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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

If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

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

  • La Pagerie Les Trois-Îlets, Martinique 96 rooms from £153

    Total relaxation  -  Ticks all the boxes for tropical beach breaks; palm-fringed pool, outdoor spa treatments, al fresco dining and activities nearby
    Swimming Pool  -  Set over 220 sq metres, the tropical resort-style pool comes with thatched parasols and swim-up all-day pool bar
    Beach Life  -  The famous white-sand beaches of Anse Mitan - considered the best on the island - are minutes away on foot
    Great walks  -  Take a day trip to the north of the island to hike Montagne Pelée, surrounded by tropical flaura and fauna
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    Four-star resort in popular Trois Ilets area. Pretty rooms located in colonial-inspired buildings are surrounded by lush gardens. A large free-form pool with its buzzing swim-up bar is the heart of the property. Enjoy fab restaurant & local evening entertainment. A safe choice for fun in the sun. See More

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  • Hotel Simon Fort-de-France, Martinique 95 rooms from £158

    Foodies  -  Considered one of the island's best restaurants, upmarket and intimate La Table de Marcel offers locally-inspired French cuisine
    City Style  -  Designed by renowned architect Didier Lefort, refined minimalist aesthethic feels sleek and contemporary yet warm and inviting
    Business meetings  -  Ideal for business with cental location, meeting rooms, conference facilities and fine-dining to celebrate a deal
    Sights nearby  -  Walk to the town's main sites in under 10 mins; Fort-de-France Cathedral, Palais de Justice, Schoelcher Library & Parc Floral
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    Contemporary corporate hotel in the centre of Fort-de-France offering stunning sea views. Two impressive restaurants, a bay-view bar and plush rooms designed with Asiatic-inspired decor make this a comfortable base. Appealing to those after paired-back yet an elegant modern vibe. See More

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  • Hotel Pelican Schoelcher, Martinique 24 rooms from £181

    Local exploring  -  With its convenient location, the hotel offers a base to explore both the north and southern parts of the island easily
    Beach Life  -  There's direct access to white-sand Case Navire beach, just a few metres from the property
    Total relaxation  -  A fab place to simply relax; spend sunny days rotating between the pool and nearby beach
    Great walks  -  Martinique Natural Regional Park is nearby. Head out for hikes amongst lush tropical forest and admire the island's rich flora
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    Sea-front self-catering studios with fantastic views in the village of Schoelcher. Light & airy rooms combine fresh whitewashed palettes with colour pops, fun decor and sunset-facing balconies. Look out to the sea from the pool & sundeck or explore the nearby beach. Ideal for couples and long stays. See More

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  • Apolline Fort-de-France, Martinique 4 rooms from £190

    City Style  -  Stylish curated look - think ethnic prints, trompe-l'oeil frescoes and vintage art - makes this a favourite of those in the know
    Groups  -  Up to six can sleep comfortably in the stunning Grand Ambassador Suite. Enjoy the terrace with Caribbean Sea views
    Romantic Break  -  Sexy Victoria Suite comes with draped four-posted bed, delivering the ultimate tropical island fantasy
    Views  -  From its elevated location, the property offers panoramic views over the bay of Fort-de-France
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    Chic boutique guesthouse in a quiet residential area with amazing views over Fort-de-France bay. Set amongst a mature wooded park, the modernist mansion with art deco influences offers airy suites with recently renovated on-trend decor. Spend lazy days by the infinity pool. A cool couples' base. See More

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  • The Bahi Villa Les Trois-Îlets, Martinique 3 rooms from £203

    Exclusive use  -  Rent the entire property by the week. Sleeping up to 14, this is a great option for families, groups of friends or weddings
    Swimming Pool  -  Infinity swimming pool and deck offers amazing panoramic views over sea and Les Trois Ilets bay
    Total relaxation  -  The perfect place to do very little in beautiful surroundings; eat, swim, sleep and repeat
    Diving  -  There's a diving school nearby for those looking to get their PADI qualification
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    Contemporary sea-view villa in Les Trois-Îlets booked by the room or in its entirety. Guests can enjoy an infinity pool, a large sun deck & private balconies - all overlook the bay. Relaxed public areas, poolside breakfast and shared kitchen give a homely feel. Ideal spot for barefoot luxe breaks. See More

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  • La Suite Villa Les Trois-Îlets, Martinique 15 rooms from £207

    Foodies  -  On-site chefs Nicolas Magie & Florent Boucher create some of the finest cuisine on the island, all centered around local produce
    Groups  -  One, two and three-bedroom villas come with 6-person hot tubs and large garden-facing living areas, complete with kitchen
    Romantic Break  -  Fun flirty feel is infectious; enjoy romantic spa treatments, sunset cocktails and soaks in hot tubs under the stars
    Private Hot Tub  -  All suites and villas come with a private hot tub; those in suites offer amazing views over Fort-De-France bay
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    Colourful hilltop property overlooking Fort-de-France bay, walking distance to a white-sand beach. Made up of stand-alone garden villas & sea-view suites, each with their own hot tub. There's two highly-rated restaurants, a spa & bay-facing infinity pool. Romantic retreat with happening party vibes. See More

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  • 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
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    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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