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About Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe has a lot more to offer than perfect beaches and sunshine, and so do the best places to stay in Guadeloupe. We can recommend idyllic beach resorts with all the trimmings of Caribbean luxury, relaxing beachside bungalows close to some of the region’s best diving and snorkelling sites, and we even know a great hotel on Basse Terre, which is Guadeloupe’s jungle island, with its own active volcano and awe-inspiring waterfalls.

As well as being rich in scenery and natural assets, Guadeloupe has plenty to offer if you’re looking for an island destination with a thriving local culture that goes beyond the tourist attractions. Part of the French Antilles, Guadeloupe is quite French, but also extremely Caribbean, which makes for a wonderfully rich and exotic cuisine and an extremely full social calendar of fetes, carnivals, saint’s days and arts festivals. And the best places to stay in Guadeloupe reflect this too. Don’t forget to see what they’re celebrating over the dates you’re considering.

Where to Stay

Guadeloupe has nine inhabited islands: Grand Terre and Basse Terre, which are joined together like the wings of a butterfly by a couple of bridges and a mangrove swamp, Marie Galante, La Desirade, Iles des Saintes, Saint-Barthelemy, Iles de la Petite Terre and Saint Martin — which is the French half of Sint Maarten.

  • Sainte-Anne on Grande Terre is a charming fishing village, along a beautiful stretch of coast with some of Guadeloupe’s best beaches — Caravel, Bois Jolan and Saint-Anne beaches are all gorgeous. But it’s not as small as it sounds when called a fishing village: it’s probably more realistic to say it was a fishing village but it is now where you’ll find some of Guadeloupe’s most beautiful hotels and resorts. The up-side of this is that it’s vibrant, with a lively bar and restaurant scene that’s open late most nights, plus a fun beach market, an ‘artisans village’ and Thursday night market.
  • Le Moule, Grande Terre, is charming too, and a bit quieter, it also has an excellent ethnological and archaeological museum, a rum distillery, lots of spectacular cliff walks and a shopping mall that’s open between Monday and Saturday — which is uncommon in Guadeloupe.
  • Gosier on Grande Terre has some of Guadeloupe’s best nightlife;
  • and Pointe-a-Pitre is the economical capital, so the most bustling and least touristy centre on Grande Terre.
  • Baie-Mahault on Basse Terre is another busy commercial centre, but this is a good place to stay if you’re interested in visiting the spectacular jungles of Basse Terre with their waterfalls and occasional surprise rum distillery.

Don't forget that the Caribbean islands get very busy during the peak holiday seasons. So if you want to guarantee a room in one of the best places to stay in Guadeloupe over the Christmas or New Year period, you'll need to get organised and book well ahead.

The Best Places to Stay in Guadeloupe

For romance

  • La Toubana is a five-star boutique hotel hotel in a charming fishing village, right on the beach along a really stunning stretch of Caribbean coast. You’d be hard pressed to find a more idyllic spot. There are 53 rooms, suites and private bungalows — which are discreet and indulgent, with wonderful sea views. As well as the beach there’s a beautiful pool.

For Families

  • Jardin Malanga is a collection of nine rooms and suites spread between an old colonial mansion and three adjacent cottages. Families could easily fit into the triple rooms or children’s rooms. The interiors are simple and traditional and there’s a fantastic infinity pool with views over the archipelago. There’s also a beach close by and a fantastic terrace restaurant.

For great value

  • The adults-only Shambala Lodge in Le Moule near the town of Portland, has just five guest bungalows, which are designed to blur the lines between the idyllic outside and the comfortable inside. Their big sliding glass doors lead out onto a tropical garden, and the kitchens and living rooms benefit from the views. There’s also a great pool.

For an Apartment or Private Villa

  • If you’d prefer to stay in an apartment or private villa we recommend you visit our online partner, booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Guadeloupe International Airport is in Pointe-a-Pitre, and is often called Pointe-a-Pitre International Airport. Flights arrive from JFK, Miami Airport and Paris.
  • If you’re thinking about hiring a car we recommend checking what our online partners, Rentalcars have to offer.
  • The most popular time to visit Guadeloupe is between November and May, when the weather is drier and less humid, but it's also very popular during the European summer, especially with French families. The worst time, weather-wise, to visit is during September and October, which are statistically the hottest, stormiest months. Hurricane seasons runs from June to November.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Guadeloupe

  • Shambala Lodge Le Moule, Guadeloupe 5 rooms from £87

    This chic holiday lodge is located in Le Moule, Guadeloupe. Guest bungalows blur the lines between inside and outside space with sliding doors leading onto the garden. Interiors are stylish with cosy soft furnishings, a kitchen and living room. Relax by the pool before a massage; a charming lodge.

    Total relaxation  -  The self-contained bungalows at this lodge offer all you need for a comfortable beach break; book a massage for total relaxation
    Local exploring  -  Set within easy reach of the beach and the quaint town of Portland, this hotel is perfectly placed for local exploring
    Romantic Break  -  With a stylish and grown-up feel, this adults-only lodge scores highly with couples
    Kayaking  -  Take a kayaking trip on hotel boats for an adventure-filled excursion; book with your room reservation for great deals
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  • Jardin Malanga Trois Rivieres, Guadeloupe 9 rooms from £244

    Three cottages have been added to a colonial mansion to form this intimate retreat on Guadeloupe. The interiors are simple and traditional and the infinity pool offers views over the Saintes Archipelago. Enjoy excellent food al fresco. A friendly and welcoming resort surrounded by lush vegetation.

    Families  -  With triple rooms and children's rooms it is ideal for families and the island offers a multitude of activites on land and sea
    Hotel Entertainment  -  Enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool, designed so it appears to fall right into the sea on the horizon
    Other Activities  -  Head down to the beach and spend the day lounging on the shores and cooling off in the water
    Great walks  -  Whether you choose jungle or beach there are plenty of stunning walks to be enjoyed
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  • La Toubana Sainte-Anne, Guadeloupe 53 rooms from £226

    This five-star boutique hotel is located in the charming fishing village of Sainte-Anne in Guadeloupe. The bright suites feature Caribbean-style décor, a soaking tub and terrace; book a self-contained bungalow for a kitchen and living room with sea views. Unwind by the hotel pool; a chic beach stay.

    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the seafront location of this boutique beach hotel; book a discreet private bungalow for added indulgence
    Local exploring  -  Located in the quaint fishing village of Sainte-Anne, this hotel is a great base for local exploring in Guadeloupe
    Beach Life  -  Set on a beautiful stretch of the French Caribbean coast, this hotel is perfect for a luxury beach holiday
    Local markets  -  Visit the Artisanal Village close to the hotel for unique, handcrafted souvenirs made by local artisans
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