Byron Bay's Raes On Wategos welcomed Teresa Oman for a weekend of sun-drenched, free spirited fun. Each intimate moment was captured by David Cohen de Lara and documented by Emma Vans-Colina.

 
 

 
 
 
 

Tucked away in Australia’s easternmost point, there’s a secluded villa with a soft green lawn that rolls right down to the blue of Byron Bay. The breezy, bohemian rooms catch the sun through a garden of palms and succulents, and the Kasbah-style pool is enticing to say the least…

 
 
Bralette — Sass & Bide | Boxer — Stella McCartney | Necklace and Cuff — By Charlotte | Bracelet and Ring — Petite Grand

Bralette — Sass & Bide | Boxer — Stella McCartney | Necklace and Cuff — By Charlotte | Bracelet and Ring — Petite Grand

 
 

The first thing you feel out here is the light - it's crisp and unfiltered. The sun cuts the sharpest shadows across the whitewashed walls of our hotel. 

 
 
Brief — Stella McCartney

Brief — Stella McCartney

 
 

Through the palms and eucalyptus we see the morning’s first surfers, and the backpackers who have hiked around from Byron town. But up here, nobody sees us.

 
 
Bralette — Sass & Bide | Boxer — Stella McCartney | Necklace and Cuff — By Charlotte | Bracelet and Ring — Petite Grand

Bralette — Sass & Bide | Boxer — Stella McCartney | Necklace and Cuff — By Charlotte | Bracelet and Ring — Petite Grand

 
 

The sun falls like a spotlight on David Bromley’s painted nudes – who perform for us all day and night on the balcony walls.

 
 
Necklace — By Charlotte

Necklace — By Charlotte

Mesh Cover-Up and Bikini — Seafolly

Mesh Cover-Up and Bikini — Seafolly

 
 

There’s a temptation to stay right here – high above the treetops in the most decadent of hideouts.

 
 
Dress — Sass & Bide

Dress — Sass & Bide

 
 

High above Rae’s, the Cape Byron lighthouse watches over a sweeping turquoise bay. The waves spill gently onto the sun-washed beach, just steps away from our hotel.

 
 
Dress — Sass & Bide

Dress — Sass & Bide

Bikini — Seafolly

Bikini — Seafolly

 
 

Byron town has plenty of restaurants, but every night we find ourselves back at Rae’s for more of their sashimi or a gargantuan bowl of Morton Bay Bug ravioli.

 
 
Body — Stella McCartney | Coin Bracelet — Petite Grand

Body — Stella McCartney | Coin Bracelet — Petite Grand

Bralette and Brief — Heidi Klum Intimates | Bracelets — Petite Grand

Bralette and Brief — Heidi Klum Intimates | Bracelets — Petite Grand

 
 

Our room has a king sized four-poster next to a deep, sunken bath and two Balinese daybeds. It’s a wonder we made it to the beach at all.

 
 
Bralette and Stretch Flares — Sass & Bide

Bralette and Stretch Flares — Sass & Bide

Swimsuit — Zimmerman

Swimsuit — Zimmerman

Swimsuit — Zimmerman

Swimsuit — Zimmerman

 
 

When the doors of the spa are opened, a sweet, heady fragrance spills out into the garden, luring us in so that Marionne de Candia (Rae's award-winning resident facialist) can work her magic.

 
 
Slides — Seafolly

Slides — Seafolly

 
 

We came here for the beach but found pockets of paradise inside the villa’s sun-bleached walls and secluded tropical gardens.

 
 

Photography by David Cohen de Lara
Words and Styling by Emma Vans-Colina
Model Teresa Oman at Priscillas
Shot at Rae’s on Wategos, Byron Bay