The Territory of New Caledonia and Dependencies is an overseas territory of France. Made up of a main island and several smaller islands, it is in the region of Melanesia in the southwest Pacific. It has magnificent beaches, superb snorkelling and diving, great French food and mountaintop chalets offering views and fondue. The capital and largest territory is Nouméa.
Australians who fancy a holiday with a European flair need only take a short flight to enjoy the French influence in the Pacific.
Coral Palms Resort is on L'ilot Maitre, an enchanting islet in the heart of 81 hectares of marine reserve. One of the most exclusive resorts in the South Seas, it floats like a mirage on an emerald lagoon, just 15 minutes from Noumea.
The resort is a harmonious blend of modern and traditional, blending into the natural curve of white beach.
Spacious overwater bungalows have separate bedroom and living room with rich Italian marbles, exotic woods and the latest technology. Electronic retractable steps lead you right into the water. Rooms are air-conditioned and from your spacious terrace or indoors, you overlook emerald water, stunning sunsets and take in colourful marine life.
Built in small units of four rooms, Ocean and Garden bungalows overlook the beach or tropical gardens. They are air-conditioned, soundproof and secluded.
Swim up to the bar in the middle of the two-tiered pool or visit the on-land bar for an exotic cocktail as the sun sets.
Ouen Toro, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serves delicious meals from the best ingredients sourced from around the world and locally. A beach grill is open for lunch.
Nightly shows and complimentary activities are organised and there is a library, games room, boutique and art gallery, wedding chapel, conference room, smoking lounge and sports activities and scuba centre.
The Catamaran Cruise features world-class snorkelling locations and deserted islands and passengers can kick back or become involved in the sailing. The catamaran has an enormous open deck and seating area and two bedrooms and bathroom below. It can be booked with your luxury weekend and you will have it all to yourselves. The skipper and two crew members are familiar with the waters.
Two and a half hours north-east of Sydney or two hours north-east of Brisbane.
Talpacific Holidays has a three-night luxury long weekend package, including return economy airfares to Noumea, accommodation and all transfers. Valid for sale between October 5-12, 2006, and travel between October 5 and December 6, 2006.
Three-night luxury weekend from;
- Brisbane, $1390
- Sydney, $1473
- Melbourne, $1665
- Canberra, $1653
- Adelaide, $1730
- Darwin, $1943
- Perth, $2188
Prices quoted are correct on October 5, 2006.
Ph: 1300 665 737
Coral Palms Island Resort
Tourism New Caledonia