New Caledonia Casa del Sole

Updated: July 30, 2018

Casa del Sole – Self-catering apartments, with double beach frontage, but soulless and needing updating.

Facing 1 beach (Baie des Citrons), and overlooking another (Anse Vata), with a vast empty block in front, dramatic ocean views are guaranteed from all windows. The apartments are in a high-rise, easily the tallest in the immediate area, and feature 1 or 2 bedrooms, as well as a kitchen, lounge area and laundry. They’re all spacious, although sparsely-furnished with a colourless décor begging for some life, but the balconies are extended, with access from the bedroom and lounge. Other benefits are the proximity to chic bistros, and the secure undercover parking. Less impressive, however, is the pool: on top of the carpark building, with no shade and in dire need of upkeep.

Casa del Sole – The Basics

  • Location: 10 Rue de L’Aquarium; just off the main road along Baie des Citrons, a beachside suburb of Noumea on the main island. About 4.5km from the city centre; 50 minutes from the international airport; and 15 minutes from the domestic airport.
  • Guests: Caters well for families, although many guests seem to be business people on longer stays.
  • Beach: Faces 2 beaches: Baie des Citrons and Anse Vata. The latter is quieter and more scenic.
  • Views: Outstanding views from all apartments, although those facing the Baie des Citrons are better because the building is closer to that beach.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Available free for all guests throughout the building.
  • Parking: Undercover, free and secure in a separate 2-level building.
  • Phone: (687) 25 87 00
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: http://www.casadelsole.nc/en/
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates. Use the website specific to your language, currency, and home-country for easiest use: UKUSAFrançaisDeutschNederlands.

Casa del Sole – Amenities

  • Pool: Unexpectedly poor, with no shade, minimal seating and faded decking.
  • Spa & Fitness Center: Probably surprisingly, not provided.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None.

Casa del Sole – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: The Parisienne-style Casa del Sole bistro serves breakfast and coffee. With outdoor tables alongside the lobby, it’s also a convenience store selling basic supplies.
  • Breakfast: Not provided because all apartments have a kitchen, so guests can self-cater.
  • Room Service: Not provided.

Casa del Sole – Rooms

  • Room Types: Apartments with 1 or 2 bedrooms • Shared Rooms (i.e. dormitories) for groups of up to 16
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking anywhere in the rooms, but OK on the balconies.
  • Best Room: Apartments are fairly similar inside, with 1 or 2 bedrooms. The best are those higher up, offering optimal sea views, especially in the corner facing both bays.

Casa del Sole – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    Within 200m north along the esplanade is a row of classy cafés and bars including:

  • Il Fornaio (24 85 86) – refined Italian-style bistro for pizza, calzone and French food. Also popular for risottos, salads, bruschetta and coffee. Big serves and bigger smiles. 1-minute walk.
  • Le Duke’s (28 17 47) – American-style diner with ‘50s theme and pink Cadillac. Nothing much but burgers. Pricey and so-so service. 1-minute walk.
  • La Barca (28 15 40) – relaxed bistro during the day, pizza and tapas bar after dark and ritzy nightclub later. Agreeable Latin American feel. 1-minute walk.
  • L’Agora (41 93 93) – outdoor and undercover seats a little further back from the noisy road. For haute cuisine, with an extended menu and peerless service.
  • Les 3 Brasseurs (24 15 16) – likable pub with brewery onsite and happy hours. Also stay for BBQ ribs, tapas and pizzas. Takeaways, live music, children’s menus and upstairs sea views. 2-minute walk.
  • Market or Grocery: A convenience store on the ground floor sells basic supplies, and several others are along the esplanade in Baie des Citrons.

Local Transport

    Public buses head north up the esplanade along Baie des Citrons to the city centre and down to Ansa Vata beach.

Casa del Sole – The Hotel

Apartments offer fabulous and unobstructed beach views.

Apartments are in a high-rise facing two beaches, with nothing obstructing views in all directions.

The apartment complex is in the area's tallest building.

The Casa del Sole is impossible to miss, easily the tallest building in the vicinity.

The small cafe at the entrance sells basic supplies.

Next to the entrance, a small café sells basic supplies.

The apartments are located closer to the Baie des Citrons beach.

The apartment building is at the junction of two beaches, but closer to Baie des Citrons, an extensive cove of white sands and calm waters.

The swimming pool offers decent bay views.

The pool at the apartment complex offers some views, but is otherwise uninviting.

The swimming pool needs to be updated to be more appealing.

The pool needs some upkeep and shade, and more seating.

Apartments are spacious but with questionable furnishing.

The apartments are spacious, but the furniture may not always be to everyone’s taste.

All apartment balconies offer bay views.

All apartments feature an extended balcony offering sublime views across one or even two bays.

Apartment balconies are furnished for guests to enjoy the views.

Balconies contain a table where guests can eat while admiring the views.

The bedrooms are spacious but bland.

Bedrooms are large enough, but lack colour.

Some apartments are bland and under-furnished.

Some apartments are under-furnished; also lacking art across the walls.

Apartments come with a fully-equipped kitchen.

All apartments contain a fully-equipped corner kitchen.

Apartments are located in the beachside suburb of Noumea.

The apartment building faces Baie des Citrons, a beachside suburb of Noumea.

The Baie des Citrons beach is clean and appealing.

The beach at Baie des Citrons (Bay of Lemons) provides clean sand, calm waters and plenty of shade.

There are many cafes and bars near the apartments.

Within 200m north of the apartments are a row of delightful cafés and bars.

Le Duke's offers burgers and shakes in an American-style diner setting.

Within a row of cafés near the Case del Sole, Le Duke’s is an American-style diner offering burgers and shakes.

Il Fornaio serves good pizza, pasta and salads.

Near Le Duke’s, Il Fornaio is popular for pizza, pasta and salads.

Les 3 Brasseurs brewery offers self-brewed beers, tapas and pizzas.

Only 200m north of the apartments Les 3 Brasseurs brews its own beers and is popular for tapas, pizzas and happy hours.

L'Agora is within walking distance of the apartments.

L’Agora, only 100m from the Casa del Sole, is more quietly set back from the road.

La Barca poses as a bar, eatery and nightclub.

Facing L’Agora, La Barca is a bar, pizza joint and nightclub all rolled into one.

Capital city of Noumea lies around 4.5km from the apartments.

About 4.5km north of the Casa del Sole is the New Caledonian capital, Noumea.

The city centre pathway has amazing harbour views.

The city centre is lined with a shady pathway offering views across the harbour.

The capital's coastline is lined with several marinas.

Much of the coastline in Noumea is lined with marinas, including this one at Baie de la Moselle.

Place des Cocotiers park hosts a flea market every second Sunday.

Twice a month on Sundays, the Place des Cocotiers park in central Noumea comes alive with a flea market.

The City Museum is set in a charming colonial-era building.

The city centre is dotted with charming colonial-era buildings, including the City Museum.

Moselle Markets in the town centre is very popular 6 days a week.

A highlight of any visit to the centre of Noumea is the Moselle Markets, which are open from 5am to 12pm daily (except Monday).

St Joseph’s Cathedral is one of many religous buildings in Noumea.

Dominating the upper eastern part of the city centre, St Joseph’s Cathedral is one of several religious buildings around Noumea.

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