Some days, you don’t want to be found. You just want to disappear off to some place distant and secret, perhaps get married in a very private ceremony. Bedarra in the Great Barrier Reef, right in Queensland’s Family Islands National Park is a private island.
The island is home to a luxurious resort, the Bedarra Island Resort. It is one of few islands in the Great Barrier Reef that’s available to rent exclusively. Up to 16 guests may be accommodated in its 8 fully furnished and spacious villas.
The villas in Bedarra Island Resort are tucked in a thick rainforest with splendid views of the surrounding sea. They come in six types: Oceanview Villa at $1,090 per night, Oceanview Terrace Villa at $1,190 per night, Villa North-East at $1,490 per night, The Pavilions at $1,590 per night, The Beach House at $1,590 per night and The Point at $1,790 per night (rates are for year 2015 only).
Each villa is good for double occupancy only. Nightly rates include accommodation, three meals and snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and free use of the resort’s amenities. Cellarmaster wines and chartered reef trips and fishing trips are charged separately. An additional fee of $395 per couple is charged for return launch transfer, which is scheduled daily.
Aside from the luxurious villas, guests are provided with a stunning reception bar, a full size tennis court, restaurant, day pavilions, gym, beach decks and outdoor swimming pool. There are also avenues for sightseeing such as the Battleship Lookout, Old Jetty Lookout and Swiftlet Rock Lookout.
The resort is ideal for intimate and well-appointed gatherings such as weddings and honeymoons with maximum of 16 guests. It offers either a three-course meal or a seafood-inspired platter serving for wedding reception, with guests dining in a romantic setting on the beach, on the deck or in the restaurant.
Bedarra Island is truly an excellent venue offering solitude and serenity, where one can just escape, disappear with someone special and a handful of friends, get married in secret, and then come home a married couple.
All photos belong to: East Bedarra