Caribbean Snapshots: Le Domaine Saint Aubin, Martinique

A historic property now transformed into a unique guesthouse


On the northeast coast of Martinique, the 19th century Creole plantation house known as Le Domaine Saint Aubin now welcomes guests, who can immerse themselves in the ambiance of a bygone era. Inside, antique mahogany furnishings set a tone of refined elegance. Built in Louisiana- style, the manor house reflects the design with expansive terraces, exposed beams and wooden columns. Lushly landscaped grounds hold groves of mango, banana and avocado trees that thrive in the rich volcanic soil.

The property perches on a hillside overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, were it is caressed by eastern trade winds. To the west, the landscape is overshadowed by the towering form of Mount Pelee, and surrounded by farmlands that yield a bounty of fresh foods for inclusion in the estate’s kitchen.