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
I honestly don’t know how to begin this. My heart is still so full from our first visit to St. Lucia and Anse Chastanet in late May of this year.
About ten years ago, in my early twenties, and I had stumbled across a picture online of the stunning Pitons. It planted a seed, a dream, to see and experience this beautiful part of creation. It became my number one “bucket list” location. So to say the was a dream come true, I mean it! And it was everything and more I could have hoped for.
Anse Chastanet was a PERFECT fit for us!!! There was everything we loved, and more.
I will start from the beginning. 😊💗
Trip from airport to resort: WORTH IT!! My husband got a little queasy, but I was fine. The last mile or two the resort were definitely not as treacherous as some of the reviews led me to believe. The drive is beautiful. I love seeing a bit of the local life and scenery. Our driver, William, was AMAZING and told us much about the history of the island and people. We loved him. It was a perfect introduction to the friendly people on the “Friendliest Island”!!
Check in: Josette was AMAZING!!! Loved her right away. Check in was so pleasant, and the welcome drink was delicious.
Room: We were so blessed to stay in premium room 7F, the Royal Palm. The panoramic view of the Pitons and sea are beyond breathtaking. The room was a little heaven on earth. Highly highly recommend this room!
Food: Amazing!!!! We loved everything, especially breakfast at the Treehouse and dinner at Aspara’s on the beach. I am still dreaming about the naan stuffed with cheese and spices. 😄
Staff/service: We LOVED the people!!!! So so kind, genuine, and caring. We especially clicked with Marilyn, Michaelina, Sylvana, and Lovence.
Scuba diving: I finished my PADI Open Water certification with Scuba St. Lucia during the beginning of the trip. Dave was my instructor, and made the whole experience pleasant and fun. The diving the rest of the week was AMAZING! Another dream come true.
We seriously loved it SO much that we are going back in August, and staying at Jade Mountain!! My husband and I both said we don’t want to visit another island or resort for the foreseeable future! We look forward to seeing all of our friends again soon!!
Don't look anymore - BOOK HERE! We just spent 8 wonderful nights at the Anse Chastanet, and it was like heaven on earth. Let me give you a few details: The resort....breathtaking! Each area is more beautiful than the next. The attention to detail is everywhere. The staff....awesome! Every meal we were blown away by the friendly and personable nature of every employee. The towel guy, the groundskeeper, house-keeping.....every staff member had a smile on their face and wished you a good morning/afternoon/evening every chance they got. The beach....OMG - FABULOUS! This resort features latched umbrellas and cushioned lined lounge chairs along their (we thought) private beach. Plenty of room for everyone, but really many times you felt like you were on our own private resort. Until of course you put the yellow flag in the sand, and immediately a staff member would come to assist you with a drink order, lunch on the beach, new towels. The food.....amazing! We enjoyed lavish meals 3 meals (sometimes 4 with an afternoon tea snack of OMG scones) and everything was wow! The plates were presented like pieces of art, but honestly tasted even better than they looked. Activities....so many, and so fun! Scuba was the thing that brought us to this resort. Having the dive shop within walking (like 50 feet walking) distance from the resort steps was fantastic. The dive shop staff ( especially Jay, Gigi, Dani).....they might have even surpassed the friendliness of the resort, which I can't even imagine. They have 3 dives each day you could sign up for the day of. The rental equipment was great, we didn't bring a thing with us. It was organized and laid back all at the same time. I can't say enough about how much we enjoyed this vacation. Beautiful, Wonderful, Fabulous, Fun and Super Romantic! I would go back to Anse Chastanet in a heartbeat!
The property and rooms are amazing. The staff was outstanding. Their hospitality and attention to detail is second to none. We are middle class so this resort was on the high end of our vacation budget but worth it. They do it right and we have no regrets. We ate at each restaurant, food was was reasonably priced, well proportioned and most of all delicious! No complaints from us but there's a few things that may concern American travelers. 1. No air conditioning, but we didn't miss it ceiling fans and open air design kept room cool and comfortable at night. 2. No elevators, resort built on the side of a mountain. We were in room 7D and it's at least 3 flights of stairs to the restaurants and reception area and 7 to the beach. There's a shuttle (minivan) always available to transport you back and forth. It's seldom more than a 5 minute wait. You're given a phone at check in that connects to the hotel operator, you can use it to hail the shuttle while on property or if you need assistance anywhere on the island you can contact the hotel. We used it several times for transportation. Beautiful place with Beautiful people book this place you won't be disappointed.
After 15 years great to be back in St Lucia.
Anse Chasternet is the perfect place to relax, and experience the best of the island. Recommended without hesitation.
Food was excellent - much better than I thought it would be. They have a very talented team of chefs, no question. veggie / vegan restaurant was great. The Monday night wine paring night was as good a food as you will get anywhere.
It’s not a stuffy place but very well run, service is very friendly but not over bearing - the flag in the sand was a great added feature during the day in the beach.
The beach and the sea were fantastic. We did the jungle biking which was great and the Dolphin watching ... hundreds on the water. The walking tour with Meno, is a must if you want to spend 2 hours with the most knowledgeable and most popular man in St Lucia... absolute star man.
Road to hotel is fine - a few bumps - hardly a show stopper.
Beds are comfy - sun beds are comfy - most of the time is spent lying down - so that’s very important! Also no early morning scrum for the sunbeds, which is the foundation for a relaxing holiday in my view.
Hotel concierge, Gifta, thank you, was excellent for arranging trips. I had a ear problem while out there and they were straight on it and doctor was great.
We had a beach room (with windows) and AC - at that time of year I appreciated the AC - really happy with the room.
A few things they could improve on, in my opinion, some background music in the beach restaurant during the day would add to the atmosphere, and the evening entertainment would be better down on the beach too.
A few tips / musts... ear plugs (insects, frogs and falling fruit, much louder at night than you would think!)
I would advise all inclusive. Some mosi spray for the evenings ...although they weren’t as bad as I thought they would be, a few nibbles ...I’ve had worse. Take lots of sun cream. High factor, UV is much stronger than say Spain for example.
In summary Anse is never going to be (or even aspires to be) your like “leading hotels of the world” get up, but if you want to go to place to mainly relax and where after 2 days you feel like you’ve been there a week and after 10 days, a month - absolute chill and no niggles or grumbles about anything and everything is just great - then this is the place for you.
My wife and I spent our honeymoon at this resort. We got married on a Saturday and then the next day flew to the beautiful island of St Lucia for 13 amazing days in paradise. I don't normally use a travel agent but I did for this trip. I'm glad I did as all the minor details were arranged through him. Before arrival we had purchased the romance package and also made of point of adding the all inclusive package as well to our trip budget.
The all-inclusive package:
I can’t commit if we drank enough or ate enough to know if we got our money’s worth with the All-inclusive, but if it’s in your budget, I would highly recommend it. It just took all the guess work out of everything and allowed us order as much food as drinks as we required.
The total romance package:
We did it all: Scuba Lessons, snorkeling, mountain biking, volcano visit, & sailing trip. Even though we had prepaid for this package, the resort allowed us to upgrade our vouchers when we had asked. For example, the half day sailing trip would have been nice, but my wife wanted to experience the jazzy sunset cruise instead and so we just paid the difference in price. Same with the volcano tour. We both wanted to experience the mud baths. The resort created an experience that was more customized and we simply were able pay a bit more on top of the voucher we had already purchased. Could you do all these fun things in a week? Absolutely. But I will admit it was more chill having the 2 weeks to experience it all. The concierge and reception staff were very helpful. They helped us with all this planning & scheduling once we were at the resort… Even printed us our an itinerary after booking everything all at once.
The food is always delicious. For breakfast, you could have made to order egg or waffles but they also had a buffet bar for breads and cheese and fruits. Every morning started off with a different smoothie. And if I can add, all the servers were kind and lovely. Some blessed us as we were newlyweds, others helped us figure out the menu when we first arrived. I thought of them as beautiful moms who take total care of you each and every morning. Lunch time was always at the beach. They have 2 places to choose from… one at each beach. Some days, it just was snacks till dinner. Other day’s , delicious hamburgers that were so juicy that would spoiler your dinner. The Dinner meals would change from day to day and if it matters to anyone, it was repeated again week to week. We didn’t mind that at all because it gave us a chance to try things we didn’t get to experience the first time. Normally I don’t eat 3-4 course meals, so when we first arrived we thought that’s what you do and ordered that much. We ate and ate and got soo stuffed at the beginning. But over time we learned just to enjoy what you like. Other times, we each ordered something as a couple and shared our plates. To our surprise, they even had a proper vegan and vegetarian restaurant. If you wanted to order something outside of the All inclusive they had different wines you could try and we’d just charged those extras to our room.
I can’t say enough about the staff.. EVERYONE made our vacation a memorable honeymoon. We took a tour of the resort when we first arrived and peter jean paul was our guide. He explained to us, all that we needed to know about the resort and said to ask for anything. Well, during the time of our visit, the Toronto raptors were playing in the NBA finals and at this resort there are no TV’s. Not Bar TV’s.. no nothing.. Which was fine cuz we’re on vacation. But the finals.. Omg.. I had to watch it… so I did the unthinkable and asked if we could watch the game. He was so kind to us and set up a room for us in one of their conference rooms. We were able to watch the game on a projector and I think they just used an android box. So smart. A few other guests were also wanting to watch the game so for game 5 and 6 it was set up for us to cheer on our teams.
The property is built on the side of a mountain. So there were many steps to walk up. They did offer a shuttle and depending on my drink or food intake, we would use it as needed. All you had to do was ask one of the staff to call you a shuttle or just wait. Someone will come by eventually or as mentioned, we would walk to our room.
We only brought $100US cash with us. But thankfully you could tip (if you wanted) on each receipt from your order and it would be added to your room. That worked for us. My wife and I decided on a budget amount for tipping and rather than give one person more or less for better service than another, we opted to always tip around the same rather than leave nothing. But obviously that’s up to you. The service didn’t change whether we tipped or not. At the end of our trip there was an itemized bill for us to review and there were no surprises to us on there.
Plenty of room to sit. No fighting for a chair kinda thing. The beach staff were there to help you find a seat. We brought our own snorkels, but you could easily use the ones offered for free from the near by scuba shop. They have a protected area to explore and I had never seen so many fish before in one area. Magical.
At first I thought they worked for the resort but the beaches in St Lucia are free so any one can come by and work it, but they are respectful for the most part. The resort security were always near by if that matters to those of you reading this. We bought some art from Mr Sunshine biscuit. We took a photo of a piece of art work in the restaurant and asked him to recreate it. He did. Granted it took him a while to complete it, so we started to wonder if he left with our deposit, but he pulled through on the second last day before we left. The stain on the wood work still wet though and needing to dry.. lol. great memory.
Too all the staff and especially to the owners of Anse Chastenet / Jade Mountain. Thankyou again for making our honeymoon so extra special and memorable for us. We've already set up a saving account so that we can come back again for one of our anniversaries. Much love from "the Vans" aka.. Marty and Alana in 12D <3 June 9-June 22