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
We stayed at Anse Chastanet for 2 weeks (12 days Anse Chastanet, 2 days Jade Mountain) for our honeymoon in September and it was without doubt the most epic holiday we've ever had - or likely will ever have!
St Lucia is such a beautiful island where you are truly welcomed. Anse Chastanet is stunning - so bright, colourful, tropical -and as we went in September / October, it never felt too busy and always very chilled out. The main standout for us was the friendliness of every single person we met who worked at Anse Chastanet. They were so welcoming and helpful.
Some of our highlights include:
Food and drink wise, you can't fault Anse Chastanet. The food was delicious - the vegan restaurant was great and i loved that so many of the fruit and vegetables used in the cooking were from Emerald Farm. It was nice to have some lighter options. We would bounce around between the main restaurants each day and you quickly become regulars at the beach bar and main bar, getting to know some of the lovely team including Jeanmeal, Dave and Claude. A special mention for the breakfasts - they are amazing! You're sat in what feels like a giant treehouse, eating delicoius banana bread and coconut bread, with so much choice. Again everyone looked after us so well - Marilyn, Vanessa, Elicher, Claude.
Jazzy sunset boat cruise. We lucked out and saw an epic sunsent and lots of dolphins. The team working on the boat were brilliant too. Worth every penny!
Emerald Farm tour. We did a farm tour and the bean to bar one. Matthew and Martin were both brilliant as they lead different tours for us. I absolutely loved Emerald Farm -it is so beautiful and brilliant to see how it's so integrated into Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain.
Rum tasting with Yannick. We had a private rum tasting and it was absolutely brilliant - Yannick is a total legend. So friendly, knowledgeable, and we had such a fun few hours with him. It was all set on Anse Mamin (the most beautiful backdrop) so all in all, an absolute highlight for Tim and I.
Cocktails on the beach. This one is obvious, but nothing beats having a Coco Loco or Piton beer whilst watching the sunset. The team looked after us so well every single day including Sylvia, Abo - i've forgetten so many names now :(
Staying at Jade Mountain for our last 2 nights. Our 'sanctuary' was absolutely stunning, like nothing we've experienced before, and the team who looked after us were so accomodating. I'm so thrilled we got to experience staying at Jade Mountain as it's incredible!
All the staff at Anse Chastanet were SO helpful (Obam, Kerissa, and so so many more, plus everyone i've already mentioned). Thank you for looking after us so well and giving us a trip of an absolute lifetime. We'll never forget it, and i'm trying to convince Tim to let us come back for an anniversary.
We had an absolutely fantastic stay at Anse Chastenet. Upon arrival, we were greeted with cold mint-scented towels and a complimentary signature drink, and immediately were upgraded to a beautiful beachside villa.
The staff were so friendly, professional, and obliging. Tasha assisted us with check-in and was fantastic, and throughout our entire stay Obed, who was at the concierge desk, was so engaging and fun. Housekeeping was quick and quiet, and routinely left small cards on the bed about the resort and the area.
The food was impeccable, with many delicious options for my husband, who eats meat, and myself, a vegetarian. I got the broccoli tempura every night, and he loved the quail. Breakfast had many great options, as well as a buffet bar with pastries, muffins, fruit, meats, and juices.
Throughout the day, the shaded cabanas on the beach are easily accessible and you are left completely alone unless you request something by placing the yellow flag in the sand. Beachside service was quick and the staff were always so polite and helpful.
Our room was air conditioned, and WiFi, although it could be spotty in places, was available everywhere throughout the resort.
The snorkeling was amazing—we snorkeled almost every day and saw a great variety of fish, including lion fish, squid, trunkfish, and trumpetfish.
We highly, highly recommend Anse Chastenet whether you are looking for an ideal location for a romantic honeymoon or a fantastic option for a quiet getaway, this is it.
Breathtaking views, fabulous food, friendly and welcoming staff, two wonderful beaches and lots to do in the resort from relaxing/do nothing, snorkelling on the reef, scuba, boat trips, kayak, SUP, yoga, biking and more. Probably the best luxury resort we’ve stayed in to date. 5 stars!