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Most of the island's resort hotels are on Grande-Terre: Gosier, St-François, and Bas-du-Fort are generally considered major resort areas, as is Ste-Anne. With each passing year, the hotels here improve. The Swedish-owned Langley Hotel Fort Royal has breathed new life into the north of Basse-Terre, the closest area of that island to Pointe-à-Pitre and Grande-Terre. In general, more tourists are discovering this area, loving the small hotels and unspoiled nature.
Often, hotel rates include a generous buffet breakfast; ask whether this is included in your rate quote. (It usually is.) Many smaller properties do not accept American Express. As dictated by French law, all public spaces in hotels are no-smoking, but hotel rooms are considered private, and properties can choose to offer smoking rooms.
Private Villas and Rentals
French Caribbean International. French Caribbean International handles hotel arrangements and private villa rentals, from charming cottages in Basse-Terre ($130 to $350 a night) to deluxe sea-view villas in Grande-Terre ($2,600 to $7,000 per week), all with pools. With three decades of experience in the French Caribbean, including Les Saintes and Marie-Galante, the company has a global reputation for honesty, exceptional service, and professionalism. They can also dispense information on just about everything you need to know about the French islands. 800/780–5733; 805/967–9850 in U.S.; 817/983–0738. www.frenchcaribbean.com.
Nouvelles Antilles. The first online travel agency dedicated to the French West Indies acts as an agent for some 30 villas around the islands, mostl of them luxurious. The company can also book your villa or hotel accommodations, flight, rental car, and sports activities, and create a well-priced package. It deals with all the Guadeloupe isles, Martinique, St. Barth, and St. Martin, too, and can customize a multi-destination package for groups up to 15. St-François, Grande-Terre, 97118. 0590/85–00–00. www.nouvellesantilles.com.
prestigevillarental.com. An online agency that provides luxury villa rental services to the French Caribbean, their site is contemporary and comprehensive with an excellent English version, photos of every room and detailed descriptions. Rental properties range from deluxe to over-the-top, such as the most high-end rental in Terre de Haut, Villa Les Saintes. It’s a real blend of luxury and the island’s unique charm. Prestige has villas that are handpicked for celebratory occasions, everything from Honeymoon hideaways to contemporary mansions for family reunions. They have handled corporate retreats and anniversaries. Their concierge service can provision villas or arrange private chefs and housekeepers, orchestrate tours and shopping excursions, and in-house spa services. Villas can have everything from Wi-Fi to pool guys. The agency’s young bilingual owner, who grew up on Guadeloupe, writes an impressive blog giving tips on “doing” the French islands. He honed his rental skills in St. Bart’s, where he became a villa specialist. Grande-Terre. 917/720-3120 or 33 6/851–853–01. www.prestigevillarental.com.
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