks only 20 minutes north, Cabarita Point directly out the front, and the likes of ‘The Pass’ down at Byron Bay only a 40 minute drive away – you will be spoil for choice.
Right outside your door, Cabarita Beach is the perfect playground for surfers seeking consistent swell. Cabarita is considered one of the best swell magnets along this stretch of the coast. She often comes with a playful mood and great for all levels of surfers.
Depending on the conditions and swell, you’ll be able to take your pick between fun ‘beachies’ straight out the front or head further up the point (right-hander) – if the northerly trade winds are blowing during summer, head over to the southern side of the headland where you will score some protected waves up in the corner.
Gold Coast: Home to the 8th World Surfing Reserve this area is a surfing destination unto itself. Choose from an array of world-class breaks, from the southern points at Snapper Rocks, Kirra, Rainbow Beach and Duranbah. It’s not hard to see why some of the world’s best surfers call this patch of paradise home.
Byron Bay: A mecca for surfers, sunny Byron Bay has waves galore. Some of the best are The Pass, Wategoes, Tallows and The Wreck.
Waves Year Round
Beginner to Advanced
Medium to High
Beach Break / Point Break
Direct access to waves
Hire car available
Coaching & Guiding Available