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Anse Chastanet Resort, St Lucia

Tropic Breeze Rating:4.5

Anse Chastanet is a luxurious resort in St Lucia which emphasises the natural beauty of the island and its landscape, set on a luscious 600 acre tropical estate bordered by two beaches with incredible views of the famous Pitons. Designed and built by owner and architect Nick Troubetzkoy, the attention to detail is stunning - from the real inclusion of tropical trees and flowers into the actual building to hand crafted, local materials for furnishings and sculpture as well as the superb selection of art works. The hotel came eighth in the 'Top Resorts in the Caribbean' category in the Conde Nast Traveller Magazine 2016 Readers' Choice Awards.  

Each of the 49 rooms at Anse Chastanet are individually designed to maximise the views of the Pitons or the sea, and are furnished with colourful fabrics and local wood. Twelve rooms sit at beach level in the tropical gardens while the others wind up the hillside to maximize the views and the trade winds, meaning that most of the rooms remain cool naturally. Some rooms have wooden louvered walls which open onto private terraces to provide panoramic views and others are missing a fourth wall entirely.

Dining at Anse Chastanet is varied and exciting thanks to the six restaurants and two bars. Whether you choose a casual beach grill or fine Caribbean cuisine, the resort offers a wide variety of food in a range of settings, from sand under foot to fine dining on the hillside.
There is a vegetarian restaurant, Emeralds, which like all of the restaurants here focuses on showcasing local produce which is sourced from the resort’s own hillside farm. The resort also has a chocolate laboratory on site which offers chocolate tasting and truffle-making classes. 

Anse Chastanet provides its guests with a variety of ways to explore St Lucia whether on land, above the water or beneath it! The resort offers fantastic diving and snorkeling directly from the beach and the friendly dive team is on hand for any guidance or training you may require. Bike tours and hiking trails are available around the luscious resort estate where guests can also enjoy bird watching tours and explore the old plantation ruins. 

The resort has two beaches, one offering beach service, so if doing absolutely nothing is your idea of a holiday then Anse Chastanet is perfect! On the main beach guests only need to raise their flag to request drinks and snacks, while Anse Mamin is more secluded and is reached by a complimentary water taxi.

Anse Chastanet's spa, Kai Belte, is located overlooking one of the resort’s beaches and offers a wide range of treatments by professionally trained therapists including massages, aromatherapy, hair treatments and even reflexology. 

Due to Anse Chastanet’s location, many St Lucian attractions are nearby and the concierge team at the resort will be happy to arrange tours and activities such as a visit to Pigeon Island, a trip to the Caribbean’s only drive in volcano or a hike of the Pitons.

Weddings at Anse Chastanet are spectacular and the resort offers a range of settings from a barefoot beach service to romantic services in the plantation ruins within the resort’s estate. Please contact one of our travel specialists to discuss your wedding requirements.

 


Our Opinion

After surviving the somewhat bumpy road into Anse Chastanet, I could not have been more wowed by the location of the resort. The south of St Lucia really is as stunning as it looks in the pictures, with dense rain forest and towering pitons. Anse Chastanet has a very special feel, and if you love nature, or simply that feeling of being ‘away from it all’ you will love this resort.
 
I am not a Vegetarian, but for those that are you are spoilt for choice at ‘Emeralds’ which offers a purely vegetarian menu. I personally would recommend sneaking around to Anse Mamin,  the second beach at Anse Chastanet, and sampling the lunch grill menu, which is delicious. Be warned, there are quite a few steps down to the beach, but with such a good choice of restaurants, I found it a bonus to actually work off some of the calories I had consumed!! The accommodation - set up in the hillside amongst the forest - really is a special way to spend a holiday, and the resort really does feel at one with nature- I even had a huge tree growing up through the bathroom of my room, entwined and incorporated with the shower.
 
I could happily spend 14 nights at Anse Chastanet, and not leave! You really should see some of the south of the island though, but if you do not want to venture far, simply join one of the guided nature walks offered by Anse Chastanet- you camera will not stop clicking! 
 
- Julia
For more information about Anse Chastanet or alternative resorts, take a look at Gretchen's St Lucia Trip Diary.
 

 


Fact File

Children: Children over the age of 10 are welcome all year round at Anse Chastanet, excluding the months of July to September when only children aged 6 and above are allowed. Babysitting can be arranged locally.
 
Distance from the international airport:  Anse Chastanet is approximately one hour and 20 minutes' drive from Hewanorra International Airport (UVF). Guests can also take a helicopter transfer which takes just 6 minutes. 
 
Complimentary Facilities: During your stay at Anse Chastanet you can enjoy complimentary snorkeling (including equipment), kayaking, tennis, sailing, windsurfing, escorted walks and hikes through the estate, a water taxi to and from Anse Mamin beach and morning yoga classes. 
 
Resort Facilities: Guests of Anse Chastanet can enjoy the resort’s two white sand beaches, six restaurants, two bars, PADI dive school offering a range of training and dive and snorkel trips, watersports. The excursion desk can organise guided kayaking trips to the Pitons or fishing villages, day sailing trips and sunset cruises, 12 miles of hiking and jungle biking tours and spa.  Activities may incur a local charge. 
 
Excursions: The concierge team will be more than happy to help plan trips to help you explore St Lucia.  Popular excursions include visiting the Sulphur Springs, day trips to Castries, hiking the Pitons, zip line trails, deep sea fishing and cookery classes where you can enjoy a visit to the resort’s organic farm. 
 
Meal Arrangements: Guests can stay on a room only, half board or an all-inclusive basis.  
 
Add on Packages:  Anse Chastanet Resort offers a range of add on packages to enhance your stay.  These include a special scuba diver add on for certified divers giving you 12 dives for a discounted price; also both spa and mountain biking packages are available. Please contact a member of our team to discuss your requirements.
 
Accommodation
All rooms are individually designed and furnished using local materials and supplies. Each room features a ceiling fan, Lavazza coffee & espresso makers, a fridge, hair dryer, safe and bathrobes.  Deluxe and Premium rooms also have an iron and ironing board. Due to the design and build of this property the rooms do not require air conditioning as there is a natural airflow - however, Beachside Deluxe Rooms are now air conditioned. 
 
Standard Rooms: Each room is individually designed and features a queen or king sized bed, wooden Louvre windows, a sitting area and an en suite bathroom.  You can enjoy views over the tropical gardens or partial ocean views.
 
Superior Hillside: Set at varying heights on the resort’s hillside, these octagon-shaped rooms offer a king sized bed, an en suite and a spacious balcony with incredible views over the tropical gardens and Pitons beyond. 
 
Deluxe Beach Side: Set amongst the tropical gardens and just steps away from the beach, these rooms feature a king sized bed and an en suite bathroom.
 
Hillside Deluxe: Located at varying heights on the hillside, these extremely spacious rooms either offer a separate bedroom and sitting room or an open plan space comprising both.  As with the Premium Hillside rooms, some rooms have the fourth wall missing for an ‘outside in’ experience while other rooms feature a wooden Louvre wall leading out on a balcony.
 
Premium Hillside: Set high on the hillside, these premium rooms are spacious and offer incredible views over the Pitons and Caribbean Sea.  Some rooms have the fourth wall missing for an ‘outside in’ experience whilst others feature a wooden Louvre wall which lead out on to a balcony. 
 
Casuarina Piton Pool Suite:  New to Anse Chastanet in 2015, Casuarina offers a 160 sq. ft. pool surrounded by a 135 sq. ft. deck with breathtaking views over the resort.  Inside, guests will enjoy a spacious bedroom with a walk in wardrobe, an open walled living room and a bathroom with his and hers sinks. The Casuarina suite is available as both a one and a two bedroom suite. 

 

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