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
My family and I booked here with hesitation related to the open air concept. I worried about this prior to arrival but thought it would be o.k. Not!! We arrived June 3 and moved to another resort June 4. It was very hot and humid. We could not take it without air conditioning. If you don’t like camping out sleeping on a bed surrounded by a bug net, this is not the resort for you. The view was wonderful and the employees are great, friendly and very helpful. The food was very good at the restaurant on the beach. I gave it 3 stars related to everyone was so nice and always had a smile and friendly.
We really enjoyed our recent stay at Anse Chastanet. It hits a lot of boxes - beach resort, dive resort, rooms with a view, luxury resort (Jade Mountain). There are two beautiful beaches and due to the road to get in, you don’t see a lot of outside visitors.
The resort had a number of room options. Some are “beach” and some are hillside. Most of the beach rooms had a garden view but were really steps away from the beach, beach restaurant/bar, and the dive shop. They also had A/C. We loved our first floor room which had the a/c (which we really appreciated) and an outdoor patio (mostly covered) with hammock, lounge chairs (which could be pulled into the sun), cushioned wicker furniture and ceiling fan – surprised how much we enjoyed this area. It was a great place to curl up and read a book and also great for drying gear and swimsuits. The inside bedroom had a ton of windows surrounded by the wooden shutters which could be opened or closed, so there was always a tropical feel.
We went to the resort as part of Kids Sea Camp (which happens annually thru Family Divers), so we spent a lot of time by the dive shop. I am glad we chose the beach room which was also the most convenient to haul things back and forth or just run over quickly. We had friends in some of the hillside rooms and while they caught the breeze and had a better view, they also had no a/c and a lot of steps (over 300) or calling the shuttle.
I thought we would miss that there was not a pool, but with the beaches and activities, really didn’t notice. They have excursions (like a sunset cruise), diving or snorkeling, tours of their plantation and farm, kayaking, jungle biking, and paddle boarding (to name a few) – and their beautiful beaches. They advertised no wi-fi except for the hotel lobby, but we had it in our room. Not superfast, but my son was able to connect to his games as we took turns getting ready for dinner in the evenings.
We have been to St. Lucia before several times and stayed in the north end of the island, but really liked the Anse Chastanet location for several reasons. First, it was within an hour from the airport (and a lot of the drive was along the coast which was lovely with some great views). Second, the hotel is close to the best diving on the island (our dive operators in the north used to motor down to dive on these reefs) which made almost every dive less than a 5 or 10-minute boat ride. They have a great house reef (shore-diving and snorkeling), and the night diving on the house reef can be ranked amongst the best night dives we have done because there was so much to see. We really enjoyed the diving.
Everyone (especially the dive shop, but also the restaurant staff) was very helpful, friendly, and accommodating to any request. The rooms were always clean and our maid was very nice. There are three restaurant choices at the resort (with a variety of menu choices), and we also had access to the Jade Mountain restaurants. Perfect getaway and dive vacation.
I visited Anse Chastanet in June 2018 with my Mum for our annual get away. We stayed for ten nights and booked flights and accommodation with British Airways from London Gatwick. We also booked private transfers to and from the airport with the resort.
We were greeted at arrivals by the very helpful staff from the resort who were quick to take care of us and take us to our transfer which was waiting close by. The transfer was about an hour to the resort.
This was my first visit to St Lucia and as we approached Soufriere I was blown away by the imposing Pitons over looking the village. There is quite a rough little track that takes you to Anse which is really good fun- be warned it’s very bumpy.
Upon arrival, our luggage was taken to our bedroom (we had the pleasure of 4B) and we were provided lovely refreshments- check in was very easy and seamless.
We were taken to our room and I was absolutely lost for words at the stunning view of the Pitons from the balcony. It is one of the most gorgeous things I’ve ever seen (please see attached images). The room we stayed in was perfect for our needs. Very comfortable large bed with a mosquito net. Plenty of storage for clothing, great coffee machine, fridge, stationary, safe, very good hair dryer (ladies keep yours at home the resorts one will be just fine and if you’re going from the U.K. you won’t require plug converters) and nice chairs on the balcony. The bathroom was very nice- very good shower and plenty of space. Please remember that this resort is for escapism and does not have a radio or television in the room and there is no air conditioning- the ceiling fan is just fine. WiFi is very good across the resort so you can keep in touch with home if you want! In fact it is all open air and you will not see a window here!
One of the main reasons I chose to come here was also the FOOD! I am vegetarian and Anse has a dedicated vegetarian evening menu (Emeralds) which was different every evening. I honestly think that some of the nicest meals I have ever had have been at Anse. Breakfast at Tree Tops is tasty and plentiful with fresh fruit, cereals and pastries. Lunch time is equally as tasty and again plenty of choice for an awkward veggie like me. I could not get enough of the banana bread and Emeralds Veggie Burger!
This is an all inclusive resort but bear in mind that some of the food and drinks are at an extra cost. This was not a problem for us as we did not have any extras.
The beaches at Anse are some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. The beaches are black sand with crystal clear waters, with palm trees everywhere. The staff on the beach will take very good care of you and nothing is too much trouble. Please see the attached photos as I feel words cannot do them justice! If you want real escapism take the ten minute walk across to Anse Mamim beach which really gives you that ‘in the middle of nowhere’ feeling.
In terms of things to do you can be as lazy or active as you like! I spent a lot of time in the water exploring the fantastic coral bay with a snorkel and kayak. We went walking behind Anse Mamin beach to look for the old mill as well. We also decided to book the Jazzy T Sunset Cruise for our last nights stay, which we were lucky enough to see pods of bottlenose dolphins and pilot whales in the water. As you may already know Anse has its own coca plantation and makes its own chocolate! We booked to go to the chocolate lab one morning to make our own chocolate which was very good fun and tasted absolutely amazing.
Anse Chastanet’s sister resort up the hill is Jade Mountain. This was a bit out of my price range but at a request you can have a free tour of the property and a room if it is available, I would really recommend this as it offers wonderful views of the bay and the Pitons!
One more thing to bear in mind- the STAIRS. I counted 233 stairs from the beach to my room. This did not bother me and it is something you adjust to but brace yourself to break a sweat climbing them! If you are in one of the larger lodges at the top you will have thighs of steel at the end of your stay!
I was very sad to leave Anse but I felt very refreshed and relaxed. I had the most wonderful time- I wanted to escape as I have quite a stressful job and this was just what I needed. I have stayed on a lot of Caribbean islands now and I think I have found my favourite paradise. From arrival to departure the staff were a credit to the resort and they really take fantastic care of you. The views of the Pitons is something I will never forget and how clear the sky is at night letting the stars shine... well you don’t get that in the UK! I will be back in the future and if you are thinking of booking a resort in St Lucia, go all out and go for Anse. You will not regret it! Enjoy paradise! And THANK YOU for the most fabulous trip Anse Chastanet!
I am a bit late in my feedback. We travelled to AnseChastanet in Sept. While the rear of the Caribbean was enduring a hurricane, we were extremely fortunate in the hurricane missing St Lucia. This resort was just magical. You really get to experience the true island. The beach was magnificent and not over crowded. The private beach was a little further down but we made the walk every day. We did participate in the chocolate tasting, plantation tour, scuba diving, and of course Piton climb. The food was fresh and local offered local cuisine. Staff was very accommodating and friendly. Even though there was construction happening near our rooms, they always made certain it was not interfering with our experience. As many others have said, please be prepared to walk. There are many steps to get around the resort. It does take time to adjust to not having AC and getting dressed by yellow lights. We knew this in advance and the lack of AC was a small inconvenience to pay for the prestige view. I would highly recommend this resort and look forward to returning in the future.
Stayed at Anse Chastanet June 2018 for 9 days. Everything was better than expected. Very relaxing resort. Great excursions. All of the resorts in the north send guest here for activities. Mostly other or younger couples. Lots of service tons of nature.
Resort - Like the pictures show it is on a hillside. 150 steps for beach to reception. 150 more to our room (12A hillside deluxe). It is quiet, not a party resort. The beach is public to the tide line. Plenty of huts. There were two hotel approved vendors and a a few water taxis, but nobody bothered the guests. There are a few security people watching over the beach. Totally safe to leave your stuff out all day. There was nobody wandering the beach looking for trouble. Excursion come to the beach but they stay in the water and leave after 45 minutes. It wasn't cruise season. There was a ship up north every other day versus 6-8 a day high season. They beach restaurant services the huts. We got drinks and food for lunch every day, excellent. Water is warm, but can get chilly deeper or if you are snorkeling for more than an hour.
Room - We had a hillside deluxe (12A). It was the perfect balance. There was a huge open living room with day bed downstairs and a large bedroom and bathroom upstairs. Very private. Cool breeze and fans kept us cool. Bugs were not a real problem. Got a few bites the whole week. June bugs came in one night. Rooms to the north of the road are below on the hill. It was quiet. Only heard the ocean and tree frogs. Would sometimes hear a car. There is a lot of nature noise. The resort provides earplugs. I didn't need them but my wife did. The rooms to the immediate south of the road up to Jade are right on it. Not as private. Rooms to the south of those buildings would be better since they are high above the entrance road. Premium rooms at the top are the best for views. I liked the separate bedroom it was like a big 1 bedroom apartment.
Food - There are basically 2 places to eat with multiple personalities. Down at the beach and up by reception. The beach is the beach grill and Trou Au Diable for dinner, Indian and traditional. The Treehouse is Balawoo or emeralds, Caribbean and Vegetarian. Those menus change each night. There is a beach bar for lunch at the other beach. And Jade Mountain Club which needs a special reservation. Tuesdays is the managers reception with buffet after. All food was great and different than you would expect. It did get slightly monotonous after so many days since we are picky eaters. Jade Mountain Club is over the top good. There is a live band 7:30-10:30 every night.
Excursions - We booked excursions through the hotel. Pricier but you get transportation taken care of. Piton climb, Volcano, Emerald Estates, Mineral baths, night snorkel, plantation tour, private sail, Town visit, Spa. The resort gave us breakfast to go for the piton climb and a huge lunch for the private sale.
Snorkeling - Great snorkeling. There are many places to snorkel. We did it every day. Right off the beach, off the point, off the point at night, at eh base of the pitons, at the other beach to the pier, from the pier to the main beach, at Anse Sochon on the sail. Lots of fish. The guides on the two guided snorkels pointed out lots of hard to see fish. Lobster, lion fish, eel, crab, flounder. Boats from other resorts come there for there excursions but don't stay very long.
People - The resort staff were always friendly and helpful. Nemo the guide for the walks is an encyclopedia. Jungle the taxi captain is a great personality and always has a smile. Everyone remembered us. They are the camp counselors.
Negative reviews - I read all the reviews before going and they have to be taken with perspective. The food and drinks are pricey, but in line with a hotel but not a restaurant. Drinks are $14 with VAT and service fee $16.80. Jade Mountain was $390. But this is a exclusive private resort. You are well taken care of. The road is steep and in bad shape. It is not unsafe. The last 2 miles of the drive takes 15 minutes. The land is unstable and it would cost a lot to fix year after year. It is just the way it is. We went on it many times over the stay. No big deal. You aren't exactly "trapped" there, but it isn't like its in a big city with lots to do. There are plenty of excursions to take you off site. We could have spent two weeks there. The food gets a little boring night after night but that is from being a picky eater. I lot of complaints about the beach are from non resort guests. Yes they can't go past the tide line, can't use the chairs except a small space by the scuba center, can't use the resort bathrooms. That what makes it nice for those that pay to stay there. The frogs are noisy, i liked it. The yearly temperature is 75-85. You are outside the whole time.The breeze cools things off in the higher and more open rooms. I would think the cheaper room would be hot. The resort is 20-30 years old in a tropical environment, It is not a new ritz. But that's what I liked about it. Not every thing has to be perfect. There were scratches on the wooden floor. Some of the caning on the beach chairs were torn. But the staff was always sweeping sand and leaves from the paths and tending the landscaping. I did have any wear and tear issues. The fixed whatever cell/internet issues may have existed in the past. We had full coverage everywhere on the island and resort. Even at the top of the piton.
I would totally recommend it to anyone who wants to get away and relax in nature. It is not a Sandals or the Ritz. Just a very unique place with wonderful people.