My Husband and I returned from Anse Chastanet just 2 days ago, and already I am itching to get back. This resort is exceptional, and it was truly 7 nights of heaven staying here. I scoured every resort in the Caribbean, and selecting Anse Chastanet was an excellent decision. From the moment you arrive you are treated with exceptional service. While the road to the resort is long and bumpy, it allows you to take in St. Lucia, and also is worth the trip to a remote and beautiful destination.
The hotel itself is lovely, built into a clifside allowing fantastic views. We were in 8D (at the very top) and had the benefits of falling asleep to both the noises of the rainforest and the waves on the beach, with an excellent view of the ocean.
I cannot fathom complaints about the steps, because while yes, there are many, they do not hide this fact. The climb allows the view, and really makes the resort all that more unique. The rooms are spacious and authentic, and truly allow you to feel like you are outdoors at all times.
The food here is absolutely fantastic. I highly recommend the all-inclusive so you can truly enjoy all of the offerings. Emeralds vegetarian menu is delicious, as are the four course meals served at the Treehouse Restaurant. My favorite was Aspara - with authentic West Indian cuisine for an unbelievable taste, while my husband was all about Trou au Diable where he fell in love with the steak. Additional, the beach bar restaurant for lunch was delicious - I am already missing the curried chicken roti. Aside from food, the drinks are delicious - banana and peach daquiris are refreshing, and undoubtedly the best mojito I have ever had is at the bar on Anse Mamin, just a short walk (or boat taxi if you prefer) away.
In addition to amazing food, the service was friendly, and fantastic, and I felt welcome and well-treated at all times. The cous cous huts on the beach make it so very relaxing - after all, placing a flag in the sand to order tropical mixed drinks is not half bad. Render was excellent with beach service and so friendly, making it extra hard to leave.
The beach was beautiful and secluded. Clear warm waters make for great snorkeling, or just cooling off... I'm not sure I'll ever be able to go to another beach again.
Finally, aside from snorkeling, my husband and I took part in some guided runs and trail runs through the Anse Mamin jungle. Meno's Plantation walk was entertaining, informative and fun. Meno is a great tour guide, and very skilled at cracking a coconut with his bare hands. We also hiked Gros Piton, which was a fantastic experience with the most amazing view. The hike was probably my favorite part. We ended all of that with a massage at Kai Mer - I highly recommend the upgrade to Kai Mer to enjoy a massage overlooking a Caribbean sunset.
Everything about this trip was truly amazing. The music in the Treehouse at night was the perfect end to a perfect day. If you are looking for a top notch resort, with amazing service, delicious food, tons of options to do things or to do nothing at all, and truly cut off from the world and relax, this is the place for you.
My only disappointment is that I am now back in the cold Northeast. I cannot wait to return to this fabulous resort.