50 Best Romantic Getaways 2010
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.