New Caledonia is a beautiful ecological treasure lying in an emerald green lagoon. It was explored by Captain James Cook in 1774, settled by Britain and France during the first half of the 19th century and annexed by France in 1853.
It is made up of a group of islands the Main Island, Loyalty Islands, Isle of Pines, Belep and a scattering of small islands. The barrier reef stretching 1600 kilometres and encircling the mainland island is the world's largest lagoon.
Cooled by the Pacific Ocean and the trade winds, New Caledonia enjoys a soft, sunny climate. It is a land with many traditions, customs and different cultures. The blend of Melanesian and French culture, enhanced by Polynesian and Asian, makes for an exciting lifestyle.
Isle of Pines is off the southern tip of the main island. It has been blessed with powdery white sand, aquamarine lagoons and endless Norfolk pines. Just 14 kilometres wide and 18 kilometres long, the island is referred to as the jewel of the Pacific.
Le Meridien Ile des Pins, the island's only resort, is on Oro Bay in just over two hectares of coconut palms and pine trees. It has bungalow-suite accommodation made up of 10 deluxe rooms, 21 lagoon suites and eight garden suites.
La Pirogue serves French/Melanesian cuisine prepared from the island's fresh ingredients. You can enjoy a casual barbecue on the terrace or an elegant à la carte dinner.
La Boussole, adjacent to La Pirogue, is where guests enjoy cool tropical drinks or maybe an after-dinner liqueur.
There is a large selection of water activities, including outings in traditional outrigger canoes, and many interesting excursions.
New Caledonia in the heart of the South Pacific.
Coral Seas Travel has five-night packages including three nights at Le Meridien on the Isle of Pines, one spa treatment, breakfast each day and return flights to Noumea with Aircalin. Fares are valid for sale until May 15, 2006 for travel between April 1 and September 30, 2006. Prices are per person twin share.
- Brisbane, $2599
- Sydney, $2699
- Melbourne, $2899
- Adelaide, $2969
- Darwin, $3099
- Perth, $3399
For further information
Le Meridien Ile des Pins
BP 175 Ile des Pins 98832
Ph: 0011 687 461515
Fax: 0011 687 461516
Coral Seas Travel
Ph: (02) 9231 2944 (NSW)
Toll Free: 1800 641 803
Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.