As grand hotel entrances go, this one that greets you upon arrival at La Maison de L’ilet Oscar is pretty near impossible to beat.
Located a tidy 15-minute boat ride from mainland Martinique, Ilet Oscar (the island) is one of several islets that, along with a long and vibrant coral reef, keep the Atlantic-facing shores in and around Le Francois and Le Robert reasonably calm. Each of the islets is worthy of exploration (keep your distance, however, at Loup Garou), though Ilet Oscar (the bed and breakfast) is most definitely the spot you’ll want to stick and stay.
Here you’ll find a charmingly rustic colonial-style guesthouse with a decidedly tropical feel embodying every romantic notion you may have ever had about being marooned on some far-flung island paradise.
The shimmering surrounding waters (including Josephine’s Bathtub) and their attendant tropical fish and brightly-painted boats aren’t the only colorful aspects of Ilet Oscar either. The house itself boasts quite an uncommon history unto itself.
Originally constructed in 1935 on a whole other island (Ilet Thierry right next door) the home was lost in a card game by its original owner, who then dismantled it and set it to drift over to Ilet Oscar where it was rebuilt on its current site piece-by-piece.
La Maison de L’ilet Oscar has just four guestrooms, none with TV’s, radios, air-conditioning (unnecessary thanks to the steady sea breezes), or much beyond the basic necessities of rest, relaxation, and romance.
For me, time stands still at Ilet Oscar like nowhere else. There’s nothing to do but relax, the only sounds are those of the sea, Mother Nature, and the occasional passing boat or jet-ski, and the food, the majority of it seafood sourced just offshore, could not be more fresh, savory, and delicious.
You can come ashore here solely for lunch or dinner (reservations are always a must), but believe me, you won’t want to leave, especially once you realize the price – just 150 Euros per night (about US$185) based on double occupancy… including breakfast!
Affordable rates are also available for weddings and special events.
For reservations and more information, visit La Maison de L’ilet Oscar online.