NEW CALE­DO­NIA

Go Travel The Pacific - - Contents - By Noemie Presse

The first time we went to New Cale­do­nia, my hus­band and I had cho­sen to stay at the Chateau Royal af­ter view­ing the im­pres­sive web­site. We were very pleased to find

that the re­al­ity lived up to the mar­ket­ing.

The ho­tel is taste­fully fit­ted out and ev­ery sin­gle mem­ber of the staff was not only pleas­ant, but con­sid­er­ate and help­ful. I would de­scribe them as: ’ Ser­vice with a smile, tou­jours ’!

The lo­ca­tion of the resort is ex­cel­lent, just far enough from Noumea to be away from the hus­tle and bus­tle, but not to the far from the restau­rants, bars and shops of Anse Vata and Baie des Cit­rons. The com­plex is also close to the casino just across the car park.

It is also nice and quiet. There are small con­ve­nience stores within about 10 min­utes’ walk, and a large su­per­mar­ket about half an hour’s walk away. Al­ter­na­tively you can catch a bus to it. The buses into

Noumea are cheap and an easy way to get around. In­stead of us­ing the bus stop out­side the ho­tel, we would rec­om­mend walk­ing to the next bus stop at Anse Vata ( only a 5 min walk) as more buses go past this one.

We have spent 10 amaz­ing days on the resort and here comes an ex­am­ple of a per­fect hol­i­day’s trip.

We woke up the first day with an amaz­ing view of the La­goon. The room it­self was very at­trac­tive, clean and spa­cious, it was good to be able to self- cater in the fully equipped kitchen when we wished to. Bed and bath­room fa­cil­i­ties were of high qual­ity and the liv­ing room was very com­fort­able and taste­fully dec­o­rated.

We went at the restau­rant Le TAOM for the break­fast and were once again im­pressed by the view and the qual­ity of ser­vice. The Break­fast buf­fet of­fered a range of fresh fruit and a va­ri­ety of hot dishes, and of course fresh crois­sants and breads.

Af­ter that, we had a re­lax­ing time at the swim­ming pool where we could en­joy an­other fresh juice in the pool pre­pared by the pool bar­tender! That was so de­light­ful!

For lunch, we had a meal at the restau­rant La Pirogue, one of the 3 restau­rants in the com­plex.

The in- house restau­rants are amaz­ing - the food was beau­ti­fully pre­sented and desserts such as L’Hi­bis­cus lived up to my ex­pec­ta­tions of French cui­sine with a Me­lane­sian twist. We then de­cided to do some ex­er­cises and tried the fit­ness room, which is free for guests and fully equipped with high qual­ity ma­chines, re­strooms and show­ers.

One of the trip high­light was watch­ing the sun­set each even­ing from the pool, beach or the Warai bar, a com­fort­able lounge bar with nice so­fas and an amaz­ing view on the la­goon.

We de­lighted our­selves

with a ro­man­tic cock­tail of fresh fruits. Amaz­ing mo­ment!

At night time, we lis­tened to some jazzy mu­sic at Le Deck, the resort ‘ café con­cert’, a place where lo­cal peo­ple and ho­tel guests can meet and have a good time.

On the day af­ter, we chose to ex­pe­ri­ence wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties. The lo­ca­tion of the Château Royal is ex­cel­lent for wa­ter sports thanks to its di­rect ac­cess to the beach, the ho­tel is seconds away from kitesurf­ing and wind­surf­ing spots.

The friendly staff from the ho­tel boutique gave us very good ad­vices on places to visit, ac­tiv­i­ties to do all around New- Cale­do­nia, and was able to or­ga­nize ev­ery­thing for us; with a big smile of course.

( The front desk is also en­ti­tled to or­ga­nize tours on re­quest).

Af­ter ef­forts, place for com­fort! The Ho­tel’s Spa of­fers a wide range of body treat­ment and mas­sages as well as nail pol­ish­ing, makeup and wa­ter treat­ments.

The most sen­sa­tional is the ex­cep­tional Aqua­tonic Pool! A 300 m ² pool with var­i­ous mas­sag­ing jets and wa­ter bikes.

The hy­dro pool is an ex­pe­ri­ence in it­self and pro­vided some much needed re­lief for my aching back.

The wa­ter area was re­ally back and of­fered many dif­fer­ent ar­eas to re­lax with spe­cific jets and mas­sage for nearly ev­ery part of the body.

The Com­plex has a huge trop­i­cal gar­den where events, weddings, par­ties and con­certs are or­gan­ised.

One day we saw a won­der­ful wed­ding in the park. The cer­e­mony took place in the gar­den, the dec­o­ra­tion was beau­ti­ful and peo­ple had diner in the park fol­lowed by a party in one of the ho­tel spa­ces with a pri­vate ter­race, over­look­ing the la­goon.

I must ad­mit that when we saw that, my hus­band and I wanted to marry again!

As we were cross­ing the lobby, we saw a video show­ing the Com­plex luxury mo­tor yacht call IROUE. We asked some in­for­ma­tion and the front desk ex­plained us that it was pos­si­ble to rent the 25 me­ter long yacht for pri­vate cock­tails, din­ers or cruises around the is­land. Amaz­ing!

It is now our 3rd or 4th stay at Château Royal Beach Resort and Spa. When we checked in the last time, it was great to be rec­og­nized as a re­peat guest. We will come back again!

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