Just 5km from Mission Beach, Bedarra Island has long been an exclusive rain forested island that discourages day-trippers. Luscious East Bedarra Island Retreat (www.eastbedarra.com), perched high on a granite outcrop, is all floor-to-ceiling glass walls in the Princess Villa. Just as Cinderella had her glass slippers, indulge your inner pampered Princess in a glass bath, better known as a Le Cob glass relaxation vessel. Naturally, French champagne is awaiting you on arrival.
Bedarra Hideaway is the perfect home for stressed out families looking to unwind in the stunning seclusion of a three-storey beach house (www.bedarrahideaway.com.au), while Bedarra Beach Villa (www.bedarrabeachvilla.com.au) is actually two properties, a Villa and Studio, privately located within a two acre estate behind the beachfront at Doorilla Cove. Artist Noel Woods, who lived a bohemian life here for 50 years, built the studio in the early 20th Century, while the nearby Villa’s style is languidly relaxed: an excellent option for two couples or a family with teenage kids.
Voyages Bedarra Island Resort (www.bedarraisland.com) is barefoot luxury for couples and friends seeking lavish relaxation in one of its 16 five star villas. Extravagant glass-walled Pavilions are private retreats set amidst rainforest. Birdsong is the most intrusive sound you’ll hear in this childfree zone. Devastated by Cyclone Larry in 2006, the resort was injected with much-needed freshness during subsequent rebuilding.
Getting There: 20min boat transfer directly from Dunk Island.