Fodor's Expert Review Domaine de la Palmeraie

Quartier Thoraille, Le Diamant, n/a Martinique, 97223, Martinique

Unique in Martinique, this complex of six villas is contemporary yet Caribbean, secluded amid acres of zenlike gardens yet a short drive to Diamant’s beach and town, which is more of a slice of real island life than a tourist destination. It was designed by celebrated local architect Mike Parker to catch the cool breezes and furnished with French élan and artistic taste. The stylish, well-equipped kitchens and long dining tables make it well suited for families and/or social groups that may want to cook a little. (Private chefs can also be arranged.) Three villas have their own private pools; Villas Corossol, Maracudja, and Coco do not, but there is a main pool for everyone to use, with ample deck space and loungers. Even the smallest villa can sleep five persons, yet couples are welcome. The interior decor has the WOW effect, with antique mirrors juxtaposed with French contemporary couches, exotic plants, and frequent splashes of color—pinks, purples, and oranges.

PROS

  • private enclave and owner speaks English
  • whimsical children’s rooms
  • desks and strong Wi-Fi

CONS

  • some might prefer to be closer to Trois-Îlets or other tourist areas
  • a rental car is almost a necessity
  • no air-conditioning in second-floor bedrooms except in the spacious Villa Papaye

QUICK FACTS

Rental
Green, Romantic, Trendy
Quiet
Countryside
Design
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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 0696-98–97–17

HOTEL DETAILS

6 villas
Rate Includes: No meals

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