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Residence Hoteliere Les Cayalines
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

The complex
Les Cayalines is actually not a hotel but an apartment complex. The complex is situated just off the main road to the south of Martinique and is very easy to find. The location of les Cayalines is fantastic; it is situated a few kilometers of St. Luce (you definately need a car; Jumbo car is one of the cheapest in the French Antilles) and has direct access to a wonderful beach via a very nice walk through trees. The rooms are very basic and simple and the bathroom could use some maintanance. Each room has a small kitchenette and a fridge and there is free wifi. There is a small and nice pool on the complex. The complex is quiet; no music, no bar, no loud people. In the neighbourhood of the complex there is a small Carrefour supermarket (down the road near the beach access). The price/quality level of Les Cayalines is good and I can recommend it to others but do keep in mind it is just a basic complex.

St. Luce
St. Luce is a small fisherman's town with a few nice restaurants (Casa Coco is very nice but very busy) on the main beach road in town. Besides a few little restaurants the town has not very much to offer (no shops or entertainment). Keep in mind that everyone takes it easy on the island and that you have to wait relatively a long time before you get your drinks and meals.

Beaches
St. Luce is an ideal base to explore the beaches on the south side of the island. Don't miss the Grand Anse Salines, a very nice and busy beach in the south of Martinique, Anse Noir on the Southwest coast if you like a quiet beach with black sand and nice fish (snorkling!) and Cap Chevallier (bounty paradise beach).

Scenic drive
You can start a very nice drive not very far away from St. Luce. Take the road (D7) from the highway to the popular tourist place Trois Ilets and drive along the coastline (D7 and D37) to Diamant and back to St. Luce. On the way you have wonderful views and beaches. You can combine this drive with a visit to the beach of Anse Noir.

The east part of Martinique is nice too, although the sea here is rough. The area of Trinité is nice to see. You could combine it with a visit to Balata.

Balata botanic garden
I was very impressed by the Balata botanic garden. This very well maintained garden is situated in the mountains near the capital of Martinique, Fort de France. It is definately worth the drive.

Car hire
A car is a must on the island. Public transport is not efficient or not present. Car hire is not expensive and there are car rental companies everywhere. I hired a car with Jumbo Car, They have several offices and one of them is on the airport. They are the cheapest I found.

There is a lot of traffic on the island. Especially near the capital. Here you find a lot of traffic jams. The roads are well maintained and the driving manners of the people on the island are good. So do not worry about driving a car on Martinique.

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

We spent 4 nights here in December, and were very impressed by the overall experience. It is a great value, well-designed, quiet apartment-style hotel with excellent helpful staff. The room was large, clean and comfortable, with a private balcony and well-stocked kitchen facilities. The location is good, with private beach access and a really lovely pool. However, although it is very close to the town of St Luce, it is still around a 4 km drive, so you really would want to have a rental car to stay here.

There are some great small restaurants worth trying in St Luce - the hotel receptionist recommended ChiChe, and it was an excellent local place with great fresh seafood, but it's nice to have the option to cook at the apartment as well. There is a Carrefour grocery store only 5 mins away. It's a good base for exploring the island, and around a 25 minute drive to Les Salines, a gorgeous beach regarded as the best in Martinique. We definitely recommend Les Cayalines.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 17, 2012

We stayed at Cayalines for 2 weeks in January 2012.From the moment of booking to our departure it was really professionally handled by the staff and if we add clean appartment, lovely pool, private entrance to the beach,it makes a dream holidays.We highly recommend Cayalines.

  • Stayed: January 2012
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  • Stayed: August 2017, traveled as a couple
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Stayed: August 2017, traveled with family
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  • Stayed: July 2017, traveled with family
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Address: Quartier Desert, Sainte-Luce 97228, Martinique
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Location: Caribbean > Martinique > Arrondissement of Le Marin > Sainte-Luce
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Ranked #1 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Sainte-Luce
Price Range: $82 - $132 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 68
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