First off, let me say that we had a fantastic time at the Anse Chastanet. The food was fantastic and the hotel staff was just as great as the food. We did the full meal plan, but not inclusive drinks as we don't drink enough to get our money's worth from it.
We stayed in room 7E, which is the highest room on the mountain, and what the staff calls 'The View Room'. The view is incredible. From one side, you look out into the Caribbean, and from the other side you look across and down the coastline and into Soufriere itself. You are at the top of a VERY tall hill (a bit more of that in a minute), and the views are just spectacular. Almost all of the rooms are 'open air' meaning that basically the only thing between you and the rest of the world is a couple of slats of wood. No windows, no walls, no nothing, just open air. We did not have any issues at all with bugs, but there is mosquito netting around your bed that turndown service puts out each night.
We took several of the resort-led trips (one for the hike to the falls, and one to the plantation next door) which were really fun, especially our guide, Meno (sorry if I got the spelling wrong). He was fantastic, and always smiling. We also did the 1-day-a-week zip line which was OK (was nice to kind of cross the island to get there. The zip lining was just fair to good), and spent the other days at the beach. The beach situation was really nice, and the cabanas were some of the best we've seen in the Caribbean.
So, this brings up the 'not for everyone' piece. There is no air conditioning except, I think, in the lowest, beach villas. It was late May when we were there, lows in the mid-70's and highs in the mid-80's (which I think is pretty standard year-round). Coming from Texas was a bit of an adjustment just because we have air conditioning everywhere. All I can say is that for 5 of the 6 days we were there, it was hot, and at times we had to plan our day around finding a cooler spot. In our room the temperature never got below 80 degrees or so. For someone who would prefer it be an ice box to sleep, it was a bit of an adjustment. Light sleepers or late nighters probably won't be fans of the birds chirping and tree frogs croaking starting at about 5am each day. Open air means no air conditioning and no sound barriers to the rest of the world. It is extremely peaceful, relaxing and soothing, but not your typical 'set the thermostat to whatever you want' and 'sleep all day in a tomb' kind of a place. The one day is lightly rained and was overcast was cooler, but most days it was fairly still and you almost had to carry a portable fan around with you when you moved to different places in the room. Again, something you have to get used to.
Also, there is this hill. It's a big hill. It affects how you plan your day, so it's pretty considerable. From the beach to the main dining area/bar was about 180 steps. From the main dining area to our room was another about 170 steps. I am guessing that it is about a 250 foot vertical rise between beach and our room, give or take. That's like climbing the stairs of a 20 story building to go from beach (or beach restaurant) to the room. Or a 10 story building to go from the bar/upper restaurant to your room. One thing is that it keeps you in shape! We felt like we were in better shape going then coming, even though we ate a ton of food during our stay. But, it is something to consider and factor into your choices. They offer a ride up the mountain, but it is usually easier to walk.
- 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