We stayed at the Karibea Residence for six nights. We didn’t hire a car for the stay and although the taxi from the airport was expensive, we were able to manage pretty well for our stay. The hotel is located close to a couple of good beaches though there are no bars or services on them. It’s about a 20 minute walk to one of the other busier and better serviced beaches. Staying at this hotel you can have access to the other two in the group – but we thought the Residence had the best swimming pool (which we often had to ourselves). The gardens are beautiful and very well maintained.
The rooms are fairly specious and pretty well equipped with the kitchenette on the balcony as usual. The balcony is large but there are no loungers. TV is only French cable and sport. Bedroom was large, bathroom good and well lit and there was a large lounge. Air conditioning in the bedroom, fan in the living room. We were in one of the blocks fairly close to the main road so it was too noisy at night to have the windows open – we relied on the air conditioning which was pretty noisy. We didn’t notice the road noise during the daytime. Although you are in quite close proximity to others at the hotel, noise from other apartments doesn’t travel too much.
We walked into Sainte Luce and took the taxi collective back. A couple of supermarkets in St Luce were small but they had everything you needed and you can buy fresh fish along the sea front. We did a lot of walking during our stay but that felt good as we met people and experienced lots of different beaches. We didn’t think the local pizzeria or hotel restaurants looked very enticing so we mainly self-catered and had a couple of meals in the small restaurant nearby.
Most of the staff don’t speak English at this hotel but they were patient with us and the phrase book. Free wi-fi was available from the hotel across the road (sometimes painfully slow) and staff didn’t seem to want to engage much information about what the local attractions were.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Caribia residence, situated in the south of Martinique in the Karibea Sainte Luce Resort is the perfect place for a family holiday. Surrounded by luscious green gardens and just a short walk from two sandy beaches, the Caribia residence offers a range of activities right within the resort or at Sainte-Luce.ActivitiesThere are many bars and restaurants to enjoy on the seafront at Sainte-Luce. There is also a nautical club near to the hotel which offers a multitude of outdoor activities.The hotel provides everything you need for a perfect holiday. Try out our massages in the flower gardens surrounding the hotel.Caribia ApartmentsThis residence has 75 apartments (45 m²) with a large terrace looking out onto an idyllic setting. Each apartment, beautifully furnished in colonial style, provides a space totally devoted to your relaxation. Bed linen and towels are supplied for your arrival and the bedrooms, living room and bathrooms are cleaned every week (change of linen included). The kitchen area is your responsibility.DiningLa Yole RestaurantNot far from "Les Amandiers" pool, La Yole restaurant is open from 6:30 am to 10:00 am for a delicious breakfast next to the pool. Lunch is served from 12:15 pm to 2:00 pm and dinner from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm. La Yole serves contemporary cuisine, where you will be able to choose between a buffet or Creole-inspired a la carte dishes that will tantalize your taste buds.The restaurant may be closed in the low season.Le Pelican RestaurantNext to the Amyris hotel gardens, looking out onto the sea, Le Pelican also serves breakfast from 6:45 am to 10:00 am. Lunch is served there from 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm, and dinner from 7:30 pm to 9:45 pm, where you can enjoy delicious food sitting on the terrace next to the pool or in the air-conditioned restaurant. ... more less
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