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New GC property is small in size, but big on cool


The Mysa Motel (pronounced Mee-sa), has opened its doors as the Gold Coast’s first sustainable, boutique luxury motel. 



Located in burgeoning Palm Beach, the old Palm Trees Motel has been artfully refurbished by husband-and-wife-duo Eliza and Jason Raine into a sustainable, seven-room oasis with serious aesthetic appeal, passive design and self-service check in. 


Eschewing passé elements of the original building, while maintaining a quintessential motel vibe, the renovation features retro design cues such as breeze blocks, neon, and fibreglass sun-lounger chairs.


“It’s been two years since we bought the old Palm Trees Motel and we’ve worked tirelessly to create a space that not only encapsulates a modern twist on retro Gold Coast; but one that incorporates a local flavour and supports local businesses,” Jason Raine said. 



The motel’s light-filled rooms are decked with vintage images of Gold Coast attractions and destinations, shot by Internationally acclaimed and locally based photographer, Trent Mitchell. 


“Where possible, we found vintage design pieces like the breeze blocks, glass mosaic for the bathrooms, and pool lounge recliners from local building sites and had them restored. Upcycling really was at the fore of what we wanted to do here at Mysa, and how we wanted to reinvent an icon with as minimal impact as possible,” Jason explained. 


“We also worked with local tradespeople and designers, including the family who created original motel signs in the sixties and collaborated with us to produce our new neon model.” 


One of the motel’s most exceptional features is its kidney-shaped magnesium mineral pool which is a nod to blending vintage design with modern wellbeing.



“We kept the unique original shape of the pool and upgraded it to a mineral version, which feels amazing to swim in, and has countless benefits for your skin, hair and sleep. Wellbeing and regeneration in all elements of the revamp, have been really important to us from the start,” Eliza reiterated. 


Complementing its recycled materials, Mysa Motel relies on rainwater tanks for toilets and gardens and solar panels for energy, and all rooms offer filtered water so guests can fill reusable water bottles. This is all in accordance with Eliza and Jason’s goal to keep the property as environmentally impact-free where possible. 


A short stroll from the world-famous Gold Coast beaches, plus popular dining and nightlife offerings, Mysa Motel balances a relaxed coastal spirit with a dynamic urban-fringe attitude in kinship with the Mysa philosophy. 



“As proud locals, we envision Mysa as a launch pad for those who wish to explore and experience Palm Beach in its purest form,” Jason and Eliza explained. 


Follow the The Mysa Hotel journey via Instagram and the newly launched website here.


All images The Mysa Hotel / Facebook




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Published: 1 March 2021

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