Hotel Anse Chastanet Resort Hotel 4 star
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The Anse Chastanet resort stands on a hill overlooking a beautiful grey sandy cove and is the perfect destination for those looking for a seaside holiday or a romantic break. Having opened in 1975, this is one of the oldest hotels in St. Lucia and has a long-established reputation. The guest rooms open out fully onto one of the most beautiful parts of the island. Having said that though, the hotel is rather tricky to access and is a good way from the local facilities and entertainment, meaning that it offers limited opportunities for getting out and about other than on organised excursions.

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      Anse Chastanet Resort   -   © Alexandre Sargos / EASYVOYAGE

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      Anse Chastanet Resort   -   © Alexandre Sargos / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 5.91 /10

    The road from Soufrière to the Anse Chastanet is dreadful and very harsh on the back, even in a 4x4 and with an excellent driver. Of course, cyclone Tomas, which struck the island in November 2010, wasn't solely responsible for this, but certainly didn't help! Basically, once you get to the hotel, you'll more or less have to stay put!
    Hewanorra International Airport is around 45 minutes to the south, with Castries around the same amount of time to the north.

    Accommodation 7.00 /10

    With a total of 49 guest rooms, including 37 on the hillside and 12 on the beachfront, the Anse Chastanet is a moderately sized resort. You will find, though, that the further up the hill you go, the more difficult the access becomes, but the more spectacular the views. The rooms on the beachfront have no particular views to speak of, as they are sheltered from prying eyes by a wall of vegetation.

    Just like the rest of the hotel, the guest rooms provide colourful Caribbean-inspired surroundings and a high level of comfort, including bathrobes, a hair-dryer, a selection of hospitality products, and a minibar with tea and coffee-making facilities, among other things. All of the rooms come with either a terrace or a large balcony, but you won't find a television or a telephone, and Wi-Fi access is only available on request, as this is a 'techno-free' establishment.

    Unfortunately, however, the standard and superior guest rooms do not reflect the spirit of the Anse Chastanet: instead of having open walls to benefit from the surroundings, they are entirely closed in. On this occasion, we would strongly recommend you go for a Hillside Deluxe or even Premium Deluxe if you do decide to stay here. With all-wood furnishings, and sometimes built around a tree, these rooms are entirely open to the light, sounds, and smells of the surrounding landscape, and with the sea and the Pitons of St. Lucia stretching out before you when you wake, they really offer a completely different holiday.

    Overview 7.10 /10

    If it were not for Jade Mountain that stands just above it, the Anse Chastanet Resort might go entirely unnoticed. The location is quite simply superb and the buildings blend in perfectly with the abundant vegetation that has had plenty of time to establish itself since the hotel opened in 1975. The resort stretches up the hillside between the mango, flame, and coconut palm trees, so do bear in mind that if you are averse to steps and slopes or have difficulty walking, you're not going to have it easy here.

    One unusual thing about this resort is that there is no communal swimming pool, so if you fancy a dip you'll have to make do with the beach. The leisure facilities are, in fact, limited to a tennis court (for which there is a charge) and the spa near the beach. With 7 different rooms, the Kai Belte spa is not very special but pleasant enough, though you might be interested to know that yoga and stretch classes are offered here every day - the only form of entertainment provided at the resort other than the nightly shows. If you happen to be of the sporty persuasion, it might be worth noting that there is a 12.5 mi mountain-biking trail which starts just outside the hotel (bikes are available to hire).

    Food and drink 8.20 /10

    Guests at the Anse Chastanet will find themselves faced with a choice of 4 different restaurants. The covered Trou au Diable, on the beachfront, is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and serves Caribbean and international cuisine in the relaxed setting of the cove which alone makes it worth a visit. In the evening, guests can also choose from the Indian and grill menus.
    Just a stone's throw from here you'll find the other 3 restaurants all located next to each other around the reception area. In fact, to be perfectly honest, it's more like one larger area divided into three sections, forming the Piton Lunch, the Tree House and the New Tree House respectively. Set amid the surrounding treetops, this spot is open for breakfast and dinner. The cuisine served here is primarily Caribbean though a selection of vegetarian and grill options are also available. There's really no need to go into much detail about the decor either, as the superb setting provided by the cove and the sea speaks for itself.

    Beach 8.40 /10

    The grey sandy public beach at the Anse Chastenet is located in one of the most beautiful parts of St. Lucia, and is covered almost entirely in deckchairs and parasols. Between the spa, the various water sports on offer (including kayaking, diving, and windsurfing), and the nearby restaurant, these are not the most peaceful of surroundings; on the contrary, underneath the palm trees lays a hive of activity! The water here, however, is crystal clear and there are some beautiful and easily accessible little spots ideal for snorkelling, so get your flippers on!
    The Anse Mamin is also accessible a little further north of the hotel.

    To know

    Children under 10 years of age are not allowed at the hotel (except in July, August, and September, when the minimum age is lowered to 6).

    The Scuba St. Lucia PADI 5 star diving centre is in fact located on the hotel's beach. The best diving sites on the island are to be found between Soufrière and Anse La Raye, with a few just in front of the Anse Chastanet itself.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, stretching, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, beach volley, mountain bike, kayak, windsurfing

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The remarkable location
    • The lush green surroundings
    • The guest rooms have open walls

    disadvantages

    • Access can be difficult
    • The number of steps and steep paths

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Gohier N. Gohier N.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in juillet 2012 Posted on 2013-12-13 Seul - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        Excellent séjour ! hôtel très agréable et très grand . pas le temps de s'ennuyer . personnel accueillant , bonne nourriture et beaucoup de choix. A essayer sans hésitation !

      • Advantages

        Le paysage, vue sur la mer

      • Disavantages

        Odeur par moment très désagréable

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      • Overall Score 8.00/10