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Anse Chastanet
Ranked #6 of 11 Hotels in Soufriere
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Reviewed 27 November 2005

All I can say are good things about this place and the people that work there. Phelix thank you sooooo much for all the help and the great boat ride. You made us feel special. Olivia...thank you for making our room so special. I guess this is why you are a manager.
I was concerned about no A/C but at night it was in the mid 70's so this was fine. You can do a dive off the beach or go mountain biking 100 yards away or just sit and relax. I would go back in a heart beat.
Food was GREAT. Get the American meal plan.
Pompano Beach, FL

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Reviewed 25 November 2005

Beautiful, classy, natural resort. Rooms are stunning, grounds are groomed, staff is friendly, food is great. We loved how so many things were included such as the water taxi, snorkel gear, guided walk, kayaks. It was lovely and we look forward to going back!

  • Stayed November 2005
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Reviewed 23 November 2005

Simply delightful! After several years of dreaming to stay at Anse Chastanet our dream finally came true this November. We could not have hoped for more. The staff are naturally friendly and you never get the feeling that they smile because they are being asked to! This must be one of the most scenic locations in the Caribbean. We enjoyed our bungalow on the hillside from where we had a beautiful view of the Pitons mountains and the ocean. Loved the sunsets. My favorite place to have dinner was the Treehouse and the food was outstanding on most evenings. They now also have the beach restaurant open for dinner which is more low key and which my husband particularly liked. We got into such a romantic spell, we almost ended up renewing our vows on the spot. In the end we decided this would be a great reason to return to Anse Chastanet next year. There are very few places left that feel unique, but Anse Chastanet is certainly one of them.

  • Stayed November 2005
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Reviewed 3 November 2005

We just returned from Anse Chastanet and despite enormous amounts of rain had a fabulous trip. We were concerned to read about construction on this site but it appears that whatever caused the disturbance in September was temporary. We asked and were told that some of the Anse Chastanet rooms were being renovated in September which was noisy, but there certainly was none of this going on during our stay. The hotel's new suites are almost completed they say even though we did not get to see them. You are only aware of them from the water. We enjoyed the chef's cooking and love the fact that we could choose from 2 restaurants on most nights. We hear they will be having an Indian theme menu for one of the restaurants this winter. The staff there is great and made the whole experience extra special. Our favorite drink was the Stairway to Heaven.

  • Stayed October 2005
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Reviewed 3 November 2005

Had the pleasure of a stay at Anse Chastenet at the end of October and was impressed from the start. With our taxi driver picking us up in Castries, to the great interpretive drive down to the resort and to finally arriving after a wild ride (the last 2 miles in rivals some of the best rides at Disneyland - haha), it was paradise instantly! The rooms are gorgeous with stunning views, excellent staff always willing to help and recreation options for any fitness level - you will always find something or nothing to do at all. My wife and I who are typically not people who like to lounge on the beach - spent 6 glorious hours under our beach hut - reading, enjoying a cold Piton and heading in for a quick snorkel every couple of hours. If you are really trying to 'getaway' from it all - this is the perfect destination!! The side trip to Castries is uneventful, sunset sail is terrific - do the hike with Meno over to Anse Mamin, and take a boat ride anywhere with Jungle. Be prepared for warm temperatures, cool breezes, a few bugs (not as bad as we had been led to believe) and people who are as kind and giving as you will ever meet - a very special place!!

  • Stayed October 2005
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Reviewed 27 October 2005

We stayed at the Anse Chastanet from Oct. 17 - 24 for our honeymoon, and had the most wonderful time. The staff is spectacular, the setting is beautiful, and the drinks and food are fantastic.

We stayed in Room 5A, which is considered the standard room. We had a view of the Pitons, and a breathtaking view of the sea, especially during sunset. Our room was the third "level" up, so coming up from the beach at the end of the day definitely got our heart rates up, but we knew about the stairs and we were prepared for them. We also knew about the lack of air-conditioning, but considering the small amount of time we spent in our room, it didn't affect us. It got quite hot towards the end of our stay, so the staff brought up a fan, per our request, and that made sleeping quite comfortable.

We had the all-inclusive total romance package, so we had activites planned pretty much every day; however, we enjoyed more than our fair share of time lounging under one of the tiki huts on the beach. Johnson and Theodore, our beach butlers, are very kind and friendly. I had heard on here complaints about service on the beach taking a long time - the longest we ever waited for food/drinks was about 30 minutes, and that was on Saturday, when one of the butlers had the day off.

We also spent a fair amount of time at the scuba/dive shop area, and took scuba lessons from Jonathan, who was wonderful.

My husband and I are so happy with our choice to stay at Anse Chastanet, and as we left, we promised ourselves that we would return. I think that people should definitely know what amenities the resort lacks so that they're not surprised when they arrive. We had such a great time there, and it will always be a special place for us.

  • Stayed October 2005
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Reviewed 17 October 2005

We stayed at the hotel from 30 September to 14 October 2005 and had a fanstastic time.

We booked via Kuoni, at arrival from the airport we saw the hotel rep who arranged a taxi for us to get to the hotel. It was about 60 min drive first 45 mins was smooth on the roads and they drive on the same side as UK wahey. Last 15 mins was on a really really really bumpy road but is good cos not many people go down this route. Although the road is public the government doesn't carry out repairs to it, instead the hotel funds this.

St Lucia the south western side is very pretty and luscious and green, very good scenery en route to the hotel passing the Pitons. And also its not too built up and not too touristy either

Upon arrival at reception we were greeted with a welcome alchoholic free drink and a ice cold face towel. We were all inclusive option which definately is a must, we were then escorted to our rooms ;) we were only in the standard rooms. We walked up some steps ;) to our room, there was double bed, mosquito net, two chairs, fridge with bottle of water and some fruit in, desk & chair, chest of drawers. then there was the shower, with toilet and sink.

There were a few mosquitos in the shower and I got bit on while using the toilet but thats ok I can live with that. The room was basic windows was wooden slated and had mesh grill to keep the mossies and bugs out. We got an extra fan in the end cos I found it quite hot, infact it was the humidity which did the most damage.

Staff were extremely friendly in all areas, from reception, waiters/waitresses, bar staff etc. They knew us by our names and made us relaxed and were very hospitable.

On the way to the beach we had to negotiate some steps but was good fun, in total i think it was about 168 steps from our room to the beach, much less if you live closer to the beach and obviously more if you live higher up on the hills.

The beach was fantastic generally clean, plenty of sunloungers an cous cous beach huts. You get free beach towels on daily basis by the beach attendants. Also there is a chap that gets your drinks for you when you want from the beach bar so you dont have to get it yourself. Water activities include sailing, kayaking, windsurfing.

Other water activites included snorkelling, diving. there's a couple of coral reeds literally right of the beach and water was very clear and could see tonnes of fish. the snorkelling and diving gear was of very high quality.

There was also a complimentary water taxi to the other beach that belonged to the hotel where the hotel has their own plantation where excursions include hiking trails and jungle biking etc, we done both, some trails were shielded from the sun, if you do this take mossie repellent.

Food was of high standard, you could eat in the piton restaurant where in the mornings they serve breakfast, in the evening they have their a la carte menu, at the beach restuarant you could have lunch there as well as some evenings eat at the buffet restuarant. We didnt suffer from food poisoning once and there was great variety and selection of food which we thoroughly enjoyed. If you wanted romantic setting you could book to eat for dinner for two in the beach.

The hotel had a list of excursions which you can either book through them or you can arrange yourself, we went on the microreflector rain forest hike which took 2-3 hours and was very rewarding. We also did the sunset cruise which was fantastic on the sailing boat Serenity. and we did complimentary hikes with the hotel with Meno the tour guide they used. These are a must, and very rewarding as Meno knows his onions and great entertainment too. We also did the drive through volcano and botanical gardens excursion which were quite good but I didnt like the way at the guides at these two locations pitching for tips because they were independant etc..

It didnt rain much, about 5-10 mins each day we were there, on our departure day it rained lots literally the whole day so i guess we went at the right time. The beach is very pretty, the sand is black due to the volcanic sand. Its also safe too, we left our belongings at the beach hut often unoccupied and still there on our return

While we were they they were building more huts, and still completing the infinity suites which are about US$700 US$900 a night, and also a potential helipad being built for the movie stars. We heard the odd banging here and there but it didnt spoil the holiday.

At night its generally hot as I said above we got an extra fan which was sufficient in keeping us cool, the humidity was just too much but apart from that the mossies were kept at bay cos I slept in the net. We saw toads and lizards which were cool, and when it rained at night we saw lots of little frogs. i accidently trod on one the first couple of nights i was there. if you in hillside accomodation you prolly get great views, our view from our room we could see the sea and the pitons, we saw hawks, hummingbirds and finches. The hotel as no tvs or radios or newspapers which is great. My mobile fone did work tho ;)

Book this hotel if you want a romantic holiday resort with no kids, book if you want to relax, or book if you want activities. book this hotel if you want to live with nature. Dont book if you cant live without air conditioning, also you dont need it.

The only negatives I can say about the hotel is it would be luxury if they had air con, and also the prices of bottles of wine is a bit extortionate but thats normal prices you would pay for bottles of wine for five star hotel.

Advice - take mossie repellant, lots of suntan lotion, and from the hotel reception to the beach its about 100 odd steps (great work out for legs)

I will do a proper review with holiday photos on my website when i got time to do it. I would class the hotel as 4 stars and will provide a link when its done

  • Stayed October 2005
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Property: Anse Chastanet
Address: 1000 Anse Chastanet Road | PO Box 7000, Soufriere, St. Lucia
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Region: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Soufriere Quarter > Soufriere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
#3 Green Hotel in Soufriere
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Soufriere
#4 Spa Hotel in Soufriere
#4 Family Hotel in Soufriere
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Soufriere
#5 Romantic Hotel in Soufriere
#5 Luxury Hotel in Soufriere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Anse Chastanet 4*
Number of rooms: 49
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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