A French overseas territory, Guadeloupe's archipelago of islands mingles French and Caribbean culture. Known as the "Butterfly Island" for its shape, the physical landscape is stunning and the beaches have soft white sand. While the island lacks many upscale or luxury hotels, there are some that are a cut above the rest. After visiting some of the most popular hotels on the island, we compared each to see how they stack up. Take a look at our picks for the best luxury hotels in Guadeloupe and start planning your Caribbean getaway!
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.
While not luxury per se, the 10-room Hotel Amaudo is a boutique hotel that receives rave reviews. Its rattan-furnished rooms in a plantation-style building is a hilltop oasis, offering a dramatic view of ocean waves crashing against the Guadeloupe shoreline. Perfectly manicured garden paths lead down to a gazebo that overlooks the cliff -- there is, of course, a hammock inside -- and the infinity pool has a true infinity edge that makes it look like it merges with the sea. 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.