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
Our first time in St Lucia, and we were so pleased that we picked Anse Chastenet. We stayed in a beach side villa, which was roomy and well equipped. The food in all the restaurants was superb quality, although we preferred the beach bar offering in the main. Breakfasts were first class. The beach was a joy, and the walk to the adjoining beach was well worth it. Lots of good snorkelling, and although we didn't use it, the scuba dive school looks to be the best on the island. And I just have to mention the lovely people who looked after us so well! Thank you. So the big decision is where can we go next that will be better?
My wife and I had a Great trip in the very secluded and slow motion Anse Chastanet resort.
My wife and I made a stop in Saint Lucia years ago on a cruise. We vowed to come back someday and spend more time.
We’re from Destin Florida and nowhere has the white sand like the Florida panhandle. But these black volcanic sandy beaches are very cool and the water is crystal clear.
You can snorkel or scuba right from the beach and see all kinds of tropical fish and coral.
We love it! Rustic and laid back...but you aren’t elbow to elbow with others on the beach. That makes it!
The beautiful doves cooing in the morning to awaken another day in paradise is icing on the cake.
We've made a rapid return to this hotel as we enjoyed ourselves greatly on the last visit.
The location is excellent (apart from the road leading there). There a wide sandy beach and we liked the short walk to the Anse Mamin Beach.
We had a lovely room — very modern / Caribbean with a wrap around balcony that gave us a view of the sea and the Pitons. The room was octagonal and had shutters and insect screens. So no windows or air-conditioning in this one. It was absolutely fine: the breeze and fans kept us cool.
The staff members were exceptionally helpful — assisting us to overcome our missed plane and other travel problems. As repeat guests we felt our return was appreciated.
The hotel is perched on a steep hillside, so you can either choose the steps and exercise or the few seconds' trip in the shuttle car.
There is a well-staffed dive team. They are very professional and the equipment is good. No matter how experienced you are, a beach dive and basics test are obligatory.
We really liked the food and enjoyed friendly chats with Andrew, the Maitre D.
I did some early morning walks into Soufriere and around the 600 acres of rainforest. I'd recommend the steep climb to the top of the hill for the views and photo opportunities. The jetty is very handy for slipping into crystal clear water with your mask and snorkel.
So yes, we really liked it. I expect we'll be back again.
My wife and I just spent a wonderful week at Anse Chastenet. The staff were wonderful from pre-arrival till we departed. Hotel arranged private car service (reommened) with pickup/return at airport. Greeting from their booth at the airport with cold water and refreshing damp towel. Reception was great, who showed us our room, and we found the service by the all the staff attentive, exceptional and quick. We chose a beach side room and did not regret it. Recommend a second floor room with the vaulted ceiling. Wifi internet in room was great. And it was just a few steps from the beach, beach grill and where we spent most of our time. The tree house restaurant was up the steps (112) but was not difficult, there is a jetney that can be called. Had lunch at the beach grill at Mamin beach twice, a short walk and it was very good, burgers, cold beer, sandwiches. Beach service was great, place the yellow flag in the sand and a beach attendant pops up to get your drink/food order. Loved the chilled towels and popsicles brought around during the afternoon. Beach huts are reserved for hotel guests and there is one for each room, so you don't have to the do the early morning run to throw a towel and book on one to reserve. Snorkeling is right on the beach and it is good. Best for couples.
I've traveled some, spent over two years in Marriotts and over 2 million airmiles, and would not hesitate to recommend Anse Chastenet. Recommend the MAP plan, lunch and incidentals work out to be about 10% more.
From arrival at the airport, our transfer, our welcome at the hotel, our room, the beach, the restaurants, the STAFF.. everything was truly first class.
We stayed in a Hilltop Deluxe Suite and waking up each morning feeling like you're a part of the surrounding wildlife was incredible. Yes - the hotel's decor style is traditional but this is part of it's added charm. The rooms were spotlessly cleaned daily.
We were all inclusive and we felt you get a lot for your money. Premium spirits, excellent wine list and incredible food, all included.
The burger shack on Anse Mamin and the Jazzy Cruise on a Thursday night are both musts.
We can't wait to go back. Thank you for making our holiday so special everyone at Anse Chastanet.