Perched out in the sparsely-inhabited recesses of the southwestern Pacific Ocean, the rugged islands of New Caledonia remain an enticingly secluded holiday destination read more...

Tropical stays with a Gallic touch

Its capital Noumea was once touted as the 'Paris of the Pacific' and today, New Caledonia still attracts thousands of tourists eager to sample a slice of the South Pacific with a well-known Gallic flair.

New Caledonia remains a dependent overseas territory of France and the island embraces its French roots wholeheartedly. Noumea boasts some of the finest French dining in the Southern Hemisphere and some of the city's finest eateries are housed in the most upscale of New Caledonia's many hotels.

Relax by the pool in a Noumea resort

New Caledonia's cosmopolitan capital Noumea is the only city of notable size on the islands and not surprisingly, it's home to the bulk of New Caledonia accommodation.

Many of the places to stay in Noumea offer resort-style accommodation, usually around a sparkling turquoise pool fringed by palm trees and native flora. Business hotels are also a common sight, ensuring that business travellers are equally well-catered for in what is a major economic hub of the Pacific.

Enjoy an escape to the Loyalty Islands

In a region blessed by an abundance of sunshine and fringed by lagoon-sheltered coral reefs, it's little wonder many visitors to New Caledonia are eager to make the most of its resplendent natural setting.

The Loyalty Islands lie some 100 kilometres from the main isle of Grande Terre and this diverse archipelago is home to both indigenous Kanak culture and some of the more unique accommodation on offer, with local tribes often running basic campsites to cater to intrepid international tourists.