Newsletter October 2014

Newsletter October 2014

News from Martinique

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Fort Saint-Louis Martinique

History and culture enthusiasts, those intrigued by wartime stories and lovers of architecture will greatly appreciate this outstanding historic gem: Le Fort Saint-Louis. This rocky headland overhanging the Bay of Fort-de-France, which happens to be one of the most beautiful bays in the world, has recently reopened to the public.

Closed in 2001 for renovation, this impressive accomplishment of the 17th century is a significant military fortification of the Lesser Antilles and an active naval base. More than 100 French Navy personnel station here full-time in a section of the fort closed to the public.

Listed as a historic site of France in 1973, the Fort-Saint-Louis is truly a must-see spot.

Discover a redefined brand new path, starting now from the seaside “La Française” and going on to the Ste-Marthe Bastion. Throughout the twenty stages, observe watch-turret, casemates, loopholes, cannons and flags … Each step is a discovery, and this visit will help you to enhance your Martinique experience.

Guided tours are available in English, French, Spanish, and Italian.
Please note that tours are not recommended for pregnant women, people with walking disabilities or those confined to wheelchairs.

The entry fee is 8€ for adults and 4€ for children (minimum required age is 6 years old).

A great place to visit … but do not forget your walking shoes!

Open for tours Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 4pm

FORT SAINT LOUIS – 97261 – Fort-de-France


Zoo Martinique

In the idyllic setting of one of the oldest Habitations in Martinique, experience a unique zoological journey at the zoo of Martinique, featuring monkeys, jaguars, pumas, Lories, giant anteaters and many more.

Zoo MartiniqueIn the middle of the remains of the former Habitation Latouche, which dates all the way back to 1643, an educational trail leads visitors to explore wildlife from Australia, Africa, South and Central-America in a truly unique setting. You may even interact with the animals directly in a huge immersive bird cage.

To improve the visitor’s experience, The Martinique zoo offers original thematic exhibitions on two levels. This year, increase your knowledge about Pirates and Freebooters. Many stories including notorious piracy acts took place just off the coast of Martinique, near Saint-Pierre or even in the Anse Latouche.

Welcome to the zoo of Martinique!

Open daily from 9:00 to 6:00

The entry fee is 15.50€ for adults and 9€ for children (free for all children under 3).

Address: Habitation Latouche
Anse Latouche, Le Carbet 97221, Martinique
Tel: (596) 596 52 76 08

For more information, visit the Martinique zoo website at

Special deals


La Pagerie Hotel

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!.


This fall: Starting at $335 per person* for stay up to December 19th

This winter: Starting at $459 per person* for stays after December 19th

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

*Based on double occupancy – Breakfast included

** Offered dinner excludes drinks


For more information, please visit:


La Suite Villa

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.


This fall: Starting at $483 per person* in a mini-suite and $635 per person* in one bedroom villa for stay up to December 12th

This winter: Starting at $584 per person* in a mini-suite and $ 813 per person* in one bedroom villa for stay after December 12th

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

*Based on double occupancy – Breakfast included

** 2-course offered dinner excludes drinks


For more information, please visit:

LA BATELIÈRE HOTEL – Travel until April 30th 2015

La Batelière Hotel

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 $300.00 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


For more information, please visit

A Table


Le Petitbonum Restaurant

Ideally situated on the west coast of Martinique, Le Petibonum restaurant is the perfect mix of excellent food, a peaceful ambiance and an original location.

This bar & restaurant located on the silver black beach of Le Carbet is one of the top beach restaurants in the Caribbean (ranked best Caribbean beach bar by the Caribbean Journal).

Facing the sea, the little brightly painted rustic bar forms part of the landscape among the legendary volcano Mont Pelée and the green hills of Morne Vert.

The beach is isolated but accessible, and beach equipment is available for your total comfort. Nearby on the beach, many activities like flyboard are also available.

Everything here is original: the place is unique and the food is simple but innovative.

The restaurant is owned and managed by Guy Ferdinand, known as “Chef hot pants,” who usually cooks with the traditional chef’s whites on top… but keep short shorts on the bottom! “You need good legs to pull it off“he says.

Let yourself be tempted by an exceptional culinary experience, the curried pork Colombo or Chef hot pants’ specialty, the unforgettable pan-seared “marlin” with Mango chestnuts.

Enjoy excellent French-creole cuisine from local ingredients right on the beach.

Bon appétit!

Open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 3:00 pm and from 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Address: Le Coin – 97221 Le Carbet
Tel: (596) 596 78 04 34

For more information, visit Le Petibonum website at


Chez Carole Restaurant

In the middle of the vibrant and friendly Grand marché Couvert of Fort-de-France discover a colorful, warm and welcoming place: Chez Carole.

Let yourself be seduced by the authentic charm of this alluring restaurant, filled with homemade delicacies and local cuisine.

Allow yourself to enjoy a break in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city to eat fresh and tasty food.

A rum cocktail is always offered, and you might want to try some of the best accras of the island!

Chose from a variety of local dishes, from Creole-style crab farci to grilled fish, not to mention the delicious fried red snapper, all with natural and authentic home-cooked flavors…

Without a doubt, Carole herself is one of the greatest assets of the restaurant. A truly dynamic and positive person, she is relentlessly cheerful. Her smile is legendary and she has made it one of her priorities in order to ensure everyone’s satisfaction.

Bon appétit!

Open Monday to Saturday from 6:30 am to 3 pm

Address: Fort-de-France open-air market, corner of Rue Blenac and Rue Antoine Siger
Tel: (596) 596 06 28 83


Le Zandoli Restaurant

Taste a creative cuisine at one of the most original restaurants of the Island. You will be delighted by the relaxed and artistic atmosphere featuring an art exhibit with paintings and sculptures.

This cozy and well-designed restaurant overlooking the Bay of Fort-de-France offers you a cosmopolitan cuisine with a Creole touch.

Dedicated to offer excellence, the Zandoli restaurant recently hired‎ the 3-Star Michelin Chef Ivan Duchene.

Chef Duchene, worked around the world, in London, Paris, Luxembourg and Jakarta including 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.

Open nightly from 7:30pm to 10:30pm

Address: Route du Fort d’Alet – Anse Mitan
97229 Trois Ilets – Martinique
Tel: (596) 596 59 88 00

For more information and reservations, please visit

Calendar of Events


Sport Fishing in Martinique

Every Fishing enthusiast and sea-lover is cordially invited to be a part of this not to be missed event for fishermen: the International Sport Fishing tournament, on its 24th year.

Meet international competitors, plus enjoy the festivities and various animated activities organized around the tournament. Several prizes will be awarded.


  • Tuesday, October 21st: Registration
  • Wednesday, October22nd: 1st Fishing day
  • Thursday, October 23 rd: 2nd Fishing day
  • Friday, October 24th: Break
  • Saturday, October 25th: Final Fishing day and award ceremony

Organizer: Martinique Billfish Association
Address: Port of Marin
Tel: (596) 696 45 83 58

For more information, please visit


International half-marathon in Fort-de-France

Only six weeks left before the 30th edition of the International half-marathon of Fort-de-France, taking place this year on November 30th!

Organized by the capital-city of Fort-de-France, this competition is also a major festival and a popular event held annually.

Preliminary Program:

November 22nd
2 PM: Chicks Race (children)
3 PM: Seniors Relay Race

November 26th
2 PM:  Little-MARATHON

November 30th
6 AM: 21.1km Race
6:08 AM: 5 KM Race

  Courses Pass’Course
From 10/16/14 to 11/15/14 20 € 25

Relevant information:

  • The race is open to amateur and professional runners with a minimum age of 18.
  • Non-licensed competitors need to provide a medical certificate stating no restrictions to participate in an athletic competition.

For more information please visit

For Registration CLICK HERE

Gourmet corner


Loup de mer and sauce chien

The perfect recipe to add to your barbecue menu, or with our legendary “poulet boucané.”
It is the little something that will make all the difference


  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 medium shallots, peeled and quartered
  • 1 Scotch bonnet or habanero chili, seeded and quartered
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup flatleaf parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives or scallion greens
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh or dried thyme
  • 1 scant teaspoon salt, or more, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch of ground allspice
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice, or more, to taste
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Cooking Instructions

Finely chop the garlic, shallots, chili, ginger, parsley and chives in a food processor. Add remaining ingredients, and process just to mix. Add 1/4 cup boiling water, and process to mix. Run the machine in short bursts until you have a coarse puree. If desired, add more salt or lime juice, to taste.

Drizzle the sauce over the meat or fish, and serve right away, with rice preferably.

The remaining of the preparation can be refrigerated for 3 days. Bon Appétit!

Meet The People


Sandrine Gruda

Sandrine is a talented French professional basketball player from Martinique, who currently plays the center position for the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA.

Born June 25th, 1987 in Cannes, she comes from an athletic family. Her dad, Ulysse Gruda, grew up on Martinique and played for the French men’s national basketball team.

Starting center for the French national team, she led her team to the EuroBasket 2009 title. Best scorer and rebounder of the French side, she also took part in the World Championship 2006 and the EuroBasket 2007, reaching the quarter-finals both times.

Before joining the WNBA, Gruda played professionally for the French club Union Sportive Valenciennes Olympic. She was also drafted 13th overall in the 2007 WNBA Draft by the Connecticut Sun but did not join the team until the 2008 season.

A great role player and with her height and length, Sandrine is a consistent rebounder and shot-blocker.

In 2014, she returned to the WNBA after a three-year absence, joining the Los Angeles Sparks as a backup center.

Follow her on twitter: @Sandrine_Gruda