We traveled to St. Lucia September 7-15 and enjoyed the beautiful setting at Anse Chastenet resort, diving with Scuba St. Lucia. Anse Chastenet is located on the Southwestern side of the island, just north of the town of Soufriere, far away from the “action.” Best known for its stunning views of the Piton Mountains, this resort has earned the reputation as one of the most romantic Caribbean destinations. Honestly, we were probably more interested in the diving. Kenton and Keifer were our dive guides for the week and quickly realized that safe and fun diving was the order of the day—every day—and it seemed they had nearly as much fun with the group as the group did them.
We spent five days of three-tank boat diving and all the shore diving you can stand. The dives were excellent, even those near shore where we found octopi and frogfish, along with lots of other sealife. Due to the resort’s location, which is in the Soufriere Marine Management Area, we never saw another dive boat, save one trip north to dive the wreck of the Lesleen M, a 180 foot freighter purposely sunk as a dive site in 1985. The wreck is very open and nearly encrusted with many species of soft corals. It’s home to eels, several schools of small fish, a juvenile spotted drum, etc.
Other dive sites included Anse Chastenet Reef, Pinnacles, Fairyland, Piton Wall, Jalousie, Coral Gardens and, one of our favorites (we did it twice, it was so fun!) Superman’s Flight. One of the Superman movies featured a shot of Superman flying down one of the Pitons into the water and the place he splashed is now named for him. Keifer had us all doing the Superman pose and “whooshing” our way into every dive.
The food was excellent, the staff pretty typical for the Caribbean--kind of hit and miss but, overall, acceptable--and the rooms both eclectic and luxurious. Each room is different and those higher on the mountainside (there are plenty of steps to navigate to work off those delicious deserts) feature open walls to enjoy the ocean breezes.
We, however, did stay in the rooms on the beach, which feature A/C. Down among the trees and beautiful tropical flowering bushes, the breeze was non-existent. We'd have roasted but, as it was, we were very comfortable. The bathroom is not air conditioned but it wasn't a big deal.
A few non-divers (and divers) took advantage of some of the side trips offered and visited Soufriere, the Sulfur Springs and a botanical tour through the old plantation property that surrounds the resort. We even chartered their 60 foot, double-decker catamaran, the Lucky T, for a sunset island cruise. Somehow, a conga line formed, the crew joined in and a good time was had by all.
- 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