Newsletter July 2014

Newsletter July 2014

Think Martinique

What’s new?

ATELIERS MEDELICES COOKING CLASSES

Ateliers MedelicesWhile visiting Martinique, take your travel a step further and discover our unique French-Creole cuisine with “Les Ateliers Médélices.” The packages launched in June 2014 offer a range of cooking classes and culinary-themed experiential travel programs designed to give you an immersive introduction to cooking in the grand tradition of Martinique. Take this special opportunity to learn from the best “les joie de la cuisine Martiniquaise” with Chef Jean-Charles Bredas rewarded with many distinctions and cited as one of the “Four Best Caribbean Chefs” by Bon Appétit Magazine. He will help you create and prepare your own menu or drinks during workshops. And discover Le Hameau du Morne des Cadets, a traditional Martinican farm in the shadow of Mount Pelée, where you will select fresh ingredients from the fields and prepare your own authentic meal.

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance to unlock the secrets of your favorite local dishes.

Bon appétit! For reservations and more information, visit the Les Ateliers Médélices website at http://www.ateliersmedelices.com.

ADDITIONAL WEEKLY NON-STOP CONNECTION

American Airlines added an additional weekly non-stop connection from Miami to Martinique, from June 11 through August 13, every Wednesday. This additional flight will supplement its weekly Saturday service from Miami to Fort-de-France. Logo American Airlines

American Airlines adds an additional weekly non-stop connection from Miami to Martinique, from June 11 through August 13, every Wednesday. This additional flight will supplement its weekly Saturday service from Miami to Fort-de-France.

Southbound Operates every Saturday & Wednesday from June 11th to August 13th #1243
Departure Arrival
MIA FDF
10:55 am 2:25 pm
Northbound Operates every Saturday & Wednesday from June 11th to August 13th #1243
Departure Arrival
FDF MIA
3:30 pm 7:00 pm

To book: www.aa.com Seaborne service can be booked through American Airlines website 

Logo Seaborne

Seaborne Airlines also proposes a four times a week flight between San Juan and Martinique. Thanks to the interline agreement with American Airlines, this route allows more possibilities to get to Martinique, for visitors in transit and from Puerto Rico.

Southbound Operate on Wed-Fri-Sat-Sun #4606
Departure Arrival
SJU FDF
5:15 pm 7:20 pm
Northbound Operate on Wed-Fri-Sat-Sun #4521
Departure Arrival
FDF SJU
7:25 am 9:25 am

To book: www.seaborneairlines.com

Special deals

RELAIS ET CHATEAUX CAP EST LAGOON RESORT & SPA*****

Special offers

Exclusive Promotion:

valid 06/06/14 to 10/17/14 (except august 1-15, 2014)

Promo code 1 € = 1 $
Almost 30% Savings!

BOOK AND SAVE NOW!

Facing the coral reef and crystal-clear lagoon, this charming luxury Relais & Chateau hotel is a perfect place for a peaceful and unforgettable gateway. Experience a dream vacation in this amazing hotel nestled on the east coast of Martinique.

Take advantage of this special deal

Think Martinique

Valid for all 7-night minimum stays**: Capest Junior Suite

Junior Suite (double occupancy) of 60sqm.
406 €/night = 406 USD/night 203 USD/night/person
Includes buffet breakfast, taxes and services.

Capest DeLuxe Suite

Deluxe Suite (double occupancy) of 60sm
606 €/night = 606 USD/night 303 USD/night/person

With

  • Small private pool
  • Outdoor shower
  • Plunge pool deck

Includes buffet breakfast, taxes and services

BOOK NOW!

Tel: (011) 33 1 53 75 22 @: booking@capest.com

**Depending on availability at time of booking Not valid on previous bookings – cannot by combined with other offers

GET UP & GO SALE AT CLUB MED BUCCANEER’S CREEK

Exclusive Promotion

valid 05/01/14 to 10/31/14 All-inclusive package
starting $899/7 nights

Stay at one of the most beautiful beaches in Martinique
at Club Med Buccaneer’s Creek

BOOK AND SAVE NOW!

Stay at one of the most beautiful beaches in Martinique at Club Med Buccaneer’s Creek. Located in the southern-part of the island, it’s the perfect location whether you’re looking to do water sports, relax at the spa or visit the mesmerizing tropical garden. Enjoy now our all-inclusive summer getaway:

All-inclusive package from $899 / 7 nights Clubmed room

This offer includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Sports & Activities
  • Leisure
  • Restaurants & Bars
  • Transportation package (Air transportation)

BOOK NOW!

Where to stay

BOUTIQUE HOTEL – LA SUITE VILLA ****

Located in Trois-Ilets, La Suite Villa is a trendy boutique hotel boasting nine private villas with two or three bedrooms each and six suites in the main house. The hotel has been awarded second most trendy hotel of the Caribbean by TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice in 2012.

La Suite Villa

La Suite Villa

Suite

With contemporary decor, the suites are situated on the top level of the property. Spacious and well-designed, some of the suites feature a balcony with a jacuzzi overlooking the amazing view of the Fort-de-France Bay. La Suite Villa

La Suite Villa

Villa

Nestled in the lower part of the property, visitors can discover the two or three bedroom villas, designed in traditional Creole style. Enjoy a peaceful moment in total privacy with villas featuring a private garden, covered terrace, exterior shower, jacuzzi and deck. La Suite Villa

La Suite Villa

Le Zandoli

This cozy and well-designed restaurant overlooking the Bay of Fort-de-France offers you a cosmopolitan cuisine with a Creole touch. Taste a creative cuisine at one of the most delightful restaurants of the Island. You will be delighted by the relaxed and artistic atmosphere featuring an art exhibit with paintings and sculptures. Taking the challenge of excellence even higher, the Zandoli restaurant recently hired‎ most talented Chef Ivan Duchene.  Chef Duchene worked for 5 years with the prestigious team of Alain Ducasse. His cuisine, a combination of fresh “produits du terroir” and world cuisine influences, brings the dining experience at la Suite Villa to a truly exclusive level.

La Suite Villa le Zandoli

Open nightly from 7:30pm to 10:30pm
Flat-rate menu: Appetizer – Main Course – Desert for 42€

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

FIRST CLASS HOTEL – LA PAGERIE HOTEL****

Located in Trois-Ilets at Pointe du Bout, La Pagerie Hotel has been recently awarded a 4th star. The hotel offers full service and 96 rooms nestled in a tropical garden.La Pagerie Hotel

Near the hotel

The hotel is located 165 square from the beach of Pointe du Bout and 984 feet from the beach of Anse Mitan, with the possibility of practicing water sports activities. Discover Le Village Creole of la Pointe du Bout featuring : shops, banks, clothing stores, souvenir stores, hair salon, restaurants, supermarkets, pharmacies, rental car agencies, water sports or diving excursions, as well as the ferry to Fort de France (20mn). All that you need within easy reach.

Anse Mitan

Village Creole

For more information and to make a reservation, please visit www.hotel-lapagerie.com

BUDGET HOTEL – BAMBOU HOTEL**

Located in Trois-Ilets, 30 minutes from the airport and a few steps from the beach of Anse Mitan, Hotel Bambou offers an invitation to Creole style accommodations, inspired by traditional Martinican architecture.

Bambou Hotel

During your stay, the Bambou Hotel offers a range of free activities: kayaking, pedal boating, table tennis, board games and diving initiations in the pool. Every Wednesday, gather around the pool for a friendly drink with music and a warm atmosphere.

Bambou Hotel

Bambou Hotel

Near the hotel

  • Jet-ski rentals (beach hotel)
  • Scuba diving (with a partner of the hotel)
  • Motorboat or catamaran excursion
  • Fishing
  • 8-hole golf course (2 km), Casino (5 min walk)
  • Horse Ranch, Buggy / Quad
  • Museums
  • Shopping and restaurant

For more information and to make a reservation, please visit www.hotelbambou.fr 

UPSCALE VILLA – DOMAINE DES FONDS BLANCS

This upscale architectural villa is located in Le François, on the Atlantic coast of the Island.

Domaine des Fonds Blancs

Rooms:

  • 1 Master Suite (abt. 1290 square feet)
  • 2 Junior Suites (abt. 540 square feet)
  • 3 Standing Rooms (300 – 355 square feet)
  • All with view of the water, internet, TV
  • 3 Comfort Rooms (can host young children or personnel)
  • The Villa Isabelle can host 18 people (excl. children) with double occupancy.

Domaine des Fonds Blancs

The amenities:

  • 1 grand living room/open living room (abt. 1180 square feet)
  • 2 closed air-conditioned living rooms (with view of the water)
  • 1 large air-conditioned dining room (abt. 410 square feet – can host 16 guests on the table or 18 for a meeting)
  • 1 large kitchen equipped with professional modern equipment and open bar to living room (abt. 410 square feet)
  • 1 terrace with living room (more than 1930 square feet)
  • 1 kiosk with fully equipped bar (abt. 480 square feet)
  • 1 large pool with deck and deckchairs
  • 1 air-conditioned gym with ocean view (abt. 430 square feet) and deck attendant
  • 1 deck with direct water access featuring white sand

Domaine des Fonds Blancs

The rates include breakfast and housekeeping. Don’t hesitate to let us know about any special accommodations, activities, excursions, or dreams that you have and that we can help you achieve.

For more information and to make a reservation, visit domainedesfondsblancs.com

BOOK NOW!

Subject to availability

Upcoming Events

30TH EDITION OF THE MARTINIQUE YOLES BOAT RACE FROM JULY 27TH TO AUGUST 3RD

This summer, come to live a veritable “Carnival At Sea” with the Martinique Yoles Boat Race. The race features seven rounds of competition, with one round per-day for a full week. Each day’s race culminates in a carnival-style celebration complete with live music, dancing, food, and more. Choose and support a Team representing various towns across Martinique. Join the daily thousands of visitors and locals viewers to offer support and enjoy the festivities. This annual highlight of the Martinican social calendar also helps to preserve Martinique’s rich seafaring past and the importance that fishing still holds in the island’s local society today.

Yoles Race 2014

This year, as we celebrate the 30th edition of the Tour des Yoles Rondes, you can expect the party, race, and the excitement to be hotter than ever. So come and live our traditional Carnival At Sea!

Charter boat operators offer affordable race packages, including meals, excursions and more

BIGUINE JAZZ FESTIVAL AUGUST 8 – 10, 2014

Biguine Jazz festival

For all music lovers, come to enjoy this unique moment in the Caribbean to discover the wonderful combination of jazz and traditional music from Martinique, the Biguine. On the program, more than one hundred local and international artists.

For more information www.biguinejazz.fr/

Did you know

MARTINIQUE AT THE UNITED NATIONS

On behalf of Martinique Regional Council President Serge Letchimy, Martinique Tourism Authority Commissioner Karine Roy-Camille made an official visit to the United Nations June 5-7 to contribute to the Permanent Memorial in Honor of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Mrs. Roy-Camille

Mrs. Roy-Camille sought to build upon Mr. Letchimy’s recent efforts to foster closer ties between Martinique and its fellow Caribbean neighbor states during the UN visit. A meeting was held with H.E John W. Ashe, President of the 68th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations and a Former Permanent Representative of Antigua & Barbuda, who, along with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, leads the new development agenda toward the eradication of poverty. “We may be small as individual island states, but together we stand strong; both in honoring the dark memory of our shared past, and also in working together to build a brighter future.” Read more: http://www.martinique.org/press_releases/transatlantic-slave-trade.pdf

Gourmet corner

A taste of Martinique in your kitchen! Vegan Recipe

PAPAYA FRITTERS

Papaya Fritters

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 generous cups of papaya
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 crushed garlic claves
  • 1 bouquet garni (thyme and laurel)
  • 1/2 hot pepper, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Oil, for frying

Instructions

Remove the skin and soak the papaya in water. Boil for 15 minutes. Crush the papayas with a fork into a small bowl. Set aside In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the flour and baking soda and then stir in the water until the mixture is combined. Add the bouquet garni, hot pepper, onion, crushed garlic and crushed papaya. Season with salt and pepper. Let rest for 15 minutes. In a large skillet, heat the oil to 375Fo. Drop the dough into the hot oil by the teaspoonful, allowing the fritters to cook until golden brown, about 1 ½ minutes.  Drain on a paper towel and then transfer to a plate and keep warm. Serve warm.

Bon appétit!