Whether you’re a certified scuba diver, avid snorkeler, beach bum or are the chaise lounge – good book – cool drink by the pool – sun worshiper type, you will fall prey to Noumea’s water pull.
My most recent tryst was a Water Odyssey to Grand Terre, the main island of the New Caledonia archipelago. My deluxe room at Le Parc Hotel (part of the GLP Group of Hotels in Noumea) came with a very spacious, round tub in which to soak away the travel grime before heading to the centerpiece of the Nouvata hotel-restaurant complex – the two-tiered pool (the largest pool in New Caledonia). It gets “the most unique hotel swimming pool award” in my personal travels.
If that pre-sunset experience and free water yoga class weren’t stellar enough, I managed to cross the street in my Crocs to stare at the most beautiful and largest lagoon on the World Heritage list. I knew I’d be back early in the morning to take a water taxi out to the reef for snorkeling with the rainbow-coloured fish, eels, coral, and with luck, turtles.
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Le Parc (the first hotel to be built on the bay and refurbished by Nouvata in 2008), is for those who want spaciousness in a room without a big pricetag. The reception area is sumptuous and expansive, too, and this is where the internet kiosks are located. I enjoyed the view from my private balcony, complete with a fresh-baked bagette, rich camembert and fruit, and bottle of inexpensive French wine. I would save the hotel’s restaurant and bar for another day.
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