No pool, no aircon, no tv, no telephones in the room, 125 steps to the beach (not counting the walk up the hill) - but just about the best hotel we have ever stayed at!
We stayed for two weeks all-inclusive in August and can truly say that the food we enjoyed at Anse Chastenet is the best hotel food we've had anywhere. I've had individual meals that were better, sure, but not consistently at this quality. With the three restaurants there's plenty of variety and that's not counting the lunchtime bbq beach grill at Anse Mamin that's also part of the deal. The staff are absolutely superb and go to every effort to make sure you have an enjoyable stay. The location is unbelievable, particularly at Jade Mountain (cocktails at sunset!), the beach is spotless (it's raked every morning) and the sea is beautiful, warm, safe and inviting - I'm still relishing the swim before breakfast on the last day!
If you can, get an all-inclusive deal so that you leave all your money worries behind - and then relax and make the most of your time in paradise. There's plenty to do plus a few freebee small excursions thrown in. I took a 6 dive package with the great outfit at Scuba St Lucia and saw a seahorse!
Before we went we were concerned that it may be too hot with no air-con, but our hillside room (it seemed more like a cottage) had no windows and two walls which were basically open with wooden slats so there was plenty of fresh air and the three ceiling fans helped keep us cool. You'll need ear-plugs though as the tree frogs and cicadas in the rainforest make a right din!
- 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