My new husband and I recently spent four nights on Bedarra for our honeymoon, and we will be dreaming of the trip for many years to come.
The location is just gorgeous. Beautiful little island with a lovely front beach and interesting rocky landscape, plus lush and well maintained tropical gardens. We felt like the only people on the island as we barely saw other guests except for meal times. Our villa didn't have a plunge pool but it didn't matter as we had the beautiful resort pool to ourselves the entire stay. The weather wasn't great when we were there so unfortunately we weren't able to take a dinghy over to a nearby island for a picnic, but we had a sumptuous picnic on our deck instead and there was still plenty to do - we were able to swim; kayak; (attempt to) paddleboard; walk to all the lookouts; help yourself to a bottle of wine, a cheese platter and a book and relax in the day pavilion on the beach. It was lovely to just relax in our villa and enjoy the solitude. The no children policy is a blessing.
The food... oh, the food. A true highlight! Each day's menu was interesting and inventive, and the food was exquisite - chef Jimmy is incredible. We forgot what it felt like to be hungry and I nearly cried when I peeled back the tinfoil on my airplane meal on the way home and was confronted with soggy beans. If you like seafood, splurge on the special seafood platter - you won't regret it. We took full advantage of the famous open bar and threw ourselves into a wine education as each meal is carefully paired with some great wines. Jody's warm and attentive service ensured we never had an empty glass in our hands, and we happily accepted the cocktails she made for us (based on what she'd observed we liked to drink).
Jason and Kayla are truly fantastic hosts who made us feel like friends rather than clients. They are helpful, friendly and professional and they went out of their way to welcome us and ensure our stay was perfect. They and their team are what make the experience extra special.
Barefoot luxury really does encapsulate what Bedarra is all about - you are treated like royalty but without any pretentiousness. The place oozes understated class and it is impossible not to feel relaxed and happy the moment you set foot on the island.
If you're reading this to help you decide whether to book or not, I could not recommend it highly enough... it's an indulgence well worth the money and we are already planning when to return!
Julie & Josh - May 2014
- 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