Well, others here have better, more complete reviews of the resort. I am writing from the perspective of an experienced SCUBA diver. After all, it is a dive resort.
First, I would make sure you get a room down close to the beach. It is a steep walk up and down with your dive gear. You are welcome to leave it in the community rooms, but you take your chances.
Second, the resort can't even bother to put in fresh water in the "rinse tanks" My gear was more filthy after using those, so we rerouted to using our shower in our room for our rinse.
Third, There is little to no life left in the reefs. Why? I suspect overfishing, but the dump you will drift over (at Soufriere) and all of its debris may be cause. As for the "natural park" at the resort, it is a basically 50 yards roped off from the cliff area. However, the locals simply jump out of boats to spearfish right next to the roped are. That may also explain why there is not fish in the area.
Fourth the dive guides/instructors are not very serious. When we asked to use an analyzer to measure our NITROX, we got a wisecrack about "don't you trust us?" Those who are NITROX certified understand what this implies...
We dive regularly in South Florida so we are used to great reefs and corals and fishes. For a less experienced diver, you probably won't know what is missing for the Anse Chastanet SCUBA resort.
I was very sad to see the condition of the SCUBA diving. As a resort its beautiful; that's why I give it 3 stars: 4 stars for the resort, 2 for the diving.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tranquility, Romance, Adventure: What were Caribbean hotels like when you sat watching the sunset instead of cable TV? You can still find that Classic Caribbean at Anse Chastanet on St. Lucia’s quiet southwestern coast where two magical peaks, the Pitons, leap from the sea and the mountains are covered with luminous greenery.Architect owner Nick Troubetzkoy believes passionately in nature. So he created a hotel that makes the foliage and the flowers, the perfumes and the peaks, the sea and the bird song an integral part of your vacation experience. The estate encompasses 600 lush tropical acres bordering two soft sand beaches. The resort’s two crystal-clear bays are part of a designated marine reserve protecting miles of colorful coral reefs teeming with tropical fish.With such a unique setting as his canvas, Nick Troubetzkoy was inspired to design a one -of-a-kind resort. A dozen rooms are tucked in behind the coconut palms that line the beach and the remainder tip toe up a flower decked hillside, taking advantage of the captivating scenery all around. Anse Chastanet’s ever growing art collection provides a visual feast of its own. There are impressive wooden sculptures and plaques, earthy burlap compositions, painted “sky ceilings” and vibrant acrylic paintings invoking memories of Matisse and Picasso.And while the sensuous seclusion of the rooms provides some guests with the perfect excuse for lolling away the day on the balcony, others head out to partake in the many activities on offer; yoga, snorkeling, scuba diving, tennis, sunset sailing, sea kayaking or jungle biking, hiking and bird-watching among the ruins of an 18th century colonial plantation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Anse Chastanet Hotel Soufrière
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