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Bathe Like a Queen at Josephine’s Bathtub, Martinique

Bathe Like a Queen at Josephine’s Bathtub, Martinique

The bathtub in your villa or hotel room in Martinique may come equipped with Jacuzzi jets, fancy lights, designer French soaps, and all manner of additional niceness, (maybe even one of these!) but it won’t compare to Josephine’s.

A shallow patch of sea nestled between two pristine offshore islets – Ilet-Oscar (where I was standing when I snapped the lead image) and Ilet-Thiery – Josephine’s Bathtub lies just ahead for the lucky few aboard the boat pictured above. It’s named for Martinique’s favorite (and most infamous) daughter, Marie-Joseph Rose Tasher de la Pagerie, better known as Empress Josephine.

Napoleon’s wife is said to have bathed here regularly according to local legends proffered with a sly smile by the cagey fisherman that line the shores of nearby mainland villages like Le Robert and Le Francois.

Bathing like royalty at Josephine's Bathtub, Martinique | SBPR
Bathing like royalty at Josephine’s Bathtub, Martinique | SBPR

It’s also said that these same fisherman crafted the whole story to begin with, the better to create some touristic appeal to the area, and in turn, some nice easy side charters out to the Bathtub once the day’s fishing was done.

Either way, you won’t want to miss getting a soak here when you visit Martinique.

Josephine’s Bathtub seduces you, not just with its cool and soothing waters, but also by providing the unique sensation of standing safely atop a sublimely soft, sandy sea floor right in the middle of the sea.

If you’re not keen on making last-minute arrangements with a local fisherman, the friendly folks at any Martinican hotel or guesthouse can easily arrange a trip out to Josephine’s Bathtub for you.

I also highly, HIGHLY recommend the full-day sailing excursions offered by Les Ballades du Delphis.

Ballades du Delphis sails past Ilet-Oscar after visiting Josephine's Bathtub in Martinique | SBPR
Ballades du Delphis sails past Ilet-Oscar after visiting Josephine’s Bathtub in Martinique | SBPR

You sail aboard large, spacious, and comfy catamarans – all locally made in Martinique – to a series of islets (even skirting by this strictly off-limits pristine patch of sand) set off Martinique’s Atlantic coast.

The entire excursion is fantastic, with the final stop at Josephine’s Bathtub truly capping the day in royal fashion.

For more on Les Ballades du Delphis, visit them online.

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  • Laura Plitt

    Thank you for letting me know about this company. I have contacted them and cannot wait to enjoy a day out on one of their catamarans! I am hoping Ilet Oscar is not booked for the night we want to stay there!!

  • Chantelly Jean

    Where is the best place to stay for a honeymoon?! Love everything about Martinique but are there better areas or relatively more affordable places to stay? Preferably as close to the water as possible!

    • Thanks for your query, Chantelly. A lot depends on what types of activities you’re interested in pursuing and your level of French language skills, though it’s hard to find a better combination of romantic and affordable than this private island: http://bit.ly/1ERGU4s.

    • The treehouse suite at this boutique hotel is also pretty sweet: http://bit.ly/1UHG4jV..