We selected this resort because of its exclusivity and small number of guests. We were the second guests after the new owners reopened the rebuilt resort after cyclone Yasi. They have spared no expense in making the resort eco friendly using solar energy and the island's spring and rain water.
We rented a car from Cairns Airport to Mission Beach. We recommend allowing at least 3 hours from arriving at the airport to meeting the water taxi at Mission Beach. This is a well run and friendly service that gets you to the Island in 20 minutes.
All 7 villas at Bedarra are quite comfortable. The food is excellent - the chef, Jimmy, was a chef with the previous owners of Bedarra and in the Kimberlies. He was very accommodating to adjust the menu to suit our requests.
The manager, Jodi, very helpfully made up a special pillow for my wife who had a recent neck problem. Elyza, the sommelier, was also our waitress and looked after us personally at all our meals and made our luncheon experiences unforgettable, selecting different and romantic spots for us every day.
The other staff, Ken, Steven, and Keenan, all experienced in boating and the outdoors, were wonderful and helped make our daily activities very enjoyable.
The hiking tracks were limited but we understand will be extended. Snorkelling requires being taken in a small boat to a neighbouring island. The coral has been affected by the cyclone so the viewing is limited. Fishing is fantastic but is dependant on the weather.
The natural rock formation on the island is magnificent.
We definitely plan to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled amongst a backdrop of secluded hidden bays, majestic granite boulders, white sandy beaches, and towering coconut Bedarra Island is the ultimate definition of barefoot luxury. With just seven private villas, each with uninterrupted ocean views, this all inclusive sustainable island resort will ensure you find yourself in a sanctuary of complete solace and seclusion as you explore the tropical rainforest, beautiful beaches and fringing reefs. Our Executive Chef prepares gourmet meals daily and local produce and tropical fruits are a feature of our ever changing menu. The open terrace restaurant, bar and lounge are the heart and soul of Bedarra, where guests converge over a delicious and ever-changing menu, or to indulge at the legendary open bar. An exquisite menu is matched only by the sublime beauty of deserted beaches fringed by lush rainforest. Find your own table for two on the pool deck or terrace for an intimate dining experience or join the Long Table for a dinner party style congregation with your fellow guests and resort host.Although our ethos remains centred on relaxation, we do offer a number of less sedentary activities including kayaking, stand up paddle boards, snorkelling, fishing, tennis and self-guided interactive walks through the verdant rainforest. For the more adventurous and at an additional fee we can arrange deep sea fishing, scuba-diving, and scenic helicopter flights. We pride ourselves on offering each guest a unique experience. Whether it be a candlelit dinner for two on our private deck under the starry night, packing a gourmet hamper in your own dinghy for a romantic picnic on one of the nearby deserted islands, or booking the entire resort with a group of friends or family for a bespoke tropical island experience you will remember forever. Bedarra is situated seven kilometres off the coast of Mission Beach, Tropical North Queensland (approximately 140km south of Cairns). Scenic 35 minute heli-transfers are available from Cairns airport directly to our beachside heli-pad. Alternatively road transfers from Cairns take approximately two hours connecting with twice daily water taxi transfers from Mission Beach to Bedarra. ... more less
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