Where to play Robinson Crusoe
Except this time there’s no need for Man Friday, just the Taxi Cap to ferry you to paradise. Sunscreen, bathing suit, something to nibble on, and we’re off for some bargain luxury! I often go to spend a weekday on Chevaliers or Marin îlets.
Where to fill up on local garden produce
At Gros-Morne with “Cœur d’île”. From field to plate, here is where you can taste, buy, and learn. It’s where I go as soon as I feel the need for a health kick!
Where to lick your lips in Fort de France
Monuments, beaches, shops: you can work up an appetite in Fort-de-France! Time to hit the canteen that’s a favourite for me and most of my friends: Chez Hector. I go through the indoor market with its aromatic spices, and sit down for some food that could have been cooked in my mum’s own stew pot.
Where to shop til you drop, and then replenish your energy with a snack
At the Villa des Lucioles! The concept is simple: a house that’s home to chic boutiques, a masseur, and a snack bar. You won’t believe how time can fly!
Where to seek refuge from the heat
Sometimes, not even the sea is enough to cool you down. When it gets that hot, I hide out in the river at Cœur Bouliki in Saint Joseph. Yes, it’s cold, but it’s the secret of my youthful good looks!
Where to treat yourself at the foot of Mount Pelée
1643 is a restaurant that overlooks my favourite beach on the island. It whispers sweet nothings to my taste buds, but has a love/hate relationship with my bank account. An excellent culinary experience.
Where to gently recharge your batteries
I was looking for a spot where I could go to get away from it all. Hôtel Apolline is amazing both through its decor and its location.
Where to combine hiking with swimming in turquoise seas
The Trou Cochon trail in Vauclin. Kind of long (around 2.5 hours without stopping and much longer with bathing stops) but easy-going enough for people like me who only run for the bus!
Where to meet local artists
They have a house called “1 œuf”!
On rue Garnier-Pages in the heart of Fort-de-France, it’s where I go to daydream, admire, work, and grab a bite, but most of all to meet people.
Where to go for a great drive
The Route de la Trace. One of the highlights for me is seeing fresh water run between jumbled walls of giant ferns.