Martinique is an interesting island. Instead of the row of vast resorts that you see in many Caribbean islands, there are many smaller hotels scattered throughout. La Suite Villa in Martinique is a five-star (for the Caribbean) boutique hotel near Ponte du Bout in Trois-Ilets, on the southern half of the island.
While not on the beach, La Suite Villa is just a 15-minute walk into town and nearby beaches, nestled on a hill overlooking the harbor. From town, you can catch a ferry over to the capital of Fort-de-France (saving you from the 45-minute drive.)
La Suite Villa offers the French-Caribbean charm and character that you just won’t find at a beach hotel. I wouldn’t have ever considered going to an island and NOT staying on the beach, but we both really enjoyed our stay here over and above our stay at Club Med Buccaneer’s Creek.
La Suite Villa Review: Accommodations
From the minute that you approach, you can tell this is not your average hotel. Reception is in a small building out front, and as you enter the main lobby, you can look out to the pool and the view of the bay beyond. The colorful interior walls display the works of local artists and the whole place has a funky, artistic vibe.
You step down into the open-air restaurant, adorned with an eclectic and colorful collection of chairs and accessories. The restaurant overlooks the small infinity pool and beyond. You can see the harbor and across the water, the buildings or lights of Fort-de-France.
The hotel offers a mix of rooms and suites. We stayed on the third floor, two flights up a spiral staircase, in Caramel. The room itself was not large, but what it didn’t have in size it made up for in character. The central focus point is the raised king bed, on a platform for a better view of the ocean through the glass doors to the balcony.
The peaked, wood-beamed ceilings create space and add character. Behind the platform bed is tucked a curtain-covered cupboard that houses the closet space, cubbies for clothes, and the safe.
The small WC is next to the large open-air shower. But don’t worry; you still have privacy with a shade covering the opening to the outside and a curtain for the glass shower door should you desire. It is just a little dark if you take a shower after sunset. The sink and large vanity offers plenty of space and I was happy to see L’Occitane toiletries offered, as well as plush bathrobes.
There is a small desk (and free Wi-Fi), as well as a single chair inside. However, out on the balcony there is more space to lounge.
Beyond the glass doors is a large balcony with a daybed for two. I can attest to its comfort as I enjoyed a nice afternoon nap out there in the warm air and the bubbles of the hot tub providing my lullaby.
The main feature is a hot tub for two, which we enjoyed each day and night. There is also a small chair and table, as well as a mini fridge and coffee maker. The fridge is stocked with a large bottle of still water (complimentary), as well as other mini-bar items like beer, champagne, and soft drinks. The drinks and snacks were not outrageously priced and I greatly enjoyed the convenience of a beverage in the hot tub without any hassle.
While La Suite Villa seems like it would cater more to couples, they also have a few two and three-bedroom villas. Each room/villa has their own hot tub but these have large Jacuzzis built for a group. They also have a small lounge and kitchenette, as well as an outdoor patio space with a dining table, hammock, and open-air bar to the kitchen. They are like having your own vacation rental on the grounds of a hotel.
Dining at Le Zandoli
La Suite Villa offers guests breakfast and dinner in Le Zandoli restaurant. Breakfast is a small buffet of pastries, bread, fruit and yogurt, with the option to order eggs, salmon, or ham and cheese.
Dinner, however, is a much more refined affair. This is the fine dining that I had heard so much about from the representatives at Martinique Tourism. Before our first course could arrive, we were served two rounds of amuse bouche offerings. The first were tiny foie gras mousse sandwiches and the second was a ceviche style fresh fish.
My first course made Hannah’s eyes pop out of her head when I shared a taste. It was described as crispy lobster. It is almost like a large lobster spring roll so decadent and bursting with flavor. Hannah tried the ouassous risotto (shrimp) and loved it.
Because we wanted to try a variety of flavors, I went with the beef tenderloin with duck fat potatoes. I was worried when I ordered it medium-rare that it may come back bloody, since I forgot at first that I was in a part of French. Luckily it was cooked perfectly, very tender and flavorful. However, Hannah’s Caribbean Sea St. Pierre really stole the show. The fish was so tender and sweet it was like butter. She enjoyed it so much I’m surprised she didn’t try to eat the tail.
The pool at La Suite Villa is small, with only a handful of lounge chairs around to relax. Despite that, during our stay we seemed to be the only ones who used it. I guess the other guests preferred to go to the beach or nearby golf courses or attractions. We were not able to resist the unicorn and flamingo floats – those were just calling out our names. We greatly enjoyed an afternoon floating around the pool and looking out over the spectacular view.
Next to the pool, there is also a small spa. Just one treatment room but there is also an open air space for massages, as well as a private bathroom and shower.
For those that drive, there is a free, gated-car park just down the hill, with a walking path up to the hotel. Guests with a car are given a remote to open the gate.
We really enjoyed out time at La Suite Villa. If we were to stay longer, I might get a little restless but there are plenty of other dining options in town, as well as shopping and a small beach. I think La Suite Villa is perfect for foodies and those that enjoy a hotel with character. While the language difference still presented a bit of a barrier, I actually found it easier to communicate with the staff at La Suite Villa than at Club Med (much to my surprise!)
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Note: My stay at La Suite Villa Hotel was paid for by Martinique Tourism as part of a prize package. There was no assumption or anticipation of editorial coverage required. All opinions are my own (and Hannah’s!)