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  • News  /  Voyage

    Why New Caledonia is the most under-the-radar French destination

    By Divya Bala 15 December 0206

    Discreet and chic!

    The tropical island destination of Nouméa is one of the most underrated and exquisite territories of France, thanks to its far-flung isolation. Just a few hours from Australia’s east coast, the oft-forgotten city is surrounded by glittering azure waters and dotted with exclusive resorts, European architecture and epicurean delights.

     

    As part of our South of France road trip competition, second prize (because one fabulous escape simply isn’t enough) is a trip for two to Nouméa, New Caledonia including 2 return flights (with airport transfers) with Aircalin from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane; 5 nights at Le Méridien Nouméa and a full day excursion to explore and enjoy lunch at the stunning Amédée Lighthouse on the stunning Amédée isle.

     

    To get the best of the island, wade through the crystal waters of Baie des Citrons, a picturesque beach that turns into a lively nightlife spot after dark and be sure to stop for a nearby cocktail at the overwater bar and nightclub, Le Roof.

     

    Or, take sail boat or water taxi tour replete with sun-drenched boat decks from which to plunge into the blue-green depths. Nouméa is a great jump-off point to visit island reserves in the South Pacific such as Ile aux Canards, Ilot Maître and Amédée Lighthouse Island; Ilot Largenere and Ilot Signal are also two secluded islands on the UNESCO World Heritage lists with rich seabeds for a pristine snorkeling experience – all just a short boat trip away.

     

    Also just a short skip across water, Le Ponton is a dining spot in the middle of the largest lagoon in the world, a flat-bottomed boat with a nearby coral reef that you can explore while you wait for your lunch.

     

    The best part of Nouméa, however, is the total Robinson Crusoe/Castaway vibe of exploring this exquisite and largely untouched part of the world, a rarity in today’s world of interconnectivity. The ideal place to switch off your phone, take a moment and feel all of natures beauty at its wildest and most free.

     

    Enter competition here.


    So Frenchy So Chic in the Park will take place in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, January 12, 14 and 20. Pre order your hamper ahead of the festival or bring your own.