The Barbotine hotel to make a splash in Byron Bay

Australia’s most easterly town is set to welcome a new premium hotel hangout, complete with rooftop pool.

By Chris Ashton, June 28 2022
The Barbotine hotel to make a splash in Byron Bay

Byron Bay is a destination transformed, from one-time hippie haven to playground of digital creatives and Hollywood stars. A newly-revealed upcoming luxury apartment hotel – The Barbotine – will only cement that status when it opens its exquisite doors in late 2023.

Designed by Brisbane firm Richards & Spence, the vision behind five star Fortitude Valley bolthole The Calile, the three-storey development at 116-118 Jonson Street will rise like a phoenix in the Byron Bay town centre, breathing life into a former backpackers that has remained empty for some time.

Striking a similar chord to the adjacent Mercato shopping complex, The Barbotine will feature a somewhat brutalist design with extensive use of brick and concrete, housing 41 two, three and four-bedroom apartments within, softened by cascading greenery.

The hotel's central courtyard has been designed as social space.
The hotel's central courtyard has been designed as social space.

The word ‘barbotine’ is French for a mixture of clay and water used to decorate pottery.

Each of the spacious self-contained apartments will range from 85-160sqm, flooded by natural light and featuring open plan kitchen, living and dining areas leading to a generous balcony. Large sliding doors will create a seamless flow.

Rooms will wrap around a richly-landscaped central courtyard with lush planting and sun-drenched outdoor seats, bringing together a vibrant mix of retail, dining venues and public spaces on its ground levels and creating a social vibe for the hotel.

The Barbotine’s crowning jewel, however, will be a rooftop swimming pool and private terraces, tailor-made for people watching and soaking up the first rays of daily sunlight on Australia’s coast.

The rooftop pool and terraces will provide a private oasis above the town centre.
The rooftop pool and terraces will provide a private oasis above the town centre.

Recent years have seen Byron Bay develop an almost cult-like reputation as a playground for the rich and famous, with numerous hotels catering to well-heeled travellers, such as Crystalbrook Byron Bay and the intimate Rae’s on Wategos. Yet, both are a long way from the town centre.

The Barbotine could become a name that joins that prestigious and exclusive list, with the added benefit of a central location.

The Barbotine will feature a mix of two, three and four-bedroom dual-key apartments.
The Barbotine will feature a mix of two, three and four-bedroom dual-key apartments.

Michael Grassi, Director of hotel developer Podia, says The Barbotine will cater to those who seek the intimacy of an Airbnb, with the service and convenience of a boutique hotel.

And it will be a premium experience, with independent hoteliers Jeremy & Jones - a duo linked to the five star Elements of Byron Resort on the edge of town - managing the new hotel. The targeted star rating is yet to be revealed.

The Barbotine will bring together a vibrant mix of retail, dining venues and public spaces.
The Barbotine will bring together a vibrant mix of retail, dining venues and public spaces.

Construction is expected to commence mid-2022, with potential completion as early as late 2023.


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