This is the first time I have written a review and am doing so just to help anyone who is put off by negative reports about this wonderful resort.
My wife and I celebrated our Ruby wedding anniversary at Anse Chastanet last year and after spending the winter trying to find somewhere in the world that, for anywhere near the price, could at least match the resort and it’s all inclusive package I gave up and we returned this September. I cannot praise it enough for its location, food, chilled out vibe and, above all, its staff.
I have read complaints about there being a closer airport....OK - fly with a carrier that uses Hewanorra. The number of steps...OK - do some research about the resort, they go out of their way to point out about the steps on their website. There is even a courtesy vehicle available at the main beach to drive you up to your room if you don’t want to climb the steps. No air-con....OK – again, do some research about the resort. Their website points out that only the beachside rooms have air-con. The mountain side rooms don't need it as they have natural ventilation through the wooden louvres.
Surprise, surprise - there are some mosquitos at the beachside level, so if they trouble you then book one of the hillside rooms. Having said that, if you are a very light sleeper you need to be aware that the calls of the tree frogs can be quite loud in some of the hillside rooms so take ear plugs.
The beach is not a 'Rocky beach'. There is a short section of the 'beach', just below the water line, where there is a band of small stones a couple of metres wide that you have to walk across. If you find it uncomfortable just move to another beach hut further along. On the beach itself there is not a rock, stone or pebble. Yes, the volcanic sand is dark so can get very hot and is not the white powder-like stuff you can find elsewhere but the resort pictures show that.
There is free wi-fi plus two computers in the reception area but as far as the rooms are concerned there is no TV, no radio, no phone, no internet access. That alone should give you an idea about the laid back, chilled atmosphere at the resort. There is no pool, just the bath warm, crystal clear Caribbean with a protected coral reef just meters out from the beach.
The food is good to excellent. How anyone can call breakfast 'underwhelming' and 'mediocre' is beyond me. Eggs/omelettes and pancakes cooked to order plus several hot trays. Lots of choice of fruit and cereals and fruit juices. Perhaps some people are just too choosy?
To finish - and give you an idea of the service at Anse Chastanet, when you get to the bottom of the steps to the beach you will be met by Abo. He will guide you to your chosen thatched beach 'hut' (don't worry about them all being taken - there are enough to go round) where he will lay out your sunbed towel and bathing towel. If you want a drink, or food (beach bar menus are at each hut) just stick a flag topped pole into the sand and within a minute or two there will be someone there to take your order. At some point Junior will appear 'spreading happiness' - in this instance it is a cooling lemon-grass spray with a menthol infused cooled face towel.......or is it a cooling menthol spray with a lemon-grass infused cooled face towel? To be honest - like me - you will probably be so chilled out you won't remember either :-).
- 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