But for many the true highlight is watching the underwater unfold beneath your feet though glass-floors and glass tables, or lying in a bath sipping champagne gazing across the type of view dreams are made of.
Coral Palms Island Resort / L’Escapade Island Resort
Only 15 minutes from Noumea on the tiny islet of Ilot Maitre you can sink into absolute over-water bungalow luxury. A blend of traditional crafted wood and sleek, elegant marble, Coral Palms Island Resort, also known as L’Escapade Island Resort, is an exclusive and friendly paradise where every day stresses simply cease to exist and island time completely takes over.
Magnificent wide terraces provide ideal backdrops to share holiday activities and memories, or you might prefer to enjoy more intimate time making the most of your own expansive, yet secluded, over-water deck. The resort provides 25 exquisitely appointed over-water bungalows with horizon views that stretch forever.
Stroll along the vivid white stretches of beach to lunch beside the pool. Swimming is ideal from the unblemished beach or in the beautiful complex of resort pools, perfect for everyone. A broad wooden boardwalk stretches across the lagoon flats providing access to the over-water bungalows. At night the lagoon turns into a fairyland as lights are reflected in the balmy water.
Listen to the gentle slap of waves against the yachts, and delight in the silvery pathway to the moon. On the island, buildings are blended into the natural surrounds creating an unobtrusive hideaway.
Go canoeing, kite surfing and kayaking, explore below the shimmering surface as you snorkel or scuba dive out to the reef, just a short distance from the boardwalk pier, and through the shallow waters. You’ll find even the fish are friendly in this idyllic tropical paradise. Experience the exhilarating freedom of exploring out into the ocean surrounds on jet skis.
Coral Palms Island enjoys the protection of marine reserve status, as part of the New Caledonia Lagoon World Heritage Site, ensuring an abundance of fish, rays and other sea creatures.
You’ll appreciate the friendly, efficient service, outstanding cuisine and fresh regional and local produce, room service, mini bar, safe-deposit box, high speed Internet, cable and satellite television, air-conditioning plus children’s services to allow you to completely relax knowing the kids are having the time of their lives.
With banquet and conference facilities plus a charming chapel, Coral Palms Island and these top New Caledonia over-water bungalows are ideal for functions and weddings, while still providing enough intimacy for the perfect, romantic honeymoon.
Karen Cooke is a professional consultant with Travel Associates, an exclusive Australian travel agency catering to the premium travel market. More helpful travel tips and suggestions are available at http://www.travel-associates.com.au