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Kawe Beach, Maré, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia 

OUR Thoughts on Nengone Village Hotel
Rated 3 Star and certainly the highest-rated accommodation on Maré.  Nengone Village Hotel is located on a natural, wild, white-sand rocky beach on the south-western side of Maré Island.  Mare Island is only 42kms long by 16kms wide and comprises a raised coral atoll which has steep rugged cliffs on one side and interesting rocky beaches on the other.  The interior of the island was originally the atoll lagoon so is fairly flat and dotted with fresh and salt water caves and waterholes. The waters surrounding Nengone Village within the shallow lagoon fringing the reef are clear and ideal for kayaking and snorkelling. The population of Maré is predominantly (90%) Melanesian and are renowned for their friendliness and welcoming of visitors.  The mixing of Melanesian and French Cultures creates a unique environment of friendly sophistication and that is a hallmark of Nengone Village Hotel.

The hotel is slightly raised up above the lagoon giving good views out over the reef to the ocean; facing south delivers cooling breezes and spectacular sunrises and sunsets.  The Hotel has a pleasant central facility which includes a restaurant, bar, lounge and small boutique as well as a swimming pool and extensive pool decking.  The restaurant specialises in local produce and seafood – oysters, crayfish, Tahitian Salad (marinated raw fish) etc. 

As is the case with all the Loyalty Islands, a day or two to visit doesn’t do the place justice, you really need to give yourself time to slow down, dig in and enjoy the laid-back lifestyle while still being able to keep in touch with the outside world through the Wifi hotspot in the lounge.

Included in the tariff at Nengone Village:
Use of Snorkelling Gear
Use of Kayak
Complimentary games of Table Tennis
Complimentary hire of Board Games

What Nengone Village Say About Themselves:
“Right on one of the numerous white sand beaches of Maré Island, on a secluded creek lined by a tropical forest, the "Nengone Village" offers its guests comfortable accommodation, various leisure activities and is famous for its friendly service.

From bungalow to Premium Suite Hut, enjoy the legendary sense of the warm welcome of the hotel and the Maré island.

Quiet by the sea shore, this haven of peace was made for your joy and comfort.”

Your Accommodation Options
The 23 accommodation units are spread along the waterfront on both sides of the restaurant/pool complex.  All bungalows are accessed off a raised boardwalk which has been thoughtfully provided to keep feet dry at times of wet weather and extra high tides. The 12 Ocean View Bungalows are located off the beach side of the central boardwalk and are only steps away from the beach.  The 3 big Traditional Huts are also on the beach frontage and located at the end of the boardwalk.  The 8 Garden View Bungalows are also accessed from the boardwalk - off the garden side and slightly inland from the other accommodation units.  Guests staying in the Garden View Bungalows may get a peep of the ocean between the bungalows on the beach front.  All Bungalows are air-conditioned and furnished in a Melanesian style with wooden louvre windows, ceramic tile floor and vaulted ceiling.  All have a modern ensuite bathroom.

Room Categories (In ascending order of tariff)
Garden View Bungalows:
Maximum Occupancy: 3 Adults or 2 Adults and 1 Child
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed and 1 Divan Bed
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated 

Bullet Ocean View Bungalows:
Maximum Occupancy: 3 Adults or 2 Adults and 2 Children
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed and 1 Divan Bed
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodatedBullet 

The Two Bedroom Apartment:
The Two Bedroom Apartment has a kitchenette
Maximum Occupancy: 4 Adults and 1 Child
Existing Bedding: 2 Queen Beds and 1 Divan Bed
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated

Bullet Traditional Huts:
Traditional Huts are bigger than the other bungalows and feature a pleasant “rounded” Melanesian style and a nice big terrace which faces the beach and ocean.
Maximum Occupancy: 2 Adults and 1 Child
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed and 1 Divan Bed
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated

Getting To and From Nengone Village Hotel Maré
With at least 2 Air Caledonie flights each day between Noumea’s Magenta Airport and Maré, it is relatively easy to access this beautiful island.  Flight time is 40 minutes each way and travel is on a modern ATR aircraft. A Nengone Village Hotel representative meets all flights and provides the (charged) transfers to and from the hotel.  The airport is located on the opposite coast from Nengone Village Hotel, so arriving and departing guests enjoy a scenic drive through the interior of the island as they move between the hotel and the airport.

The ocean-going catamaran ferry Betico II runs a return service between Noumea and Maré on a Friday as well as a Noumea to Maré service on Mondays which returns Maré to Noumea on Tuesdays.  Transit time is 5 hours each way.  Nengone Village Hotel provides (charged) transfer services between the port and the hotel.

Getting Around Maré
There is no public transport on Maré but distances are not huge so it is possible for people with relatively good fitness to access many of the sights by bicycle which can be hired. The walking trails on Maré are also very popular.  Rental cars and organised minibus tours are alternative ways to get around.  Taxis are available. 

Kids’ Policy
Little Kids Stay Free
A child aged under 3 years sharing accommodation with parents is accommodated free of charge.
Bullet Older Children
A child aged between 3 and 11 years sharing accommodation with 2 adults is charged 50% of the “Extra Adult” rate. 

Check in time is 2:00pm
Check out time is 11:00am 

Hotel Cancellation/Modification Policy
All cancellations must be made in writing
Bullet Bookings modified or cancelled within 24 hours and
      7 Days of scheduled arrival date are charged a
      cancellation fee equal to the cost od staying 1
      night at the rate booked.
Bullet Cancellations made within 24 hours of scheduled arrival
      date and guests who fail to show on sheduled arrival
      date are charged in full for all accommodation booked.

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

The information on this page is correct as at 12 February 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:

Bullet Bar
Bullet Swimming Pool
Bullet Wifi in Public Area
Bullet Canoe-kayak
Bullet Snorkelling equipment
Bullet Table tennis
Bullet Bike hire. 
Bullet Guided tours
Bullet Discovery hikes
Bullet Bushwalking in the forest
Bullet Village Visits

Room Facilities:

Bullet Ensuite Bathrooms
Bullet TV
Bullet Bar Fridge
Bullet Safety-deposit box
Bullet Telephone
Bullet Tea/Coffee Facility
Bullet Hair-dryer