If you and your loved one are short on honeymoon ideas and wondering what to go for, a tropical holiday in New Caledonia is the answer to your prayers. Whether you are a couple that enjoys in strolling down the beach or that thrives on adrenalin, New Caledonia provides thrills for all. Here are 6 reasons to choose this destination for your ideal romantic escape, based on my experience.
Noumea, New Caledonia’s capital is only a three-hour flight from Auckland, which gives you more time to relax and enjoy with your lover. Once you get there, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a true tropical paradise comprised out of kilometers of white sandy beaches and crystal-clear water that are just waiting for you to discover them. You can enjoy in a warm climate, with temperatures that go around 26-30oC in summers and reach up to 25oC in winters. You can stay anywhere on this island that stretches over 400 km, or drop by to magical Isle of Pines, a secluded beach that promises romance, relaxation and a slower-paced holiday.
There are plenty of hotels and resorts to choose from in Noumea that cater to all budgets. I’d suggest the Hilton on Anse Vata Beach with a stunning sea view and plenty of bars and restaurants in its vicinity. You can also opt for hotel Le Lagon, which is a little further from Anse Vata beach but a great option for those who want to enjoy in new and modern facilities for a medium price. You can explore New Caledonia deals to book a perfect romantic holiday that suits your style and interests.
Food and drinks
Noumea is a multicultural melting pot of flavors, with a taste of French, Chinese, Vietnamese, Italian or Indonesian cuisine. I recommend Le Roof at Anse Vata beach, an amazing restaurant where you can indulge in French/Melanesian meals. Alternatively, you can pay a visit to local supermarkets (Geant is huge and well-equipped) and prepare a dinner for two. There are also bottle stores that sell amazing French wine at reasonable prices, such as La Vinotheque, so make sure to include that on your menu as well.
For adrenaline junkies
Adrenaline-charged couples shouldn’t miss skydiving at Oua Tom, where you can parachute or tandem jump for 40 seconds of thrilling free-fall. Before jumping you can enjoy in the breathtaking views over land and sea. You can also go paragliding at Oen Toro, in Noumea’s south, or take a chance with a famous full moon kayak tour of the Drowned Forest in Blue River Provincial Park in the west of Lac de Yate.
For laid-back honeymooners
If you’re seeking a proper honeymoon escape, take it slow by spending hours on the beach or enjoying a day out on a nearby island. Enjoy in the intimate atmosphere of the Amedee Island, where you can post each other letters from the Lighthouse Post Office (smallest in the world) and take long walks hand in hand along beautiful beaches.
Explore the lagoon
New Caledonia is the home of UNESCO protected lagoon, the largest in the world. Here you can find an infinite choice of sports and leisure activities. Go diving and snorkeling around rich colorful coral gardens or try out windsurfing, kitesurfing, or fly boarding. In between snorkeling sessions, enjoy in a beach picnic with baguettes and cheese, while absorbing the serenity of the area.
New Caledonia is the kind of place that immediately grows on you and brings you and your partner closer together. The tremendous beauty and slow rhythm remind you of the important things in life that you should appreciate-including your loved one. Take your chances with New Caledonia for a honeymoon you’ll never forget.
Blog by Marie Nieves from High Style Life