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DoubleTree by Hilton Launches First Resort in New Caledonia

DoubleTree by Hilton Ilot Maitre Resort features the only overwater bungalows in New Caledonia, and is surrounded by a 200‑hectare marine reserve

NOUMEA, New Caledonia - Hilton today announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Noumea Ilot Maitre Resort, a fully renovated 64-bungalow resort that offers a true island experience just a short boat ride from New Caledonia’s capital, Noumea. The latest addition to the DoubleTree by Hilton portfolio, one of Hilton’s 18 market-leading brands, DoubleTree by Hilton Noumea Ilot Maitre Resort is owned by GLP Hotels New Caledonia and operated by Hilton under a franchised agreement. 

“Opening the breathtaking DoubleTree by Hilton Noumea Ilot Maitre Resort is an exciting day for Hilton’s growth in the South Pacific. The resort joins Hilton Noumea La Promenade Residences, Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa, DoubleTree by Hilton Fiji – Sonaisali Island and Hilton Port Moresby to mark our fifth hotel in the region,” said Heidi Kunkel, vice president, operations, Australasia, Hilton.

“Its addition to Hilton’s portfolio shows our strong commitment to this part of the world. With its incredible natural beauty and rich culture, we look forward to welcoming guests from Australasia and beyond, when it is safe for international travel to resume,” she added.

DoubleTree by Hilton Noumea Ilot Maitre Resort is located on an islet five kilometers from Noumea. Ilot Maitre forms part of the lagoon encircling New Caledonia, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The resort is surrounded by a 200-hectare natural reserve that is home to an abundance of marine life and flora and fauna, and enjoys a sub-tropical climate year round, caressed by the trade winds.

DoubleTree by Hilton Noumea Ilot Maitre Resort is an easy 30-minute boat ride away from the capital city Noumea, in the resort’s private boat. It offers regular transfers between the islet and Noumea, offering guests the best of both worlds: a relaxing island getaway and the chance to visit the vibrant capital to enjoy its many restaurants and cafés, French designer shopping, and cultural excursions. Noumea is 46 kilometers from La Tontouta International Airport, which can be reached in approximately 3 hours from Sydney, 2.5 hours from Auckland, and 8 hours from Tokyo.

"We are thrilled to launch our first DoubleTree by Hilton in New Caledonia. From the signature, warm DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie welcome and serving the local community, to innovating for the future through contemporary accommodations and amenities, the dedicated resort team is ready to give each and every guest the absolute best experience,” said Alexandra Jaritz, senior vice president, brand management, Asia Pacific, Hilton.

Sophisticated accommodation

DoubleTree by Hilton Noumea Ilot Maitre Resort features 37 garden or beach bungalows nestled throughout the island, each 36 square meters with an additional 13 square metre private deck. All are tastefully furnished to provide a tranquil, contemporary ambiance, and are moments from both shores of the island. 

The resort enjoys two beach villas that can accommodate up to 10 guests when combined, ideal for larger groups of friends or families, as well as 25 exclusive overwater bungalows – the only in New Caledonia. These bungalows are built over the lagoon and face west, to make the most of every sunset. Each bungalow is a spacious 53 square meters and enjoys a separate bedroom and lounge room, leading out onto a 14 square metre deck. Decks feature a daybed and private steps down into the lagoon below.

Exceptional dining

DoubleTree by Hilton Noumea Ilot Maitre Resort offers an exceptional dining experience in the L’Escapade Restaurant, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and features market fresh buffets of local seafood and produce, as well as an array of French delicacies.  Guests are able to relax day and night at the Sunset Bar and order tapas plates, drinks and tropical cocktails. During an active day enjoying the beach, guests can recharge at La Boussole Beach Café, which serves light breakfast and lunch options.

Thoughtful amenities

All guests will receive the signature, warm DoubleTree Cookie at check-in, a hallmark of the DoubleTree brand’s warm and hospitable service. Guests seeking exercise or relaxation have a variety of options including a 24-hour fitness center equipped with the latest fitness equipment, a water activity center offering a range of water sports, a massage center with optional beach massages, and an outdoor pool with swim-up bar.

Modern spaces & smart meetings

Featuring a total of 56sqm meeting space, Le Colonnaire meeting room is located in the tropical gardens and offers delegates an inspirational view over the lagoon and an outdoor area for coffee breaks. A marquee is located alongside the meeting room, which can accommodate up to 150 people for cocktails or other social or professional gatherings. DoubleTree by Hilton Noumea Ilot Maitre Resort boasts a unique wedding island linked to the hotel by a footbridge, a romantic setting for a special celebration.

Armelle Tahi, CEO, GLP Hotel Group New Caledonia, says, “We are delighted to add a second Hilton brand, and the first DoubleTree by Hilton in New Caledonia, to our portfolio of three hotels, providing us with increased visibility, greater opportunities for dual packages and at the same time, the possibility to generate awareness of the destination”.

DoubleTree by Hilton Noumea Ilot Maitre Resort is also part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 18 world-class brands.  Members who book directly through the preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Hilton Honors Points and money to book a stay, free standard Wi-Fi and an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else.  Members also enjoy popular digital tools available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app.

Now through May 2, Hilton Honors members will receive 2,000 Bonus Points for every stay, Plus 5,000 Bonus Points every 5th night, with no limit to how much one can earn. Register at www.HiltonHonors.com/PointsUnlimited.

In addition to the above highlights and as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, DoubleTree by Hilton Noumea Ilot Maitre is participating in the Hilton CleanStay Program to help guests enjoy a clean and safe experience during their stay. The new standards under Hilton CleanStay include a Hilton CleanStay Room Seal to show that a room has not been accessed since being thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, additional cleaning of common areas and items, contactless check-in, innovative disinfection technology and flexible housekeeping options. A full list can be accessed at www.hilton.com/en/corporate/cleanstay/

DoubleTree by Hilton Noumea Ilot Maitre Resort is located on Maitre Islet, five kilometers from Noumea, capital city of New Caledonia.

For more information, or to make a reservation, travellers may visit NoumeaIlotMaitre.DoubleTreebyHilton.com or call +687 260512.

About GLP Hotels

GLP Hotels is a locally owned hotel group in New Caledonia with 3 distinctly individual properties, including Hilton Noumea La Promenade Residences and the newly renovated DoubleTree by Hilton Noumea Ilot Maitre Resort. The group offers a combined total of over 480 rooms ranging from standard rooms to luxurious suites and from fully equipped apartments to overwater bungalows. GLP Hotels is the largest owner and operator of hotel rooms in Noumea, accounting for almost 40% of the city’s hotel inventory.


About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 18 world-class brands comprising 7,000 properties and 1.1 million rooms, in 122 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its founding vision to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality, Hilton has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its more than 100-year history, earned a top spot on Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For list and been recognized as a global leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for five consecutive years. Hilton has introduced several industry-leading technology enhancements to improve the guest experience, including Digital Key Share, automated complimentary room upgrades and the ability to book confirmed connecting rooms. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, the 139 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can't buy. With the free Hilton Honors app, guests can book their stay, select their room, check in, unlock their door with a Digital Key and check out, all from their smartphone. Visit stories.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.


About DoubleTree by Hilton

DoubleTree by Hilton is a fast-growing, global portfolio of more than 640 hotels with more than 145,800 rooms across 52 countries and territories. For more than 50 years, DoubleTree by Hilton has continued to be a symbol of comfort for business and leisure travelers around the world, from welcoming guests with its signature warm DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie, to serving the local community. DoubleTree by Hilton offers contemporary accommodations and amenities, including unique food and beverage experiences, state-of-the-art fitness offerings and meetings and events spaces. Experience a positive stay at DoubleTree by Hilton by booking at doubletree.com or through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. Learn more about DoubleTree by Hilton at stories.hilton.com/doubletree, and follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.