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Resort review – Le Méridien Noumea


MARK HARADA checks into a hotel that claims a “unique blend of French sophistication and warm Pacific island ambience”. Whatever it is exactly, it’s got it right.

Le Méridien Noumea seems a good fit for New Caledonia, and not just because of the French name (though that does help). Born in France, Le Méridien‘s original philosophy was to create a home away from home for travellers, which is how capital Noumea appeals to many visitors (particularly those with Gallic roots) – though I’d say this resort feels a lot nicer than most homes.

 

 

Located on prime beachfront in Anse Vata Bay, and just ten minutes from the CBD, Le Méridien exudes an elegant, yet laid-back feel, again like much of Noumea. It starts with the spacious lobby, which in all white is all class.

 

Behind reception, where multilingual staff welcome guests, is the Latitude 22 lobby bar, a modern affair bathed in natural light that spills onto a large verandah furnished in wicker and overlooks a manicured tropical garden.

 

 

A walk through the palms quickly brings you to the resort’s huge azure pool, and beyond that, a sparkling sea, where guests lie on loungers or wine and dine under the traditional Melanesian rooftops at the resort’s waterside Le Fare bar and eatery. For more formal dining, there’s the L‘Hippocampe signature restaurant and Le Shogun, where visitors can of course enjoy some fine Japanese sashimi and other seafood. For breakfast, guests dine in the garden-front Sextant Restaurant, which offers a fusion of flavours, ranging from traditional western favourites to Asian and more local dishes. Breakfast sashimi or tuna steaks anyone? How about coleslaw with mussels or a sweet and sour prawn salad?

 

The indulgences continue in the modern guest rooms and suites, which offer either views of the lush gardens or ocean. The lead-in Classic Room, my abode for three nights, features comfy twin beds, large bathroom with separate (huge) bath and shower (and window into the bedroom), work space, free fast wifi and large tv, all under a backdrop of painted palm trees.

 

 

Outside, a balcony with sofa and chairs overlooks real palms, and beyond that even glimpses of the pool and sea (despite the room’s garden view status).

 

With a nod to nature in its design, modernity and tradition again co-exist at Deep Nature Spa, where guests can indulge in massage and beauty treatments and access the property’s jacuzzi, hammam, sauna, gym and relaxation room.

 

Additional leisure activities at the hotel include tennis, biking and water sports of all kinds, while Tina Golf Course lies just ten minutes away. For all other local experiences, there’s a tour desk.

 

Among its other features, the hotel boasts a concierge service, childcare, laundry/dry cleaning, valet service, floral service, business centre and MICE facilities.

 

There’s a even a casino somewhere. But hey, this is Melanesia, not Monaco, so you'd be forgiven for saving your Pacific Franc for something else.

 

 

Address: Pointe Magnin, BP1915, Nouméa

Website: www.lemeridiennoumea.com

Check in/out: 3pm/12pm

 

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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 19 April 2017


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