One of the reasons that I love Martinique, that sensual, sophisticated French Caribbean island, is that I love (Hotel) Plein Soleil. Over the years, I have watched it “grow up.” Both it and the owner, Jean Christophe, came of age in the hotel business some 17 years ago; its restaurant always refined, is now a landmark for contemporary cuisine, a fusion of Franco-Caribbean fare. Long overdue, the hotel is now officially rated four-stars, according to strict, French standards. It has always been considered a romantic getaway, a tranquil outpost of civility, one with its own brand of humor and savoir faire. The clientele that it draws is sophisticated, appreciative of the artistic, colorful environment. ‘love those ‘luxe, bi-level cottages with private plunge pools, that are in demand.
Most of the Plein Soleil staff has achieved long-term status. ‘Christophe’s niece, Marie, has blossomed into a managerial force, which gives her uncle well-deserved time to be his creative self; he is now plotting the hotel’s latest redecoration. George – and that’s a lovely lady – has been a smiling presence in the restaurant from the beginning. Nathaniel rose from the ranks and is now a celebrated chef. Robin and Radick, who came as students from a hospitality school in Eastern Europe, morphed into loyal and capable members of the Plein Soleil family. Michel, a graduate last year, exhibits pride in his professionalism. And we loyal repeat guests are made to feel as if we are of the same family. Nice!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Plein Soleil is situated in the hills above of << Le francois>>, and is just 25 minutes from Martinique's Lamentin International Airport. You traverse a banana plantation to reach this chic hideaway that is equi-distance from the beaches of the south and the mountains and rain forests of the north. Far from the congested tourist zones, set amid a tropical garden and surrounded by lush vegetation, the hotel's 16 Creole and Caribbean style rooms are housed in five colourful villas. They enjoy a wonderful view of the Bay of Francois. Plein Soleil is a haven of beauty, peace and quiet. Three of these lovely villas host the Guest, the Master pool bedrooms. The Guest rooms are on the first floor with a nice sea view, and although naturally well ventilated, are equipped with air conditioning too. The Master pool are on the ground floor, they have a large bedroom with a lovely large veranda and a fully-equiped kitchen. The Master pool room has also a private swimming pool. All the rooms have a bathroom, and a king-sized bed. In both styles of accomodations, there is rustic wooden furniture and objets d'nature and a canopy of netting surrounding each bed. Two others villas house the suites. The Jardin Suites are in a single-story house and have a spacious bedroom with a large bathroom and separate commode. There is also a spacious deck with its own private pool. The Duplex suites are in the second villa. A large living room awaits you at the entrance on the first floor. It has a delightful sun-deck. On the ground floor, an inviting room welcomes you; its deleuxe bathroom opens to the terrace and its private pool. Guests can lounge around the hotel's main swimming pool with its enchanting sea view below or relax in the inn's stylish greathouse, listening to calming music or speaking with the affable owner of Plein Soleil, Jean-Christophe. Bilingual in French and English, he is always pleased to share the secrets of a sucessful stay in Martinique. Welcoming you graciously, he will make you feel that his home is your home in Martinique. The hotel restaurant awaits you in the main house and its enlarged terrace is adorned with a nice, fresh basin. Guests will be able to enjoy the thousand-and-one flavors created by our chef. He will have returned from a several months of training with Alain Ducasse, one of France's most famous chefs. The table d'hote restaurant offers a different menu each day, with a choice of two entrees (appetizers), two main courses and two desserts. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Plein Soleil Martinique/Le Francois