I spent the month of September staying at Le Meridian Noumea for work. A month is a long time to be away from home and I cannot rate this hotel more highly for making my stay truly memorable in all ways!!
The hotel setting itself is stunning with beautiful tropical gardens. A true oasis!! The pool area is expansive and seems to wrap itself around the grounds whilst overlooking the Anse Vata beach and crystal clear waters of the sea and Ile aux Canards in the distance. There are two hotel wings which contain the accommodation rooms, plus several traditional island style buildings which house the different food and beverage outlets. Almost like a small village.
The hotel rooms themselves are very large and spacious - all with an outdoor patio/deck to watch the sunset from. Best of all, this hotel was built in the 70's/80's so constructed solidly in that the walls are thick concrete and noise transfer from room to room, or from the corridor is non-existent. The beds, pillows and cotton white bedding was luxurious AND there was complimentary internet/email access throughout the entire hotel (no caps).
Each morning in Le Sextant (overlooking the pool) has an enormous buffet breakfast selection. Try an 'eye opener' first - the mango and chili one is to die for! There is an egg station and the breakfast Chef cooks an amazing omelette.....and don't forget to try all the mouthwatering French pastries. Lunch in Le Fare is also highly recommended. It is a traditional fare building which sits right on the beach overlooking the sea and numerous kite surfers 'playing'. I am told it is the only restaurant on the beach in New Caledonia and it is a beautiful setting for something light (club sandwich) or a bit heavier (the prawn and scallop risotto was to die for). Wash it all down with a fresh crisp French Chablis. I also was lucky enough to try the hotel's fine dining restaurant, adjacent to Le Sextant, for lunch one day. Three courses of heaven on a plate - and I even got to meet the Chef who is a very young and talented man!! And lastly, I had several dinners in the hotel's Japanese restaurant called 'Shogun'. A small tepan-yaki style restaurant showcasing a lot of local seafood. Service in all the hotel resturants (and bars), I found to be exceptional - both friendly and professional, as well as highly efficient. Nothing was ever a problem and the difference in language between us was never a barrier.
I think the most important aspect about Le Meridian Noumea is its staff...nothing short of exceptional people who really care about their guests and providing them with the best possible experience!! I cannot believe how helpful, attentive, friendly, kind, professional and charming everyone was that I encountered - from the general manager to the porters and everyone in between. All my requirements were catered for in an exceptionally fast manner and everyone was happy to help me with improving my French and recommending resturants, activities and anything else I asked for. Nothing was ever a problem and they all soon became my 'family' away from home.
I have done an enormous amount of travel for both work and pleasure and can honestly say that my experience at Le Meridian Noumea was THE best I have ever experienced....anywhere!! A simple 'thank you' does not cover it. I would highly recommend this jewel in the Pacific!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to New Caledonia, a perfect blend of picturesque landscapes, French sophistication and Melanesian culture, where food, art and music accentuate your experience. Le Méridien Noumea Resort & Spa captures the cosmopolitan, energetic spirit of New Caledonia’s capital with an unmatched lagoon front location, just ten minutes from the buzz of the city centre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Meridien Noumea Hotel Noumea
- Noumea Le Meridien