What about the Isle of Pines, New Caledonia?
I have been privileged to have visited 4 of those listed in the Top 10, click here to find out which they are. One of my favourites didn’t appear on the list and that is the Isle of Pines in New Caledonia. It’s a little slice of heaven on earth. With its trade mark Columnar Pines and the unusual lush tropical vegetation, the landscape could best be described as Jurassic Park meets Bonsai.
While kayaking on the lagoons, you see nothing but crystal clear turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, bizarre rocky limestone outcrops topped with lush vegetation. You don’t see roads, buildings, crowds of people, just pure paradise. At one point I spotted 5 large sea turtles lazily swimming less than 30 metres away.
Le Meridien Isle of Pines is a stunning low rise resort that blends harmoniously into its surroundings. It is a perfect venue for a smaller incentive group, but also ideal as a “buy out” for anyone looking at about 30 to 40 rooms. Turn the resort into your own private club, an ultimate reward and getaway.
Only 20 minutes flying time from the capital Noumea and regular direct flights to Noumea from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, access is easy. Whet your appetite and check out the video.
I guess Isle of Pines didn’t make the top 10 purely because it is not overrun by tourism and not enough people have visited to vote for it. Maybe we should keep it a secret.
For those wanting to visit, New Caledonia Tourism will come to the party with support for site inspections. Click here for details.