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Ilot Maitre
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Great place for a relaxing break
Jul 2022
Given comments made by others, lets deal with this first: yes, this place is expensive, your meal options are limited to the expensive options provided. On to my review... Hotel staff were helpful even before we left home. I was concerned about making the ferry across at night (only two times were available after our evening arrival) and they provided lots of advice. Despite the late arrival of our incoming flight, we were very impressed to find that the ferry had been held for us - it avoided an hour wait for the next scheduled one. We stayed in an overwater bungalow and it was simply spectacular. The views were great, it's relatively private (once on the balcony of course you do see your neighbours and can chat with them) and of course direct access to the sea. The bungalow was well maintained and equipped, the only thing missing was a milk option provided with the tea and coffee facilities. The only thing we found was that the airconditioning unit was in the living area, so for a warm night you either needed to leave the door between the bedroom and living area open or have the bedroom window open - but it's easy to find a comfortable temperature for sleeping. One issue is that the water pressure for the shower was low, but when you look at the design and engineering involved in putting these bungalows in place that's a very minor quibble. Talking of the sea, yes there are sea snakes and we did see one start to climb the stairs on a neighbouring bungalow - so make sure you raise the stairs when finished with them. I was a bit nervous about the snakes so kept a keen lookout but we didn't encounter any in the water. Unfortunately, my wife was stung on the wrist and leg by an unseen creature - if you can, go prepared with clothing, gloves and boots for snorkelling. And now talking about snorkelling, it was hard to get a mask and snorkel as they were all taken when we asked on the first full day. We had to keep asking and staff did call us when two sets eventually became available. If you don't come with your own equipment, you should probably ask on arrival and then just be patient. If you want constant activities and excitement, then there wasn't much around. For us, it was perfect - we just swam or else read on the balcony and watched the sunsets later in the evening. The island is small enough to walk around and we made that part of our daily ritual. But the snakes do come on to the land, so we avoided walking when it got darker (despite wanting to go out for some sunset photography). The breakfast buffet was enough to get through, although quantities seemed to be limited (I had to keep an eye on the pain au chocolate and made sure I got some before they were finished. We took the makings of lunch (baguette, meat, cheese, pastries, plates, cutlery) back to our bungalow which meant (a) not needing to buy lunch and (b) no interruption to our relaxation. The buffet for dinner IS expensive and in my view not worth it. I'm a not big eater anyway, and with limited options I probably knew that I wouldn't make the most of it when we chose that for the first dinner. But you can choose options instead of the full buffet (eg. cold buffet + desset, cold buffet + one hot option + dessert). On the second night, we found that bar was continuing with light meals (despite the advertised times) so we chose them instead - much cheaper, and without the feeling that you need to eat a huge amount to get your money's worth. Overall, this was a luxurious and relaxing start to our holiday on New Caledonia. It was perfect for unwinding from work and getting in a relaxed mode for the rest of our stay. If you can afford it, the overwater bungalows are fantastic.

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Anura S
Tuggeranong, Australia18 contributions
Given comments made by others, lets deal with this first: yes, this place is expensive, your meal options are limited to the expensive options provided. On to my review...

Hotel staff were helpful even before we left home. I was concerned about making the ferry across at night (only two times were available after our evening arrival) and they provided lots of advice. Despite the late arrival of our incoming flight, we were very impressed to find that the ferry had been held for us - it avoided an hour wait for the next scheduled one.

We stayed in an overwater bungalow and it was simply spectacular. The views were great, it's relatively private (once on the balcony of course you do see your neighbours and can chat with them) and of course direct access to the sea. The bungalow was well maintained and equipped, the only thing missing was a milk option provided with the tea and coffee facilities. The only thing we found was that the airconditioning unit was in the living area, so for a warm night you either needed to leave the door between the bedroom and living area open or have the bedroom window open - but it's easy to find a comfortable temperature for sleeping. One issue is that the water pressure for the shower was low, but when you look at the design and engineering involved in putting these bungalows in place that's a very minor quibble.

Talking of the sea, yes there are sea snakes and we did see one start to climb the stairs on a neighbouring bungalow - so make sure you raise the stairs when finished with them. I was a bit nervous about the snakes so kept a keen lookout but we didn't encounter any in the water. Unfortunately, my wife was stung on the wrist and leg by an unseen creature - if you can, go prepared with clothing, gloves and boots for snorkelling.

And now talking about snorkelling, it was hard to get a mask and snorkel as they were all taken when we asked on the first full day. We had to keep asking and staff did call us when two sets eventually became available. If you don't come with your own equipment, you should probably ask on arrival and then just be patient.

If you want constant activities and excitement, then there wasn't much around. For us, it was perfect - we just swam or else read on the balcony and watched the sunsets later in the evening.

The island is small enough to walk around and we made that part of our daily ritual. But the snakes do come on to the land, so we avoided walking when it got darker (despite wanting to go out for some sunset photography).

The breakfast buffet was enough to get through, although quantities seemed to be limited (I had to keep an eye on the pain au chocolate and made sure I got some before they were finished. We took the makings of lunch (baguette, meat, cheese, pastries, plates, cutlery) back to our bungalow which meant (a) not needing to buy lunch and (b) no interruption to our relaxation.

The buffet for dinner IS expensive and in my view not worth it. I'm a not big eater anyway, and with limited options I probably knew that I wouldn't make the most of it when we chose that for the first dinner. But you can choose options instead of the full buffet (eg. cold buffet + desset, cold buffet + one hot option + dessert). On the second night, we found that bar was continuing with light meals (despite the advertised times) so we chose them instead - much cheaper, and without the feeling that you need to eat a huge amount to get your money's worth.

Overall, this was a luxurious and relaxing start to our holiday on New Caledonia. It was perfect for unwinding from work and getting in a relaxed mode for the rest of our stay. If you can afford it, the overwater bungalows are fantastic.
Written 9 August 2022
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anecessaryevil
Australia588 contributions
I was not sure what this would be like, but we booked pre covid and had to go as they did give us a credit which the Hilton honoured. We had six nights. The Hilton has spent some money and the rooms are large and quiet and comfortable.

The food was limited and we did not want buffets so we went for free on the boat as you can into Noumea - twice for meals and groceries. The supermarkets are an easy walk from the Port Moselle.

The internet was good 10mbps ups and down but faded to almost nothing over the week for some reason.

We enjoyed being overwater, and snorkelled the lagoon. There were snakes, but they did not seem to bother anyone. The coral is not stunning but. the fish and turtles were.

The baguettes and croissants were supermarket standard but you can make a lunch from the breakfast buffet.

Drinks and food expensive, but staff all great. We would go back. Noumea was a bit dead yet until cruises come back.

The worst thing was the transfer by shuttle from airport. Book a car- expensive but worth it.

There are no taxis as such at the airport - most people use private cars services it seems.
Written 5 August 2022
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Johnson Family
Perth, Australia27 contributions
we unfortunately only stay one night . we loved the hotel. Food is expensive however. Good and quick way to see the coral reef. We did not continue snorkeling due to sharks in the area. Apparently very common.
Written 7 July 2022
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Rchandan
Auckland, New Zealand35 contributions
Couples
We visited and were apprehensive after reading recent reviews ,the huts need a do up with falling curtains,and broken cabinets.
The only food options were buffets which were costly and lunch was primary for day trippers to the island.no ala carte options available.
The Staff work round the clock to keep this place going ,without them it’s not worth a visit.

We visited during the nesting season with birds coming and nesting through the night which can be noisy (oct to March).

Water sports facility is there but not linked to the resort, there is also a shack that serves snacks and drinks to day trippers to the island .

We reached on 1 Jan at the ferry terminal cabin no waiting space and ferry times are way apart there was no transport between 11 to 3.30 to ferry you to the island (no option)and no place to relax as the place only opens at ferry times ,we had to sit 3 hours at the only place open in the city McDonalds .

The return ferry to leave at 10am left at 10.30 thus we missed collecting our car rental as they close at 11.30am.

It’s only worth a day trip.....carry your food
Written 10 January 2020
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Culture565047
10 contributions
Great sized island with enough space to loose the maddening crowds. Staff were very friendly. Nice and close to noumea. Couldn’t believe how many turtles and fish we saw. Our teenagers enjoyed canoeing around the island. Make sure you get there early before the wind picks up.
Written 28 December 2019
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Gabriel B
London, UK24 contributions
Bring your mask and snorkel, and some sun cream! Quiet, clear water, perfect bar looking over the ocean.
Written 21 November 2019
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KTL
136 contributions
Couples
Caught the water taxi from anse vata beach. 15 mins and we were at Master Island where L’escapade resort is located. There is a lagoon on the north west side of the island (the side the boat arrives) and a much larger lagoon on the south east which was choppier and used by wind surfers. Upon arrival at the jetty, there is a sign saying resort is to the right and day trippers area to the left. On the day trippers side there were some beach chairs and umbrellas (not sure if you had to pay), and a beach snack shop, water sports hire - stand up paddle boards, kayaks, jet skis, aqua trikes, Aqua Cycles etc. not sure of pricing, and a picnic area (seats and shady trees). We dropped our gear under a tree and went for a swim - there’s rocks immediately upon entering at high tide but then sand for 10m, then sea grass and gradually you swim out to coral and then the actual reef. It’s all quite shallow - an adult could stand up if needed) although please try to avoid destroying habitat) basically the entire way out to the reef, especially in flippers. It’s probably 100m out to the reef but there’s fish to look at close to shore and sea cucumbers.
We had a banded sea krait (snake) crawl up to our bags and then into the base of a tree. We gave it space then carefully removed our gear!
We managed to buy drinks no problem with Visa card at the resort pool bar. The restaurant looked to be buffet only for lunch although people on here have said they were able to buy a meal. The snack bar near the water sports hire had hot dogs and sandwiches anyway.
Beautiful island. The over water bungalows looked great though so did the beach bungalows! We caught a water taxi back at 2pm - a few hours was plenty. Very choppy in the afternoon back!
Written 14 November 2019
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Simeon D
Newcastle, Australia33 contributions
We had three nights in mid-June in a beach Bungalow......water was warm enough to swim in for about an hour at a time, fish, turtles (and some sea snakes) right up to waters edge and around the overwater bungalow piers. Absolutely loved being able to walk out the door and into the water to see such amazing creatures. Restaurant food was good value with the deal we had (2nd person half price) and the breakfast buffet was great too. While the rooms themselves were a touch on the tired side we would be happy to return for another escape to paradise!
Written 8 October 2019
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MrNorman
Queensland, Australia71 contributions
Family
We took a water taxi from Anse Vata beach and spent the day there. There’s a dedicated day visitors area along the beach, but nobody seemed to stick to it whilst we were there. Our 8yo had a great time snorkelling in the lagoon - clear water and safe, but not a lot of fish to see so close to the shore. We weren’t sure if we could use the resort facilities, as all the material you read says you need to pay for a day trip from Port Moselle if you want to include lunch and use of the resort pool etc.
We took a chance and went to the pool side bar and ordered food and drinks (the restaurant is for guests and “official excursions”) and had no trouble at all sitting by the pool. Our daughter even decided to go for a swim in the pool, whilst we waited for our return water taxi ride back to Anse Vata. Given the total lack of any supervision of day-trippers to the resort, I’d be totally miffed if I was staying there and had to put up with the crowds using the facilities I was PAYING to use!
Whilst we were enjoying our unauthorised lunch, we also had to fight off marauding seagulls, who constantly swooped the tables looking for food, with no attempt at all by the staff to keep them out of the covered area. They even perched and pooped on the tables not being used (hygiene people!)
As I said, the island is a good spot for a visit, but don’t go on any excursion there, just get a water taxi from Anse Vata and help yourself to all the facility’s (excluding the restaurant).
Written 30 September 2019
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Liz S
Heidelberg, Australia233 contributions
Couples
Also known as Escapade island for the hotel there. The over-water bures look great. Day trippers can hire water craft like kayaks and paddle boards as well as snorkelling gear. We also saw people kiteboarding . It was too windy and rough on the windward side of the island for snorkelling when we were there so we opted for a double kayak on the leeward side instead. We took a picnic and spent some relaxing time there till it was time to return to the main island. The boat goes out of Port Moselle.
Written 14 September 2019
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