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!