French Long-Haul Destinations

The Islands of Guadeloupe, Martinique and St. Martin

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THE ISLANDS OF GUADELOUPE           

5 islands: One Paradise

www.visitguadeloupe.co.uk

Guadeloupe
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In the very heart of the Caribbean, the place you love to travel to, lay the picturesque Islands of Guadeloupe basking in the sun.

Majestic Basse-Terre, mountainous and covered with luxurious tropical rainforest, is home to the Guadeloupe National Park topped by La Soufrière volcano.

Fascinating Grande-Terre, is a vast limestone plateau with colourful market life day & night, bordered with magnificent white sandy beaches.

South of this ensemble, commonly known as the butterfly, are other Guadeloupean gems such as Surprising La Désirade, where the harmless Iguana reigns superb immune to the passing of time, Les Saintes, a Mind-blowing, dainty archipelago which boasts one of the most beautiful bays in the world, and finally the Authentic Marie-Galante presenting dazzling white sandy beaches, exquisite rum and welcoming atmosphere.

Decidedly French… Undeniably Caribbean… The 5 islands of Guadeloupe Islands summarize perfectly all the diversity and natural beauty to be found in the Caribbean.

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Destination’s assets:

Go green: Touch the clouds when on top of the volcano in Basse-Terre, observe the turtle laying their eggs on Marie-Galante’s beach and snorkel around the natural reserves.

Marie-Galante
© CTIG

Fooding: Take a cooking class with a local chef in Grande-Terre, devour the “Tourment d’amour” cake in Les Saintes, or try the exquisite cashewnut jelly, delicacies from La Désirade.

Live it up! Island-Hop between the 5 islands, immerse yourself in the filming set of the successful TV Series “Death in Paradise” and Zouk the night away.

Grande-Terre Petite
© CTIG

An ideal destination for:

The Guadeloupe Islands make a paradise for couples and nature lovers. The recently awarded MACTe museum is surprising to all Culturaholics.

 

LATEST NEWS

New Opening:

November 2017: The Arawak Hotel**** 112 rooms including 3 rooftop suites, located on the beach in Gosier (Grande-Terre), close to the casino and a stone throw away from the city centre, the colourful Friday night market and the Datcha beach, right across the Gosier Islet.

 

ANNUAL EVENTS

The Carnival (From January to February) Parades every Sunday on the islands, ending with daily parades, during the 4 shrove days

The Women’s Cook Festival (August) – Traditional cooking fest within town

The Terre de Blues Festival (May): International music festival on Marie-Galante

 

ACCOMMODATION HIGHLIGHTS

In Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre

HotelGuadeloupe
©Des Hôtels et des Iles

Des Hotels et des Iles presents the 4* La Créole Beach Hôtel & Spa at Le Gosier, with modern and sleek design, ideal for families; the 4* La Toubana Hôtel & Spa in Sainte-Anne, a boutique-hotel that combines 32 bungalows, 12 suites and 3 luxurious villas; or even the Aqua Lodges, bungalows on the sea with all comforts and a veritable all-inclusive formula at the 3* Langley Resort Fort Royalwww.deshotelsetdesiles.com

Hotel chain Des Hotels et Des Iles

Carole ADAM, VP Sales & Marketing & E-Marketing

Tél : +33 (0)1 42 56 46 98

Info@deshotelsetdesiles.com

Training website

Incentive offers Des Hotels et des Iles: Contrasts of the Caribbean

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©Auberge de la Vieille Tour

The 4* L’Auberge de la Vieille Tour, opposite the isle of Le Gosier, distinguishes itself with its elegance thanks to its architecture and colonial decor. All rooms offer sea views. www.auberge-vieille-tour.fr

Cécile CHEVALIER, Commercial department :

+ 33 6 71 65 79 94

cc@hotelsandsun.com

 

Karibea Hotels presents the Karibea Beach Hotel***, located at a sandy beach bordered by turquoise waters, near Pointe-à-Pitre airport. Renovated in 2016, it is an ideal place for seaside holiday and business travel. www.karibea.com

Karibea Hotel Chain

Marie Laure THELAMON, Europe non French speaking markets Coordinator

+33 (0)6 28 59 18 91

mlthelamon@karibea.com

 

CONNECTIONS BY AIR from Great Britain

There are no direct flights from the UK, but you can fly to Pointe-à-Pitre, via:

  • Antigua with LIAT
  • Miami with Air Antilles, Norwegian Airlines
  • New York with Norwegian Airlines
  • Paris ORY with Air Caraïbes, Air France, Corsair, XL Airways

 

Air Caraïbes

Edmond RICHARD

Sales Manager Europe

+33 (0)1 47 83 88 69

erichard@aircaraibes.com

Air France

Trade support:

+44 (0871) 222 2200 / +44 (0871) 222 5757

Customer Services and Bookings:

+44 (0207) 660 0337

CONTACT

Guadeloupe Islands Tourist Board

Aline THOMASEAU (Promotion Executive Europe) & Yves NOËL (Promotion Assistant)

a.thomaseau@lesilesdeguadeloupe.com

y.noel@lesilesdeguadeloupe.com

0033 1 40 62 99 07

www.visitguadeloupe.co.uk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQTZmcdcvE4

 

Training: http://www.guadeloupeislandsexpert.com/

 

When it is midday in London, it’s GMT-5 during summer and GMT-4 during winter in the Islands of Guadeloupe.

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MARTINIQUE         

Martinique: Joie de vivre

http://us.martinique.org/

Martinique

With its verdant summits, the coolness and charm of its well-preserved natural sites will enthrall walking enthusiasts (the ascent of Montagne Pelée). Martinique provides the ideal conditions for sailing, windsurfing and even canyoning in the wild waters. This seductive island is also brimming with diving sites of extraordinary beauty, such as Le Rocher du Diamant or those in the bay of Saint-Pierre. There are a multitude of opportunities to “live” Martinique and to understand its culture and traditions thanks to events, museum visits, visits to distilleries and by stopping off at towns with a prestigious past, such as Saint-Pierre and Fort-de-France.

Destination’s assets:

A wide range of exceptional landscapes, a rich natural habitat that is wild and untouched

A cultural heritage with multiple influences, a local population that is friendly and welcoming.

Anses Darlet Martinique © Antoine OMERE

The cuisine of Martinique: a fusion of dishes from all horizons, demonstrating French expertise, African exuberance and the delicate spices of the West Indies.

 

An ideal destination for:

Martinique is a French island with multiple facets that is ideal for sport lovers of all types (canyoning, water skiing, walking, diving, kite surfing, helicopter rides, paddle boarding…) and those looking to relax, thanks to more than 350 kilometres of superb beaches and some unforgettable boat trips. Martinique also comes to life with events across the whole island, local festivals, the Carnival, the Biguine Jazz Festival, the Fort-de-France Cultural Festival, the Tour de Martinique des Yoles Rondes, etc.…

LATEST NEWS

Openings

  • The French Coco Hotel in Trinité
  • Domaine des Fonds Blancs, le François

 

ANNUAL EVENTS

The Carnival (February)

Carnaval Martinique © CMT - Henri SALOMON

Tour des Yoles (end of July): http://www.yoles365.com/

Chanté Noël chez l’habitantSing Christmas with the locals (December)

 

ACCOMMODATION HIGHLIGHTS

At Le Cap Est 4* Lagoon Resort & Spa, a discrete luxury break awaits you just 8km from Le François. In the heart of a tropical garden, on the banks of a lagoon, 49 spacious suites, 2 restaurants, a bar and a Spa dedicated to wellbeing. www.capest.com

The 4* Hôtel Bakoua sits facing the bay of Fort-de-France. A former family home at the water’s edge, this 4 star hotel has always preserved its authentic atmosphere. www.hotel-bakoua.fr

Karibea Hotels presents the Karibea Sainte-Luce Hôtel*** freshly renovated in 2015, invites you to lazy or active holidays in couple, with family or friends in the heart of a lush tropical garden. For business trips and relaxing getaways, opt for the Karibea Valmenière Hotel***  strategically located in the heart of the economic life of the island.

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© Karibea Squash Hôtel

Karibea Squash Hotel***, located in the business district of the capital Fort-de-France the Karibea Squash Hotel*** offers stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. It offers a wide range of services and excellent food. www.karibea.com

Karibea Hotel Chain

Marie Laure THELAMON, Europe non French speaking markets Coordinator

+33 (0)6 28 59 18 91

mlthelamon@karibea.com

 

CONNECTIONS BY AIR from Great Britain

From Great Britain, all the airlines that serve the airports of Paris (Charles de Gaulle and Orly) can provide connecting flights with Air Caraibes, Air France, Corsair and XL Airways.

CONTACT

Martinique Tourist Board

Micheline DIAZ,  Market Sales Coordinator

mdiaz@martiniquetourisme.com

0033 1 44 77 86 21

http://www.martinique.org/

 

When it is midday in London, it’s GMT-5 during summer and GMT-4 during winter in Martinique.

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ST. MARTIN

The friendly island

www.st-martin.org

StMartin.jpg
© Office de Tourisme de St Martin

St. Martin, a small 75km² Franco-Dutch island, is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. A paradise for beach lovers, St. Martin is also an island bursting with natural, cultural and human treasures. It seduces visitors with its warm welcome, its gastronomy with a thousand flavours, its luxury shopping and vibrant nightlife. Its ten luxurious and modern marinas (four in the French part) have earned it a great reputation among sailing and cruise enthusiasts.

 

Destination’s assets:

A touristic « curiosity »:

The smallest piece of land to be shared between two nations (the presence of around one hundred different nationalities promote a mix of cultures and languages).

Marina © Office de Tourisme de St Martin

The Climate:

The island benefits from a tropical climate and its sheltered all year round from the trade winds with temperatures of between 27°C and a maximum of 34°C. For their part, sea temperatures range between 26°C and 30°C

The beaches:

37 beaches of white sand and crystal clear waters that let visitors party, take the family or venture off to explore the local flora and fauna according to how the mood takes them.

 

An ideal destination for:

St. Martin is the only Franco-Dutch island in the Caribbean and is wonderfully cosmopolitan, welcoming all peoples and cultures. The ideal destination for honeymooning couples thanks to its comfortable and charming hotels and high-end accommodation that are perfect for relaxing or exploring the island. People flock here also for the beauty of its beaches, which also welcome lovers of water sports and nautical activities.

At night, you can discover a « wild » ambiance that has earned it the nickname of the Caribbean Saint-Tropez. A magical and enchanting venue, it is an island of contrasts that brings together different nations, populations, languages, currencies, beaches, restaurants, festivities: in St. Martin everything comes together in excess.

The island of St. Martin boasts an extremely diverse tourism offer. Because of this, couples without kids and families alike can find something that suits them.

 

LATEST NEWS

Island canes rum

Distilled and bottled in St. Martin according to the strict rules governing the distillation of French rum, this is a rum from Saint-Martin created using a carefully selected blend of spirits from neighbouring French islands and, in particular, from Guadeloupe, producing a unique rum with all the flavour of the “Friendly Island”. After it is blended and aged on site in the pure artisan tradition, its bottling and distribution are taken care of by Lisa, Valérie, Christophe and Olivier, who first had the crazy idea of making this drink just 6 months ago. Having settled on the island a few years earlier, the four of them threw themselves into this project 100%. Firstly, they sought the help of an expert they knew in order to learn how to blend this spirit, discovering the recipes and precise doses needed to guarantee the success of their rum.

 

ANNUAL EVENTS

St. Martin Carnival

In St. Martin there is always twice the fun and double the pleasure, so prepare yourself to enjoy the Carnival on the Dutch side with colourful mega-parades and breath-taking concerts!

From 22nd January to 10th February, come and experience the life of Carnival culture in the French side of St. Martin, followed by the Carnival on the Dutch side during April.

This is an unmissable moment of the year when the inhabitants of the town come out in costume (or in masks or make-up) and get together to sing, dance, make music in the streets, throw confetti and enjoy the parade.

 

La Course de l’Alliance

An exceptional regatta with a festive ambiance!

Launched in 2003, La Course de l’Alliance was an initiative of the Marina Fort Louis and the Yacht Club Fort Louis, situated in St. Martin SXM, which aims to reinforce the links between Saint Martin, Sint Maarten, St. Bart’s and Anguilla. And what a success: every year, in November, the 4 yacht clubs of each of these islands organise a high-quality race, allowing sailors to explore Saint-Martin and its neighbouring islands and, at the same time, providing a real spectacle thanks to the vast array of yachts in competition.

 

ACCOMMODATION HIGHLIGHTS

hotelstmart
© Des Hôtels et des Iles

Des Hôtels et des Iles offers a break at the 4* Beach situated at the entrance to the French capital, Marigot, with an ADULT ONLY +16s package on the seafront overlooking the bay of Marigot. The 3* Le Blue Bay Beach, in Baie-Orientale, will seduce beach lovers thanks to its 35 juniors suites. www.deshotelsetdesiles.com

Hotel chain Des Hotels et Des Iles

Carole ADAM, VP Sales & Marketing & E-Marketing

Tél : +33 (0)1 42 56 46 98

Info@deshotelsetdesiles.com

1 © La Playa Orient Bay resort et Spa
© La Playa Orient Bay resort et Spa

The 3* La Playa Orient Bay, a boutique-hotel that is full of charm at the water’s edge, in the heart of Baie-Orientale, is perfect for sport’s lovers or those looking to take it easy, enjoy the gastronomy or go shopping. www.laplayaorientbay.com

La Playa Orient Bay

Béatrice HERVE , Sales manager

+33 (0)1 47 64 21 36

bherve@buildinvest.com

CONNECTIONS BY AIR from Great Britain

Air France: Departing from Paris Charles de Gaulle: 1 direct flight per day in high season and 4 to 5 flights per week in low season.

KLM: Departing from Paris Charles de Gaulle: 6 direct flights per week (every day except Tuesday). 2 flights per week.

Air CARAÏBES: Departing from Paris Orly Sud: 2 direct flights per week in high season (Thursday and Saturday).

 

CONTACT

St. Martin Tourist Board

Olivier LOUIS

o.louis@st-martin.org

00 33 1 53 29 99 99

www.st-martin.org

 

When it is midday in London, it’s GMT-5 during summer and GMT-4 during winter in St. Martin.

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