Why choose New Caledonia for your next family holiday
Holidays with kids can be difficult. Mum’s been dreaming of a beach getaway but the kids are keen for adventure; Dad wants to practice his swing but you’ve been thinking the family really should get out and experience different cultures. Throw in time constraints and budgets, safety concerns, long-haul flights, and pleasing everyone may seem impossible. Ready for the good news? New Caledonia is a safe, clean, close-to-home destination that offers all of this and more! Read on to see exactly why this Pacific island paradise is perfect for your next family holiday.
1. Dive into the world’s largest enclosed lagoon
As if unspoiled beaches and warm, tropical weather weren’t enough, add to the list the largest UNESCO World Heritage Site lagoon and fun in the sun just got better. The options are boundless and sure to please even the pickiest members of the family. From uncrowded and protected swimming, snorkeling and scuba-diving to windsurfing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and surfing. You can even join a fishing trip to try your luck in New Caledonia’s exclusive 370-kilometre fishing zone.
2. Experience the culture hit
Don’t be fooled—New Caledonia has far more to offer than your average beach holiday. This gorgeous island nation has been a French colony for over 160 years and Kanak culture extends long before that. This unique blend of Melanesian strength and warmth, friendly island charm and French exuberance is visible everywhere, from the food to the architecture, and especially in the capital of Noumea. Visit the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre to learn more about Kanak culture, experience it for yourself when you explore local villages and the surrounding islands, or take it in side-by-side with very affordable French luxuries (think: French wine, baguettes and cheese!) in the many markets scattered throughout Noumea.
3. Something for everyone
Speaking of luxury, who knew you could get a taste of Paris so close to home? Shopping in Noumea is truly an experience, where designer brands and fine wines imported directly from Europe sit alongside tropical flavours and locally-made art and craft. After spending the morning shopping and indulging, take a trip inland to hike one of the many paths through lush ancestral forest and work off those French pastries and chocolates, or hit up Noumea’s striking Aquarium des Lagons Nouvelle Caledonie for endless family fun. Check-in to Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Spa & Golf Resort for an excellent 18-hole golf course and access to the world-class wellbeing centre while the young ones relish the awesome kids’ club and first-rate babysitting service. New Caledonia makes family holidays easy!
4. It’s close to home
The best part is that you can have all this—tropical warmth, exoticism, French culture, history and sublime, natural beauty with minimal travel time and far cheaper than a trip to Europe! With New Caledonia located only a 2-hour flight away from Australia, you’re able to forget the stress of taking irritable little ones or teens on long-haul trips! Start planning your family holiday today with this amazing deal. Stay 3 nights at the Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Spa & Golf Resort and 4 nights at Le Meridien Noumea Resort & Spa with unlimited golf for 2, the beach on your doorstep, access to an outstanding day spa and epic kids’ club, and $2000 added value for just $1840 pp including flights and transfers!