by Kaitlin Braun
With a beachfront location in the middle of the island, this hotel is a perfect home base with easy access to activities on the north and south sides of Martinique. Most of the rooms are best suited for couples; however, the “Master Pool” rooms can adjoin other Master Pools or standard rooms, and the Duplex Suites comfortably accommodate a family of four, plus cribs, which you can request. Another perk of the duplexes and Master Pools that kids will love is the private pools on the terraces (all guests have access to the larger hotel pool).
For meals, visit the Franco-Caribbean gastronomic restaurant, which serves all three meals (including continental breakfast) and features a different menu every day. The dress code is described as “chic,” so you might want to leave the flip flops in your suite. Uniquely, there is also an onsite library where you can relax and do some reading.
Our Editor Loves
- Family-sized suites are equipped with private pools
- Chic onsite restaurant serves breakfast through dinner
- Located close to attractions on the north and south sides
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
Wonderful hotel with open, beautifully designed public areas. Breakfast is served inside and outside. The pool is OK. The room in a small cabin was nice, well-designed. There was a view of the bay from the room. Only downside was the somewhat small shower that wetted the toilet and exit to the room. Road access is confusing and GPSs may misguide. The last couple 100 metres are pretty rough but can be done carefully with any rental car. Just go really slowly around the potholes. What you get is a quiet location. Recommended.
My wife and I stayed in one of the garden view rooms with a small private pool. The room was very nice and had a very large covered veranda with a kitchenette with everything you would need to fix a meal. There was a small room next to the pool with a second bed, shower, and toilet. Breakfast was very good with a large variety of fruits, pastries, and cooked eggs, all served at your table. We had a choice of two fixed menus each night, both of which were very good if you like deluxe French style cooking, and of course a bit on the expensive side.
The hospitality and service of the manager and his staff could not have been better. We got lost coming in at night and did not arrive until 10 PM, after the kitchen was closed, but they still prepared a meal for us. The only downside to Hotel Plein Soleil is the rough and twisted road getting there. Postal addresses on Martinique rarely work on Google maps, or the GPS in our car. We discovered that if you enter the town near your destination and then expand the map the hotels, restaurants, and other attractions usually appear.
Le Francois was well situated for us to visit things in the middle and southern parts of Martinique, and we found the roads good for a Caribbean island.