Vacationers who opt for Martinique over other Caribbean destinations are likely as drawn to the island’s French-meets-Creole culture, fascinating history, and maritime way of life as they are to its postcard-perfect beaches. And call us bold, but here at Oyster, we’d dare say that these travelers lean more towards stylish, noteworthy accommodations, rather than conventional all-inclusive resorts. Here are our picks for the best boutique hotels on the island of Martinique. Take a look and get inspired!
With its many luxe amenities, this 50-villa resort makes it easy for guests to check in and never leave. A serene infinity pool, private beach, and two restaurants add up to a chill yet sophisticated atmosphere. Notable amenities in the Asian-style rooms include separate living areas, plush bedding, Lavazzo espresso machines, flat-screen TVs, and glass-shelved minibars stocked with local rum; Executive- and Deluxe-level suites feature private plunge pools and outdoor showers.
Le Suite Villa is an upscale, eclectic, hillside boutique hotel with six individually decorated suites and nine private villas. The intimate hotel is a visual thrill, adorned with a collection of contemporary artwork and murals, many commissioned by French and Cuban artists. In the evenings, the hotel's restaurant buzzes with activity, delivering views of the bottom-lit pool and the distant glimmering lights of Fort de France. Rooms feature ocean views, but a car is needed to get to the beach and nearby shops and restaurants. Travelers seeking a hotel closer to the sand might consider the Hotel Bakoua in Point de Bout, or the more upscale Cap Est Lagoon Resort and Spa on the Atlantic side of the island.
A quietly chic, retreat-like hotel in a country garden setting, Hotel Plein Soleil has an atmosphere that is elegant but casual. The art-filled hotel's 16 rooms are set in five colorful Creole-Caribbean style villas trimmed with fretwork and surrounded by thick, flowering greenery. While many of the rooms come equipped with private pools, the hotel also offers a large pool, as well as a stylish restaurant serving creative Franco-Caribbean cuisine.
Hotel La Pagerie is a 95-room, upper middle-range boutique hotel built around a lagoon-style pool and flowering gardens. Its location in the heart of the colorful Village Creole puts guests within walking distance of shops and cafes, as well as the Marina of Pointe du Bout, where a ferry connects to Fort de France, Martinique's capital city, in 20 minutes. The hotel’s open-air lobby with a small cocktail bar and billiards table serves as the property’s gathering place for daytime lounging and mingling, and pre- and post-dinner cocktails. Scheduled evening events include local art exhibits, rum tastings, and floral-arranging demonstrations. Rooms, some of which have kitchenettes, have been updated, but they lack the coveted ocean views. Travelers seeking a hotel closer to the sand might want to consider La Bakoua, a larger hotel with rooms near the beach.