The island’s capital, Fort-de-France, is graced with buildings that reflect almost four centuries of French influence, including a turn-of-the-last-century cathedral and a library shipped from France and assembled on its current site. There were, however, no luxury hotel options in the heart of the city until the 2016 opening of the four-star Hotel Simon. Next to the cruise terminal, the property overlooks the harbor and waterfront promenade. Martinique native Marcel Ravin—who presided over a Michelin-starred restaurant in Monaco—has chosen to open his signature restaurant La Table de Marcel here at the hotel. On the east coast, on the Presqu’Ile de la Caravelle peninsula, four-star French Coco, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, is another exciting addition to the island’s hotel scene. The 17 suites have private plunge pools and works by local artists; the rooms, which have a beach chic meets industrial loft style, surround lushly landscaped grounds. It’s an armchair botanist’s dream, with more than 1,000 different plants. Here, too, the restaurant is a highlight. Born in Martinique, chef Nathanaël Ducteil trained under Alain Ducasse and now elevates local Creole cuisine to gourmet heights at French Coco. Also on the Atlantic coast, the Domaine des Bulles stands out as one of the most unusual ecolodges on Martinique, if not in the entire Caribbean. Domaine des Bulles translates as “field of bubbles” and many of the rooms here are actually large clear plastic domes. So you’ll be able to watch hummingbirds fly by and the stars light up the night sky from your bed.
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Fort-de-France Bay, Martinique