Our family of four adults recently stayed at Le Meridien Noumea for seven nights. Overall, we enjoyed our stay. The resort is in a great location on Anse Vata beach and close to the Promenade Pierre Vernier, which is especially beautiful at sunset. The hotel pool was great and the rooms were well-maintained and comfortable. The breakfast buffet is also excellent, with a wide range of options available. All hotel staff were very friendly and polite.
However, the resort did not meet the standard one would expect at a five-star resort. The activities and tours available in Noumea and even the services available at the resort were very poorly advertised (there was no guest services directory in either of our rooms). For example, we only discovered the existence of a health and fitness centre and the option of free bike hire by talking to other guests. Similarly, visits to the Isle of Pines and to the Amedee Lighthouse are only offered on certain days and book out well in advance but hotel staff were not very forthcoming with this sort of information. A real problem was the lack of English speaking staff: this made it extremely difficult to find out about activities and services.
There are almost no wet weather activities on offer at the resort- a cyclone was passing New Caledonia towards the end of our stay and we were more or less confined to the resort. There are massages available at the spa but this needs to be better promoted and more spa treatments ought to be offered. Similarly, the gym is too small for the number of guests at the resort, with only one or at most two of each machine. The televisions in the room are extremely old, with very few English channels and no movie-on-demand services. The in room dining service was good although like most of Noumea, there were very few vegetarian options.
With certain improvements, Le Meridien could be truly exceptional!
- 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