Le Meridien Hotel At Anse Vata Beach, Noumea, New Caledonia

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On a recent trip to Noumea we stayed at Le Meridien Hotel. My wife and I decided to spend a few days here and were delighted with our large hotel room with a generous balcony offering sweeping views of the ocean.

Although in need of a major refurbishment, the room was very comfortable and clean.  We liked the full sized bath with separate shower recess.  It was a pleasure to find two fluffy bath robes behind the door.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe checked In early evening we were given such a warm welcome by one of the best hotel receptionists we have come across.

The property has a feeling of elegance and although as I have said, needs a major refurbishment, this does not distract from its charm.  This is a hotel I would happily return to.

Our package included an excellent buffet breakfast served in a glass walled setting that overlooked the Hotel’s very spacious gardens and pool.

LIKES:  Well situated, other hotels near by, a short walk to the nearest shops and more restaurants that abound in the Anse Vata area. All the staff we encountered had big smiles and went out of their way to make our stay a most pleasant one.  The breakfast buffet was truly outstanding with an abundance of fresh food.  The hotel had all the usual facilities one would expect of a 5 star property, although my rating is 4 star due to some of the older fixtures and fittings.  Once refurbished, the hotel would definitely rate 5 stars.  Perhaps the best hotel in Noumea.

DISLIKES: Small screen TVs need replacing.

Don’t forget to take European power point adaptors 240V.

John Pond

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About John Pond, J.P.

Pioneer in television as producer of thousands of hours of TV shows on Australian and American television including Graham Kennedy, Tommy Leonetti, People in Conflict, Hollywood Bowl, Major Specials and Dr John‘s Casebook TV Shows. TV manager J. Walter Thompson & McCannErickson Advertising and head of production for Columbia Pictures TV. John changed careers to the hospitality industry working for Sydney’s top 5 star hotel as director of sales and marketing and GM. Then with Harrah’s/Caesar's World, the world’s largest hotel and casino group in Nevada. Playboy Magazine in Chicago, head of worldwide PR/Marketing, for their Resorts, Clubs, Hotels & Casinos. Producer at Fox Studios in Los Angeles. Co-creator of hit US network TV show Joker, Joker, Joker, first TV show to give away a million dollars. Writer travel articles for magazines and newspapers including Washington Post, New York Times, American Playboy as well as local Australian papers and magazines. In the USA represented many personalities including Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Bob Hope, Mel Torme, and many other major names. John is Editor at Sea of Australia’s leading cruise magazine, Travel & Cruise writer for The Retiree Magazine, Destinations Magazine and Spectator Group of Newspapers. John reviews cruise ships, Destinations and Hotels, and is ably assisted by his Associate Editor Sandra Tiltman.
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