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About Martinique

Set between Dominica and St Lucia, the French Caribbean island of Martinique offers picturesque beaches, verdant rainforest and an intriguing history — as well as some top-notch rum! Particularly popular with visitors from France, Martinique boasts a wide range of accommodation options, from cosy guesthouses to blissful boutique hotels, catering to a whole spectrum of budgets. Our pick of the best places to stay in Martinique promises Creole charm aplenty, and a real taste of the island’s leafy, laid-back style.

Martinique’s southern half is its most touristic, home to many of the island’s hotels, delicious eateries and cultural sites, as well as being fringed with beautiful beaches. Those on the Caribbean side have a reputation for being calmer and more protected than the Atlantic Ocean beaches — ideal for tranquil swims or days of sandcastle-building with the kids. The sandy stretches of Grande Anse des Salines and Pointe Marin in the Sainte-Anne area are popular for good reason!

Beaches aside, head to the island’s capital of Fort-de-France for evidence of the French-Creole architectural fusion which makes Martinique so special. Whether you’re on the hunt for some gorgeous beachwear, spices or a bottle of local rum, this is absolutely the place to go. Across the bay sits Les Trois-îlets, a historic town best-known as the birthplace of Napoleon’s first wife, Josephine. Her family’s eighteenth-century sugar plantation is now open to visitors as La Pagerie Museum, whilst the nearby La Savane des Esclaves details the history of slavery in Martinique through moving, informative exhibitions and a wonderful medicinal garden.

The north, on the other hand, is Martinique’s eco-tourism centre, enveloped in the lush rainforest which covers almost one-third of the island, and dominated by dramatic Mount Pelée. Don’t miss hiking through the verdant undergrowth, discovering cascading waterfalls and spotting all manner of flora and fauna. Close to the island’s northern tip sits Habitation Céron, an old plantation with spectacular gardens and an excellent alfresco restaurant — highly recommended for foodies or nature lovers eager to marvel at towering trees and bright tropical flowers. The coastal town of Saint-Pierre, at the foot of Mount Pelée, is also worth a stop. Destroyed within minutes when the volcano erupted in 1902, the town was previously a key cultural and trade hub. It has since been rebuilt, and the nearby bay is great for diving amidst the wrecks of fishing boats, sunk during the blast. Getting out on the water is also a brilliant way to see the island’s many wonders, whether on a day cruise or a fun, family snorkeling trip.

Back in the south, round things off at Habitation Clément, a striking rum distillery with extensive tropical gardens, as well as a contemporary art gallery. Pick up a bottle to sip at home, and retreat to one of the best places to stay in Martinique for fantastic fresh seafood and the chance to bask in the sunshine.

The Best Places to Stay in Martinique

For boutique luxury

  • French Coco boasts 17 chic suites, many of which have private plunge pools. Tucked away in a traditional fishing village, the hotel has a tranquil, intimate feel, with leafy gardens, spacious bedrooms -- some of which offer extra sofa beds for little ones -- and a lovely, laid-back cocktail and tapas lounge. Kick back with a classic rum punch amidst elegant, Creole-style decor!

For an apartment or villa

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TRAVEL INFORMATION

  • Fly from London or Paris directly to Martinique's Aimé Césaire International Airport. You can also fly to nearby St Lucia, and take a ferry or 10-minute plane ride to Martinique from there.
  • Most hotels will be happy to arrange an airport pickup, or you can hop in a taxi to your villa. The island's small size means that journeys shouldn't take more than a couple of hours.
  • Alternatively, contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car to explore Martinique's many attractions. Well set-up and easy to navigate, this is an excellent place to drive.
  • Martinique is a wonderful year-round destination, with balmy temperatures of around 27 - 30°C. Peak season is between February and May, so travel outside those months to avoid the crowds! Do expect more rainfall from September to November.

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Best Hotels in Martinique

  • French Coco La Trinité, Martinique from £226

    Total relaxation  -  Book an in-suite massage to complete the experience at this relaxing boutique break; enquire with the concierge for details
    Romantic Break  -  With discreet private suites, a gorgeous swiming pool and romantic bar, book this hotel for an indulgent couples' getaway
    Back to Nature  -  Located next to the beautiful Presqu'Île Caravelle nature reserve, book this hotel for a luxury back-to-nature retreat
    Surfing  -  Get acquainted with the waves off the coast with surf classes; ask the concierge to help you reserve with a local agency
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels

    This boutique island retreat is set alongside a nature reserve on the Atlantic coast of Martinique. Elegant guest suites have Caribbean-inspired wooden furnishings and Creole interior design, opening onto a pool terrace and intimate garden. A luxurious base to explore the island from. See More

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