La Route des Rhums, Martinique
David Giral

GET A TASTE OF MARTINIQUE
Visitors to Martinique have long been attracted by the Caribbean island’s French-Caribbean culture and world-class rums. To get a taste of the latter, Martinique’s La Route des Rhums (martinique.org) sets you on a self-guided tour to visit premier distilleries on the island, where making rum has become an artisan endeavor employing the rhum agricole method of using freshly squeezed sugarcane juice instead of the typical molasses. Visit top producers and sample their distinctive blends before indulging in a gourmet dinner at Cap Est Lagoon Resort & Spa (capest.com), a Relais & Chateaux boutique hotel, where chef Guillaume Bregeat serves fusion cuisine with a focus on local produce. For a nightcap, head to the Cohi Bar where the rum selection tops 100.