We are currently on a 2 week holiday at Anse Chastenet and couldn't wait to post a report.
From the moment we stepped out of our transport from the airport we have only been met with happy smiling faces and big welcomes. OK, the road to the hotel itself is long and bumpy but once there you need not use it again until you leave. There is plenty of water taxi transport available (agree price before you get in the boat) and numerous trips available should you feel the need to leave the beach, which is volcanic sand and does get hot in the sun. The snorkelling off the beach is excellent (so far have taken over 600 fish photos) both in the reserve and at the north end of the beach.
Service on the beach and in the restaurants is good, although can be a little slow when the hotel is full - but you are on holiday so does it matter, no. You are here to relax and enjoy and thats what you should do. Food so far has been excellent - the dinners in the evening particularly could be regarded as fine dining - with menus created by Head Chef Jonathan Dearden. Portions are not huge but are more than enough - we have only managed to have two desserts so far. Lunch options are more limited but as long as you are not a faddy eater you can have something different every day and then there is also the grill at Anse Mamin beach ( a short walk away) where the best burger in the world is made.
Now to the rooms. These are of various styles and grades. We are lucky enough to be a premium room (Room 7A) with King size bed, divan bed, sofa and chair, fridge, coffee maker and kettle. There is a bathroom with large shower, twin sinks, lots of towels and large wardrobe space. The large balcony has two lounges, small sofa and table with two chairs. The view of the Pitons on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other are just superb.
Its true there are lots of steps up from the beach to the main dining room and reception are and then from there up to the rooms (there are 300 steps from the beach to our room) but are good exercise after all the food. A shuttle service is available to those who feel they cannot face the walk.
If people research this hotel before they arrive they will know what to expect. Yes there are no TVs, phones or air conditioning (a/c is available in beach side rooms only). Some rooms have walls missing so there is natural air conditioning when the soft winds are blowing in, otherwise fans are available.
This hotal is just beautiful and we will be coming back for sure.
- 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