We stayed at Anse Chastanet for four nights recently. It is a really special place that you can't fully appreciate until you're there. Wonderful staff, large, beautiful rooms, and a lot of privacy. We wouldn't hesitate to go back, and we hope to do so someday. The prons and cons for me were:
1. It has two great beaches. One is private and the other is technically open to the public, but is mostly populated with resort guests. The beaches are tropical, black sand beaches with lots of thatched huts available to guests. They are great for swimming - moderate waves and soft sand underneath without many rocks or much algae. There is also fantastic snorkeling just off the beach.
2. The food is fantastic (probably the best I've had) and diverse. The resort has five full restaurants - an indian/caribbean fusion restaurant, a more continental restaurant with a small menu that changes every night, a vegetarian restaurant, a grill on the public beach, and a casual lunch spot on the private beach. Dinner was great every night we were there (and we are pretty picky so this is fairly high praise), and the hotel does a very robust breakfast buffet.
3. The rooms are spacious, beautiful, and very private, with great views of the surrounding rain forest.
1. It's very hard to get to. Soufriere, where Anse Chastanet and most of the other luxury resorts on the island are located, is not very close to either airport, and the roads weren't great (the road leading up to the resort is particularly rough and takes about 10-15 minutes to traverse). On the way to the hotel from the airport we took a cab, and the ride last almost 2 hours and cost about $120. On the way back, we took a boat, which was shorter (about 70 minutes), but cost $190. Factor that cost in to your trip, unless you plan to rent a car or take a shuttle.
2. The resort is very anti-technology. There is no A/C, no phones (although you can get cell service if you have an international plan), no internet access, except in the lobby, which was very dysfunctional, and no television. I'm ok with most of that, but not having a phone that connects with the lobby (which is a 10 minute walk away) and not having wifi were significant minuses to me.
3. The resort requires a lot of hiking to get around. This probably isn't a problem unless you are elderly or traveling with small children, but to get from the beach or the beach-level restaurants to the rooms on the hill requires climbing the equivalent of maybe 12-15 flights of stairs. If that's too much for you, you can get a shuttle but I don't know how convenient that is.
4. The hotel has a sister resort, Jade Mountain, at the top of the hill. Guests there use the same beaches and eat at the same restaurants (I think), but have much more spectacular rooms and some other amenities for about 3x the price of Anse Chastanet. I list it as a con because at least in a small way it creates a ghettoization of the resort. We paid something like $600 a night for our room, and still felt somewhat lower class because of the existence of Jade Mountain next door. This isn't a big deal, but we just thought it odd that such a luxurious resort felt the need to add an even more audacious complex next door, and to partition it into a separate hotel.
Overall, as I said, we really loved the resort. The main competitors in the area are Ladera and Jalousie Plantation. We didn't go inside either of them, but did see them from the water while we toured the Pitons. Jalousie looked comparable, but more modern/Western versus Anse Chastanet's exoticism. Its beach is white sand, imported from the Grenadines (according to our guide), which I thought was in somewhat poor taste. Ladera also looked very nice, but is quite far from the beach, which would be inconvenient.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tranquility, Romance, Adventure: What were Caribbean hotels like when you sat watching the sunset instead of cable TV? You can still find that Classic Caribbean at Anse Chastanet on St. Lucia’s quiet southwestern coast where two magical peaks, the Pitons, leap from the sea and the mountains are covered with luminous greenery.Architect owner Nick Troubetzkoy believes passionately in nature. So he created a hotel that makes the foliage and the flowers, the perfumes and the peaks, the sea and the bird song an integral part of your vacation experience. The estate encompasses 600 lush tropical acres bordering two soft sand beaches. The resort’s two crystal-clear bays are part of a designated marine reserve protecting miles of colorful coral reefs teeming with tropical fish.With such a unique setting as his canvas, Nick Troubetzkoy was inspired to design a one -of-a-kind resort. A dozen rooms are tucked in behind the coconut palms that line the beach and the remainder tip toe up a flower decked hillside, taking advantage of the captivating scenery all around. Anse Chastanet’s ever growing art collection provides a visual feast of its own. There are impressive wooden sculptures and plaques, earthy burlap compositions, painted “sky ceilings” and vibrant acrylic paintings invoking memories of Matisse and Picasso.And while the sensuous seclusion of the rooms provides some guests with the perfect excuse for lolling away the day on the balcony, others head out to partake in the many activities on offer; yoga, snorkeling, scuba diving, tennis, sunset sailing, sea kayaking or jungle biking, hiking and bird-watching among the ruins of an 18th century colonial plantation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Anse Chastanet Hotel Soufrière
- Anse Chastanet St. Lucia/Soufriere, Caribbean
- Anse Chastenet