Saint-Pierre Martinique

Newsletter February 2015

What’s new?

NON-STOP FLIGHTS: IT’S AFFORDABLE AND EASIER THAN EVER!

American Airlines Seaborne logos

From major US gateway via Miami on American Airlines, operates weekly to Martinique with a non-stop flight on Saturdays out of Miami. During the winter season, American Airlines is adding a midweek flight on Wednesday. This summer, starting June 4th, American Airlines will increase the air service with 4 weekly flights on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. And starting July 2nd, this air service will increase to 6 weekly flights to Fort-de-France.

Getting to Martinique is now affordable and easier than ever!

For more information on rates and reservations, please visit American Airlines’ web site at www.aa.com

Seaborne Airlines operates 3 times a week out of San Juan, a nonstop flight to Martinique on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays with convenient connection from the US. For more information on rates and reservations, please visit Seaborne Airlines’ web site at www.seaborneairlines.com

A NOT-TO-BE MISSED CRUISE DESTINATION IN 2015: MARTINIQUE

Baie de Fort-de-France

The Martinique cruise sector has been riding an unprecedented wave of success in recent years, registering a 524% increase in cruise passengers since 2010. Widespread improvements in the island’s overall cruise product highlighted by capital improvements at the cruise ports in Fort-de-France and new and enhanced attractions to spell success. The destination is forecasting a strong 2014-2015 cruise season, as all of the major U.S. and European cruise lines will make port in Fort-de-France this season, including visits by Royal Caribbean’s celebrated Quantum of the Seas in her inaugural season, last December 6th 2014. Four other calls are scheduled on January 17th, March 7th and April 18th 2015.

Tours are departing from Pointe Simon and Les Tourelles ports in Fort-de-France. Get immersed in the Martinican heritage at the Slaves Savannah, enjoy a day, toes in the water at the white sanded Pointe-Marin Beach, watch iguanas at the almost pristine Islet Chancel or discover Fort-de-France during a walking tour. Take the opportunity to encounter sea turtles and spend the rest of the day at Grand Anse, a beautiful beach with warm and crystal clear water. Also new, the opening of 17th century Fort Saint-Louis to the public. Visitors can arrange for guided tours of the city’s newest attraction (also one of its oldest structures), Fort Saint-Louis, at the Fort-de-France Tourism Board information kiosk.

And if you are looking for a cultural and exciting excursion through the Capital City, jump on board Cyclo’comm! This new concept is creative vehicle that can carry from one to three persons at the same time. Their drivers/guides will take you to 14 historical and must-seen places in downtown Fort-de-France such as the Saint-Louis Cathedral, museums and the Schoelcher Library. With family, in couple or by yourself, jump on board and join the fun!

MARTINIQUE: THE #1 MUST-VISIT PLACES IN 2015
BY THE CARIBBEAN JOURNAL

Diamond Rock Martinique

The year 2015 couldn’t start in a better way after being ranked # 1 Must-Visit Places by the Caribbean Journal in The Where to Travel list 2015.

Martinique stands ready to welcome the world to her shores in 2015 with expanded and enhanced options across all segments of its tourism product. From new accommodations such as Le Fort Savane, Le Village de la Pointe and exclusive modern villas as Le Domaine des Fonds Blancs; new thrilling attractions such as Skydiving with Air Colibri, to new excursions, activities and more. Martinique is definitely this year, the destination on the move!

Check out the article http://www.caribjournal.com/2014/12/29/where-to-travel-in-2015-the-must-visit-places-in-the-caribbean/

Special deals

LA BATELIÈRE HOTEL – Travel until April 30th 2015

La Batelière Hotel

From $300 per person* for 4 NIGHTS -5 DAYS special deals

In the heart of Martinique, a few minutes drive from downtown Fort-de-France, discover la Batelière Hotel. Located on a white-sanded beach on the island west coast, this hotel has many amenities such as an outdoor pool, 6 tennis courts, a private dock, a piano bar and a restaurant. It is also a short walk away from the thrilling Batelière plazza Casino.

4 NIGHTS -5 DAYS HOTEL PACKAGE: only $300 per person!

*Based on double occupancy – Breakfast included

Dine for free**, courtesy of la Batelière hotel Offer valid on request, for travel until April 30th 2015.

**Offer valid for one dinner for two, dinner excludes drinks

BOOK NOW!!

For more information, please visit http://www.hotel-bateliere.com/

LA PAGERIE HOTEL **** – Travel up to April 30th 2015

La Pagerie Hotel

Starting at $459 per person* for 4 NIGHTS – 5 DAYS HOTEL PACKAGE

*Based on double occupancy – Breakfast included
* Offered dinner excludes drinks

One dinner for two, offered during your stay at La Pagerie hotel, courtesy of the property**

In the heart of the charming resort area of Pointe du Bout, discover a haven of peace nestled in a green oasis: 4-star La Pagerie hotel. This modern fully renovated upscale property is just a few steps from the beach and to the marina surrounded by a choice of restaurants, shops, bars and a casino. Take the ferry from there and you will be in downtown Fort de France in less than 20 minutes!.

For more information, please visit: www.hotel-lapagerie.com/en/ or resa@hotel-lapagerie.com

BOOK NOW!!

PLEIN SOLEIL *** – Travel up to May 10th 2015

Plein Soleil hotel Martinique

From $475 per person for 4 NIGHTS -5 DAYS special deals

Located in the hills above the town of le Francois, this chic hideaway is halfway between the white-sand beaches of the south and the lush rain forest of the north. Nestled in a tropical garden, enjoy a wonderful view of the Bay of Le François, in those 16 Creole style rooms housed in 5 colorful villas. Plein Soleil restaurant offers a unique innovative Creole cuisine that will enchant your pallet!

  • Guest room : Starting at $475 per person
  • Master pool room : Starting at $725 per person
  • Garden Suite room : Starting at $785 per person
  • Suite Duplex room : Starting at $860 per person

BOOK NOW!!

For more information, please visit: www.hotelpleinsoleil.fr

Price based on exchange rate 1€=$1.18 as of January 9th 2015

BOUTIQUE HOTEL – LA SUITE VILLA **** – Travel up to April 10th 2015

La Suite Villa

From $584 per person* for 4 NIGHTS -5 DAYS special deals

Located in Trois-Ilets, La Suite Villa is a trendy boutique hotel composed of 9 private villas with 2 or 3 bedrooms each and 6 suites in the main house. It was ranked #2 of the Trendiest Hotels in the Caribbean by Trip Advisor. A superb restaurant features French and Creole cuisine mastered by a French Chef originated from 3 star Michelin restaurants. La Suite Villa overlooks Trois-Ilets Bay. Each villa features a private bathroom for each bedroom, a kitchenette overlooking the terrace and a living area.

Starting at $584 per person* in a mini-suite and $813 per person* in one bedroom villa.

One dinner for two at La Suite Villa, courtesy of the property** offered during your stay

*Based on double occupancy – Breakfast included
** 2-course offered dinner excludes drinks

BOOK NOW

For more information, please visit: www.la-suite-villa.com

BAKOUA**** – Travel up to April 30th 2015

Bakoua hotel Martinique

$750 per person* 4 NIGHTS-5 DAYS SPECIAL DEAL with 1€ = 1US$ deals

* based on double occupancy

  • Beach view room with balcony
  • VIP welcome
  • Full American breakfasts
  • One dinner at Chateaubriand, a glass of wine included, courtesy of the property

Charming West-Indies style hotel located in the resort area of Pointe-du-Bout, Bakoua Hotel offers a breathtaking view of the magnificent Fort-de-France bay. The hotel consist of 137 rooms and suites, all with balconies or patios, two restaurants, a cocktail bar, two tennis courts, a swimming pool, beach and water sports facilities.

For $125 extra per person (based on two persons) get an automatic car from Hertz for 4 days! Special 1 €= 1 US $ applies!

BOOK NOW

For more information visit www.hotel-bakoua.fr/en

Upcoming Events

CARNIVAL 2015 FEBRUARY 15TH – 18TH

Carnival Martinique

Today, while the rest of the Caribbean recovers from Carnival celebrations that ended last night, the party in Martinique continues with a bonus day of revelry carried out annually under the theme:

“Rejoice Today, Repent Tomorrow.” From February 15th to 18th, Carnival will be one of the major events on the island; the four fat days are almost sacred and are a legal holiday for most of Martinicans. Preparations have already begun since Epiphany Sunday with the election of the Carnival Queens, and last until the day before Fat Sunday. The parades and parties will start on Fat Sunday. During the festivities, all red devils are in the streets on Fat Tuesday and finish on Ash Wednesday when the carnival symbol, the “Vaval” King, is burned. As Vaval’s effigy is consumed by the fire, the celebration reaches its apogee. Only when the flames die down does a calm settle over the crowd. With the burial of Vaval, they chant “Vaval, pa kité nou”, which translates into “Carnival don’t leave us.”

So come and join us for the big party!!

INTERNATIONAL SAILING WEEK FEBRUARY 13TH – 17TH

Sailing Martinique

This year will take place the 25th International Sailing Week of Schoelcher, organized by the Cercle Nautique Schoelcher. The beautiful bay of Anse-Madame in Schoelcher will be the setting of this not-to-be missed regatta of the destination. A large number of boats are expected, for this international event.

For more information, please contact the Cercle Nautique de Schoelcher desk

Gourmet corner

BEIGNET DE CARNAVAL (CARNIVAL FRITTER)

Carnival fritters Martinique

The dough: Pour 2 dl of water in a saucepan, add salt, sugar and butter, place over high heat and remove the pan when the butter is melted. Pour the flour at once and stir vigorously with a spatula to obtain a smooth, thick paste. Return to heat 2 minutes and stir constantly to prevent the dough from sticking. Remove from heat and add the eggs one by one by working the dough after each egg. Add spices and grate the lemon zest on a fine grater. Mix well and let stand 2 hours.

Cooking: Heat oil in a deep fryer or saucepan, plunging dough balls the size of a walnut. Let them brown, then remove with a slotted spoon. Asking these golden brown on absorbent paper balls.

Bon appétit!

Did You Know?

MARTINIQUE’S SAINT-PIERRE WRECK DIVES OFFER ONE OF THE CARIBBEAN’S MOST ACCESSIBLE UNDERSEA JOURNEY BACK IN TIME

Diving in Martinique

Once known as The Paris of the Caribbean, Saint-Pierre was converted into The Pompeii of the Caribbean when Mt. Pelée volcano erupted in 1902, destroying the city and a number of ships docked in its bustling harbor. Out of this destruction was born an amazing array of wreck diving options. Eleven ships, dating from the 19th century, are now resting in depths ranging from 50 to 265 feet offering visitors a unique window into Martinique’s rich historical past.

Among the more notable wreck dive sites in Saint-Pierre is the Canadian cargo ship, The Roraima. The largest of all Saint-Pierre wrecks, The Roraima measures nearly 400 feet in length, 82 feet in width and 131 feet high. For novice and experienced divers alike, Saint-Pierre wreck dives offer an amazing opportunity to experience all the fun and adventure of multiple sunken ships in one concentrated area. The historical significance of the wrecks adds to the wonder of the experience, making it one of the most rewarding dive destinations in the entire Caribbean.