Coral Sea Re­sort, Solomon Is­lands

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end trav­ellers.

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 airni­ug­

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