Score: 8.46

“For centuries, travellers have tried to replicate the Robinson Crusoe adventure – novelist Daniel Defoe has a lot to answer for!” says Fiona Harper. But Bedarra comes close, she says – “it offers that tantalising ‘sand between the toes’ prospect”. After taking the brunt of Cyclone Yasi in 2011 the resort is now better than ever, undergoing two years of extensive renovations to reopen as Australia’s most sustainable island resort. Expect a max of 14 guests at any one time, rain water showers and, as Ms Harper puts it, “carefree days ruled by the rising sun and falling tide”. From $1090 per night (including meals and drinks). More info: Bedarra

Honourable mention: Bob Hawke, Pat Rafter, the Murdochs… Haggerstone Island and its four rooms is more treehouse than palace, but that hasn’t stopped some of Australia’s highest profiles from escaping there.

 

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