A render of The Isla, Batemans Bay's new retro motel. Supplied.
A render of The Isla, Batemans Bay's new retro motel. Supplied.

The Isla: A New Retro Motel To Open in Batemans Bay

Retro motels are so hot right now. Bright and cheery colour schemes, G&T’s by the pool, and laid-back vibes as soon as you open the door… they put the fun and personality back into travel. Sound like your kind of holiday? It’s time to get excited then, because there’s a new destination to add to your list: The Isla in Batemans Bay.

Opening in the NSW South Coast holiday town in February 2022, just a short stroll from the CBD, The Isla is a boutique hideaway that breathes new life into a classic 1980s motel.

The Isla will feature 18 stylish guest rooms, including three guest suites: Poco which sits above the motel’s refurbished pool and pool lounge; Vista which boasts the best view of the ocean, and Grande – the largest in the collection – complete with its own private pool.

A render of The Isla, Batemans Bay's new retro motel. Supplied.
A render of The Isla, Batemans Bay’s new retro motel. Supplied.

Furnished in a coastal-chic colour palette, each room will be fitted with contactless check-in, so guests can access their room via their mobile phone, together with dreamy A.H Beard beds and coffee machines with Melbourne based ST ALi coffee pods.

In a nod to the motel’s past, the old garage will be converted into a pool lounge that flows into a communal dining area surrounding a new pool, kissed with touches of retro cool.

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

A render of The Isla, Batemans Bay's new retro motel. Supplied.
A render of The Isla, Batemans Bay’s new retro motel. Supplied.

Designed for friends by friends, The Isla is a passion project of a group of young Canberra professionals who were united by a dream to redevelop a retro motel into a modern oasis. The group consists of lawyers, developers, builders, and real estate and marketing professionals, each with their own personal connection to the popular holiday town.

Yanna Dascarolis, one of The Isla co-founders, says: “The Isla was created to provide a stylish and exciting new environment from which to rediscover the area.”

“I have fond memories of holidays in Batemans Bay as a kid and since having children on our own, we’ve fallen back in love with the beautiful untouched Australian beaches and warm community. It was important for us to keep in touch with the things we love about Batemans Bay and create something that was a fitting reflection of its charm.”

The Isla is set to open from February 2022. Room rates start from $200 and bookings are available online at www.theisla.com.au

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Chris Ashton

We're Chris Ashton and Simon Ceglinski, two Aussie travellers with a love of exploration and adventure, and the odd bit of luxury thrown in. We seek out street art, street food, and scuba diving wherever we go, and prefer the road less travelled over well-worn tourist paths.

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Written by Chris Ashton