Driving around Martinique, we stopped by this little ice cream parlour in Trois Ilets for some well-deserved cooling treats. While I'm fluent in French, my friend wanted to practice his learned-in-high-school vocabulary and started talking with a friendly guy with a cigar (in an ice-cream parlour, no less) who quickly switched to a broken English because he could no longer hear my friend's stuttering.
Turned out, this green-eyed giant's name was Gilles, and he was (and still is) the owner of La Suite Villa, a charming boutique hotel where we ended up having dinner that night, at the Le Zandoli restaurant.
Gilles is an art lover, and the hotel is just an explosion of colors, with paintings and unique crockery from celebrated Cuban artist Ricardo Ponce.
The food was delicious, as usual in Martinique, but the friendly atmosphere, Gilles' sincere kindness and the breathtaking view of the capital city, Fort-de-France, made it an unforgettable experience.