Le Méridien Nouméa Resort & Spa in New Caledonia

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Updated: November 27, 2020

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Review of Le Méridien Nouméa Resort & Spa in New Caledonia.

Le Méridien Noumea Resort & Spa – Understated opulence, serene setting, and a heavenly beach.

Located at the far end of a bay in Noumea’s suburbs, this magnificent resort boasts two coastlines with an extended beach of white sand, shallow water, and wonderful views. And the tropical gardens with lawns, ponds, pines, and palms are immaculately groomed. In curved four and five-level blocks reminiscent of a Mediterranean resort, rooms are compact but certainly stylish. All feature balconies; some offer better sea views than others and the rest overlook the gardens. The pool is large and features an ‘island’ of palms. With many free activities, the resort focuses well on families.

Le Méridien Noumea Resort & Spa – The Basics

  • Location: At Pointe Magnin, accessible from Promenade Roger Laroque at the southern end of 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 very well for all, with an emphasis on packaged tours. Families are welcome.
  • Beach: At the end of the bay, the beach is virtually private and faultless: clean sands, shallow waters for kayaks and paddleboards, and views of islets seemingly within swimming distance.
  • Views: Many rooms offer sea views, while others overlook the lovely gardens and ponds.
  • WiFi: Free for all and unlimited throughout the hotel.
  • Parking: Plenty of free and secure parking. A bonus because some resorts charge for this.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (687) 265 000
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: lemeridiennoumea.com

Le Méridien Noumea Resort & Spa – Amenities

  • Pool: Large, with an ‘island’ of palms and plenty of seating. Not close to the sea, but otherwise excellent.
  • Spa: The world-class Deep Nature Spa Noumea boasts an extraordinary design featuring tree trunks and other natural materials. Also with jacuzzis (inside and out) and a sauna.
  • Fitness Center: Spacious gym with all the latest equipment.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided in the rooms at this sort of high-rise resort. Jacuzzis are attached to the spa (see above).
  • Activities: Free rental of kayaks, snorkeling gear, and paddleboards, as well as gratis use of bicycles, tennis courts, and the games room. Also on-site: a kite-surf school and art gallery.

Le Méridien Noumea Resort & Spa – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: Le Sextant – Polished décor overlooking the pool and gardens. For breakfast and seafood buffet dinners on weekends. Ideal for trying local cuisine. Not open for lunch. • Le Faré Restaurant & Bar – Outdoor beachside setting and Melanesian design. Seafood, salads, and grills. Lunch only, and snacks until 5pm. The bar opens when the sun sets. • L’Hippocampe – Intimate garden setting. Multi-course tasting menus for dinner only. Also à la carte seafood and grills. Try the Saddle Lamb with Olive Crust. • Le Shogun – Japanese cuisine and authentic décor. Everything from sushi to sashimi and all sorts in between. • Latitude 22 – All-day lobby lounge with garden views. Also a piano bar with regular live music.
  • Breakfast: Not included, but guests can pay for breakfast when booking or separately in the morning.
  • Room Service: Available 24 hours.

Le Méridien Noumea Resort & Spa – Rooms

  • Room Types: Classic Room • Superior Room • Voyageur Suite • Resort Suite
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is not allowed in the rooms or public areas, but OK in the gardens and on the beaches.
  • Best Room: The spacious Resort Suites feature separate living areas, contemporary furniture, and extended balconies overlooking the sea.
  • For Families: Classic and Superior Rooms can squeeze in extra single beds. Double the size, the Voyageur Suites are suitable for a families of 4.

Le Méridien Noumea Resort & Spa – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    Other than the similar hotel-style cafés and bars in the neighboring Château Royal Beach Resort, the places below are within 1.2 km north along the esplanade – quicker via the beach, not the road.

  • Le Roof – Extraordinary setting on a pier above the water. Sumptuous decor and expensive seafood. Intimate and romantic. Sunsets guaranteed; sometimes dolphins below.
  • La Bodega del Mar – Shares the same pier as Le Roof, but more affordable for tapas, pizza, cocktails, and live music.
  • Hanoi Plage – Quaint, colorful, and chic, for Vietnamese cuisine and DIY grills on the table. Indoors and street-side setting.
  • Stone Grill – Friendly, popular, and street-side steakhouse, with all types of meats and pasta. Daily specials and takeaways.
  • 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, huge menu, reasonable prices, and family-friendly. Great for trying traditional food such as Bougna Chicken.

Nearby Market or Grocery

  • Several convenience stores are along the esplanade.

Local Transport

  • Public buses 10 and 11 head frequently along the esplanade to the city center, often via the neighboring beach at Baie des Citrons.

Le Méridien Noumea Resort & Spa – The Hotel

The resort features a Mediterranean-style design.

Le Méridien resembles a huge Mediterranean-style resort.

The hotel is surrounded by tropical gardens and ponds.

The hotel is based around tropical gardens with enchanting ponds.

The huge lobby sports a modern decor.

The lobby is huge, with a modern décor that sets the tone for the rest of the resort.

The pool is large and has an island of palms.

The pool is bright blue and features an ‘island’ of palms.

The large swimming pool is a little away from the beach.

The pool is substantial in size.

Breakfast is served at Le Sextant restaurant.

Le Sextant restaurant at the resort serves breakfast.

Latitude 22 lounge bar is popular for cocktails.

The Latitude 22 lounge bar is an ideal place to relax with a cocktail.

Free activities around the resort give it a holiday vibe.

The resort provides a real holiday vibe with plenty of free activities.

The resort is located at the southern end of Anse Vata bay.

Le Méridien is at the end of a peninsula in the southern end of Anse Vata bay.

The resort beach is public but feels almost private.

Although open to the public, very few non-guests use the beach in front of the resort, preferring to use those closer to the center of Anse Vata.

Le Faré Restaurant & Bar is popular for seafood, salads and grills.

At the resort, Le Faré Restaurant & Bar offers seafood, salads, and grills at lunchtime.

Le Faré Restaurant & Bar offers beachside seating.

Le Faré Restaurant & Bar extends along wooden decking towards the beach.

The gardens feature luxurious cabanas.

Luxurious cabanas line the resort gardens.

Latitude 22 lounge bar offers fantastic views.

There are terrific views down the gardens towards the sea from the Latitude 22 lounge bar.

Le Faré Restaurant & Bar is by the pool.

Seating at Le Faré Restaurant & Bar also extends towards the pool.

The resort has fish ponds among tropical gardens.

Among the blocks of rooms are lush tropical gardens with fish ponds.

The attractive hotel features rooms with balconies.

The design of the buildings is quite attractive, with all rooms featuring a balcony.

Some suites are located away from the pool and lobby.

Some suites are in quieter isolated blocks away from the pool and lobby.

The suites have a colourful and tasteful decor.

The suites are colorful, with a tasteful décor.

All balconies offer good views of gardens, pool or sea.

All rooms and suites feature balconies facing the sea, pool, or gardens.

The suite layout makes them feel spacious.

The layout of the suites adds to the feeling of spaciousness.

Suite bathrooms have a sliding door.

Bathrooms in the suites are separated by sliding doors.

The Anse Vata beach has a holiday vibe.

The hotel is at Anse Vata, a beachside suburb of Noumea that offers a genuine holiday vibe.

A seaside path leads to Baie des Citrons beach.

The seaside path in Anse Vata heads north for a few kilometres to the neighbouring beach at Baie des Citrons.

The Anse Vata esplanade has a lot of shops and eateries.

Within a short walk of the resort, the esplanade in Anse Vata is packed with cafés, bars, and shops.

Galeria Palm Beach arcade is full of shops and cafes.

Only a few minutes away on foot from Le Méridien is the pleasant Galeria Palm Beach arcade of shops and cafés.

Le Bilboquet Plage café is at the back of the Galeria arcade.

At the back of the Galeria Palm Beach arcade is the Le Bilboquet Plage café.

Stone Grill steakhouse on the esplanade is very popular.

Along the esplanade, Stone Grill is a popular steakhouse.

Chic Vietname cafe Hanoi Plage is near the resort.

The chic Vietnamese café, Hanoi Plage, is also along the esplanade and within a short stroll of the resort.

La Bodega del Mar is located on the Anse Vata pier.

Attached to the unmissable pier in Anse Vata, La Bodega del Mar offers tapas, cocktails, and live music.

Le Roof is a stylish seafood restaurant at the end of the pier.

At the end of the pier is Le Roof, an opulent and expensive seafood restaurant.

Le Faré du Palm Beach cafe is very pleasant.

Le Faré du Palm Beach is a cheerful café along the esplanade.

Boats depart for neighbouring islands from Anse Vata.

Not far from the resort is a tiny terminal from where boats regularly head to nearby islands.

Buses from near the hotel travel to the city center.

Public buses travel along the esplanade on their way to the city center.

Noumea center is fun to explore.

The center of Noumea is compact and pleasant to walk around.

The capital has several decent gardens.

The capital is dotted with shady gardens.

The bi-weekly flea market in the city park is very popular.

Twice a month on Sundays, a flea market is held at the city park, Place des Cocotiers.

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