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Bedarra Island Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bedarra Island
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Melbourne, Australia
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“A fabulous relaxing stay”
Reviewed 27 October 2013

We enjoyed 4 fabulous days being looked after by Sam and his impressive staff - Elyza, Steve, Keenan, Jimmy and Tim (as well as all the staff we did not meet). When we came to Bedarra we were told to treat it like home and that is how it felt. Absolute luxury, friendliness and amazing food mixed with an environment that encouraged relaxation. Thankyou and keep up the good work.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 October 2013 via mobile

Took the missus as a surprise anniversary present. My brownie point bank now floweth over!!!!!!!
Think it has all been said before - this place is a relaxation paradise - if you want it - Sam will "make it happen" :)
If money is no object go for a villa with a plunge pool - No. 1 has the wow factor with the decking and the view, 15 and 16 got some rave reviews for being a bit different in design and 14 is at the top of the hill next to the villas without a pool. However beach and pool area great and are close by so if budget is an issue go for the cheaper villas just to try and extend your stay!!!!!

The food is AMAZING - thank you so much to Johnny and Jimmy for tantalising our taste buds 3 times a day!!!
All of the staff are fantastic - from Ken on the beach giving tips on which island to visit on your own boat, Don the caretaker (one of the friendliest guys we have ever met), Ingrid who gave my wife the best massage she has ever had (you must book this everybody was raving about it!!), Elsa and Jody looking after us at mealtimes - there were many more but unfortunately all of the relaxation has affected the memory (could have been the excellent bar!!!) All ably managed by Sam who definitely lead from the front getting stuck in with the rest of the staff. This harmony of the team has a great effect on the already amazing ambience created by the natural surroundings.

Do take out a boat and a hamper - become your own Man Friday - without worrying about hunting for food or drink ( I already mentioned the chefs - this hamper was something special) On Ken's recommendation we found a great place for isolated beach slumber and snorkelling.

Do have the fish platter - just don't eat too much lunch.......

Do have a walk around the island - there are some amazing viewpoints

Do try and see either a sunset or a sunrise

Do NOT worry about anything

Yes it is pretty expensive - BUT it is worth it - get saving!!!!!!!!!!

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Wollongong, Australia
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Reviewed 25 October 2013

Bedarra island was absolute heaven. We had four days for our honeymoon. Sam and John and jimmy and ken and all the girls we just amazing and always willing to go that extra mile to accommodate your every need. Private boat trips to you own beach with a gourmet picnic hamper was amazing. The water was beautiful. The food was amazing and it was great to have the chefs on hand to talk to about their wonderful creations. Johns ale bread was delicious. I am going to miss that! Sam was also a fantastic doing anything and everything!! For a honeymoon I couldn't recommend a better place...no jet lag, great weather, great food and drinks, friendly staff and pure private relaxation. Just beautiful.

Room Tip: Villa 14 had a great aspect and it's own plunge pool while not being the most expensive room on...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

No doubt, the most friendly place we have never been in Australia

We went into others very beautiful hotels in Australia which were very great… but the Bedarra Island resort is the best place if you don’t want to be in impersonal hotel complexes and if you really do love luxury hotels.

The place is wonderfulI and they do everthing to make you happy and make your stay unforgottable!!!

I don’t have enough words to say how the manager is amazing and did everything to make us spend a good time!!!

The island itself is heaven, maybe the best place in the world in order to relax.

What is really different than the others luxury resorts is that, for the price you pay, you have your great villa with plunge pool with an amzing view on the sea, and after, you have to pay.... nothing!!!!the bar is self service(very good wines, beers softs...), the breakfast, lunch and dinner are... included too! included, and not only good, they really are amazing!!! I was really surprised to have such good food there too. the chief is really talented and the dishes were served with honnestly really good wines.

They pay attention to every details to make you happy, for exemple they give you a drink menu in order to put in your minibar your favourite wines spirits and soft drinks.

Thank you very much Bedarra team for making our stay unforgettable

If you go in Australia you MUST go to this hotel!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lima, Peru
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

The place is amazing and the experience is the best in the GBR.
The rooms are simply perfect with your own plunge pool, tv room and outside lounge.
The resort feels like your own private island with the enough luxuries to have a great beach retreat.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

To not enjoy the amazing experience that is a stay a Bedarra island is to miss the point of what this little corner of paradise is all about.

Sam's words echo in my mind still from our first intro to the island.

"Think of Bedarra as your own holiday house with the addition of my team who will do all the things that you wish you didn't have to do "

Simply put, no cooking, cleaning or washing up. All you need to do is relax.

If you want silver service, formal staff who are supposed to cater to your every need , but in reality leave you waiting and stranded for the simple things such as a glass of wine, followed by "Bill shock" on check out, go somewhere else.

Sam and his Mrs who sat down and asked themselves the question " what would we like from a resort" have got it so amazingly right it's a sheer joy.

The comprehensively and lovingly stocked bar is a self service affair. Included in the price of a nights stay are hand picked wines which go beyond our local standard wines and the normal Kiwi affairs. There is French sav blanc and some gems in the bar that drip with class and subtle tastes. A premium selection of beers and spirits are also included, with more expensive drops at reasonable prices if you want to push the boat out.

The bar I liken to being given access to your parents drinks cabinet and wine rack yet this time you have full permission to enjoy its fruits without recrimination.

The breakfast, lunch and dinner ( all included ) are gourmet. No choosy menu, but even with pre stated dietary needs the cuisine never fails to impress. That's right no choice!!! But when you smile as each mouthful is clever yet not stupidly fussy and makes such unexpected sense, who wants to be saddled with the choice of a menu that often leaves one with dish envy that what your partner or the next table ordered may have been better.

Having finished a delightful Tuna Nicoise, I note my wine glass is empty and I fancy a little more to eat. No waiting here. I can get up walk 5 meters to the bar area fill mine and my beloved's glass, shuffle over to the kitchen fridge, grab a ready assembled cheese plate and be back at our table in minutes.

To think that the staff are not attentive would be a grave underestimation. Having mentioned in passing my fiancé and I were going to make ourselves a quick G&T before dinner, we became so ensconced in conversation with fellow guests I forgot to make the aforementioned drinks. As if by magic Eliza sidles up to the bar beside us and within 2 minutes mixes and presents us with two perfectly blended Gin and Tonics. She doesn't even say a word. Now that's love.

Fancy time on the crystal blue waters? No problem, chef will prepare a gourmet picnic chuck, in a bottle of wine, then you can grab one of Bedarra's motorized tinnies and head for one or all of the nearby island's beaches.

The rooms are well appointed, the bed is comfy and the oversized pillows are a delight. Before you arrive on the island you are provided with a drinks menu so that your minibar in the room is stocked with your preference of wine and favourite, spirits and soft drinks.

The options and list of inclusions run from private chalet plunge pools to yoga matts in the closet. To say they are comprehensive is rather conservative.

In summary Bedarra is best described with another word that shares it's first letter. BLISS.

Thank you so much to the team for making our stay and the place we got engaged so very special.

Dom & Kate

Room Tip: Closed Jan to Apr so book quickly.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

After a week back in "civilization" it is time to share my views on what is so special about Bedarra Island Resort. Having recently spent 6 nights on Bedarra, I now realise what a "real" holiday is about, and by that I mean one where you actually return home with a sense of calm and peace. While not disputing the excitement of exploring new countres and cities, you often return home needing a holiday to recover, but Bedarra immediately puts you into a state of relaxation that is hard to imagine until you experience it. Whether you are active and explore surrounding islands with a picnic basket packed with goodies, or sit under a tree and read, or sleep, the choice is yours and is is more than acceptable to do absolutely nothing, if that is what you desire. Fine food, wonderful wines (always available) and attentive, but never overbearing staff add elegance to an already sublime setting. The beautful people who run Bedarra Island Resort will do all they can do make your stay memorable, but in the end, the island and resort itself will hypnotise you, providing long lasting memories that will linger, I have no doubt, for many years to come.

Room Tip: With only seven secluded "bungalows", all rooms will offer you a wonderful experience.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Bedarra Island Resort
Address: via Mission Beach, Bedarra Island, Queensland 4852, Australia
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Region: Australia > Queensland > Bedarra Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bedarra Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Bedarra Island Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 10
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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