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Bedarra Island Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bedarra Island
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37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Better than before”
Reviewed May 9, 2014

We spent time at Bedarra 4 years ago and returned last week for a second visit. Jason and Kayla are wonderful hosts...you feel as if you are spending time there as their personal friends...and the staff are excellent. Sunday nights are BBQ evenings where all the guests (who want to ) are brought together on a long table along with Jason and Kayla. There are never more than 16 guests at any one time and our varied and mixed age group this week were lovely people, mostly from Australia. Other than exchanging the day's adventures in pre dinner drinks in the bar, you rarely see each other other than when eating. We stayed both times up the steps on the hill and each beautiful villa is so private you feel as if you are the only people on the island. The view from lounging in the bath is one I'm still dreaming about! Food is wonderful and we looked forward to each and every varied meal. Thank you Jimmy for teaching me how to REALLY poach the perfect egg! Well worth taking out one of the small boats with a picnic lunch and spending time on your very own island. We also kayaked around Bedarra which took just over an hour. Great safe swimming too but no coral. Have been back in Sydney for four days and wishing I was back on that perfect island!

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed May 4, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I just spent our honeymoon at Bedarra, five days of perfect weather in a perfect place.

The staff could not have been more professional or helpful, especially in accommodating my wife's dairy allergy. Jody in particular went the extra mile to ensure we had a fantastic time.

The food is superb, every meal was just wonderful, and the wines were an excellent match to each meal.

We took a boat and motored ourselves out to Hudson Island with a hamper prepared by the chef. Hudson Island has the most amazing perfect "desert island" beach which made for a wonderful picnic.

We stayed in the cheapest villa there which meant we didn't have a plunge pool, but honestly that didn't matter as the main pool is very close by and lovely. Plus the staff bring you cocktails.

The place is quiet and the villas are very private. I was a little worried about the lack of air conditioning but it was absolutely fine, the villas have superb fans and great airflow.

Just go there.

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 3, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I have just returned from three fantastic nights at Bedarra Island Resort and by the time we reluctantly left, it felt like we had been gone for a week! Kayla, Jason and the whole team are fantastic, but Jimmy the chef and Jody our waitress deserve special mention, nothing was too much trouble for them. The resort adopts a very relaxed atmosphere, whereby you are encouraged to help yourself to the bar, snacks and offerings in the public area fridge. We indulged in a cheese platter on more than one occasion and enjoyed them on our day bed in our villa! The villa itself was also more than adequately stocked with all our favourites. As you would expect the food is terrific, but the seafood platter has to be seen to be believed, it is absolutely amazing and well worth the extra few dollars to experience it. We stayed in one of the two Pavilions (number 16) and were very happy with this. Both Pavilions overlook the back beach and seemed to offer a bit more privacy than the villas overlooking the main/front beach. All in all an amazing trip and we hope to return some time in the future!

  • Stayed May 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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86 reviews
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Reviewed May 2, 2014

My wife and I stayed here just after it reopened. Having stayed here when it was under its previous owners and management we were looking forward to seeing what if any changes had occurred. The accommodation was fantastic as was the service throughout. We even had the island to almost ourselves for one day with just the two of us and two staff.

Everything about this place is relaxing and well worth the money. The Seafood platter we enjoyed done by the Water on our last night was absolutely indulging and we were nowhere near able to finish it.

Whilst in your rooms you really feel like you are the only ones on the island, privacy is fantastic, all you can hear are the sounds of the ocean and the birdlife around.

Absolutely loved this place and hopefully will get an opportunity to visit again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

Having traveled all over the world and stayed in many of the best hotels/resorts I expect a lot from a resort of this price. The resort was lovely, relaxed and offered lots of activities. Loved the offering of food and wine and the little touches that made it special.

I would highly recommend that you have the seafood platter - was probably the best I have ever had.

But this resort relies on other fun and social couples to make it a truly fantastic experience. We were lucky enough to share our holiday with several couples with whom we became very good friends. Normally socialising is not my thing when it comes to holidays, but by the end of the trip I was sad to them them - not just the island!

Make sure you come down to the bar half an hour before dinner for a few cocktails and some laughs - it really makes the place.

The only negative about the resort is the plague of cane toads - they need to do something about that. They are everywhere as you walk back to your Villa at night.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed April 10, 2014

My husband and I spent our honeymoon on Bedarra Island over Christmas. It was the perfect place to relax after a hectic year which culminated in our wedding. We were greeted by the owner, Sam, on the beach who apologised profusely for the rough seas and subsequent rocky (but fun!) boat ride over – the Mission Beach water taxi service was so brilliant and the people so lovely that his apology was completely unnecessary.

We stayed in Villa 15, which was very private with gorgeous views of the ocean and a plunge pool that we used constantly. We really felt like we were the only ones on the island, and it was only at meal times that we were reminded there were other guests.

The food was exceptional, every meal was a delight. After a week on the island we forgot what it felt like to be hungry, which is significant for my husband who is an athlete and therefore has quite the appetite! We also ordered the seafood platter which was just amazing. Christmas day was a definite bonus. Christmas lunch was spectacular with more seafood than anyone could possibly finish. My husband decided it was too gorgeous to go to waste and had seconds; as such he seemed to have gained quite the reputation amongst the staff for his seafood eating ability (a tale clearly shared amongst the staff that was divulged to us by another staff member who did not realise they were talking about my husband – oops!).

My only suggestion for the kitchen is to invest in a decent coffee machine and some high quality beans. Whilst the coffee-pod machines are passable for a stop-gap, a week without proper coffee was a killer; we honestly would have done anything for a decent macchiato.

Taking a boat over to our own island with a picnic was a real treat- the picnic was delicious and the surrounding islands are just magical. We also kayaked around the island, saw two turtles and managed to perfect stand up paddle boarding. The short walks to lookouts are also a must- a great way to burn off breakfast. We read lots of reviews saying the tennis court was hardly used, so on one rainy day we made sure to have a game – it really is a lovely court. The rest of the time we spent lounging around in our plunge pool, relishing having the space and time to enjoy each other’s company.

Finally the staff are wonderful – in fact we would have much preferred to have Christmas lunch with the staff than the other guests, they were much more our kind of people! Funny and engaging, helpful when needed, and respectful of guest’s privacy – they are truly wonderful people and a credit to the organisation.

My husband and I have travelled the world and stayed in some spectacular and unique accommodation, but nothing has felt as comfortable or private as Bedarra.

We will be back for a sneaky winter escape – hide your seafood guys! ;)

Elyse & Braedan

Room Tip: Booking a villa with a plunge pool is a wise investment.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed April 5, 2014

We had a great honeymoon here in November. The weather was fantastic and the location is just picture perfect. I though the value for money with all inclusive meals and beverage were good compared to Lizard, Hayman and Qualia. My only thing was that they could have laid it on a bit thicker in regards to service. I was expecting a little more Lizard Island with cocktail waiters, real coffee and a la carte menu. Note to holiday peeps, Bedarra has about 10 staff for 14 guests and I believe Lizard have around 100+ staff for 70 guests. I think Bedarra back in it's hay day of Princess Fergie and Russel Crowe there were about 40 staff running around doing all the things a 5 star. Nowadays it's no where as full on and all the reviews do reflect that. I guess I was expecting just a little bit more. All in all it was really good.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Bedarra Island Resort
Address: via Mission Beach, Bedarra Island, Queensland 4852, Australia
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Location: 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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