Le Domaine De Lonvilliers

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

Anse Marcel, B.P. 481, St. Maarten/St. Martin, 97150, Caribbean
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Value Score Poor Value

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Caribean Butterfly

by Flaul

Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe is the center of the Caribbean's Creole culture, boasting a spirited blend of French and African influences. As renown for its rum as it is for resorts, this provincial island archipelago offers travelers an interesting mix of modern cities, rural hamlets, rainforests and secluded beaches.

Mainland Guadeloupe comprises two islands, Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre. Their principal city is bustling Pointe-à-Pitre at the center of the land mass; the islands' sleepy capital, also called Basse-Terre, is on the remote southwestern side. Nearly all of the resort hotels and larger marinas are along the southern shore of Grande-Terre.

Guadeloupe's offshore islands to the south and west make worthwhile side excursions. The most visited, Terre-de-Haut, is a delightful place with a quaint central village and harbor, good beaches and restaurants and some reasonably priced places to stay. The other populated islands - Terre-de-Bas, Marie-Galante and La Désirade - have very little tourism development and offer visitors a glimpse of a rural French West Indies that has changed little over time.

Full name: Department of Guadeloupe
Area: 1780 sq km (690 sq mi)
Population: 412,000
Capital city: Basse-Terre (pop 14,000)
People: Mixed African, European and East Indian descent (75%), French
Language: French, some Creole patois
Religion: Roman Catholic (95%), Hindu and pantheistic African
Government: Overseas department of France
President: Jacques Chirac

GDP: US$3.7 billion
GDP per head: US$9200
Inflation: 4%
Major industries: Construction, cement, rum, sugar, tourism
Major trading partners: France, Martinique, US

Guadeloupe
Facts for the Traveler
Visas: Visas are not required of citizens of the US, Canada or the European Union. Citizens of the EU need an official identity card, passport or valid French carte de séjour. Citizens of most other foreign countries, including Australia, need a valid passport and visa for France. All visitors officially require a return or onward ticket.
Health risks: Sunburn, diarrhea and intestinal parasites; bilharzia (schistosomiasis) is found in fresh water throughout Grande-Terre and in much of Basse-Terre.
Time: Atlantic Time (GMT/UTC minus 4 hours)
Electricity: 220V, 50Hz
Weights & measures: Metric
Tourism: 350,000 visitors per year

When to Go

Guadeloupe is warm year-round, but the evenings are coolest in winter (December to February), when temperatures linger in the mid-balmies. February to April are the driest months, with rain falling an average of seven days a month and the humidity keeping in the realm of the tolerable. This is the best time to go, and as such it's also the peak tourist season. The wettest months are July to November, which is also hurricane season, so keep an eye on the weather reports. Most cultural events take place in the spring and summer.

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Events

Carnival celebrations, held during the traditional week-long Mardi Gras period that ends on Ash Wednesday, feature costume parades, dancing, music and other festivities. The Fête des Cuisinières (Festival of Women Cooks) is held in Pointe-à-Pitre in early August. Women in Creole dress, carrying baskets of traditional foods, parade through the streets to the cathedral where they are blessed by the bishop. The parade is followed by a banquet and dancing. Also in early August is the Tour Cycliste de la Guadeloupe, a 10-day international cycling race.

Public Holidays:
January 1 - New Year's Day
Easter Holidays - Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday
May 1 - Labor Day
May 8 - Victory Day
40th day after Easter - Ascension Thursday
8th Monday after Easter - Pentecost Monday
May 27 - Slavery Abolition Day
July 14 - Bastille Day
July 21 - Schoelcher Day
August 15 - Assumption Day
November 1 - All Saints' Day
November 11 - Armistice Day
December 25 - Christmas Day

Money & Costs
Currency: French franc (FF)

Meals

Budget: US$5-10
Mid-range: US$10-20
Top-end: US$20 and upwards

Lodging

Budget: US$35-70
Mid-range: US$70-140
Top-end: US$140 and upwards
You can travel in style on Guadeloupe for about US$200 a day, though that figure rises with the number of islands you choose to visit. Travelers on a moderate budget should be able to get by on about half that, depending on whether they rent a car or not; budget travelers can expect to spend around US$50 a day.

Hotels, larger restaurants and car rental agencies accept Visa (Carte Bleue), American Express and MasterCard (Eurocard). For most other situations, you'll need to use francs. Avoid changing money at hotel lobbies, where the rates are worse than at exchange offices or banks. You can exchange major foreign currency notes using the 24-hour currency-exchange ATM next to the Crédit Agricole bank in the arrival lounge at the airport; other franc-dispensing ATMs take credit and bank cards and are located throughout the island. Taxes and service charges are included in the quoted rates at hotels and automatically added to your restaurant bill.

Située à 7000 km de la Métropole et 2700 km de New-York, par 16° de latitude nord et 60° de longitude ouest, la Guadeloupe est une région française appartenant à l'arc des Petites Antilles.
Elle forme un archipel de 1780 km², comprenant deux îles principales formant la Guadeloupe proprement dite et six autres îles appelées dépendances: l'archipel des Saintes avec Terre-de-Haut et Terre-de-Bas, Marie-Galante, Saint-Martin et Saint-Barthélemy.

L'origine du mot Guadeloupe remonte à l'époque de la conquête de l'Espagne par les Arabes. En effet, beaucoup de noms de lieux furent alors empruntés à la langue arabe. Leur prononciation en espagnol les transforma progressivement. C'est ainsi que les mots commençant par "agua" tirent leur origine de l'arabe "oued" qui signifie rivière. Cette comparaison suffit pour montrer que le mot Guadeloupe est aussi d'origine arabe. En le décomposant, il est facile de trouver la forme primitive Gua-al- upe, ce qui revient à oued-el-oub. Précisément cela se traduit par rivière de l'amour. Cela s'ajoute au charme et à l'enchantement que diffuse cette île d'outremer.

La Guadeloupe est riche de par sa population aux milles visages, son histoire, son environnement, sa gastronomie et les multiples façettes de sa culture.

Entourée de plages, bordée de cocotiers et baignée d'une mer bleue cristalline, les Caraïbes l'avaient nommée "l'île aux belles eaux".Mais on l'a surnommée aussi "l'île d'émeraude" pour sa végétation exubérante aux milles essences tropicales (voir parc naturel).
Elle est encore appelée "le papillon" compte tenu de sa forme ressemblant à celle d'un papillon aux ailes déployées.
Elle est composée de deux parties séparées par un étroit bras de mer appelé "Rivière Salée" qui relie la Grande Terre (590 km²), région calcaire et la Basse-Terre (848 km²), région volcanique (voir la Soufrière).

La Grande Terre à l'est est faiblement vallonnée. Le nord et l'est sont des plaines aboutissant sur des falaises qui plongent dans l'Atlantique et rappellent les côtes de Belle-Ile-en-Mer (Bretagne). Le sud et l'ouest formés par la plaine argileuse des Abymes débouchent sur la Basse-Terre par une zone marécageuse recouverte d'une végétation tropicale appelée mangrove. Le littoral méridionnal offre des plages de sable fin et blanc aux eaux limpides protégées de récifs coralliens. C'est aussi le domaine du tourisme, puisqu'une grande partie des infrastructures touristiques y est principalement localisé. La ville principale est Pointe-à-Pitre, véritable carrefour économique de la Guadeloupe.

A l'ouest, la Basse-Terre de forme ovale, aux massifs montagneux, sommets élevés, plateaux, ravins, régions rocheuses, se prolonge jusqu'au littoral caraïbe.On y trouve la plus grande rivière de l'archipel, la Grande Rivière à Goyave, longue de 32 km. Son point culminant est le volcan de la Soufrière à 1467 m. La forêt est dense et humide.Elle reçoit beaucoup plus de pluie que la Grande Terre..

C'est ici le domaine de la végétation tropicale dense aux essences rares, aux fougères arborescentes. Avec le dernier né des Parcs Nationaux français s'ouvre ici le plus grand livre de la nature. Plus de 300 km de traces permettent de découvrir: chutes d'eau, sources bouillonnantes, eaux sulfureuses, cratères, champs de bananes et les plus intéressants vestiges d'un passé révolu. Basse-Terre est la plus grande île en superficie (848 km²), et prête son nom à sa capitale

L'archipel comprend une population estimée aujourd'hui à 411 000 habitants, pour une densité moyenne de 227 habitant au km² (en 1990).

Porteuse à la fois de tradition et d'avenir, la Guadeloupe offre un visage aux multiples facettes.
Au coeur même de l'arc des Antilles, elle baigne d'un côté dans l'océan Atlantique et de l'autre dans la mer Caraïbe. Les contrastes y sont étonnants, la nature généreuse et démesurée.

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by nmbr1girl7

Hi, I am going to St Martin im mid March. Trying to figure out what hotel to stay in. I heard of Grand Casa Hotel, Domaine de Lonvilliers, however, not sure what to go with. I think I would like to stay on a French side. Is it better to pick a boutique hotel or a large hotel like Maho Sonesta beach or the new Wyndham that just opened in January. Also, should we rent a car or can get a scooter. Please recommend nice restaurants for dinner. Is there a point to take a day trip to St Barths. Thanks so much for your help

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Address: Anse Marcel, B.P. 481, St. Maarten/St. Martin, 97150, Caribbean