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OUR Thoughts on l’Escapade Island, Maitre Island, Off Noumea, New Caledonia
l’Escapade Island Resort is on Maitre Islet, a beautiful little island in the lagoon off Noumea. Maitre Islet is approximately 4 kilometres off Anse Vate Bay and can be clearly seen from Anse Vate. The lagoon is full of marine life and it is not uncommon for guests staying in the Overwater Bungalows at l’Escapade to be visited by the turtles living in the lagoon.  Maitre Islet is a long, narrow island which broadens out a little to the north and south.  l’Escapade Island Resort’s central hotel facility is in the middle of the island at its narrowest part and faces west capturing the sunsets.  The swimming pool complex has a swim-up bar and a beautiful semi-circular alfresco dining deck built around the pools and out over the lagoon.

The tariff at l‘Escapade includes a full buffet breakfast. Although meals are mainly buffet-style, a chef attends the buffet and will cook eggs, steaks etc as required. We know that many guests use the Resort Shuttle boat to go into town to stock up on wine and snack food which they consume back in and around their Bungalows.

The island is open to day-trippers from Noumea and can be quite busy during the day, especially during the weekends.  However, the island is long and narrow with lots of beaches so there is plenty of space for day-trippers and hotel guests to spread out. As a result of having the day-trippers l’Escapade does have an extremely wide range of activities on offer from jet skis to banana-boat rides and stand-up paddle boards.

There is always something happening at l’Escapade Island Resort. The recently added outdoor wedding chapel on an artificial islet in the middle of the lagoon regularly hosts wedding. There is always an active vibe about the place during the day, but as the sun sets over the lagoon and the day-trippers depart, the whole atmosphere changes to a beautiful tropical calm.

l’Escapade is a destination in itself and you could easily spend a week or more enjoying what it has to offer.  It’s also a pleasant change from the mainland for a few days on any holiday in New Caledonia.

Advance Notice of Temporary Resort Closure 
01 May to 31 August 2020
We are advised that l'Escapade Island Resort will be closed for plant maintenance and refurbishment for the above dates.

What l'Escapade Island Resort Say About Themselves
“Epitome of the South Seas dream, Maitre Islet floats like a mirage on the lagoon. In the heart of an exceptional 200 hectare marine reserve and only 20 minutes by boat from Noumea, but a world away from the bustle of city life, this remarkable hotel offers guests a combination of luxury and tranquility in a tropical setting. Built in perfect harmony with the environment, the 69 luxury bungalows, including 25 overwater bungalows, offer the highest level of comfort. 

The resort features a restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring sumptuous buffets with local specialties as well as a choice of house bar or swim up bar. A range of facilities and activities are offered on site including a swimming pool, massages and water sports centre (jet skiing, Canoeing, snorkeling…). A souvenir boutique is located at the hotel. A chapel is nestled in the gardens for wedding celebrations or special occasions. The chapel can also be set up for small meetings or seminars. 

Property Features: Outdoor Swimming Pool, Foreign Exchange Service, On Site Restaurant, Dry Cleaning Service, Conference Facilities, WiFi Internet, BBQ Area, Non-Smoking Rooms, Bar / Lounge, 
Guest Laundry.”

Our Specials:
Bullet Special Dinner Bonus
Bullet 1 person pays full price for d
inner and
     the second guest pays half price.
For guests staying a  minimum 4 nights
  A bottle of French wine is provided 
with the compliments of the resort
 - Valid for stays all year
 - To qualify, all guests will dine together.
 - Not valid for Theme Nights, Special Xmas/New Year Meals.
 - Guests may take advantage of the Special Dinner Bonus
   on multiple days during their stay, however the bottle of
   French Wine is only provided once during your stay.
 - Valid for dinner at l’Escapade Island only.
 - Offer does not include beverages.

Bullet Stay/Pay Special:
Bullet Stay 3/Pay 2
Stay in a Garden Bungalow or Beach Bungalow for a  inimum 3 nights and the third night is free.
 - Valid for stays year-round
 - Offer may be doubled (Stay6/Pay 4)
 - Valid for stays in Garden and Beach Bungalows only
 - Breakfast is not included on free nights, however, we
   can include breakfasts on free nights if required at at
   additional cost.

 Honeymooners/Wedding Anniversary Bonus:
With the compliments of l’Escapade Island Resort Noumea, honeymooners and those guests celebrating a Wedding Anniversary while holidaying at the resort receive:
● A bottle of sparkling wine per stay on arrival
 - Honeymoon/Wedding Anniversary status to be established
   at time of booking accommodation.

Your Accommodation Options
l’Escapade Island has three accommodation options.  The Garden Bungalows are scattered through the tropical gardens, but as this is a long, narrow island, you are only ever metres from the beach when staying in a Garden Bungalow. The Beach Bungalows are so close to the beach you are almost in the water! Overwater Bungalows are magnificent.  Spread out along a gently snaking boardwalk with one end of the boardwalk handy to the main hotel complex and the other some distance along the island. No matter which end of the boardwalk your bungalow is located on, it is always a pleasant stroll between your bungalow and the Resort Pool, Restaurant, Lounge etc - especially so after dinner in the cool of the night.

All accommodation is air-conditioned (see note re Overwater Bungalows) and includes a tea/coffee making facility, a mini fridge and an iron and ironing board. Garden Bungalows make quite a use of natural wood and fibre panelling in their interiors while Beach Bungalows tend to have a slightly more modern wood and painted interior décor. Overwater Bungalows also have a natural tropical décor and plenty of windows over the lagoon. Complimentary Wifi is available in all bungalows.

Room Categories
(In ascending order of tariff)
Bullet Garden Bungalows:
Located in the heart of the island’s tropical garden, the 22 Garden Bungalows are 38m2 in size and each has a large sliding bay window offering views over the nature reserve.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 Adults and 1 Child or 2 Adults and 2 Children
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed and 1 Single Bed.
Additional Bedding: A Single Rollaway Bed may be added on request.

Bullet Beach Bungalows:
Floor to ceiling glass doors on 2 sides open right up to the white sand beach and the lagoon. The 11 Beach Bungalows are 40m2 and each has a nice little furnished patio.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 Adults and 1 Child or 2 Adults and 2 Children
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed and 1 Single Bed.
Additional Bedding: A Single Rollaway Bed may be added on request.

Bullet Overwater Bungalows:
The 25 overwater bungalows have an unsurpassed view over the lagoon and are located in the midst of a 200-hectare natural Marine Reserve.  Each Bungalow has a separate bedroom and separate lounge.  Only the bedroom is air-conditioned. The spacious bathroom is in Italian marble and features a shower separate from the bath. A private terrace (deck) facing the sunset is equipped with steps leading directly to the lagoon. As you enter the Overwater Bungalow you will notice that each one faces outward to the lagoon and away from the island and this not only provides privacy but also superb views out over the lagoon. The terrace (deck) also faces outward and has a set of steps leading down to the lagoon. Each Bungalow is 55m2 with a 15m2 terrace.
Maximum Occupancy: 2 Adults or 2 Adults and 2 Children aged 3 to 11 years.
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed.
Additional Bedding: Up to 2 Single Rollaway Beds may be added for up to 2 children aged 3 to 11 years, providing a safety disclaimer is signed by parents.

Getting To and From l’Escapade Island.
The Resort Boat “Coral Palms” (a decent-sized boat with internal seating), runs a scheduled service between l’Escapade Island and Port Moselle - the Downtown Noumea Marina, ferry and cruise ship terminal. Port Moselle is only a few blocks and an easy walk to and from Noumea’s central point - Place De Cocotiers. Year-round, there are 2 services each day and additional services are scheduled in the peak season. l’Escapade Island resort is approximately 6 kilometres by sea from Port Moselle.

Resort Boat Schedule:
Depart                Depart
Port Moselle     Escapade Island
    9:00am            10:00am
  11:30am              2:00pm
    3:30pm              4:00pm
    4:30pm+            5:00pm+
    5:30pm^            6:00pm^
    + From 01 March to 30 September
    ^ From 01 October to 28 February
● Additional evening transfers are scheduled on Saturdays
     and Sundays subject to the service actually running.
      7:00pm             11:00pm
● Scheduled boat transfers are included in the tariff while
     staying at L’Escapade Island.
● Private boat transfers can be arranged at additional cost.
● A Helicopter transfer service is available at a
     supplementary charge.

Kids’ Policy
Bullet Little Kids Stay Free
Children aged under 3 years stay free when sharing a room with paying adults (subject to room maximum occupancy policies). 
Children Aged 3 to 11 years
Children aged 3 to 11 years are charged at a flat rate which includes buffet breakfast and return boat transfers.
Children in Overwater Bungalows
Children aged under 12 years are accepted in Overwater Bungalows but a safety disclaimer form signed by parents is required.
An unsupervised kids' playground is provided.

Check in time is 2:00pm
Check out time is 10:00am
Early check-in and late check-out up may be applied for in advance.  However, the delivery of this service is always subject to availbility on arrival at the resort and is payable direct to the resort once confirmed. 
No early check-in or late check-out is permitted on:
   24 December
   25 December
   31 December
   01 January
To guarantee immediate access to booked room when arriving prior to 2:00pm the hotel levies an additional 1 night accommodation charge.

Cancellation Policy
All cancellations must be made in writing
Bullet Cancellations made more than 48 hours before arrival date:
     no charge
Bullet Cancellations made less than 48 hours prior to scheduled
     arrival incur a cancellation fee equal to the cost of staying
     1 night in the accommodation type booked.
Bullet No shows are charged 100% of the accommodation
     booked and confirmed.

Travel Insurance is recommended
OUR Specialists can advise on all aspects of travel insurance

The information on this page is correct as at 12 July 2019 and is based on our supplier contracts which are valid for stays to 31 March 2020.  All information shown is subject to change without notice.

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Resort Facilities (charges may apply)
Bullet Restaurant

Bullet Wedding Chapel
Bullet Watersports Centre
Bullet Swimming Pool
Bullet Tour Desk
Bullet Regular Scheduled boats to/from Noumea City
Bullet Room Service Breakfast
Bullet Currency \Exchange
Bullet Laundry Service
Bullet Dry cleaning Service
Bullet Meeting/Banquet Facilities
Bullet Business Centre
Bullet Gift shop
Bullet Complimentary Wifi
Bullet Jet Ski
Bullet Banana Boat
Bullet Standup Paddle Board
Bullet Kayaks
Bullet Wakeboards
Bullet Massage