by Amanda Geronikos
The Pierre & Vacances Village Club Sainte Luce may be the most family-friendly resort in Martinique. Situated on the beach, it features a water park and kids’ programming for ages 3 to 17. Guests may also participate in tennis, volleyball, golf, sailing and Zumba — all included in rates. For additional fees, you can arrange to try water sports. Spacious guestrooms provide kitchenettes, including dishwashers. Some rooms only accommodate two to three people, but families will like the two-bedroom apartments, which sleep up to six. Free Wi-Fi is available, though it may be spotty at times.
Our Editor Loves
- Water park
- Kids' clubs
- Rooms for six
- Water Parks
- Children Programs
- Family Room 5+
With the help of information and reviews available through Trip Advisor, my husband and I spent five days at Pierre & Vacances Village near Sainte Luce; and we were thrilled with practically everything about it. First of all, it is in a very beautiful location near lovely, shaded beaches and trails. We had not rented a car on Martinique, so we were especially happy that we could walk to a local grocery store (Carrefour) and also to the village of Sainte Luce on delightful trails that follow the beaches through many shady groves. These trails have tree roots and stones here and there; but for the most part, they were very easy to hike and offered a delightful morning stroll. There were some very nice "beach" restaurants that provided delicious seafood options. (Just be aware that you have to eat either early or late since most of the restaurants were closed between 4:00 PM and 7 PM! Since we normally eat dinner around 5 when we are at home, we generally ate breakfast and then an early dinner. No problem!)
Pierre &Vacances Village provides a wonderful environment in every way. The entire staff is helpful and friendly. We do speak some French, so this was helpful (and very enjoyable!); but everyone we encountered spoke at least some English. There was always someone available who could communicate in English whenever there was any confusion on our part! No problem!
The grounds, pool area and apartments are lovely and provide a very relaxing environment. We especially enjoyed having a kitchenette on our terrace where we could have breakfast. We chose to eat dinner out, but the cupboards were well stocked with pans and utensils had I chosen to cook more, (Ha, ha!) Also, there is a very nice little store on the grounds where one can buy sandwich makings, snacks, gifts, etc. It is quite well stocked and prices are comparatively similar to those at Carrefour. Very handy! Also, there are a couple of washing machines and dryers available for the guests.
There are other services available right in the village including a restaurant, a pizza/sandwich parlor, and a sandwich stand near the pool area. We did eat at the restaurant a couple of times and were very pleased.
We can't recommend Pierre&Vacances Village enough and are definitely hoping to return in the future
The location is about a 30 minute drive from the airport. It is probably best to either organize a transfer before you arrive or a rental car as taxis are expensive and hard to get out of hours. If you are coming from the USA just remember that most rentals are stuck shift... Just saying...
The arrival was rendered a little more awkward than it needed to be. Paper confirmations of the booking were requested. The booking number and reservation in an electronic format were not accepted, even though the information was on their systems.
The 2 bed apartment was spacious and clean upon arrival although the kitchen outside on the balcony me at there were ants around. The kitchen comes supplied with all necessary plates and cooking implements but you have to provide your own dishcloth and soap or tablets for the dishwasher. Tea towels were provided.
The choice of food on site is quite limited. The Mahi Mahi restaurant is only open at lunchtime so the choice is pizza or the buffet meal. We didn't venture in for the buffet meal as it was expensive and didn't look the best. The pizzas were good, but salads only available at lunchtime and the crepes were never available, so it's either pizza and fries or nothing. Service in the evening was fantastic though.
The pool is large and well maintained and clean. You have to get cards from reception to get pool towels and are asked to keep these several days. You need to return towels to get the cards back for check out. The biggest disappointment is that the swim up bar which looks great is used exclusively to supply towels, no drinks available.
There is a bar close to the pool where you can get drinks and a panini. You can harge to your room. There is also the main bar open at night. Choices are limited and service is slow, but it is not very busy so all good. There is some evening entertainment provided but it is very French campsite and a bit cheesy.
The location is right on the beach, so it is ideal to be able to get to the sea and a walk up the beach to the left brings you to Caribbean Food where the food and drinks are excellent.
Car rentals and excursions are available in the main lobby, but best to book up front as the opening hours for staffing are only in the morning and pricing was much higher than booking online.
Finally, there is a small store where you can get the basics. Don't forget to order baguette and pain au chocolat the day before and keep some small change to pay.
All in all the experience was good, the resort is clean, well kept and if you are coming to cook yourself and hang at the pool and beach it is ideal. Some rooms have been updated and look better than others. If it rains watch out on the balconies as they get very slippery.
I would highly recommend getting a car rental not only if you want to get shopping to cook yourself but also to be able to get out and visit many of the wonderful sights in the Martinique. Not much is walkable from the resort.