Guadeloupe, also known as the “Butterfly Island” for its shape, is a gorgeous Caribbean destination with pretty stretches of white-sand beaches, mountainous terrains, and a tropical forest. A French overseas territory, visitors will get to experience a combination of French and Caribbean culture. After visiting the island’s top hotels, we evaluated how they stacked up against the competition — from the rooms to the pools to the location. Take a look at our picks for the best boutique hotels in Guadeloupe and get inspired!
This 10-room, mid-range boutique hotel with rattan-furnished rooms in a plantation-style building is a hilltop oasis, offering a dramatic view of ocean waves crashing against the Guadeloupe shoreline (particularly from infinity pool and gazebo). It's a solid choice for visitors who want to be near all the popular tourist sights in Grand-Terre but want serene retreat at the end of the day.
This nine-room, mid-range wooded mountaintop retreat with summer-cabin-style bungalows is right next to the botanical garden but nowhere near the beach, making it rather unique among Guadeloupe hotels. Some of the cabins were built explicitly to mimic the habitats of the Creole settlers, emphasizing an unplugged experience surrounded by nature, while others are distinctly modern.
This 16-room, mid-range property dotted with tropical fruit trees is run by a couple from Lyons and located in Deshaies, an hour from the airport and the tourist hubbub in Grande-Terre but 500 meters from a beautiful beach. Cheerful, rustic rooms lack TVs and ocean views, but include kitchenettes. Parents may appreciate the lobby bar while kids will likely spend time at the outdoor saltwater pool. Just note that while the free breakfast is excellent, lunch and dinner are not served on-site, and Wi-Fi is mostly limited to the lobby.
This 44-room, 121-acre hotel is the top upscale option on Guadeloupe. It dominates the side of a mountain and descends gradually down to the ocean, leading to its own tiny but essentially private beach cove, complete with long pier and platform-topped boulder. Meanwhile, up on top, an infinity pool offers a stunning view of waves crashing against a handsome cliffside. It's a dream Caribbean setting, and the rustic-luxe bungalows have enormous terraces (if smallish bedrooms), many with terrific ocean views.