This complex is the result of a remarkable 10-year saga, as an expat French family learned to live off a parcel of rain forest, building tree houses for their large brood, then constructing additional ones for paying guests, as well as a seafood restaurant, Le Poisson Rouge. (The present French chef, with Bangladesh origins, is accustomed to preparing inventive, tasty meals from tropical produce.) The publicity and the ensuing business gathered when Tendacayou owners, Sylvie and George Carreyre, appeared on the front cover of France's popular L'Express newsweekly, allowed them to then build a wellness spa. Like everything else, it has its own personality, with professional therapists for moderate prices, and a magical, Zen environment. The newer accommodations are more upscale, romantic, wildly colorful bungalows with gingerbread fretwork. The last completed, Lea's, is jaw-dropping, a study in violets and blues with antiques and bay views. This is Thai-influenced Caribbean, as whimsical as a fairy tale.
Matouba La Hauf, Deshaies, Basse-Terre, 97126, Guadeloupe