My husband and I are both in the hospitality industry and we frequently travel for both work and pleasure. Our recent trip to Les Meridian Ile des Pins was one of those pleasure trips. After working in Noumea for a month, I was dying to get away from it all - to relax and unwind somewhere special. To be honest, we debated for a long time on whether to spend the extra money and time flying across to Ile des Pins and staying. In the end, we decided the experience was a 'oncer' and had to be done after all the recommendations from the locals in Noumea. We were definitely not disappointed by the island or the resort. We arrived early morning and although we could not check-in straight away, we were welcomed warmly, offered a drink and told about all the places to see and go in our rental car (which we had hired for the day from the airport). After having a wonderful exploration of the island, we returned to the hotel about 4:00pm and was immediately given our room key. Our second floor room overlooked both the pool and beach/lagoon, as well as all the common areas of the hotel. We had a lovely large balcony which we spent the remainder of the afternoon and early evening on drinking French bubbles and feeling like we were in heaven with such a splendid view of a truly special place in the world. Our room itself was very large and well appointed in darker wood tones...it really made you feel as if you were on an island in t he tropics. The bed and pillows were super comfortable and I loved that the toilet was separate to both the walk-in shower and walk-up dual basin. That night, we had a stunning dinner in the hotel's restaurant. We were seated outside overlooking the pool and had friendly and efficient service. The food was also very good with lots of variety on the menu. Dessert was the highlight though - with chocolate lava cakes made specially by the on-site pastry chef. To die for!! The following day after a wonderful breakfast buffet in the dining room (huge variety of items to chose from), we grabbed our snorkelling gear and towels (which are free of charge by the way from the resort) before walking the 20 minutes to the Piscine Naturelle. If you have ever dreamed of swimming in an aquarium (or fish tank for that matter), then going here is a 'must do'. Waist deep crystal clear water teaming with fish life and coral. WOW!! We ended up spending may hours here and my husband who is normally quite mellow was like a little boy here. He just loved it! Our flight out that evening was not until 7:00pm, so the remainder of the afternoon was spent at the resort swimming in the infinity pool and in the lagoon during high tide. We also tried stand up paddle boarding (free of charge from the resort as well) for the first time as the lagoon provided a very safe and easy environment for learners. A late lunch by the pool was also had and I thoroughly enjoyed my prawn ceasar salad!! All in all, our experience at Le Meridian Ile des Pins was EXCEPTIONAL in all aspects. I would highly recommend making the journey to New Caledonia and this very special island and resort. You will not be sorry!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Paradise is shaped like this. Le Meridien Ile des PIns overlooks the pristine white beaches of Oro bay, just 15 minutes from the island's airport, and is nestled in a centuries old coconut grove, redolent with the scent of lush, tropical vegetation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Meridien Ile Des Pins Hotel Ile Des Pins
- Meridien Ile Des Pins
- Ile Des Pins Meridien
- Ile Des Pins Le Meridien