My husband and I just returned from our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary trip from Anse Chastanet and overall could not have been happier. I had spent countless hours checking out this site for reviews and I thank all of you who posted and helped me make my decision.
We arrived late on American Airlines due to being diverted for a medical emergency on board. Therefore, our luggage never made it (It took 2 days plus to get it). However, upon checking in at the resort, they were very concerned and promised us they would keep in contact with the airport and get our luggage ASAP. They gave us t- shirts to sleep in. The airline gave us tooth paste etc. Thankfully, I packed our bathing suits and clothes appropriate for dinner in our carry-on!!! We did have to buy sunscreen at the boutique for $21 US (ouch) but no choice there, you must have it on.
We were taken up to our room (12B) after a lovely check-in. We had a deluxe hillside room with a water view. I was somewhat disappointed on not being able to see the pitons. Actually, the only “public” spot that we found at the resort with a view of the pitons was the main bar and the Emerald restaurant directly above it. Otherwise just those in a room with a piton/ocean view could enjoy them. If we ever get to go back, I will request a piton view! Our room was pretty and the bed comfortable. The bathroom was large with double sinks and a huge shower, but I felt that the tile on the floor could have used a good scrubbing. We had no hair dryer in the bathroom, so the next day I asked for one. It was delivered promptly; however, there was no place to plug it in. I mentioned it the next day to one of the manager’s who asked how my room was and by the time we got back to our room after the day at the beach, an electrician had installed a mounted dryer in the bathroom! (Couldn’t understand why there wasn’t one there to begin with)
The food was very good, especially dinners. There are several restaurant choices. Lunches got a little old, the menu never changed. The food was good though. The wait staff was very good and could not have been nicer. We had the “Total Romance” package which was all-inclusive. It was worth every penny! Food is pricey, not unlike any other hotel. A hamburger at the beach bar was $16 US add French fries for $5 US. A glass of house chardonnay was $7 US. Dinner was generally $160 for two (3 courses and a couple glasses of wine each). You get my point; it was nice not worrying about how much we spent on food and drink.
The activities were wonderful! Again, they were included in our “Total Romance” package. We went scuba diving, on a guided snorkel trip at the base of the pitons, jungle biking and a sail on Serenity with Captain Erwin (loved this!). All of the staff was exceptional!
The beach was beautiful but smaller than I expected. The staff taking care of you there was wonderful.
The nightly entertainment in the main bar was fun to watch. The wait staff there added to the entertainment by dancing and occasionally trying to get shy patrons up and dancing too! The bands usually ended by 10:30. This isn't a resort with a lot of nightlife. It's quiet.
Overall, our stay was everything I had hoped for. If you don’t want to stay at a resort that feels like you are on a cruise ship, this is the place for you. Beautifully unique!
- 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