Hilton has opened or actually reflagged an existing hotel just off the Noumea inside a marine reserve.
DoubleTree Noumea Ilot Maitre Resort has gone through a renovation and was previously known as Escapade Îlot Maître.
You can access Hilton’s website for the hotel here.
King Deluxe Overwater
It is within a short boat ride from Noumea.
Here’s the announcement from Hilton:
NOUMEA, New Caledonia – Hilton today announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Noumea Ilot Maitre Resort, a fully renovated 64-bungalow resort that offers a true island experience just a short boat ride from New Caledonia’s capital, Noumea. The latest addition to the DoubleTree by Hilton portfolio, one of Hilton’s 18 market-leading brands, DoubleTree by Hilton Noumea Ilot Maitre Resort is owned by GLP Hotels New Caledonia and operated by Hilton under a franchised agreement.
“Opening the breathtaking DoubleTree by Hilton Noumea Ilot Maitre Resort is an exciting day for Hilton’s growth in the South Pacific. The resort joins Hilton Noumea La Promenade Residences, Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa, DoubleTree by Hilton Fiji – Sonaisali Island and Hilton Port Moresby to mark our fifth hotel in the region,” said Heidi Kunkel, vice president, operations, Australasia, Hilton.
“Its addition to Hilton’s portfolio shows our strong commitment to this part of the world. With its incredible natural beauty and rich culture, we look forward to welcoming guests from Australasia and beyond, when it is safe for international travel to resume,” she added.
DoubleTree by Hilton Noumea Ilot Maitre Resort is located on an islet five kilometers from Noumea. Ilot Maitre forms part of the lagoon encircling New Caledonia, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The resort is surrounded by a 200-hectare natural reserve that is home to an abundance of marine life and flora and fauna, and enjoys a sub-tropical climate year round, caressed by the trade winds.
DoubleTree by Hilton Noumea Ilot Maitre Resort is an easy 30-minute boat ride away from the capital city Noumea, in the resort’s private boat. It offers regular transfers between the islet and Noumea, offering guests the best of both worlds: a relaxing island getaway and the chance to visit the vibrant capital to enjoy its many restaurants and cafés, French designer shopping, and cultural excursions. Noumea is 46 kilometers from La Tontouta International Airport, which can be reached in approximately 3 hours from Sydney, 2.5 hours from Auckland, and 8 hours from Tokyo.
“We are thrilled to launch our first DoubleTree by Hilton in New Caledonia. From the signature, warm DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie welcome and serving the local community, to innovating for the future through contemporary accommodations and amenities, the dedicated resort team is ready to give each and every guest the absolute best experience,” said Alexandra Jaritz, senior vice president, brand management, Asia Pacific, Hilton.
DoubleTree by Hilton Noumea Ilot Maitre Resort features 37 garden or beach bungalows nestled throughout the island, each 36 square meters with an additional 13 square metre private deck. All are tastefully furnished to provide a tranquil, contemporary ambiance, and are moments from both shores of the island.
The resort enjoys two beach villas that can accommodate up to 10 guests when combined, ideal for larger groups of friends or families, as well as 25 exclusive overwater bungalows – the only in New Caledonia. These bungalows are built over the lagoon and face west, to make the most of every sunset. Each bungalow is a spacious 53 square meters and enjoys a separate bedroom and lounge room, leading out onto a 14 square metre deck. Decks feature a daybed and private steps down into the lagoon below.
DoubleTree by Hilton Noumea Ilot Maitre Resort offers an exceptional dining experience in the L’Escapade Restaurant, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and features market fresh buffets of local seafood and produce, as well as an array of French delicacies. Guests are able to relax day and night at the Sunset Bar and order tapas plates, drinks and tropical cocktails. During an active day enjoying the beach, guests can recharge at La Boussole Beach Café, which serves light breakfast and lunch options.
All guests will receive the signature, warm DoubleTree Cookie at check-in, a hallmark of the DoubleTree brand’s warm and hospitable service. Guests seeking exercise or relaxation have a variety of options including a 24-hour fitness center equipped with the latest fitness equipment, a water activity center offering a range of water sports, a massage center with optional beach massages, and an outdoor pool with swim-up bar.
Here are some TripAdvisor reviews of the previous hotel:
Here are videos of hotels from my New Caledonia visit back in 2016:
New Caledonia is worth a visit, and I was there once back in 2016. I managed to stay at the three then SPG now Marriott properties and one Hilton hotel.
The renovations must have been rather extensive because the previous comments on TripAdvisor wouldn’t get me to stay there for more than a night at max.
I don’t think that this DoubleTree itself is worth a visit to New Caledonia, but if you happen to be in Noumea, it could be a nice weekend getaway.