Anse Chastanet Resort | For the Views of St Lucia

By Dr. Rookmin Maharaj
April 14, 2016

Anse Chastanet Casuarina Balcony

Anse Chastanet Casuarina Balcony. /Dr. Rookmin Maharaj for K&S Media.

Set high atop the hillside, this 600 acre resort exudes Caribbean charm, with unbeatable views of the sea, nature activities and some of the best dining on the island.

LOCATION
Architect Nick Troubetzkoy created this 49-room beachfront resort in the southwest corner of the island, minutes from the Sulphur Springs, as a technology-free cocoon (no air conditioning, television, or telephones). With a stellar global reputation, it’s little wonder that local details are emphasized throughout the resort. Furniture is crafted from wood traditionally found in the region, bedspreads are made from Saint Lucia’s national cloth, madras (a pattern that resembles tartan) and local knowledge of nature is shared through bird watching, and plantation tours.

ROOMS
Our open concept Chastanet Piton Pool Suite, Casuarina, featured white coralline stone tile throughout, couples shower with rainfall shower heads and a walk-in closet. The piece de résistance though, is the 420 square-foot open patio with views of both the Caribbean Sea and Piton mountains, crowned by a private pool – perfect for a morning dip.

SPA
We enjoyed a quiet treatment at Kai Belte spa, where therapists use a variety of techniques for a soothing and relaxing massage.

DINING
Choose from three restaurants on site, serving everything from modern Caribbean (Treehouse Restaurant), East Indian-St.Lucia fusion (The Trou au Diable, Apsara menu) and vegetarian cuisine.  For an extra special treat, dine on burgers and plantain chips at the black sand Anse Mamin beach from The Jungle Beach Grill.

Anse Chastanet Chocolate Lab

Anse Chastanet Resort Chocolate Lab. /Dr. Rookmin Maharaj.

DON’T MISS
Tour Chastanet’s Emerald Farms, spotting everything from mangoes (brought to the island by Indian labourers in the 19th century) to peppers, aubergines, orchids and of course, cacao. If time permits, pop over to Jade Mountain to visit the chocolate lab and have a crab burger.

VIBE
With several restaurants, an art gallery, a spa, nature, and quiet, you can have it all here.  Choose from plenty of activities on property including guided biking and walking, snorkeling, windsurfing , and paddle boarding.  The jazzy sunset cruise is not to be missed- chat with the boat crew for stories about the island and while listening to the live jazz band.

Anse Chastanet Beach Palms Boats

Beachside at Anse Chastanet Resort. /Dr. Rookmin Maharaj for K&S Media.

ROMANCE FACTOR
Awe-inspiring 360 degree views, and a choice of several wedding locations throughout the property make it an ideal choice for intimate, or large group weddings.  But don’t miss the romantic photo op at the old sugar mill at Anse Mamin Plantation.

THE DETAILS
Soufriere, St. Lucia; 1 (800) 223-1108; ansechastanet.com


Want more Saint Lucia? This travel original article first appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.