At the Ocean Terrace restaurant that night the same group welcomed each table with a song from their own country. I was serenaded with a pitch perfect version of Po Kerikeri Anna, that would put most New Zealand musicians to shame.
I sat with Maggie an Australian woman of unknown vintage who had been coming to the Bedarra for over fourteen years. Talking to Maggie was the perfect illustration of why ‘Bedarra’ is so magical; people just keep boomeranging back, year after year. Maggie said that coming to stay was like coming home, her husband died a few years ago and her daughters fret over her travelling, however, she always feels welcome and safe at Bedarra.
Later that night, I found myself laughing out loud as I read the Hotel Compendium, I think it is the most entertaining piece of hotel literature that I have read anywhere in the world. It starts with the Three Rules of Bedarra, all of which involve relaxing in a beautiful environment. It explains the facilities that are available, the local activities, and gives some excellent tips on how to enjoy the Island way of life and the concept of Fiji time.
My room was big enough to have a full blown island soiree in. There was a tribal sized bed, a large wardrobe, fridge, immaculate bathroom and I loved that there was no TV! The view from my balcony overlooking the pool and lagoon was hard to turn away from. I was so entranced over breakfast that I did not want to leave.
There is no ‘Kids Club’ and if you or your family needs a barrage of planned activities then Bedarra is not for you. However, there is a babysitting service available for a small charge, and you can borrow snorkeling equipment and kayaks for free. The tour operators will also make your life easy by picking you up and dropping you home. Bedarra Inn is for those who have the time to relax, want to be treated like family, and well fed. If you do want to explore I would highly recommend the nearby Kula Eco Park and the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park.