Set within the world’s largest lagoon and with access to the second largest reef, New Caledonia is a hidden gem in the South Pacific. With more than 10 direct flights operating each week, you can reach the capital Noumea within a few hours, making it not only a fast journey but an affordable one. The unique combination of French and Melanesian culture means you can learn about the country’s indigenous people, the Kanak, while devouring French cuisine and practising your high-school French. All this is within a breathtaking natural setting of tropical rainforests and pristine beaches populated by unique island wildlife.
To help you book your tropical escape, we’ve come up with a list of the best New Caledonia resorts for the ultimate holiday. Without having to fly far, you’ll get to choose from secluded overwater bungalows to breezy beachfront cabins. Embrace your inner explorer and get out on the reef, indulge in a blissful spa treatment with an ocean view, feast on the tantalising local fare with a French twist or simply soak up island life from the comfort of your daybed.