Curious, for sure, that so many of my savvy travel friends had never heard of the French Guadeloupe Islands. Too bad, because this archipelago offers something for all stripes of travelers, whether those who want to spend their time on black or golden sand beaches or those, like me, who prefer hiking in the rain forest or above the arid, surf-pounded coast. One of my favorite destinations here is tiny Les Saintes that consists of several islets, including Terre-de-Haut, which is as low key as a destination can be. It's basically a fisherman's island where I dined at many restaurants that were literally set on the sands and ate fish fresh off the boats that were anchored off shore. Another highlight was staying in an elegant tree house at the Tendacayou Ecolodge and Spa. Every one of the accommodations is decorated differently but all maintain a rustic, arboreal feel. And the spa revolves waterfalls, a mini stream/river, and a sundeck with views of the Caribbean Sea in the distance. This YouTube video slideshow offers a window into my adventure.