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The 70s style motel in one of Australia’s most popular tourist towns: The Isla

A 1970s boutique motel has reopened on Australia’s east coast after being treated to a lavish makeover, complete with a heated pool, relaxation area and ‘cantina’ stocked with wine, beer, sunscreen and chocolate.

Located in a charming town in the Eurobodalla region on the south coast of NSW, The Isla is just a stone’s throw from Bateman’s Bay and opposite a fantastic dog beach.

Sophisticated yet unpretentious and familiar, the traditional-looking hotel ‘with a twist’ houses 18 retro rooms that have been lovingly restored with contemporary design and amenities to appeal to a new generation of travelers.

Situated in a charming town in the Eurobodalla region on the south coast of NSW, The Isla is just a stone's throw from Bateman's Bay and opposite a fantastic dog beach

Situated in a charming town in the Eurobodalla region on the south coast of NSW, The Isla is just a stone’s throw from Bateman’s Bay and opposite a fantastic dog beach

Sophisticated yet unpretentious and familiar, the traditional-looking hotel 'with a twist' houses 18 retro rooms that have been lovingly restored with contemporary design and amenities to appeal to a new generation of travelers

Each room features beautiful custom oak furniture, terrazzo features, brushed brass accents and dreamy AH Beard beds, and is equipped with contactless check-in so guests can access via their cell phone.

Sophisticated yet unpretentious and familiar, the traditional-looking hotel ‘with a twist’ houses 18 retro rooms that have been lovingly restored with contemporary design and amenities to appeal to a new generation of travelers

Each room features beautiful custom oak furniture, terrazzo features, brushed brass accents and dreamy AH Beard beds, and is equipped with contactless check-in so guests can access via their cell phone.

There are also three suites; Poco which sits above the motel’s renovated pool and pool lounge; Vista with the best ocean views, and Grande, the largest suite in the collection – complete with a private plunge pool.

In a nod to the 1980s motel past, the old garage has been converted into a pool lounge that transitions into a communal dining area surrounding a new pool.

In lieu of a minibar, guests visit The Isla’s Cantina, a new concept where custom vending machines offer carefully curated and locally sourced artisanal products such as Dangerous Ales beer, Poor Toms Gin cocktails and ST ALi espresso martinis.

Australian designers are also proudly featured, with seating from Design by Them, lighting from Coco Flip Design Studio and artwork by Vynka Hallam and Tegan Franks.

In a nod to the 1980s motel's past, the old garage has been converted into a pool lounge that transitions into a communal dining area surrounding a new pool.

In a nod to the 1980s motel’s past, the old garage has been converted into a pool lounge that transitions into a communal dining area surrounding a new pool.

Designed by friends, for friends, the boutique motel is the passion project of a group of professionals from Canberra, all within an hour and a half of the popular holiday destination

Designed by friends, for friends, the boutique motel is the passion project of a group of professionals from Canberra, all within an hour and a half of the popular holiday destination

Designed by friends, for friends, the boutique motel is the passion project of a group of professionals from Canberra, all within an hour and a half of the popular holiday destination.

“The challenges of recent years have given us a newfound appreciation for what we have here – our beautiful Australian backyard,” said Isla co-founder Yanna Dascarolis.

‘There’s something so wonderfully nostalgic about the Australian motel; it feels like a home away from home. We immediately fell in love with this property and saw the potential to create something very special; it was an honor to be able to give it a second life’.

The motel is surrounded by some of the world’s best oysters and picturesque walking trails, making it the perfect setting for a relaxing getaway.

After two grueling years of bushfires and lockdowns, the founders of The Isla are ecstatic that the moment of opening has finally arrived and are eager to offer tourists the chance to rediscover Batemans Bay.

The motel is surrounded by some of the world's best oysters and picturesque walking trails, making it the perfect setting for a relaxing getaway

The motel is surrounded by some of the world’s best oysters and picturesque walking trails, making it the perfect setting for a relaxing getaway

Those who have experienced the motel since it opened in February have given it a 9.2 stars out of 10

Those who have experienced the motel since it opened in February have given it a 9.2 stars out of 10

Dascarolis continues: ‘We are so excited that people are rediscovering Batemans Bay. It’s a beautiful pocket of the world and the ideal hideout to get off the grid. Pristine beaches, sprawling leafy stretches and a wonderful community of people. What else do you want?’

Those who have experienced the motel since it opened in February have given it a 9.2 stars out of 10.

“Can only compliment both the interior and exterior design well. High quality furniture and accessories. Quality products in bathroom and room details such as artwork and glassware, coffee. Great communal area with access to a small but perfectly formed pool. The Isla is a beautifully designed and executed property,” wrote one guest.

‘Loved the brand new rooms and the common area with the fireplace and pool was beautiful,’ said another.

A third added: ‘Nice modern hotel with everything you need for a short break. Great recommendations on arrival for the best local beaches and eateries. Room was spotless and check in and out very easy with the codes.’

Room rates start from $200 and bookings are available online at www.theisla.com.au

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