Coral Sea Resort, Solomon Islands
coral-sea-resort.com +677 26 288
Six luxury villas available now, 30 suites due to be completed in August and a further 60 planned.
$SBD2400 night for a villa, $SBD1800 for suites.
The villas are breathtaking and the chef at Haydn’s Steakhouse takes his craft very seriously. The bar is fun during the evening and don’t miss the casino.
The airport is a 20-minute drive, but central Honiara is on the doorstep, including the Botanical Gardens, the National Museum, the Point Cruz Yacht Club and Mbonege Beach.
Wi-Fi in rooms/public areas: Fee for Wi-Fi: TV: Air conditioning in room: Ceiling fan in room: Business centre: Gym: Room service: Swimming pool: Business people and high- Free airport transfers: Hotel arranges tours:
2pm/11am Breakfast included in room charge: The resorts lies to the west of central Honiara, but close to everything that the city has to offer. The airport is just 20 minutes away and other attractions are within walking distance. The hotel has been built back from the main road and looks over manicured lawns leading down to a private beach.
The five-star Coral Sea Resort only opened in December, so it still has that brand-new sparkle. It has an impressive restaurant and bar, a pool for the daytime and casino for after-dark. Work is continuing on additional accommodation – although construction was not intrusive during my stay – while there are plans for a spa, a gym and a bar and restaurant over the beach. By the end of this year, an eight-berth private marina will also be in place, catering for vessels that are passing through the islands. wants to sit on the sofa and watch the TV when the private decked terrace has a jacuzzi and views over the ocean?
Good steaks are not always easy to track down in the Solomon Islands, so Haydn’s Steakhouse – named in honour of the owner’s father – is a welcome addition to the local restaurant scene. And they go the extra mile to ensure that the prime Australian steaks are in top condition by having them vacuum packed, instead of frozen, before being imported. The 400-gram T-bone is a feast. The menu also includes a wide selection of Asian dishes, including Thai green chicken curry and Malaysian laksa curry soup, as well as old favourites such as burgers and pizza. Meals can be served in the restaurant or alongside the pool, while the imminent opening of the restaurant by the beach will add a new dimension to dining out. The bar is stocked with everything from familiar friends – an impressive selection of bourbons – to the unusual. And for a local take on a classic, try the Haydn’s Espresso Martini. ■ — JULIAN RYALL
Air Niugini flies from Port Moresby to Honiara four times weekly. See airniugini.com.pg.