We stayed in overwater bungalows which were well designed inside - separate bedroom rather than one big studio, the lounge area was very spacious and the fully marble-tiled bathroom was huge.The balcony needs a large umbrella as there is no covered area and we had sun all day so couldn't lie out there and read at all, something which I had been looking forward to. The pricey evening buffet was average but meats were cooked to your liking and changed slightly each day. Breakfast was fine with eggs cooked on request to your taste although 10am is an early finish for a tropical resort I think. The snorkeling is good for fish and turtles and patchy for coral but the shallow waters at low tide meant you can go out a fair way and find some decent coral gardens. There are no strong currents (as in the Maldives) and we experienced no wind on the main side of the island, where all the accommodation is. Watch out for the sea snakes, (tricot-raye) though, as they can turn up anywhere; keep the doors shut at night and when you are not around, to avoid any surprises. They are something of a mascot of New Caledonia and while being deadly, their mouths are too small to bite and they are very timid. All in all, it was great to find over-water bungalows at a rather reasonable rate, (in comparison to the few other places in the world that have them) and so close to home (Sydney). The weather was beautiful, around 27o C, with a few early morning showers some days and the last 3 days were not noticeably humid. Good king-bed, 2 flat screen TVs, good shower pressure, all amenities, lovely picture windows all around with beautiful views, staff was obliging and helpful. Near perfect! The only really negative thing was that the plumbing needed some attention with water draining away too slowly in shower and basin.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Archetype of the dream of the Pacific, l'îlot Maître floats like a mirage on the turquoise lagoon. At the heart of a unique marine reserve of 200 hectares, only 20 minutes from Noumea.This hotel offers travelers the luxuries of the quiet tropical location. It offers sumptuous bungalows, built in perfect harmony with their environment.A chapel on the island is available for your unforgettable event.The hotel is located on an islet, you have to take a shuttle to join it. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- l`Escapade Island Hotel Noumea