Updated: August 2, 2018
Le Méridien Noumea Resort & Spa – Understated opulence, serene setting and heavenly beach.
Located at the far end of a bay in Noumea’s suburbs, this magnificent resort boasts 2 coastlines, with an extended beach of white sands, shallow waters and wonderful views. And the tropical gardens of lawns, ponds, pines and palms are immaculately groomed. In curved 4- and 5-level blocks reminiscent of a Mediterranean resort, rooms are compact, perhaps even a little cramped, but certainly stylish. All featuring a balcony, some offer better sea views than others and the rest overlook the gardens. The pool is substantial, with an ‘island’ of palms, but a little too distant from the sea. With many free activities, it 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 6km from the city centre; 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 very 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 provide sea views, while others overlook the lovely gardens and ponds.
- Wi-Fi Internet: Free for all and unlimited throughout the hotel.
- Parking: Plenty of free and secure parking – a bonus, because some resorts charge for this.
- Phone: (687) 26 50 00
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: http://www.lemeridiennoumea.com/
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates. Use the website specific to your language, currency, and home-country for easiest use: UK • USA • Français • Deutsch • Nederlands.
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 (26 51 04) 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, snorkelling gear and paddleboards, as well as gratis use of bicycles, tennis courts and the games room. Also onsite: a kitesurf 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 ‘til 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 (26 51 05) – 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 piano bar, with other regular live music.
- Breakfast: Not included, but guests can pay for breakfast when booking or separately on the morning.
- Room Service: Available 24 hours.
Le Méridien Noumea Resort & Spa – Rooms
- Room Types: Classic Rooms • Superior Rooms • Voyageur Suites • Resort Suites
- Smoking Rooms: Smoking not allowed in the rooms or public areas, but OK in the gardens and on the beaches.
- Best Room: The spacious Resort Suites feature a separate living area, contemporary furniture (more funky than functional) and extended balcony overlooking the sea.
- For families: Classic and Superior Rooms can squeeze in 1 extra single bed. Double the size, the Voyageur Suites are suitable for a family of 4.
Le Méridien Noumea Resort & Spa – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
Other than the similar hotel-style cafés and bars in the neighbouring Château Royal Beach Resort, the places below are within 1.2km north along the esplanade – quicker via the beach, not the road.
- Le Roof (25 07 00) – extraordinary setting on a pier above the water. Sumptuous decor and expensive seafood. Intimate and romantic. Sunsets guaranteed; sometimes dolphins below. 3-minute drive.
- La Bodega del Mar – shares the same pier as Le Roof, but more affordable for tapas, pizza, cocktails and live music. 3-minute drive.
- Hanoi Plage (26 18 02) – quaint, colourful and chic, for Vietnamese cuisine and DIY grills on the table. Indoors and street-side setting. 4-minute drive.
- Stone Grill (24 03 24) – friendly, popular and street-side steakhouse, with all types of meats and pasta. Daily specials and takeaways. 4-minute drive.
- Le Faré du Palm Beach (26 46 61) – cheerful and perfect for people-watching. Big breakfasts, fresh salads, homemade burgers, waffles and ice cream. 4-minute drive.
- Le Bilboquet Plage (26 46 60) – 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. 4-minute drive.
- Market or Grocery: Several convenience stores are along the esplanade.
Public buses 10 and 11 head frequently along the esplanade to the city centre, often via the neighbouring beach at Baie des Citrons.
Le Méridien Noumea Resort & Spa – The Hotel
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