Marina Beach Residence Hotel in New Caledonia

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Updated: November 27, 2020

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Review of Marina Beach Residence Hotel in New Caledonia.

Marina Beach Residence – Cozy, relaxed, and much nicer and better value than a hotel.

Each room features an agreeable individual décor, as well as kitchen facilities and a delightful lounge area, but views are minimal because windows basically face other buildings. Along a suburban street close to the main road that becomes the esplanade, this feels so unlike a hotel – exemplified by the Buddhist art on the walls and traditional statues in the gardens. Other advantages are proximity to the beach, the bus stop outside for services to the city center, friendly English-speaking owner, and number of top-notch eateries and bars in the immediate area.

Marina Beach Residence – The Basics

  • Location: 4 Rue Auguste Page, just off the far northern end of the esplanade that runs along Baie des Citrons, a suburb of Noumea on the main island. Less than 4 km from the city center, about 45 minutes from the international airport, and around 15 minutes from the domestic airport.
  • Guests: Caters well for couples and small groups of all ages. Particularly welcoming for single travelers, especially for longer stays, but seems less inviting for families.
  • Beach: The beach at Baie des Citrons is about 200m away. The sand is white and the water is calm, but it’s reasonably noisy because of the esplanade running alongside. A better beach is at Anse Vata, especially around Le Méridien, about 3 km to the south and accessible by bus.
  • Views: None. Some windows are frosted to provide privacy because they overlook other buildings very close by.
  • WiFi: Not free, but daily charges are not as outrageous as other hotels.
  • Parking: No off-street parking.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (687) 287 633
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: marinabeach.nc

Marina Beach Residence – Amenities

  • Pool, Spa, & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at a boutique lodge like this.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None have private pools, but Spa Rooms come with jacuzzis.

Marina Beach Residence – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: A place of this type and size will not have a restaurant or bar, and all apartments feature kitchens.
  • Breakfast & Room Service: Not provided because all rooms have kitchen facilities.

Marina Beach Residence – Rooms

  • Room Types: Spa Room • Studio and other room with 1 bedroom • 1 room with 2 bedrooms • Another with 3 bedrooms
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking anywhere in the hotel.
  • Best Room: Rooms are fairly similar inside, although a couple do have 2 or 3 bedrooms. The décor differs in each room, and none have notable views. The best are the Spa Rooms with jacuzzis. Those further down the corridor, away from the road and lobby, will be quieter.

Marina Beach Residence – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants & Bars

  • Texas Grill – About 100m around the corner, away from the beach. Thick steaks and thin paninis. English-speaking and family-friendly.
  • MV Lounge – Unbeatable location on the beach, barely 200m away. Sit on beanbags and almost touch the waves. Tapas, cocktails, trendy DJs until late, and breakfast for hangovers.
  • The Beach House – Next to the Hotel Beaurivage for pizza, coffee, salads, tapas, and classy live music.
  • Oncle Hô – Authentic Vietnamese, complete with rickshaw among the tables. Also, cocktails, interesting desserts, seafood, and coffee. In a building with several other delightful cafés and bars about 500m south along the esplanade.

Nearby Market or Grocery

  • A handy little grocery store is just around the corner.

Local Transport

  • Buses leave frequently from outside the front door of the hotel to the city center and better beach at Anse Vata.

Marina Beach Residence – The Hotel

The lodge is in the quiet Baie des Citrons suburb.

The lodge is along a quiet street in the beachside suburb of Baie des Citrons.

The lodge has an appealing traditional decor.

One of many reasons the lodge is more appealing than a hotel is the traditional arts and crafts in the gardens and rooms.

The friendly french owner speaks good English.

The lodge is run by a friendly French lady who speaks English well.

Rooms feature decent kitchens.

All rooms feature kitchens, which makes them ideal for long-term guests.

Rooms have a unique Buddhist theme.

The décor in each room is different, with a Buddhist theme throughout.

The rooms have interesting lounge furniture.

All rooms feature living areas with interesting furniture.

The ground floor rooms feature verandas.

Rooms face a patios on the ground floor, while windows on the second floor are frosted because they overlook neighboring buildings.

The appealing studios feature locally-designed furniture.

Studios feature an agreeable décor with locally-designed furniture.

The beach walkway leads to Anse Vata beach.

The beach only 200m from the lodge is lined with a walkway which leads south to the neighboring beach at Anse Vata.

The lodge is in the beach Baie des Citrons suburb.

The lodge is in the beachside suburb of Baie des Citrons, with white sand and calm water.

The Anse Vata beach has a tropical vibe.

The beach at Anse Vata, only 2-3 km from the hotel and accessible by bus, has a more tropical feel than Baie des Citrons.

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

The best stretch of beach is around Le Méridien hotel at Anse Vata, about 3 km to the south.

La Fiesta is popular for its pizzas and tapas.

About 300m south of the lodge, La Fiesta is great for pizza, tapas, and people-watching.

Nathalie's Cafe nearby is popular for breakfast and light meals.

In the Beaurivage hotel, next to La Fiesta, Nathalie’s is popular for breakfast, pasta, and salads.

Baie des Citrons esplanade has several bistros.

The esplanade along Baie des Citrons is lined with more bistros than hotels.

Nearby is a good collection of bars and cafes.

This collection of bars and cafés is about 600m south along the esplanade from the lodge.

Oncle Hô café serves authentic Vietnamese food.

Only a few minutes’ stroll down the esplanade, Oncle Hô café offers authentic Vietnamese food.

The lodge is accessible by bus from Anse Vata and the city centre.

The lodge is along a bus route between the neighboring beach of Anse Vata and the city center.

The city centre has several decent gardens.

Less than 4 km away, and close enough to walk, the city center is dotted with shady gardens.

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

Twice a month, on Sundays, a market is held at the Place des Cocotiers park in the center of Noumea.

The Baie de la Moselle dominates the Noumea coastline.

The coastline of Noumea is dominated by the Baie de la Moselle.

Moselle Markets near the marina are worth a visit.

Alongside the marina, the Moselle Markets open from 5am to midday every day but Monday.

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