The Caribbean Dream...

Trip Start May 13, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Les Orchidees De Sainte-Anne Ste. Anne
Read my review - 3/5 stars

Flag of Martinique  , Martinique,
Thursday, October 7, 2010

...of Paradise awaited us at Ste Anne, which was to be our final destination on this beautiful island.

We had driven down to this part of the island before, on the way to Les Salines, but at no point on the road had we been afforded the absolutely magnificant views out across the Caribbean sea. The colour of the sea was truly ridiculous and as perfect as you would expect from the West Indies. Thankfully the gorgeous weather had returned, allowing us to fully appreciate the views at their best...

Ste Anne

After perusing a couple of accomodation options we found a suitably good value and once again completely deserted place in walking distance of the beach. The large beach extends into the Club Med resort (that bit is sectioned off to us common folk) and had amazing views out across the way again, with Diamant Rock visible in the distance. Between sunbathing, bookreading, swimming, playing catch and running on the beach we managed to amuse ourselves and have a thoroughly brilliant afternoon.

Ste Anne Ste Anne

Before we knew it, the afternoon had merged into another spectactular sunset. We sat watching while others continued to swim...

Ste Anne Ste Anne

The next day was (definitely, this time!) our last full day in Martinique, so we decided to spend it at our favourite beach - Les Salines. Before this we took a wander around the small town (??) of Ste Anne, looking for a suitable eating establishment to befit our final night. One was not forthcoming, but we did find a nice jetty that stretched out right into the crystal clear turquoise water. Slightly further up the road (with the help of the guidebook for once!) we stumbled on a little goldmine of a beach that appeared to be attached to a hotel, but still allowed public access if you could find it. Brilliantly enough, no one else could, and we had ourselves a completely gorgeous private beach for the morning, complete with starfish and crabbies galore.

Couldn't have been happier playing around in this!

Ste Anne Ste Anne

Happily, Les Salines was able to equal and even top this, with more picture posctard paradise-esque scenery. It was a fitting and perfect end to our Caribbean adventure, and in truth I was still having to pinch myself that I was even here at all.

Les Salines Les Salines

The day was rounded off with another beautiful and surreal sunset - amazing stuff yet again.

Les Salines Les Salines

Les Salines

The flight back wasn't until the afternoon so in the morning we meandering back via Le Marin where we picked up a gang of lunch (english menu for once) at a nice spot by the harbour. Then we hastily realised we were late to return our pick up car and sped back to the airport. After 2 weeks of perfect right-side-of-the-road driving, Paul took the last trip on the roads as an opportunity to go round the roundabout the wrong way as I screamed in horror! Luckily it was pretty much standard behaviour in Martinique so noone raised an eyebrow - phew!

In the end I felt like our spontaneous and slightly random destination of choice was a successful one, and all the ups and downs it threw up made it all the more exciting. It made me wish I knew better French, wish the French offered a wider selection of vegetarian food, wish I didn't fry at the first sign of sunshine, and ultimately to truly appreciate the power of having a passport... in many senses.

If you want to go somewhere where you're pretty much guaranteed to fail to bump into another english person - Martinique has to be high up on the list. And for this, I salute it. Now please, import some falafel!!!!!!

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