Nestled in a dramatic hillside location with stunning views of Les Pitons, Anse Chastanet is a true island hideaway. Inspired by nature, architect owner Nick Troubetzkoy has created an environmentally conscious beachfront resort where guests can truly appreciate the idyllic surroundings. The 600 acre estate, with two soft sand beaches and 12 miles of private trails, offers a fabulous snorkelling and PADI diving centre, relaxing spa treatments, mountain biking and watersports. There are three superb restaurants serving a variety of cuisines including modern Caribbbean, East India-St.Lucia fusion and refined vegetarian. The wider grounds include the historical plantation of Anse Mamin and the Emerald Estate where the resort grows its own organic produce. Explore miles of hiking trails that wind through the Anse Mamin valley and have your binoculars at the ready to spot colourful birdlife, including four out of five of the island’s endemic species.
At Anse Chastenet, yoga and gentle strolls along the beach replace intensive, structured work-outs; trade winds replace the hum and blasts of air conditioning; and opportunities to reconnect with nature replace intruding resort entertainment (the absence of televisions in guest rooms is a conscious decision by the owner, as is the choice for natural room ventilation over air conditioning).
Extra-large Deluxe and Premium Rooms underscore the innovative and sometimes whimsical side of designer Nick Troubetzkoy: in one room the balcony is built around a full-grown red gommier tree; in another a flamboyant tree drapes its red blossoms around the balcony. There are just 49 rooms at the resort, the Premium Rooms are located high on the hillside with stunning views of the Pitons and many of these are three-walled to ensure that this magnificent backdrop is very much an integral part of your holiday, while all of the beachside rooms are in the Deluxe category and are located just a few feet away from the glorious beach. All the furniture has been individually designed and handmade in the region, and the resort emphasises the use of local woods such as teak, mahogany and red cedar, along with other local products in its room decor and furnishings – the cushions and bedspreads are made from colourful cotton fabrics called madras, the island's national cloth.
For independent older children Anse Chastanet is a great holiday destination where they can take part in professionally-run scuba training classes, snorkelling and mountain biking, or they can just spent time on the beach trying out the resort’s ocean kayaks, windsurfers or perhaps sailing on their Sunfish sailboats. Children will generally have to adjust their sights as there are no televisions or sound systems in the rooms (though there is Wifi); swimming in warm, crystal clear waters and exploring the nearby sugar plantation has its own rewards. Children under ten are not permitted at the resort from October to June; children six and over are permitted in July, August and September.
FOR WEDDINGS & HONEYMOONS
One of the world’s most romantic getaways this intimate hideaway is the perfect retreat for honeymoon couples looking to escape. Anse Chastanet’s wedding planners also offer exceptional personal attention and are highly skilled at making sure each couple's special day fulfils their dreams. They will assist in selecting a picture-perfect location for the nuptials whether it be on Anse Chastenet beach, the secluded Anse Mamin beach, the enchanting treehouse, the romantic remains of the 18th century plantation, or even under water for certified divers.
- PADI Dive Centre
- Cookery classes
OUT & ABOUT
- Sailing excursions
- Nature tours and birdwatching
- Piton & La Soufriere Volcano hikes
- Whale watching
- Rainforest adventures
- Restaurants of Rodney Bay
- Castries markets
WINE & DINE
- The Treehouse offers award-winning fine dining serving upscale food with flair.
- Dine on the beach at the Trou au Diable Restaurant.
- Emeralds serves tempting, meat-free dishes using organic produce grown on the resort's own farm.
- The hillside Piton lounge provides the perfect setting for afternoon tea
- Feast on barbecued dorado and red snapper ceviche at the Jungle Beach Bar & Grill.
- There is no swimming pool at the resort, though this won't be missed with the inviting Caribbean waters on the doorstep.
- We suggest the property is less suitable for those with mobility issues as over 100 steps lead down to the beach (though a shuttle does operate around the grounds).