New Caledonia – just 2 hours from Brisbane and 2.5 hours from Sydney and Auckland – is an archipelago of fantasy islands scattered like beautiful gems in a sparking sea. The main jewel is the Isle of Pines, just south of the mainland…an idyllic tropical paradise.
How to get there, where to check in.
Le Meridien at Isle of Pines *****
This Starwood Group hotel (and Le Meridien Resort in Noumea) is Rainbow Tourism Accredited – so you can check in with the guarantee of a comfortable stay. And an enchanting one…unspoilt beauty, carefree stay, hidden treasures.
Gays and Lesbians who find their way to romantic New Caledonia should not fail to take a 20-minute flight to the Isle of Pines and stay overnight at the stunning Le Meridien, for a taste of paradise. (You can also take a 2.5 hour catarmaran trip out to Ile des Pins, sail over on a chartered yacht, or request a landing if you’re on the helicopter tour from Noumea.)
Nestled in a coconut plantation, you’re villa or room is just steps away from the turquoise lagoon and white sands on Oro Bay, and only a short walk to a natural swimming pool. (The hotel provides snorkeling gear, no worries).
If you want to surprise your partner during a romantic tryst here, arrange to have lunch and drinks at the “Kuyong” al fresco cafe (native for Banyon Tree roots), for an unforgettable BBQ. The local tribal family net catch and then grill the largest lobsters imaginable. (A meal worth hundreds in a Sydney restaurant but just a few Francs in local currency.)