Baby in New Caledonia
By Paul, father of Eve
On the recommendation of a friend, we chose Deva, in the Bourail district on the central-west coast of Grande Terre, New Caledonia for a family holiday with our two little girls, Mili, three, and Eve, seven months. We went ‘off’ season in late November, so we managed to scoop pretty good rates for both flights and hotel. It was two and half hours by plane from Sydney, then a further hour and 50 minutes in a car. The journey went pretty smoothly, despite our initial concerns about the wobbly babyseat in the transit bus!
We stayed self catering at the Sheraton Deva for 10 days. We spent our days very lazily! We were mostly compound based and poolside so there were no real cultural expeditions, but R&R was high on our agenda. Most nights we were all asleep by 9pm. The resort wasn’t expensive to stay and but it wasn’t cheap in terms of eating and drinking either and, unless you have car hire, you’re at their mercy. Luckily we were able to get the the local supermarket about 30 minutes away. We took a lot of supplies with us but topped up there. It was really well stocked with pretty much everything you’d need and we got to try out our best high school French. Eve absolutely loved the pool – it was her first experience of ‘swimming’ and she couldn’t get enough of the water. I’d rank our holiday as a nine out of 10. The resort in late November was mostly occupied by locals using it as a weekend break which meant that midweek we had almost the whole place to ourselves. Bliss.