What can be better than escaping to a remote and exotic island paradise where both the food and the language have that oh so French Savoir Faire? How about all those things but at a fraction of the cost of going to France, and the added benefit of being just two hours away from Australia! I’m talking of course about the romantic islands of New Caledonia.
Anthony Lee, a consultant from the Yee and Turner Travel Associates store, recently travelled to the nearby islands to see for himself what all the fuss was about. As it turns out, this is a destination with a vibrant French culture and adventurous beach and holiday lifestyle.
“If you want a great beach holiday with some European culture thrown in, then New Caledonia may be the place,” said Anthony.
And with clear, blue waters and long white sand beaches, it no wonder that many French nationals come for a visit and find it hard to leave.
“As well as having beautiful secluded islands to explore,” Anthony continued, “there is an interesting local culture and cuisine which comes from a mix of the local Kanaks and the French, many of whom came for a short holiday and seem not to have ever gone home.”
From Noumea, Anthony travelled down to one of New Caledonia’s most pristine locations, the Isle of Pines.
Staying at the beautiful Le Méridien Isle des Pins on Oro Bay, the resort offers direct access to breathtaking beaches and secluded lagoons containing colourful fish and turtles.
“For a unique, unforgettable stay,” said Anthony,” Le Méridien on the Isle of Pins will stay etched in my mind. The location is just amazing. Nestled on a lovely island attached to the mainland by a little bridge, the pool blends seamlessly with the crystal clear ocean.”
A short walk through the rainforest leads to a coral filled bay where some of New Caledonia’s best snorkelling can be found. Nearby, the mysterious Hortense Queen Cave with its palm lined entrance and jagged limestone interior offers a picturesque respite from the warm sun.
So if you’re looking for a little French culture with your next beach holiday, consider the New Caledonia islands where in just two hours flying time from Brisbane or Sydney, you can find yourself immersed in a whole new world.
Anthony Lee from Yee & Turner Travel Associates enjoys sharing his first-hand knowledge and years of experience in the travel industry when planning and booking a client’s holiday. While he can assist with all your holiday plans no matter where the destination, Anthony specialises in European holidays and is always happy to advise on those must-see landmarks and destinations.