Chateau Royal Beach Resort & Spa in New Caledonia

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Updated: November 26, 2020

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Review of Chateau Royal Beach Resort & Spa, Noumea in New Caledonia.

Chateau Royal Beach Resort & Spa – Tasteful and serene, with fab facilities and an impeccable beach.

Along a peninsula in a beachside suburb of Noumea, this resort is modern and stylish but not overly large, so it’s still quite personable. The suites, each with one or teo bedrooms, are almost identical inside, with only the views differing – even those on the side of the building offer decent views of the bay. All feature balconies, king-sized beds, fully-equipped kitchens, and separate living areas with colorful furnishings. The beach in front is part of an impressive cove of bleached sands and tranquil waters, with three alluring and accessible islets just offshore. And facing the bay, the sparkling lagoon-style pool (with swim-up bar) is lined with shady palms and has a children’s splash area.

Chateau Royal Beach Resort & Spa – The Basics

  • Location: The former Club Med is at 140 Promenade Roger Laroque, with more convenient access on foot along the beach. Almost at the end of the headland at Anse Vata, a suburb of Noumea on the main island. About 6 km from the city center, 50 minutes from the international airport, and 15 minutes from the domestic airport.
  • Guests: Caters for all, with a firm focus on families.
  • Beach: The resort faces a superb beach, perfect for swimming, kayaking, and paddle-boarding. And the views down the bay and across to the accessible islets are also sublime.
  • Views: All accommodations have sea, courtyard, or garden views. Even the latter offer decent views of the sea.
  • WiFi: Unlimited and free in public areas, but guests also receive a generous daily allowance for free in their rooms.
  • Parking: Free, secure, and plentiful in the huge parking lot outside the front entrance.
  • Nice Perks: Free use of a washing machine and dryer.
  • How to Book: will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (687) 296 400
  • Email: Use the form on their website.
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Chateau Royal Beach Resort & Spa – Amenities

  • Pool: Lovely, large, and facing the sea. A swim-up bar inside and children’s splash area attached.
  • Spa: The welcoming Aqua Royal Spa is modern, with a hairdresser, sauna, shop, and heated ‘aquatonic pool’ for ‘hydro-massaging’.
  • Fitness Center: An adequate size, with all the equipment required. Next to the pool.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: This sort of high-rise resort is not expected (nor provides) rooms with private pools or jacuzzis.
  • Activities: Free use of tennis courts nearby, but otherwise a very limited range of activities, unlike resorts elsewhere.

Chateau Royal Beach Resort & Spa – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: Restaurant La Pirogue – Melanesian theme and garden setting. Specializes in seafood. Children’s menu and plenty of desserts. • Restaurant L’Escale – On the beach and lawns for salads, burgers, homemade pastries, and coffee. No meals after 5 pm, but remains a popular after-work bar until late.
  • Lounges/Bars: Le Warai – Lounge vibe, for cocktails on custom-made sofas or swinging chairs inside or on the terrace. Perfect for sunsets and open until late • Pool Bar – Along the poolside deck or on stools in the water. All sorts of drinks and snacks available.
  • Breakfast: Can be included in some rates, depending how the booking is made.
  • Room Service: Available 24 hours a day.

Chateau Royal Beach Resort & Spa – Rooms

  • Room Types: Standard Suite • Superior Suite (1 or 2 bedrooms) • Deluxe Suite (1 or 2 bedrooms) • Prestige Suite (1 or 2 bedrooms)
  • Smoking Rooms: Not permitted in the rooms or bars/restaurants, but allowed elsewhere.
  • Best Room: The Prestige Suites are the most spacious and offer the finest views, with balconies that seem to hover above the sand.
  • For families: Suites with 1 bedroom fit 1 or 2 children below 12. And those with 2 bedrooms and bathrooms can easily accommodate families of 6.

Chateau Royal Beach Resort & Spa – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants & Bars

    The neighboring Le Méridien offers several similar resort-style bars and bistros. The places below are within 1 km north along the esplanade, but it’s quicker to reach these via the beach and not along the access road to the resort.

  • La Bodega del Mar – Shares the same pier as Le Roof, but more affordable. For tapas, pizza, cocktails, and live music.
  • Le Roof – Extraordinary setting on a pier above the water. Sumptuous decor and expensive seafood. Intimate and romantic. Sunsets guaranteed; sometimes dolphins below.
  • Le Faré du Palm Beach – Cheerful and perfect for people-watching. Big breakfasts, fresh salads, homemade burgers, waffles, and ice cream.
  • Le Bilboquet Plage – Upstairs at the back of the Galeria Palm Beach shops. Long-established, vast menu, reasonable prices and family-friendly. Great for trying traditional food, such as Bougna Chicken.
  • Hanoi Plage – Quaint, colorful, and chic, for Vietnamese cuisine and DIY grills on the table. Indoors and street-side setting.
  • Stone Grill – Friendly and popular steakhouse with all types of meats and pasta. Daily specials and takeaways.

Nearby Market or Grocery

  • Several minimarts are along the esplanade and around the backstreets.

Local Transport

  • Public buses head frequently along the esplanade to the city center, often via the neighboring beach at Baie des Citrons.

Chateau Royal Beach Resort & Spa – The Hotel

The hotel is located at the southern end of Anse Vata.

The hotel is perched along the end of a peninsula at the far southern end of Anse Vata, a suburb of Noumea.

The hotel is located in the former property of Club Med Resort.

The Château Royal Beach is based in the former Club Med resort.

Sea views are guaranteed from almost all floors of the hotel.

With many levels and no other buildings nearby, sea views are almost guaranteed.

The hotel is on the southern end of Anse Vata bay.

The hotel faces the southern end of Anse Vata bay.

The Anse Vata beach has a tropical vibe.

Although it is located in the suburbs of Noumea, the beach at Anse Vata has a genuine tropical holiday feel.

The hotel foyer is home to several boutiques.

There are several boutiques in the foyer area of the resort.

The stylish and modern lobby is very attractive.

The modern and stylish lobby area sets the tone and is indicative of the décor throughout.

The attractive pool is surrounded by lush gardens.

The pool is sparkling blue and surrounded by lush gardens.

The undeveloped hotel property next door makes it even more appealing.

The hotel is alongside a block of pleasingly undeveloped land owned by the resort.

The pool is large and appealing.

The pool is a substantial size and slotted between the main building and beach.

The pool deck has plenty of seating.

There is always plenty of seating alongside the pool.

The resort beach is quiet inspite of being public.

The beach in front of the resort is officially public, but rarely used by non-guests because of its distance from the center of Anse Vata.

Le Warai lounge bar onsite is very popular.

Open until late, the Le Warai lounge bar in the resort is chic and popular.

Restaurant La Taom serves French meals with a Pacific flavour.

The Restaurant La Taom at the resort provides French meals with a Pacific flavour all day.

Aqua Royal Spa is a stylish spa onsite.

The Aqua Royal Spa is far more stylish than those found in other resorts.

Suites feature a contemporary decor and furnishings.

Suites are fairly similar inside, with a contemporary décor and furnishings.

All suites have well-equipped kitchens.

All suites feature large kitchens with all the necessities.

Suite bedrooms are spacious and appealing.

Bedrooms in the suites are spacious, with a likable décor.

Some room decor is questionable.

Some of the art on the walls can be a little unusual.

Sea-facing suites have fantastic views from balconies.

Suites facing the sea feature balconies that almost seem to hover above the beach.

Many suites are family-friendly with 2 bedrooms.

Many of the suites contain two bedrooms and are ideal or families.

La Bodega del Mar serves good pizza, tapas and cocktails.

Easy to see from the hotel is the pier that’s home to La Bodega del Mar, a stylish bistro serving pizza, tapas, and cocktails.

Upmarket Le Roof restaurant is near La Bodega del Mar.

Sharing the same pier as La Bodega del Mar is the very elegant Le Roof restaurant.

Le Faré du Palm Beach cafe is close by.

Le Faré du Palm Beach is a cheerful and family-friendly café along the esplanade and close to the resort.

Hanoi Plage is a popular and chic Vietnamese cafe.

Another delightful café along the esplanade, the popular and chic Hanoi Plage serves delicious Vietnamese food.

Galeria Palm Beach Arcade is close to the hotel.

The Galeria Palm Beach is a curved arcade of shops and cafés within a few minutes’ walk of the resort.

Stone Grill steakhouse is popular and close by.

Stone Grill is a popular steakhouse along the esplanade not far from the resort.

Tiny boat terminal nearby facilitates boat rentals.

From a tiny terminal along Anse Vata beach, a 5-minute walk from the resort, boats leave regularly for nearby islets such as Île aux Canards (Duck Island).

A beachside path leads to Baie des Citrons.

A path alongside Anse Vata bay leads to the neighboring beach at Baie des Citrons.

Buses provide connection to the city center.

Buses regularly travel along the esplanade on their way to the center of Noumea.

The city centre is easy to explore.

The city center is compact and easy to wander around.

The city center is dominated by Place des Cocotiers park.

The Place des Cocotiers park dominates the city centre.

St Joseph’s Cathedral is one of several religious buildings in the capital.

One of several religious buildings in Noumea is St Joseph’s Cathedral, in the upper eastern end of the city.

The city coastline is lined with marinas.

Much of the coastline along the city center is lined with boats.

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