Discover an exotic Caribbean island with more than a touch of French flair when you stay in a luxury hotel in Martinique with Small Luxury Hotels of the World. One of the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles, Martinique has glorious beaches, sparkling blue lagoons, lush, tropical rainforest, picturesque mountains and a dormant volcano.
Luxury beaches in Martinique
From the coral sand beaches in the south-west of the island and the spectacularly long stretches of white sand in the south to the quieter beaches along the calm waters of the Carvelle Peninsula in the east, it is easy to find the perfect spot to kick back and relax. Plage des Salines, in the south, is famed for its mile of white sand and swaying coconut palms while Le Diamant stretches for 6 miles. On the Caravelle Peninsula Scuba, dive the wrecks that lie on the seabed in the Baie du Tresor or find one of the many small beaches along the coastline.
Luxury Things to do in Martinique
With a myriad of anchorage points around the island, hire a sailing boat or yacht and discover its numerous beautiful bays and beaches. Or, hire a 4X4 and see the rainforest, rivers and drive through fields of sugar cane and banana plantations. Trek through the rainforest to the southern slopes of La Montage Pelee, the volcano or for a greater insight into the island’s culture and history, pay a visit to the Gaugin Museum in Anse-Turin and the Musée Vulcanologique in St-Pierre. For a spot of retail therapy discover the upmarket boutiques along the narrow, balconied streets of the capital, Fort-de-France.
Martinique, like France, has a love affair with food with a wonderful mix of French and Creole cuisine, a blend of African, Indian, European and Caribbean influences. Specialities include freshwater crayfish, jumbo prawns, clawless lobsters, hot peppers, fresh coconut, breadfruit and bananas and fine dining can be found throughout the island. While you can savour endless rum cocktails during your stay in Martinque, a trip to Mauny Rum Distillery in the south of the island is a must as is buying a 10-year-old Grand Réserve bottle of fine rum.
Choose a boutique hotel in Martinique with Small Luxury Hotels of the World and enjoy year-round sunshine, the awe-inspiring natural beauty and warm hospitality from the islanders in this ‘Island of Flowers’.