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Secluded sanctuary in New Caledonia

The pitter-patter of hundreds of little splashing noises, without a trace of what exactly is making them, is entrancing. It’s my last chance to view the sunset in New Caledonia and clearly, it’s feeding time for the lagoon’s marine life. As I crane my neck trying to catch the source of the flurried splashing, a school of fish bounds across the lagoon’s surface like multiple skipping stones. It’s an incredibly lively performance that seems to settle on cue as the sun takes its final bow behind the mountains in the distance.

Sunset in New Caledonia is fleeting and I feel as though I’m the only soul for miles as I stand on the shallow shores of the lagoon that directly adjoins Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Resort & Spa, a luxury hideaway on the Deva Domain in Bourail, about two hours north of the capital, Nouméa, by car. The resort, one of the newest luxury properties in New Caledonia, has 120 rooms and suites, as well as 60 Melanesian-style bungalows with thatched roofs.

I stay in one of the bungalows, which is just steps from the lagoon shore and well appointed with relaxed, Melanesian-inspired furnishings, a deep-soaking bathtub and private terrace with a daybed, from which I can see the UNESCO heritage-listed lagoon. I discover an extra little luxury when opening a drawer to find my favourite TWG tea.

For daytime dining, the resort has a casual beachside grill and bar, while in the evenings, guests can dine either from the substantial buffet or à la carte at Reef restaurant. The wine list by the bottle is quite good, with a selection of predominantly French wines.

As for activities, the resort is home to the largest outdoor pool in New Caledonia; a Deep Nature Spa with massage and beauty services, Turkish hammam and Swedish sauna; and a fitness centre. I decide to indulge with a relaxing massage followed by a spa afternoon, where I’m convinced I’ve detoxified from the hammam alone.

If you’d like to have a more active resort experience, there are countless options for water-based activities including sailing aboard a catamaran, windsurfing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, or peddle-boating. Also on offer is the resort’s PGA-approved, 18-hole golf course, created by renowned course designer, Dye Design.

Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Resort and Spa is a great leisure option for those wanting to get out of town and explore the less-frequented areas of New Caledonia, or for those wanting to simply check-out, relax and make the most of the five-star amenities and natural attractions at their fingertips.

 

Enjoy an island-style cocktail at bar at Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Resort & Spa

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