In September 2017, Hurricane Irma caused extensive damage across the island. Many places closed for rebuilding. Frommer's recommends that vacationers check in advance with all businesses before traveling.
Located along the turnoff to Pic du Paradis halfway between Marigot and Grand Case, this splendid sanctuary -- by far the greenest spot on island -- merits a stop. It was a famed sugar plantation between 1721 and 1848 (the original slave walls still surround the property). In its modern heyday a half-century ago, the Fleming family hosted Fortune 500 elite and celebrities (Benny Goodman, Jasper Johns, Harry Belafonte). But after Hurricane Luis ravaged the property in 1995, it became derelict. Californian B. J. Welch purchased the land in 2003 with the goal of establishing a nature retreat, preserving the island's last remaining virgin rainforest. Literally thousands of plant species, including towering mahogany, corossol (soursop), mango, papaw, and guavaberry trees, have reclaimed a hillside of rock formations and running streams. Iguanas, parrots, hummingbirds, monkeys, and mongoose run wild. Well-maintained trails zig and zag from the foothills to the top of Pic Paradis, the island's highest point, where a viewing platform offers sweeping 360-degree panoramas. You can trek on your own or take one of the farm's guided tours, from a mild sunset walk to a wild, strenuous eco-challenge. Along the way, enthusiastic guides discourse on local history, geology, wildlife, and bush medicine. The Fly Zone (35€) lets you fly over the forest canopy on ropes and cables suspended high in the air. The newest attraction, Extreme Fly Zone (55€), gives you even more adrenaline chills with a challenging hike uphill and a thrilling ride on a high-tech zipline down. Kids can fly on slightly lower suspended bridges and swinging rope on the park's Ti' Tarzan (20€) attraction. The Hidden Forest Café is a delightful place to dine. The Tree Lounge is a bar perched 7.5m (25 ft.) off the ground; it serves tapas and pizza (along with cocktails) and is open Tuesday to Sunday from noon to midnight.