Bonjour! It’s time for you to explore some of the world’s most stunning beaches, flavours and wildlife, just a two-hour flight from Brisbane.

There’s nowhere else on the planet quite like New Caledonia. A richly diverse cultural melting pot, it’s a place where the sun shines all year ‘round, and French culture and cuisine mixes with local Melanesian culture and history to create a paradise of endless possibilities. A biodiversity hotspot like no other, a trip to New Caledonia feels like a trip to another world — but it’s only two-hours from the East Coast of Australia!

New Caledonia’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed lagoons are some of the most beautiful marine environments in the world, sheltering a breathtaking array of wildlife, coral and plant species.

On the Ile des Pins — affectionately known as “the closest island to paradise” — you can dig your toes into some of the softest sand on the planet, and swim, snorkel and dive in crystal clear water.

In New Caledonia’s capital, Nouméa, the sparkling bays of Anse Vata, Baie des Citrons and Promenade Vernier will entice you in for a refreshing dip.

While you’re in the capital, you can take a day trip to Amadee Island, where you’ll find one of the tallest lighthouses in the world, perfectly positioned to view one of the most beautiful stretches of reef. This is also a great spot to take a ride in a glass-bottom boat and witness the magical sea life at play, or go snorkelling with turtles.

You can put your haggling hat on, and head out in search of great deals on local produce, meat, fish and souvenirs at the Nouméa Markets, located right beside the picturesque Port Moselle marina, or immerse yourself in the 3,000-year-old history of the Kanak people at the Tijbaou Cultural Centre, where you’ll enjoy displays of Kanak painting, sculpture and artefacts, as well as live dance performances twice weekly.

You’ll find some of the best chocolate in the South Pacific (and learn all about the chocolate-making process) at Nouméa’s Chocolates Morand, and unique styles and colours of pearls to bring home as gifts (or keep for yourself) at Nouméa’s Maison de la Perle.

From fancy French delicacies to Asian-influenced treats, you’ll find a great meal (and save a few bucks) at the local street vendors, known simply as ‘snacks’ — try the nem, the New Caledonian equivalent of a spring roll that comes stuffed with tasty goodies.

Wherever you go in this tropical paradise, you’ll find culinary delights like locally farmed New Caledonian blue prawns that are highly sought after by chefs from Europe to Japan, and New Caledonian vanilla that’s celebrated around the world for its subtle flavour.

By only partnering with a selection of the highest quality resorts in New Caledonia — such as Le Meridien Nouméa, Le Meridien Ile Des Pins, Hotel le Legon Nouméa, Chateau Royal Beach Resort, Hilton Nouméa, L Escapade Island Resort and Sheraton Deva New Caledonia — My New Caledonia is able to offer hand crafted luxury holidays at unbeatable prices. My New Caledonia holiday deals always include premium resort accommodation, flights, transfers and bonus extras.

The Australian-owned and operated company guarantees to beat their competitors’ prices, and their full service travel agents will ensure everything is taken care of for you, and offer you the best value New Caledonia holidays.

At the moment, My New Caledonia is offering an incredible package from $1,290 per person that includes five nights in a Classic Garden View Room at Le Meridien Nouméa, return airfares and transfers, a $250 Wine, Dine & Spa credit, and buffet breakfast daily. Valid until 31 October 2016.

Located on the beachfront overlooking Anse Vata bay, Le Meridien Nouméa is nestled in the heart of tropical landscaped gardens in front of the Grand Casino, with direct access to the beach. It’s just 10 minutes from the city centre, the unique Tijbaou Cultural Centre and the Tina golf course.

If you’re ready to say allô to your closest neighbours and experience French chic in the heart of the South Pacific, book a New Caledonia holiday today!

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