St. Lucia was our second choice for our honeymoon (we went to Tahiti instead), so we decided to go here for our 10 year anniversary. We have known about the resort for years due to the scuba diving facility on-site. This was our first trip in 6 years since having kids, and it was definitely a good place to unwind, appreciate each other as a couple again and start scuba diving again. Food was excellent, although by the end of the week my husband was wanting just plain old pizza! We stayed in the hillside room 4A. We had a few of the Pitons and the sunset over the ocean. The satellite antennaes were outside of our room, so we got excellent reception on our phones and IPAD. Otherwise, you will have to go to the main lobby area for reception. Yes, there were mosquitos/bugs, but we used the bug spray in our room provided by the resort every day and had no problems. Slept under the mosquito net too. We really liked our room, but wished there was better seating outside...maybe a small hanging hammock or chair. We didn't spend a lot of time in our room, so no need for anything more fancy. The walk from our room down to the beach was about 250 steps, so if you have bad legs or injuries, this would not be easy. We felt like we got our work out every day due to the steps. Resort is well maintained and clean. There were a few excursions offered, but we were mainly scuba diving every day. We did go on the volcano/botanical garden/emerald estate tour and that was enough to satisfy our curiosity of the island. Enough things to shop for at the stores on-site and the tour. Scuba diving as simple and easy. No big sea creatures, but many lion fish and colorful fish. Nice snorkeling on the resort beach as well. The resort is an hour drive from the main international airport, and the road within a mile of the resort is very bumpy. Warning: A lot of flights are arriving at the same time, so be prepared to wait in Customs when arriving. Wear cool/loose clothes. We were in line for almost 2 1/2 hours with no A/C. That was really the only negative part of the trip. Anse is primarily filled with honeymooners, which was fine for us. There is live nigh-time entertainment. We had the American meal plan (all meals), but no drinks. Drinks are very pricey and add up quickly (i.e, Island cocktails are $12 each, wine is $10). If you want a lazy, easy place to go, this is it. If we weren't scuba diving, I think we might have gotten bored...since we weren't on our honeymoon!!!! Also....the frogs and crickets are really loud at night, but they didn't bother us!
- 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