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. Not only do you get a World Heritage Site anchored by the twin peaks on land, 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. He was committed to an environmentally conscious development before “green” became fashionable.
A dozen rooms are tucked in behind the coconut palms that line the beach and the remainder tiptoe up a flower decked hillside. To make the most of the panoramic views and the refreshing tradewinds octagonal whitewashed cottages come with wraparound flower draped balconies and louvered windows.
Extra-large deluxe and premium suites underscore the visionary, innovative, sometimes whimsical side of Nick Troubetzkoy: in one suite, the balcony is built around a full-grown red gommier tree; in another a flamboyant tree drapes its red blossoms around the balcony. Some have their 4th wall open entirely to the vistas, yet are completely private.
Anse Chastanet is located on a 600-acre property bordered by two beaches, an hour from the airport. The steep road leading up to Anse Chastanet from the town of Soufriere is among the worst drives on the island. Winding, rocky, and unpaved with lots of blind curves, the road is not for faint-hearted drivers. A shuttle transports guests from the resort’s parking lot to the main entrance. The resort is set in the middle of thick jungle and therefore, unsurprisingly, there’s not much within walking distance; however, its location on the south side of the island makes it a good base for excursions to the island’s top attractions. Soufriere, which is home to several excellent restaurants and a handful of colonial-era landmarks, is about a 12-minute drive away. Sulphur Springs Volcano Park can be reached in under 20 minutes by car. St. Lucia’s main international airport, Hewanorra International Airport, is around an hour’s drive away.
Each guest room at Anse Chastanet is a bit different, but all make liberal use of traditional madras plaid, as well as furniture handmade from local woods, including mahogany, teak, red cedar, and green heart. Grand four-poster beds are elegantly draped in mosquito netting, and some rooms have hand-painted ceilings. Walls are decorated with graphic St. Lucian artwork ranging from intricate wooden plaques to Picasso-esque acrylic paintings. Many rooms have wooden louvered windows or walls, and most have balconies or patios. Views are of the Pitons, the Caribbean Sea, or the hotel’s garden-filled grounds. All rooms include coffee- and tea-making facilities and mini-fridges. Phones and TVs are purposefully absent, but there is free Wi-Fi. Roomy bathrooms have walk-in showers — some with partial glass-block walls — as well as hairdryers and Molton Brown toiletries. Many have modern vessels sinks and/or double vanities.
Set on the top of the hill, Premium and Deluxe Rooms are reminiscent of tree houses, and some feature open fourth walls with spectacular views. Some Deluxe Rooms also include separate bedrooms and living areas. The Piton Pool Suite has a separate open walled living area, a bathroom with twin rainfall showerheads, and a private outdoor pool. Beachside Deluxe Rooms are the only rooms with air-conditioning.
Anse Chastanet features five dining options, all of which are open-air and emphasize produce grown on the property. The elegant Treehouse Restaurant, which serves breakfast and dinner, has wood-beamed ceilings, white-linen covered tables, and hilltop views. Piti Piton Bar is set just off Treehouse Restaurant. It’s sunny and airy, with wonderful views of the grounds and pillars decorated with hand-painted murals. The views are equally impressive at neighboring Emerald’s, which serves an all-vegetarian dinner menu.
Casual fare is offered at the resort’s two beachfront restaurants: Trou au Diable on Anse Chastanet and Jungle Grill on Anse Mamin. Both restaurants serve lunch and snacks and Trou au Diable — which also has a bar — offers dinner most evenings. Jungle Grill makes one of the best burgers on the island — served on grilled Johnny cakes instead of a traditional bun. Jungle Grill is completely open-air, with seating offered at simple picnic tables sheltered by canvas tents. A section of Trou au Diable is converted into a dining experience called Apsara in the evening, which specializes in Indian cuisine.
The resort encompasses two beaches: Anse Chastanet and Anse Mamin, both with soft, pale sand backed by dense foliage. The beaches are connected by a coastal walkway, or guests can take a scenic boat ride between the two. Thatched roof huts shading pairs of squishy lounge chairs are found on both beaches. Guests use flags to request food and beverage service. The busier of the two beaches, Anse Chastanet, includes a PADI dive center. The marine reserve just offshore is home to over 140 fish species, offering superb snorkeling and diving opportunities. The water sports center can also organize sailing, windsurfing, and kayaking.
Other resort activities include twice-daily yoga classes in a lovely open-air pavilion on Anse Chastanet beach, as well as tours of the resort’s chocolate laboratory. Guests can also rent bikes and explore the property’s private jungle trails, or participate in guided walks or hikes.
Set on Anse Chastanet beach, Kai Belte Spa’s breezy reception area features a rock garden and fountain. Aromatherapy, massages, scrubs, and wraps are offered in the spa’s five treatment rooms. Some treatments are also available in a separate open-air cabana up on the hill, overlooking the ocean. Guests have access to the beautiful stone and wood-accented fitness center found at neighboring Jade Mountain Resort. There’s also a lighted tennis court.
Anse Chastanet has two boutiques, which sell a range of clothing and souvenirs, many of which are made in St. Lucia. There’s also a small art gallery focused on the works of local artists. A tiny library in Piti Piton Lounge has two computer stations for guests, as well as books in several languages. The hotel offers wedding planning services. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property, and there’s free self-parking on-site.
Spa & Wellness
Your stay at ANSE CHASTANET will not be complete without having enjoyed a spa experience at Kai Belté (Patois/Creole: house of beauty). Kai Belté spa is located at beach level between our beach restaurant and the scuba centre. There are 5 air conditioned treatment rooms, an open air hair and nail salon as well as our open-air cabana Kai Mer overlooking the Anse Chastanet reef.
Respect for the uniqueness of each individual is the foundation of our spa experience. Our professionally trained and licensed therapists are committed to excellence, infused with enthusiasm and take pride in delivering a personalized and dedicated service. Our therapies combine both ancient and contemporary techniques in a natural manner. They are designed to bring balance and equilibrium to meet the needs of each individual.
Our product range includes natural ingredients from our organic farm Emerald’s, aromatherapy products from Aromatherapy Associates and Ayurvedic products from Tara. Aromatherapy Associates products are rich in precious essential oils and active botanical extracts, designed to soothe and calm the mind, bring the emotions into balance and ease strains, tension and blockages in the body and skin. Tara products have been developed by faithfully following Ayurvedic traditions and principles. Ayurveda is a 5000 year old healing science from India that utilizes the therapeutic properties of herbs and essential oils to help restore balance and well-being. Our therapists have undergone intensive Ayurvedic training learning the philosophy, history and beliefs of Ayurveda. They are qualified to assist clients in learning more about Ayurveda and their own specific dosha as well as the Ayurvedic treatment modalities.
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