The Best Caribbean Hotels 2011
Love Hotel, St. Martin
When the French couple William and Muriel Demy first visited St. Martin, they fell in love with the tiny town of Grand Case, which is made up of picket-fenced pastel shacks and a long, secluded stretch of sand. The Demys eventually bought a ramshackle beachfront villa and, after a top-to-bottom makeover, opened it as the Love Hotel in 2008. The seven-room property is an updated version of the charming, bare-bones hotel you used to find in the Greek islands 20 years ago. Airy, light-filled rooms have no pretensions and are simply decorated with dark wood furniture built by William. For lunch, order from the hotel café’s chalkboard menu that touts everything from Carib beer ($4) to Ruinart champagne ($100). 140 Blvd. de Grand Case; 590-590/298-714; love-sxm.com; doubles from $142.
T+L Tip: On Tuesdays, Grand Case Boulevard turns into a huge block party with calypso music, dancing, and the island’s best street-food vendors.