Nouvata Hotel in New Caledonia

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Updated: November 30, 2020

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Nouvata – Three hotels, nine types of rooms, one superb location.

This trio of hotels offers two, three, and four-star accommodations in a large area in the nicest part of Noumea’s beachside suburb. The budget block is separate, with rooms facing the road, but they are the best value in an upmarket area. The mid-range options are in Le Pacifique, two blocks of identical rooms with awesome views. Top of the range is the Hotel du Parc, where Premium Rooms have panache, as well as kitchenettes, extra single beds, and extended balconies offering fabulous views. In addition to the resort-style pool among palms, the general amenities are excellent and the location perfect: just behind a row of cafés, the tourist office, and bus stop for the city center.

Nouvata – The Basics

  • Location: 123 Promenade Roger Laroque in Anse Vata, a beachside suburb of Noumea on the main island. About 5 km from the city center, 50 minutes from the international airport, and 15 minutes from the domestic airport.
  • Guests: With 3 hotels of different standards, it caters to absolutely everyone from overnight backpackers to families on longer stays.
  • Beach: The beach right across the road is narrow, a bit rocky, and alongside the esplanade, but decent enough. A quieter and cleaner stretch of public beach is in front of Le Méridien, about 800m south via the coast (and not the road).
  • Views: Ironically, some of the finest views are from the block of budget rooms facing the bay across the busy road. More expensive rooms on the higher floors provide broad views of the sea and streets, but they may be partially obstructed by the budget block.
  • WiFi: A small amount of data is provided free per day per room.
  • Parking: Enough free and secure parking at the back, away from the main road.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (687) 262 200
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: nouvata.nc

Nouvata – Amenities

  • Pool: The lovely pool is a decent size and surrounded by palms. Also, a small sheltered splash area for toddlers.
  • Spa: A basic salon provides the usual hairdressing, beauty treatments, and massages.
  • Fitness Center: Surprisingly, there isn’t one.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided in rooms at this sort of high-rise hotel complex, but a large jacuzzi is near the pool and surrounded by palms.

Nouvata – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: L’équilibre – Likable brash décor. Serves breakfast (including to the public), as well as buffets for lunch and dinner, sometimes with traditional entertainment. • Code Bar – Faces the road and water. Tropical-style with wooden decking. All-day tapas and snacks, with live music on weekends; even salsa dancing some nights.
  • Breakfast: Included in some rates, depending on the booking. The substantial buffet breakfast is certainly worth paying for.
  • Room Service: Available from about 7am to 10pm.

Nouvata – Rooms

  • Room Types: Budget Room • Budget+ Room • Basic Room • Standard Room • Standard+ Room • Comfort Room • Comfort+ Room • Premium Room • Premium+ Room
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed in the rooms and restaurant/bar, but permitted anywhere else on the hotel grounds.
  • Best Room: Of the 9 types of rooms across 3 hotels, the best are the spacious Premium+ Rooms. They feature unusual circular baths and floor-to-ceiling windows leading to lengthy balconies which offer broad views of the sea and streets.

Nouvata – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants & Bars

    One attraction of staying at the Nouvata is the number of inviting cafés within a 2-minute walk in either direction along the esplanade from the hotel entrance, including:

  • Hanoi Plage – Quaint, colorful, and chic, for Vietnamese cuisine and DIY grills on the table. Indoors and street-side setting.
  • Le Faré du Palm Beach – Cheery and perfect for people-watching. Big breakfasts, fresh salads, homemade burgers, waffles, and ice cream.
  • Le Bilboquet Plage – Upstairs at the back of the Galerie Palm Beach shops. Long-established, vast menu, reasonable prices, and family-friendly. Great for trying traditional food such as Bougna Chicken.
  • Pizza & Pasta – Also salads, wraps, and risottos. Raised terrace for water views. Children’s menu, daily specials, and takeaways.
  • 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 décor and expensive seafood. Intimate and romantic. Sunsets guaranteed; sometimes dolphins below.

Ramada Hotel & Suites by Wyndham Noumea – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants & Bars

  • Two well-stocked minimarts are about 600m along the main road into Anse Vata, just up from the Hôtel Le Lagon.

Local Transport

  • Right outside the entrance to the Nouvata is a bus stop for services 10, 11, and 70 to the city center – some via the neighboring beach at Baie des Citrons.

Nouvata – The Hotel

The Nouvata is in a nicer area of Anse Vata.

The Nouvata is set back a little from the esplanade in a nicer part of Anse Vata beach.

The budget rooms are at the front of the hotel.

At the front of the hotel complex is the block of budget rooms, with quieter ones facing away from the main road.

The higher floors give better sea views.

More expensive rooms are in the taller blocks, offering greater possibility of sea views.

The large jacuzzi is very appealing.

The surprisingly large jacuzzi near the main pool is shady and appealing.

The main pool is very popular with guests of all 3 hotels.

The main pool is substantial, shady, and popular among guests from the three hotels.

Views from almost all rooms are excellent.

Views from all rooms, even the cheapest ones, are often fabulous.

The Standard Rooms are very plain.

The Standard Rooms are plain and could easily be improved.

Premium Rooms feature small kitchenettes.

Premium Rooms offer some kitchen facilities.

Premium Rooms offer excellent views of Anse Vata bay.

Premium Rooms provide the finest views down Anse Vata bay.

The circular baths in the Premium Rooms are appealing.

The circular baths in the Premium Rooms are unusual but likable.

Premium Rooms have small balconies with decent views.

Premium Rooms feature small but serviceable balconies, some facing the sea, others looking inwards.

The Premium+ Rooms are very spacious.

The Premium+ Rooms are spacious enough for sofas and extra single beds.

Classy L’équilibre is popular for buffets.

The classy L’équilibre restaurant in the hotel offers buffets for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

L’équilibre offers seating with pool and garden views.

L’équilibre also provides seating facing the pool and gardens.

Code Bar has a laidback tropical feel.

With a laidback tropical feel, the Code Bar faces the street and bay.

The Anse Vata beach has a tropical vibe.

The hotel is in Anse Vata, a tropical beach in the suburbs of Noumea.

The esplanade has many shops and eateries.

The Nouvata overlooks the esplanade, with plenty of shops, cafés, and bars in both directions.

Hanoi Plage nearby serves good Vietnamese food.

Very near the Nouvata, Hanoi Plage is an inviting café serving Vietnamese food.

Le Roof is a stylish restaurant on the pier.

At the end of an unmissable pier is the stylish Le Roof restaurant.

La Bodega del Mar is located on the pier.

Sharing the pier with Le Roof is La Bodega del Mar, ideal for tapas, pizza, and cocktails.

The Galerie Palm Beach arcade is near the hotel.

Also along the esplanade near the Nouvata is the Galerie Palm Beach arcade, with Le Bilboquet Plage bistro at the back.

Galerie Palm Beach arcade has many shops.

There are plenty of places to spend money at the Galerie Palm Beach arcade along the esplanade.

The Hilton hotel complex has excellent shops and cafes.

In front of the nearby Hilton hotel complex is a row of fantastic cafés and shops.

Pizza & Pasta cafe is within walking distance from the hotel.

Pizza & Pasta is one of many cafés in front of the Hilton hotel complex and within a two-minute walk of the Nouvata.

Le Faré du Palm Beach is a fun cafe near the hotel.

Le Faré du Palm Beach is a cheery and affordable café on the esplanade near the hotel.

A seaside path leads to Baie des Citrons.

A seaside path links Anse Vata with the neighboring beach at Baie des Citrons several kilometers to the north.

Boats depart for neighbouring islands from Anse Vata.

A day trip to nearby islands, such as Île aux Canards, is easy to arrange from a tiny terminal at Anse Vata.

The best Anse Vata beach is in front of Le Méridien.

The best beach at Anse Vata is in front of Le Méridien, about 800m south of the Nouvata.

Buses from near the hotel travel to the city centre.

Buses to the city center, often via the Baie des Citrons beach, leave from right outside the Nouvata.

Noumea city centre is fun to explore.

The center of Noumea is compact and fun to wander around.

A harbourside walkway in the capital offers great views and shade.

A walkway near the dockyards in the capital offers shade and views.

Moselle Markets along Rue Gorges Clemenceau are worth a visit.

The Moselle Markets along Rue Georges Clemenceau in downtown Noumea is open from 5am to mid-day every day but Monday.

Stalls near the market sell clothes and souvenirs.

Alongside the market, some stalls also sell clothes and souvenirs.

Marinas dot the coastline of the city centre and suburbs.

Much of the coastline in Noumea is lined with marinas.

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