Billing itself as "the ultimate in barefoot luxury," the laid-back, exclusive Bedarra Island Resort hosts no more than 14 guests in modern, eco-friendly accommodations, spoiling them with fine food and service, and five-star amenities. A handful of split-level villas and two open-plan pavilions are scattered about the resort grounds. All five villas have large furnished balconies or decks; some have outdoor showers, daybeds, and plunge pools. The secluded beachfront pavilions
have airy "living" and "sleeping" areas, king-size "floating" beds, huge furnished sundecks, and oceanfront private pools. Guests congregate in the open-sided restaurant for tropical buffet breakfasts, varied lunch offerings, and multi-course dinners that showcase seafood and regional produce. Dishes change daily and can be tailored to guests' tastes. All meals and drinks are included in the rate, and there's a 24-hour, serve-yourself open bar. Nature-based activities and use of water-sports equipment are complimentary, as is snorkeling on the island's reef, exploring neighboring isles by dinghy, and paddleboarding with turtles off the island's main beach. If you're bent on getting out to the Great Barrier Reef, sailing, diving, sightseeing, and game-fishing trips can be arranged.
Bedarra Great Barrier Reef resort, via Mission Beach, Family Islands, Queensland, 4852, Australia