Explore NOUMEA - A short city break with a difference

Published on August 25, 2015
Explore NOUMEA - A short city break with a difference nc

France is only a few hours away, who knew?

 New Caledonia is Australia's closest French Pacific neighbour, making
it an ideal destination for travellers looking for a holiday with a difference,
without the distance.

Flying direct with Aircalin you can be in Noumea, in two hours from
Brisbane, less than three hours from Sydney and under four hours from
Melbourne
; the short flying times make this Pacific island the perfect long
weekend getaway
.

Between beach visits and day tours to picturesque islands, take some
time to explore Noumea, a bustling cosmopolitan city with a distinct French
flavour offering a mix of the chic yet casual, très French combined with
laid-back Pacific island lifestyles and flavours.

Noumea has lots to offer those on a short break. If you like shopping
there is plenty, from designer boutiques to the colourful stalls of Chinatown.
Food is in abundance and is a mix of French and Pacific flavours.

From the bustling atmosphere of the Port Moselle markets to
sophisticated French boutiques, classic colonial architecture to the unique
Kanak culture, Noumea abounds with things to do and beautiful places to visit –
there's something for all ages and all tastes.

With several hotels located near Anse Vata Beach in Noumea, you can
freshen up in the beautiful decor of your hotel room and then step out onto a
street lined with alfresco-style dining, wine bars and cafes.

Savour the afternoons’ sunset to relax and take in the stunning lagoon
over a cocktail or glass of wine. The water-side location of the hotels means
that guests often have the difficult decision upon waking of whether to hit the
pool or the beach!

For something a little more luxurious, enjoy an afternoon cruise on a
catamaran
, which can be easily organised from most hotels, giving visitors the
ultimate sunset cocktail experience on the water.

Noumea has extensive dining options where you can enjoy and savour
delectable French cooking, beautiful wines and champagnes
and many patisseries
selling mouth-watering macarons, éclairs and chocolates.

The fresh array of foods available from so many shops and stalls may
also make you feel like packing a picnic and savouring it in front of Noumea’s
beautiful landscapes. Head to gourmet stores such as Vinothèque, Sodival, La
Cave, La Boutique Le Vin Passion and Pavillon des Vins, to stock up on a range
of pâtés, terrines, fois gras, duck cassoulets and soft and blue cheeses.

Of course there is also the chance to indulge in a wide selection of
French wines - many of which you won't find available in Australia.

As the evening settles in, venture to Anse Vata or Baie des Citrons and
sit back with an aperitif as live music plays in the background and you enjoy a
cocktail. Don’t miss Happy Hour from 5pm to 6.30pm in different cafes, jazz
bars and karaoke
!

Later in the evening let yourself go to the rhythm of the Pacific in
one of the nightclubs of the island.

For more info and the chance to win a dinner for two in New Caledonia
visit:

 http://neighbours.new-caledonia.com.au/