This definitely Ouvea’s best accommodation, possibly the best in the Loyalty Islands. Yes, it is a bit on the expensive side, however we don’t regret paying a bit extra to stay here. The setting is truly marvelous and our stay here remains one of my best memories of the islands.
The location couldn’t be much better, on a narrow strip of land sandwiched between the spectacular 25km long white sand beach on one side and the tranquil Lekine lagoon on the other side. Really a magical spot for both sunrise and sunset. It is about 20 minutes drive from the airport and about 10-15 minutes from the main town area. To really explore the island, you’ll need a car or scooter, and these can be arranged for you by the hotel staff. The hotel also rents out decent mountain bikes (US$20/day) which will get you around the southern part of the island no problem.
The room was a free standing bungalow, large and airy inside, and very smartly furnished and decorated. The king size bed was really comfortable and we got some very restful sleeping done. The amenities included AC, small fridge, and hot water jug. The bathroom was also nice, very roomy with a sunken bathtub and an awesome hot shower. The place was spotlessly clean and there was a daily cleaning and linen service. The veranda, overlooking the beach, has a couple of very comfy loungers to relax in.
The hotel staff were very helpful and friendly, assisting us as needed, organizing bike rentals, car rentals, transfers, etc. A continental buffet breakfast was included in the room price and it was fairly basic but very good – lots of fruit and juice, bread, croissants, cereals, etc. The best part of breakfast was eating it in the open air beachfront restaurant as the sun rose.
We don’t really have too many complaints – except the price. At US$180/night, I don’t think it represents the best of value. Also the restaurant was very expensive, as was the minibar. Rather than subjecting ourselves to the inflated hotel prices, we just walked 100m down the road to Snack Fassy where we got tasty chicken, rice, and salad dinners for about US$6 – quite a bargain. I would definitely recommend this hotel to other travelers to Ouvea and would very happily stay here again.