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50 Best Romantic Getaways 2010

Cap Est Lagoon Resort & Spa, Martinique, West Indies

Courtesy of Cap Est Lagoon Resort & Spa

Colorful French Caribbean: Martinique, French West Indies

One of the largest islands in the French West Indies, Martinique attracts Francophiles looking for an affordable alternative to St. Bart’s. At the 50-suite Cap Est Lagoon Resort & Spa, on Martinique’s verdant eastern coast, a Guerlain spa and Creole fusion cuisine add Gallic spice to a modern plantation-style hotel decorated with vibrant madras fabrics. Take your cue from the French clientele and touch up your tan Euro-style (read: topless). After sunset, dance to steel drums in the lounge. Stop by the hotel’s restaurant, Le Belem, for grilled lobster. Doubles from $500.

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