Hilton Noumea Review

Our two week stay at the Noumea Hilton enabled us to relax and re-charge. 

We enjoyed very spacious rooms, a well equipped kitchen, and large decks with superb water views; all for a fair price, as we were there at the busiest time of year. There are also suites available with 2 bedrooms. For something smaller you can have a great value studio (considering the views).

We paid a little extra to ensure our apartment was above the 5th floor. It was worth every cent as we could even savor sensational views while preparing meals in the spacious kitchen.

From the 6th floor we looked right across the lagoon, past Duck and Mater Island, to where the water met the horizon. From sun-up the foreground came alive with entertainment. We were fascinated by a continual to and fro-ing of the colourful windsurfing sails, taxis dropping folk out to Duck and Mater, a boat taking tourists to Lighthouse island, and some mornings, a larger vessel sailing off to the Isle of Pines. 

Watching the wind surfers dart around

Most evenings we lingered on our deck (dining room!) to marvel at the gleaming, golden orb sinking into the sea, announcing dinner time. Because of the holiday season, we saw a brightly lit up cruise ship leaving nearly every night.

We enjoyed watching the sun set each evening

It was mid summer but we never had to turn the air-conditioner on as the back side of our apartment had a porthole in the kitchen and another in the bathroom. We could open the portholes and allow the breeze to pass through any time our rooms became too warm.

Although we were on vacation we used the excellent washing machine that's tucked into the alcove behind the kitchen. Because we're beach lovers we utilized the large drying rack every day. In front of the Hilton there's an exotic park (edged by shops, including a fantastic baker), then it's across the road to the popular promenade. One direction leads to the beach in front of Le Meridien, and the other, around to Lemon Bay.

The beach is just across the road from the hotel

TIP: Become a Hilton Honors member to be entitled to free fast Wi Fi.

Staying at the Noumea Hilton, and having a car, enabled us to stop in at supermarkets and the fresh Central produce market which opens every day but Tuesday. For many meals we prepared our own high quality food, including yummy French delicacies, which dramatically reduced our food spending.

We had to buy our own coffee as, although we had a maker in our kitchen, only 'instant' was provided. Yes, even the best Noumea hotels supply instant! Guests at 5 star Le Meridien also report instant coffee and long-life milk. But if you go to a Noumea supermarket all the milk on the shelves is long-life. It's standard fare on the island.

The Hilton Noumea is above a shopping area

The location of the Noumea Hilton gave us walking access to almost everywhere we wanted to go. There were several supermarkets that were just a few minutes drive. It was just down the lift and across the lawn to a variety of cafes and bakeries. After trying several bakeries we knew that the best one was right below us. Some evenings we strolled around the point to Lemon Bay to dine at a restaurant or treat ourselves to the best ice-cream on earth.

No hotel in Bora Bora provides the kind of conveniences we had at the Noumea Hilton. You would have to rent a privately owned bungalow to have them. The Bora Bora Conrad (Hilton) offers a completely  different, “out of this world” kind of experience. We love it's beautiful bungalows; private white-sand beach with water craft; and it's feet-in-the-sand all day restaurant set alongside the lagoon. Bora Bora resorts are about pampering and romance.

The chapel overlooking the lagoon

A feature of the Bora Bora Conrad is it's hill-top chapel with awesome lagoon views. The New Caledonian Hilton has a small outdoor wedding “chapel” which is also located high enough to take advantage of the vast lagoon views.

We have so much experience at Polynesian island hotels that we were not surprised when the servicing of our room was a little random. Our tactic is to smile (we're on vacation), pick up the phone and politely ask the front desk to organise what was missing (toilet paper, towels, dishwasher cubes etc) and the issues were fixed in good time. Sometimes I had to point to show maids what we required. We could not have input into what time our room was attended to. If we didn't allow the maid in the door when she arrived, it didn't happen at all. And several times we were out all day and returned to find the maid had just started cleaning.

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