Anse Chastanet Resort
What We Love
- Choose between room-only or MAP rates including breakfast and dinner
- The decor is crafty-chic, with lots of wood and brightly colored accents in pure Caribbean style
- Great snorkeling directly from Anse Chastanet beach
- A variety of dining options, including Caribbean fare at candlelit Treehouse restaurant
- On Tuesday evenings, all guests enjoy a special Caribbean culinary evening in the Trou au Diable Restaurant, which commences with a cocktail reception at 6 30 p.m.
What To Know
- A 10 percent hotel service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Best suited to travelers seeking peace and romance
- The location means steep hills and lots of steps, but there are frequent shuttle buses down to the beach
- Free WiFi
- There are 10 rooms next to the beach that are air conditioned
- Children under 10 are not permitted at the resort from October to June; children six and over are permitted in July, August and September
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
In a tropical setting on St. Lucia’s southwest coast, Anse Chastanet is a private hideaway with just 49 rooms spread across 600 acres of hillside and beachfront. The look is vibrant and craftsy, with lots of wood, clay tiles and tropical colors, from bedspreads to table settings. While the rooms lack techie extras — no TVs, telephones or AC here — you’ll be too distracted by the views of the soaring Piton peaks and the emerald coastline to notice.
Bed & Bath
All the rooms have a unique position and layout, but the Hillside Deluxe villas offer space to spread out, and most give up an entire wall so you can feast on the dramatic Piton views. For even better views and more privacy, opt for a room high on the hillside — but be prepared for more than 100 steep steps down to the beach.
Days here are spent bobbing in the Caribbean or reading a good book in a palm-shaded hammock, but there’s also a raft of outdoor activities on offer. Daily morning and sunset yoga classes are led by n on-site instructor, there’s a live reef just offshore that ensures spectacular snorkeling, and the water sports team can also organize scuba diving, sunset sailing and sea kayaking. Whatever your daytime pursuits, spend at least one evening having dinner at the Treehouse restaurant, a breezy, romantic spot that serves island-spiced seafood dishes such as coconut and tamarind red snapper and grilled lobster. There’s also an all-vegetarian menu at Emerald’s, a showcase of the hotel’s nearby organic garden and the wealth of tropical fruits — bananas, papayas, coconuts, mangos and more — that grow all over the 600-acre estate. More casual fare is served seaside at Trou au Diable, on Anse Chastanet beach, and at the laid-back Jungle Grill, on smaller Anse Mamin beach.
In the Area
Voted one of the top five shore dives in the Caribbean by Scuba Diving magazine, the Anse Chastanet Reef has dramatic slopes and 140 fish species that you can check out through the five-star PADI Scuba St. Lucia dive center at the Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain resorts. On land, explore trails cut through tropical rain forest, which covers a large stretch of the southern half of the island. The scenic one-mile Barre de l’Isle Trail has four lookout points where the Atlantic and the Caribbean meet and is easy enough for a family excursion. Or take on one of the two pyramid-shaped Pitons, St. Lucia’s most famous peaks. The challenging four-mile route up 2,619-foot Gros Piton (the higher of the two) can be made only with a qualified guide. An early morning start is essential, since the trip can take anywhere from three to six hours. At night mingle with locals at a lively Friday night “fish fry” street party. The closest one is up the west coast at Anse la Raye, where the good vibes flow long after dark. Grab an energy-boosting (and allegedly aphrodisiac) “sea moss” shake, a rum punch or a local Piton beer, and feast on fresh conch, mahi mahi and lobster at the waterfront stalls.
How to Get There
Read all the recent reviews they are all true. It's beautiful and worth every dollar. Not for everyone, lots, lots of walking be wared the most excursions are not worth time or money. Especially the volcano tour and to all divers be fore warded the night dive is a joke, don't expect anymore than the typical, but pristine waters.
This is our eleventh consecutive visit to Anse Chastanet.resort in as many years. Many of our friends are surprised that we keep on visiting so regularly when there are so many other excellent hotels in the Caribbean. Let's be clear, we are committed fans of this unique hotel, however, we approach each visit objectively and score it accordingly and without bias. We only return each year because of the very high standards across a broad range of criteria for example, the hotel's setting, the warm welcome and excellent service given by its staff and the unique rooms many missing the fourth wall and facing the World Heritage site. This is the two Piton peaks rising from the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean. So this is the reason we keep returning. If your idea of a great hotel involves a stunning rain forest setting nestling by two beautiful beaches, washed by an azure sea this place should be on your bucket list. Cuisine at all the restaurants - Treehouse (fine Caribbean dining), Balawoo (a range of sustainable local fish in addition to high quality meat options), Apsara (East Indian Caribbean Fusion), Emerald (Vegetarian) and Trou au Diable (Beach Bar) as well as the Lion Fish Dining Experience are all equally excellent. Management and staff all care passionately about their guests who are made to feel valued, secure and are treated like royalty. Staff worthy of note: there are too many to mention! There are lots of activities and visits offered or take the opportunity to chill and relax in this beautiful environment. A range of music is offered at night and dancing is on the agenda for those who may wish to make amends for the delicious dinner consumed, We would advise going all-inclusive if possible - The Piton beer at sunset in the Beach Bar is a must. We would recommend that you try it at least once in your life. For us, we're already planning our return visit; watch this space.....
Previous reviews basically say it all. Fabulously romantic hotel overlooking the Caribbean. 5 star food. 5 star staff (really exceptional people). The hotel is wonderful but not for everyone. I overheard another guest say "it's not very American" which kind of sums it up. There are NO televisions on the property so if you are a sports fan then this isn't for you. There is no pool. Many of the rooms are missing walls (intentional) which means that while you have a huge room overlooking the sea and a romantic four poster bed with mosquito netting, you will actually need the netting. You may also need the ear plugs they provide because the birds are very loud in the morning and the crickets are very loud at night. House keeping comes twice a day because you will have bugs in the shower. It's all very cast-a-way esqe. Most rooms do not have A/C.
The bit about the road is largely overstated. It's hilly as is all of St. Lucia and is quite rutted in spots with blind corners but honestly its not that bad. Go slowly and honk your horn and you will arrive without a scratch.
If you love a good adventure and wonderful food and service by the nicest people I have ever me, then come! Def. do the AI plan. The Ala carte is a lose lose proposition. Bring your leg muscles and your sneakers and leave your heels at home. You will be climbing steep steep hills and many many flights of stairs.
Finally--a word about the excursion menu. Most offerings require a minimum of 4 people so if you are the only 2 that sign up, the trip will not be going and you will be stuck at the resort with its very limited entertainment for the day.
My daughter and I traveled here on our annual momcation. I had read reports about how daunting the trip to the actual resort was...and they are absolutely true. It cannot be stressed enough that this ride is not for the faint of heart and I am not sure that our cab driver was correct in his assumption that they did not try to make it easier to ensure that patrons stayed at the resort and spent any and all extra funds with them. The extravagance of the resort does not match the third world country goat track that leads to the resort. However, once you do arrive, it is amazing. The food, service, rooms and beach is all beyond compare. Be sure to either catch a ride or walk over to the other beach area for a burger. If you love burgers, this will not disappoint. One of the best burgers we have ever enjoyed. By our third day, the employees knew our names and would ask if we needed anything and went above what is even expected at this level of a resort. I cannot say enough about the people who work there. They are excellent at their jobs and seem to actually enjoy being there. This would have easily been a 5 star if only for the road leading to the resort.
Traveling: Myself and my new husband spent one short week at Anse in St.Lucia. We had the most amazing time. There is one road which goes around St.Lucia. Yes the last 2 miles are bumpy, but not uncomfortable. Anse Chastenet is about 1 hour from the airport.
Rooms: We upgraded to the Beachfront Deluxe and had AC and a lovely secluded jungle type room, wonderfully kept and beautifully clean.
Food: From the garden to the plate, everything was perfectly fresh and delicious.
Arrival orientation: We were made to feel very welcome and like friends that they hadn't seen for a while.
Beach is lovely, the service to the sunbeds is wonderfully efficient.
We went up to see Jade Mountain and had dinner there one evening, we would recommend the earlier sitting to see the view. We found the food not too dissimilar from Anse.
We also had dinner on the beach, with wine pairing which was truly magical and so romantic.
The steps from the beachfront rooms to the reception and restaurant were uneven, but we expected that. To get to the other rooms (above the reception) it was a smoother road with steps in them, so an easier walk.
We partook in the snorkeling and used their equipment which was fab.
Definitely a must for an off the beaten track holiday. We cannot fault it at all.
Thank you to all that made our Honeymoon special.