L’Escapade Island Resort Noumea – New Caledonia

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Featuring the only overwater bungalows in New Caledonia, the L’Escapade Island Resort Noumea is quite popular with Australians and Kiwis for whom the flight is short and direct. The 25 overwater bungalows are large and luxuriously appointed, plus there are 44 island rooms to complete the set.

Formerly known as the Coral Palms Island Resort, this place is actually southwest of the main island of New Caledonia, and accessed by the resort’s own boat which makes 7 trips to the mainland per day. The setting is ideal, but there are fewer activities here compared to most other South Pacific overwater resorts, and the service doesn’t get glowing reviews.

Location

The L’Escapade Island Resort Noumea is located on a small private island just southwest of New Caledonia’s capital city, Nouméa.

Rooms/villas/suites

25 Overwater bungalows

  • Beds: One kingsize
  • Area: 592 sq ft (55 m²) plus 161 sq ft (15 m²) private deck
  • Wi-Fi: Available
  • Entertainment system: Satellite TV
  • Room service: 7:30am to 9:30pm

Special room features

  • Air conditioning
  • Separate bedroom
  • Large bathroom with separate tub and shower
  • Minibar
  • In-room safe
  • Telephone
  • Tea and coffee making
  • Lounge chairs on balcony
  • Hair dryers
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers
  • VIP amenities

Rates

  • Low season online specials from US$394 per night
  • High season online specials from US$512 per night

Restaurants and bars

  • Ouen Toro Restaurant has three dining rooms, two bars, plus pool seating
  • Lounge bar
  • Pool bar and food shack

Resort features

  • Swimming pool
  • Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Water sports
  • Banana boats
  • Jet skiing
  • Kayaks
  • Kite-surfing school
  • Wedding chapel

Spa

There is no dedicated spa at the resort

Nearby activities

  • Tours of Nouméa

What the reviews say

Reviews of the L’Escapade Island Resort Noumea are quite mixed, to put it kindly. Nearly everyone loves the setting on the private island stating that it’s peaceful, plus the rooms themselves, but complaints about the service from the French staff are very common, as are complaints about the high prices and ordinary quality of the food.

High prices for food at private-island resorts are the norm, but overall the service here seems to be below par compared to most other overwater-bungalow resorts.

Getting there

To reach the L’Escapade Island Resort Noumea you’ll need to fly to New Caledonia from either Paris, Auckland, or Australia. Once there you’ll transfer to the harbour for a 25-minute boat trip to the island on their private yacht.