We stayed here as part of our honeymoon and were happy with 99% of what we found here. We stayed in a deluxe beachfront apartment which was fantastic. The room quite traditional and rustic. It was comfortable and pleasant and we used the outdoor terrace every night. It was a bit dated but lovely nevertheless. The deluxe rooms have air conditioning which we found was a nice to have option on particularly hot days.
We stayed on an all inclusive basis and are glad we did as the resort is crazy expensive. US$ 5.00 for a bottle of still water so you can imagine what the rest of the drinks cost. We had an in room fridge that could be filled with whatever we liked from the AI drinks menu. You are charged US5$ For the staff to fill the fridge but as we pretty much filled the fridge for the duration of our stay we only needed it to be filled once.
Good news for the ladies Proseco is on the AI drinks plan!
Food in the three main restaurants was generally of a pretty high standard although we both had one or two meals over the 10 days that were slightly below par. On the whole though we were very satisfied.
The only negative comment we had with regards to food was the breakfast. It was very basic buffet style and had an omelette station but overall this was the element of Anse Chastanet that wowed us least.
The facts that from the beach rooms you have to climb 130 steps to get to breakfast seemed to go some way to killing our appetites most mornings so we occasionally asked for a take out box to put pastries in so we could have a light breakfast on the terrace. (You have tea & coffee in room)
We hadn't expected entertainment as such but the treehouse bar had live music of some kind on every night. Everything from a lone saxophonist to a full on country & western band. The country band played on Monday nights and packed the dancefloor as they were excellent. Check out Elicher one of the waitresses strutting her stuff on the dancefloor to get things going! Plenty of traditional Caribbean music as you'd expect.
The beach is beautiful. Quiet, private sandy cove with crystal clear waters and fantastic marine life to keep snorklers occupied. Plenty of non-motorized water sports such as paddleboarding, sailing, kyaking and windsurfing. The staff do a great job in keeping the beach in pristine condition. Just put your flag in the sand and somebody will be over in a flash to take your drinks/food order.
Beach attendants Walter, Abo, Junior, and Oliver to name a few were awesome people. Friendly and attentive without being overbearing.
Every day twice a day you will have Junior coming round to give you cold lemongrass towels to cool off as well as spraying you with eucalyptus scented water. This guy is a blast, very funny, very friendly and whenever you hear him coming you can't help but smile knowing your turn isn't far away. Junior will tell you "well my friend, that's it for round one but I will be back at 2 o clock for the second round. It might be just Junior it might be just Oliver... Or it might be DOUBLE TROUBLE"
The guy is a legend!
Scuba St. Lucia
My wife was doing her PADI Advanced Open Water dive course here at the resort and we couldn't have asked for more. There are 3 or 4 dives a day and night dives on the house reef on Mondays.
The house reef is excellent, a lovely sandy bottom dotted with coral pinnacles leading to a steepish drop-off to 30m and beyond. As a training environment this place was awesome. The house reef is great, topographically interesting and home to plenty of life such as lobster, scorpion fish, moray eels etc.
Boat diving was excellent and travel time to the dive sights was made fast by powerful twin outboards so your transit time to dives was never much more than 5-10 minutes away.
The boats themselves have a ramp to get on/off at the bow and twin dive ladders at the stern so giant strides in were easily done.
The dive staff were fantastic. Friendly, helpful, and very safety conscious they couldn't do enough for you. Garfield (boat captain) Bonita (dive guide) Ponti (dive guide) just to name some of the people we met were great people to be around and very experienced. They went about their business in a very thorough but relaxed way and we thoroughly enjoyed diving with them.
You have to be guided on dives in St. Lucia by law unfortunately so no unaccompanied diving but you can just space out enough not to end up diving with too many around you.
Most of my diving has been in the Red Sea so I have been spoilt by what I am used to diving wise and I can honestly say I was not disappointed one bit with the diving here as it was varied and interesting every dive we did.
I was actually pleasantly surprised as I've dived Barbados and Florida and expected something similar to those but St. Lucia has far more to offer.
The staff were fantastic. We were made to feel welcome by everybody we met out here. We found that if you were just friendly and chatty with the staff they were more than happy to engage you but never did we feel as if anybody was intruding on our time.
Janice at breakfast and Esther at lunch were just lovely and as I mentioned earlier Elicher in the bar was so full of energy and enthusiasm that it was positively infectious.
All in all a wonderful holiday and it is definitely somewhere we would go back to in a heartbeat.
- 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