I read over a 100 reviews on this place before I finally decided on it. I thought I could provide a very thorough review to help others who may be in the place I once was.
First off, I never take the time to write reviews but I was so blown away by this place that I just felt the need to tell everyone.
We stayed for one week in a deluxe hillside room.
My fiance and I had a unforgettable experience at this place and would definitely pay the big bucks to do it all over again.
The reviews are true there is no air conditioning in the rooms and they are more like rustic tree houses than hotel rooms. It took a little bit of getting use to but I feel like the room gives you an authentic experience. There are also no tvs. You are on vacation you don't need it. My fiance and I spend all our time at home watching tv this forced us to spend qaulity time together it was quite wonderful.
Exceptional!! I am a very picky eater and I did not have a single meal I did not enjoy. They had 5 resturants that had different menus every day our only regret is we didnt have enough time to try everything. When you go to the caribbean you expect mediocre buffet food at best. At anse chasanet everything is a la carte prepared fresh and every meal was like dining at a fine dining establishment. However, I think it's essential to pay the extra and get the all inclusive package as the meals seperatley would be quite pricey. As well, be weary of "caribbean time" I think coming from a big city you're use to service and food being very quick and efficient. They encourage you to slow down and take your time to really enjoy yourself.
The staff here at anse chastanet really know how to go above and beyond to meet your every need. I have a few points of service i'd love to share.
We somehow locked ourselves out of our bathroom at 3 in the morning they glady sent a handy man to our room 5 minutes later.
We also managed to lose our safe key on the beach. It would of costs $80US to drill the safe. We were quite distraught but 3 staff members raked the beach for an hour until they found it. If thats not service I don't know what is
I also mentioned to the chef that I loved the coconut macaroons they made, he couldnt get me any before I left (because they weren't made yet) but he had vaccum sealed fresh shredded coconut sent to my room so that I could make them myself at home!! These are some of the examples of the staff going so out of their way to accomodate us that made our stay so unforgettable.
The staff also perform turndown service twice a day. Once in the morning to freshen things up and make your bed and once again at night to layout the mosquito net and light the candles to keep the bugs away.
There is also full service on the beach. You lay in the cabana and just plant the provided flag in the sand when you need anything and an attenedant will glady bring you any drink or food you want that was one of our favourite features of this hotel!
This resort is NOT a party hotel. If you want to go with a bunch of friends I recommend the sandals I hear they're awesome for that. This resort is definitely a honeymoon resort everything is set up for a romantic experience. From candle light dinner everynight with tables only set for twos.
There were amazing views of stars and they light up pathways on the beaches at night so you can go for romantic walks.
The beach itself is not that big compared to the bigger chain resorts i've been to but we never had a problem getting a cabana to lay in (cabana use is also free :)
Note:* there is no pool, but who needs a pool when you have the ocean?
The snorkeling along the beach is beautiful, if you can swim over to anse chasanets sister island you get to see giant sea turtles.
I've never been scuba diving before but I took thier very reasonably priced course. It was simple to understand and very straight forward I loved it so much I paid $40 extra and got an additional guided boat dive. Our tourguide was amazing he made a point to find things that we would have never seen otherwise.
I would also highly reccommend the walking tour of sourfriere them hotel offers for free every saturday morning. I love getting to know what carribbean islands are really like and I feel like you can only really do that when you step outside of the resort. Our guide was extremley knowledgable about the nature on the way and he's actually from the town of Soufrire as well so he was able to give us a very thorough tour of the town.
If you want a little bit of party during your stay I suggest the friday night fish fry. They take you to a neighbouring island where you can buy all the local foods and have a drunken good time.
tip: get your money exchanged at the hotel it'll be cheaper and easier because the locals usually priced things in their currency.
There are loud tree frogs at night it was weird the first night but eventually we got use to the sound and actually missed it when we returned home. If you are a light sleeper you'll need earplugs.
There are also lots and lots of stairs. 105 from the lobby to the beach I counted one day out of curiousity.
If you're in reasonable shape you should be fine. After a few days you get use to them.
The hotel is located on top of a hill the ride from the airport was up twisting and riding roads followed by a very bumpy hill up to the actual hotel if you get motion sickness bring gravol.
I don't think this would be an appropriate family resort. Everything is catered to adult tastes.
I hope this review was helpful. If you are looking for a unique caribbean getaway but are tired of the cookie cutter places this is the place for you. If you enjoy gourment food and execptional service this is the place for you. Enjoy! :)
- 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
- Anse Chastanet St. Lucia/Soufriere
- Anse Chastenet