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The French overseas region of Martinique is a gem in the Caribbean, known for its lush, hilly landscapes, white-sand beaches, and history and culture found in cities and towns across the island. Visitors to Martinique often rent cars to visit sites like the many rhum distilleries (rhum being a local specialty, differing from rum by being distilled from fresh sugar cane instead of molasses), the active volcano Mount Pelée, and the gorgeous Jardin de Balata botanical gardens.
Though you may want to explore the whole island, you’ll still have to pick one place to rest — so we’ve done some research to help you pick a hotel for your trip to Martinique. Whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly hotel that’s just a place to sleep before your next island adventure or a full-fledged all-inclusive resort where you’ll never have to leave the property, we’ve got a great suggestion for you.
Best Overall: Hotel La Pagerie
Our favorite hotel on the French Caribbean island is the boutique Hotel La Pagerie, located in the southwestern tourist town of Village Creole, just a 20-minute ferry ride from Fort-de-France. While it’s not on the beach (it’s less than a 10-minute walk to the closest one, and numerous others are within a 15-minute drive), it’s right in the heart of town, so dining, drinking, and shopping options are aplenty.
The property hosts 96 rooms with clean, minimalist decor and tropical vibes thanks to bright accent colors and natural woods. Each has a private balcony. The main attraction at the hotel is the lagoon-style pool area, which features a swim-up tiki bar, plenty of loungers, and massage huts. Guests also flock to the Tropical Café, which serves up breakfast and dinner and hosts live music several times a week, as well as the lobby bar.
Best Budget: Residence Hoteliere Les Cayalines
Located in the southern region of Saint Luce, the Residence Hoteliere Les Cayalines is a budget-friendly property best suited to travelers who don’t need the frills of a full-service resort. If you’re in Martinique to explore the island, its history, and its culture rather than just luxuriate at a resort, this is the place for you.
The 64 rooms here are simple, but they feature kitchenettes (some are even outdoor kitchenettes on a balcony) and free Wi-Fi. The hotel’s amenities are basic, but fulfill their purposes: there’s a small, relaxing pool in a lush setting; a playground and ping-pong table; and free parking in a gated lot. The hotel is also just a few minutes walk from a private beach, which isn’t all that common on the island. While it’s a great hotel if you want to cook your own meals, get a good night’s sleep, and perhaps take a dip in a pool, you’ll likely be heading elsewhere for entertainment.
Best Boutique: La Suite Villa
While Martinique is full of quirky boutique properties, we’re partial to La Suite Villa, set on a hilltop overlooking the Bay of Fort-de-France, near Les Trois-Ilets. The property features six suites that stray from typical French Caribbean decor as La Suite Villa is all about over-the-top, glamorous art and design à la black velvet upholstery, leather and faux fur detailing, and bold, but not necessarily tropical hues. That said, there are also nine private villas that are decorated in more traditional French Creole style; the multi-room accommodations often cater to families or groups.
Given the hotel’s scenic hilltop location, the beach isn’t quite within walking distance, but it’s just half a mile down the road. If they’re not at the beach or in town, guests can often be found relaxing at the pool or drink and dine at the reservations-only French fine dining Le Zandoli restaurant.
Best for Luxury: Le Cap Est Lagoon Resort & Spa
If you’re looking for a luxurious stay, there’s no better property on Martinique than Le Cap Est Lagoon Resort & Spa, a Relais & Châteaux hotel. It’s located in the quiet Le Francois region on the east coast, about a 40-minute drive from the airport, and features 50 elegant suites with sophisticated decor (billowing white curtains, natural woods, and neutral-hued furnishings), some of which have private amenities like outdoor showers and plunge pools.
Unlike many Martinique hotels, Le Cap Est sits right on the ocean and has a private sandy beach where guests can partake in watersports. Given the hotel is a Relais & Châteaux property, dining is a big draw here, and guests can choose between two restaurants: Le Campêche and Le Belem. There’s also a bar serving local rhums, cocktails, and champagne. Other amenities include a beautiful pool and a full-service spa and wellness center with a hammam, a Japanese-style relaxation room, and a fitness center.
Best for Families: Carayou Hotel & Spa
Taking the whole family to Martinique? Check out the Carayou Hotel & Spa, an affordable, kid-friendly option on a man-made beach that offers all-inclusive rates. While the resort might not have as robust offerings as the mega-complexes on other Caribbean Islands, you’ll still find plenty of amenities here, including land sports like tennis and volleyball, water sports like kayaking and snorkeling, two pools (one that’s more relaxed, and another that’s more party-oriented), a full-service spa with a sauna and whirlpool, and kids’ programming.
For dining, there’s a Creole restaurant and bar, but Village Creole is within walking distance if you want to try other restaurants or bars. There’s plenty of shopping there, too, and the ferry to Fort-de-France departs from nearby if you’re looking to take a day trip. Accommodations are basic, but functional, featuring traditional colorful decor, and a number of them connect if you’re booking multiple rooms for your family.
Best for Romance: Hotel French Coco
Located on the lush Presqu’île de Caravelle, or Caravelle Peninsula, on Martinique’s northeast side, the new Hotel French Coco is the romantic boutique spot to lust after. The luxurious property has 17 secluded suites that feature a range of private outdoor amenities, from plunge pools to terraces to small gardens (book the Caraibes Suites to get all three). They’re decorated simply but elegantly with Caribbean woods.
The hotel has one fine dining restaurant that serves French Creole cuisine, as well as a lounge that serves local rhums. There’s also a shared pool for those who don’t have a private one outside their suite. While the hotel is a delightful retreat in itself — especially for couples looking to get away from it all — it is conveniently close to great hiking in the Caravelle Peninsula, stunning beaches, historic sites, and more dining and drinking destinations. The concierge at the hotel is available to help you plan any off-site excursions.
Best for Singles: Club Med Buccaneer's Creek
Given the resort’s sociable atmosphere, all-inclusive Club Med Buccaneer's Creek is the place to go if you’re traveling solo. Though you'll find many couples here, you’ll also find groups and other singles, not to mention families at certain times of the year. With 292 rooms, it’s one of the largest properties on the island, and it has the amenities to match.
Club Med itself has a bit of a reputation as a party hotel brand, and while that’s certainly the case at Buccaneer’s Creek, there’s also a strong focus on wellness here, courtesy of the Club Med Spa and the Club Med Gym. But you’ll often find guests enjoying the lively atmosphere at the beautiful infinity pool, the hotel’s two restaurants, two bars, the theater, the land sports courts, or the 700-foot-long beach — one of the largest and most beautiful hotel beaches on the island, where guests can partake in water sports.
Best for Business: Hôtel La Batelière
If you’re being called to a conference or business meeting in Martinique, the odds are it’ll be hosted at the Hôtel La Batelière in the Schoelcher suburb of Fort-de-France. While the hotel is a bit dated, it has the most extensive conference facilities on the island, with event space and meeting rooms that can hold up to 600 guests. Business travelers can enjoy themselves here when they're not working, too. There’s a small man-made beach that offers water sports, including scuba diving excursions; massage rooms; a fitness center; a gallery showing the work of local artists; a pool; a casual restaurant; a piano bar; and a beach bar and grill.
The hotel has 193 rooms and suites with free Wi-Fi, LCD TVs with international channels, and French Creole-style decor. It’s easy to access nearby activities, too, including a casino just 1,000 feet away. While the hotel does need an update, its business amenities make it a worthy pick for those traveling for work.
Best Beachfront: Hotel Bakoua
Though Martinique is a Caribbean island nation, many hotels and resorts aren’t actually located on the beach, rather, they’re often up in the hills with great views of the sea. But the Hotel Bakoua in Les Trois-Ilets has its own stretch of beach with rooms located directly on the sand, which makes it stand out from most other properties.
This 138-room hotel is popular with both business and leisure travelers, offering amenities like an infinity pool, an over-the-water bar, a lobby bar, the romantic La Sirene restaurant, tennis courts, a water sports center, and meeting rooms. Accommodations range from the deluxe double rooms that open up onto the beach to more luxurious suites with mahogany furnishings and soaking tubs. The hotel is just a 10-minute walk from the restaurants, shops, and bars of Village Creole, so it’s common to find guests heading that way in the afternoons and evenings after a day on the sand.
Our writers spent 6 hours researching the most popular hotels in Martinique. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 15 different hotels overall and read over 100 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.