French food and wine in the Pacific! Baguettes, crème brulee and Bordeaux wines are just some of the treats you will find in New Caledonia. Less than two and a half hours from Sydney you can be immersed in a little bit of France with a whole lot of class!
It’s perfect for those who love France and need a holiday but don’t want to spend the big bucks, or simply don’t have the time to go you Europe. It’s a blissful combination of French culture and Melanesian sun-kissed laid-back lifestyle.
Far from your typical palm fronded paradise, New Caledonia is quite large by comparison with it’s Pacific island neighbors. Noumea, the capital has around 100 000 inhabitants and is a bustling and vibrant city.
Hotels and accommodation in New Caledonia have historically been challenging, especially for those who like exceptional quality. But it’s pleasing to note that there is significant development in the choice offered to discerning travelers.
Two new top choices for your stay would be L’Escapade and L’Evasion. Two similar names, yet two vastly different experiences. For those who crave that tropical island experience, those crystal clear lagoon waters and top notch French food and wine, L’Escapade is perfect for you.
A catamaran or water taxi transfer from Noumea will have you on the island in no time. Located within the calm lagoon waters that surround New Caledonia you will find yourself in a tranquil island paradise with nothing to do but swim, and laze about in the sun. The turquoise waters lapping the steps of your very own over water bungalow should have you relaxed and far away from everyday life within minutes of arriving. Not only that – you might never want to leave!
Built only a couple of years ago, these gorgeous five star lodgings are perfect for couples wanting to escape the world and work on their tans. Each bungalow is well appointed and will suit even the most discerning of guests.
On the flipside you may also escape the world at L’Evasion, a ten bungalow establishment located in the lush mountain surrounds found in central New Caledonia. An easy 70 minute drive north from the Tontouta International airport is where you will find l’Evasion, known predominately only to the locals. This is a true countryside getaway that leaves nothing to chance.
An immaculately presented property, it’s like a piece of Provencial France which somehow became lost in the lush tropics of New Caledonia. Complete with Parisian lamp posts, terracotta pots, French window shutters and tres chic outdoor pool this is a place that will satisfy the senses of the most particular travelers.
Complete with Hermes bathroom products, it’s hard not to be impressed by this boutique property. And as if all of that wasn’t enough, this lovely piece of paradise boasts one of the best gourmet restaurants in the country. It is one hundred percent fabulous, with a pistachio crème brulee to die for! Remember – no Aussies know about this little hideaway! That’s what makes this experience even more desirable.
Stay at one or the other – or combine stays in each.
For more details on either of these boutique resorts contact Food and Wine Travel.
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Written by Karen Ridge
Director Food and Wine Travel
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