Caribbean Islands | Saint Lucia | Beach, Eco Friendly, Family, Honeymoon, Sustainable | Cottage, Hotel, Resort | Beach, Coastal, Island, Reserve | Luxury
Anse Chastanet rests amongst the diverse landscape of St Lucia, between the Piti and Gros Piton mountains and the turquoise waters of the resort’s two bays. The resort lies within a 600-acre estate and is part of a marine reserve, which consists of miles of coral reefs and aquatic life. Guests staying at Anse Chastanet can enjoy a tranquil stay, surrounded by fascinating wildlife, ocean views, and tropical greenery. The resort also includes the site of the Anse Mamin plantation and Emerald Estate, where they grow their own produce. Nestled along the hillside between coconut palms and lined up along the beaches, the resort’s rooms offer sweeping views of the landscape and ocean which are best enjoyed from the comfort of your private balcony.
Old French Road, St Lucia
Anse Chastanet is situated on the Western coast of St Lucia, near Grand Caille Point. The resort’s location between twin peaks and the crystal ocean waters offers guests panoramic views of the beautiful and diverse scenery. The way in which the rooms are tucked in amongst nature creates a tranquil environment that feels untouched by man. Guests can reach Anse Chastanet by flying to Hewanorra International Airport and then travelling to the resort by car. The drive takes approximately 1 hour, and meanders between the coast and inland, offering guests an insight into the landscape of St Lucia. Alternatively, guests can arrange to travel to Anse Chastanet’s private helipad, which takes just 6 minutes from the airport.
- Eco-focused resort
- World Heritage Site and marine reserve
- Located in a 600-acre estate
- 2 beaches
- Mountain and sea views and tropical forests
- Panoramic hillside lounge
- Romantic candle-lit dinners available
- Spa treatments
- Swimming pool
- Complimentary wi-fi
Architect and Anse Chastanet’s owner, Nick Troubetzkoy, created his resort to be environmentally conscious. In some suites, balconies have been built around existing fully-grown trees in order to protect them, and other suites are lacking a 4th wall to provide a natural airflow, negating the need for air-conditioning units while providing stunning views of the mountains and ocean.
There are a wide range of activities for guests to enjoy while staying at Anse Chastanet, including scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking, jungle biking and hiking. Drift through the golden waters on a sunset sail, or explore the ruins of an 18th-century plantation. There is also an abundance of birdlife, and birdwatchers can look out for St Lucia’s speciality birds, the green and orange Saint Lucia Pewee, the colourful Saint Lucia Oriole, Little Blue Herons and Saint Lucia Parrots.
Anse Chastanet’s open-plan Premium Hillside rooms offer sweeping views of the twin peaks of the Piton mountains and the ocean waters that surround them. The elevated location of the rooms means that guests can enjoy looking down over tropical treetops from the comfort of their private balcony. Some of the rooms feature wooden walls which slide open to reveal balconies or patios, whereas others are missing their fourth wall, the natural landscape offering privacy in place of manmade structures.
Guests can enjoy sprawling out on the Premium Hillside room’s king-size beds. An extra bed or twin beds can be provided on request. The rooms include en-suite bathrooms with twin basins and a shower, as well as Molton Brown toiletries and handmade bathrobes. A housekeeping service is provided twice daily. Relax in your room’s comfy lounge area and enjoy the view with a refreshment from the mini-fridge, or a hot drink made with the tea and coffee makers. Guests can also make use of the complimentary wi-fi.
The Hillside Deluxe rooms are situated across the hillside, offering ocean views from their spacious balconies. These rooms are located at varying heights in the shade of St Lucia’s Piton mountains. The rooms are divided into a living room and bedroom with an en-suite bathroom. The bathroom consists of twin basins, a shower and a toilet. Handmade bathrobes, slippers and Molton Brown toiletries will be provided for you.
The bedroom features a king-size bed, and an extra bed or twin beds can be provided on request. Some of the rooms feature wooden louvre walls which can be parted to reveal balconies or patios, whereas others are missing their fourth wall, the natural landscape offering privacy in place of manmade structures. Guests can enjoy refreshments from the room’s fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, and complimentary bottles of water. There is free wi-fi and a housekeeping service which occurs twice each day.
The spacious Deluxe Beachside rooms offer guests sweeping views of the tropical gardens and swaying palms while being situated beside the soothing ocean waves and golden sand beach. Here, guests can enjoy a full island experience, lazing in your hammock on the shaded patio and swimming in the clear turquoise waters. The bedrooms are fitted with air-conditioning to help maintain a comfortable climate. Alternatively, opening the louvre doors allows for a natural and refreshing airflow.
The rooms lead to en-suite bathrooms consisting of twin basins, a shower and a toilet. Handmade bathrobes, slippers and Molton Brown toiletries will be provided for you. The bedroom features a king-size bed, and an extra bed or twin beds can be provided on request. Guests can enjoy refreshments from the room’s fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, and complimentary bottles of water. There is free wi-fi and a housekeeping service which occurs twice each day.
The Superior rooms are positioned along the hillside, offering elevated views of the lush tropical greenery and coast which can be admired from your spacious balcony. Guests can wake up to the sight of the beautiful ocean waters while enjoying the privacy of the hillside. Each of the superior rooms is either octagonal or rectangular in design, with beautiful ceiling murals painted above. Enjoy gazing up at the acrylic sky ceilings and immerse yourself in the natural landscape that surrounds you.
The spacious bedrooms consist of a king-size bed, and an extra bed or twin beds can be provided on request. The en-suite bathroom features twin basins, a shower and a toilet. Handmade bathrobes, slippers and Molton Brown toiletries will be provided for you. Guests can enjoy refreshments from the room’s fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, and complimentary bottles of water. There is free wi-fi and a housekeeping service which occurs twice each day.
The Standard Rooms are located both along the beachfront and hillside, nestled among the lush tropical plants and offering views of the ocean. The cosy standard rooms consist of a king-size bed, and an extra bed or twin beds can be provided on request. Guests can relax in the comfy armchairs and gaze out of the large windows at the stunning scenery. The standard rooms also feature a balcony for enjoying the diverse views. The en-suite bathroom includes twin basins, a shower and a toilet. Handmade bathrobes, slippers and Molton Brown toiletries will be provided for you. Guests can enjoy refreshments from the room’s fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, and complimentary bottles of water. There is free wi-fi and a housekeeping service which occurs twice each day.
The Piton Pool Suite consists of a spacious bedroom, decorated with stone tiles and hand-crafted hardwood furniture. The suite looks out at the twin peaks of the Piton mountains and has a private deck with an outdoor swimming pool where guests can relax in the refreshing water and admire the stunning view. The large bedroom includes a king-size bed and a walk-in wardrobe and opens out to a patio area with comfortable seating. The bathroom features a double shower with 2 showerheads, handmade bathrobes, slippers and Molton Brown toiletries. From the bathroom, guests can still admire the mountain views and Caribbean sea. The suite can be connected to a second bedroom and bathroom on request, for groups of 4 staying together.
The Beach House rests on Anse Chastanet beach, offering sweeping views of the stunning turquoise ocean from its garden. Sit outdoors on your private elevated deck and watch the tide as it rolls in and washes over the golden sand. The beach house also has a flower garden, herb garden, outdoor shower and a 450 square foot covered patio with comfy seating. Inside, you will find a comfy main living area which leads to a grand bathroom with double vanities and glass wall sconces. The two rain showers are perfect for couples and there is an additional bench and handheld shower. Guests can enjoy a soak in the large bathtub with iron feet, which is positioned by a garden window so that you can admire the view of the outdoor fountain and pond, filled with lilies and koi fish, while relaxing in the hot water.
Jade Mountain is a mini-resort within Anse Chastanet Resort which rests high up on Morne Chastanet. Jade Mountain gives guests a luxury experience with oversized rooms and a swimming pool in each accommodation. The rooms flow into one another, each one missing its fourth wall to offer incredible vantage points and a light and airy environment where the natural landscape creates natural divides to maintain privacy.
Anse Chastanet’s Treehouse Restaurant consists of two elevated open-air dining rooms which gaze over the tops of the tropical trees and palm leaves. Guests can enjoy delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners from Wednesdays to Mondays in a candle-lit setting with ocean views. Each day, the menus are changed to offer guests a wide variety of meal choices throughout their stay. Guests can also enjoy freshly caught sustainable seafood. The resort’s culinary team have partnered with local fisherman and farmers in order to serve fish and produce which are in season, and support the local economy.
All of Anse Chastanet’s restaurants offer vegetarian and vegan options, but Emerald’s Restaurant focused solely on vegan cuisine, offering guests a chance to try a range of exquisite dishes and alternatives to meat and animal products. Enjoy a selection of tasty tapas meals, including crispy cauliflower accras, and St Lucian mango chutney and breadfruit gnocchi. Discover delicious meals made with fresh fruit and vegetables, grown on the resort’s farm. Emerald’s Restaurant also regularly hosts international vegan chefs.
Trou au Diable is a beachside restaurant with a lively and friendly atmosphere. In the evenings, the beach in front of the restaurant is illuminated by candlelight, allowing guests to admire the gentle waves as they foam across the sand. On Tuesdays nights, guests can enjoy a special culinary evening with authentic Caribbean cooking. This event is started off with a cocktail reception at 6:30 pm. Every other evening, guests can choose one of the delicious meals from the beach grill menu in a less formal setting.
Alternatively, guests can select something from Trou au Diable’s APSARA menu, which offers East Indian and Caribbean fusion dishes, celebrating St Lucia’s historical connection with East India. Lunch is served each day, ranging from salads, sandwiches, burgers and Caribbean specialities.
The Jungle Beach Bar & Grill is situated on Anse Mamin beach, which is open each day from 9 am – 6 pm. The Jungle Grill serves a range of appetisers and burgers, including sirloin beef burgers, chicken burgers and the jungle vegan burger. Enjoy a hot and tasty lunch on the golden sands in a tranquil environment.
Lionfish are a destructive species in the Caribbean as they attack St Lucia’s marine life and cause devastation to the coral reefs. Anse Chastanet’s Lionfish Dinners feature lionfish prepared in a number of ways, including sashimi, tortillas, grilled and stewed. Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner at a beachside restaurant and help to reduce the invasive lionfish population with a range of delicious seafood recipes.
Explore the beautiful coral reefs of St Lucia with an underwater dive. Anse Chastanet’s reef lies 10 years from the shore and holds a wide variety of tropical fish and aquatic creatures. Guests can expect to see flounders, octopus, lobsters, turtles and seahorses as they dive from 20 feet to 140 feet in the clear and calm waters. Guests embarking on their first dive are encouraged to participate in a shore dive to check their equipment and get a feel for diving.
Boat dives are also available, allowing you to venture out to the coral gardens under Gros Piton, visit the wreck of the Lesleen M – a 165-foot long ship that was sunk by the Department of Fisheries in order to provide an artificial reef in 1986, explore Fairyland or travel to Turtle Reef. Take a camera to capture unique marine life photographs and incredible memories.
A range of watersports are available for guests to try out at Anse Chastanet. Explore the coast from the waters on a kayaking tour. Anse Chastanet guests can test the prijon kayaks, which include rudders, ergonomic seats, knee braces and carbon fibre paddles for your comfort. Additionally, you can venture out across the waves on a windsurf board or sunfish sailboat. Explore the waters and make the most of your time beside the sea.
Feel the wind in your hair as you ride along mountain bike trails. Each guest will be handed a trail map with indicators for the intended skill level of each route. Both novices and experienced riders can enjoy exploring the 12 miles of private trails. Guests will be able to visit the ruins of an 18th-century sugar mill and old church, view incredible birdlife and pass a 3 million gallon reservoir of freshwater. The tropical plants and wild orchids provide beautiful scenery for bike rides, and guests can also take a break and go swimming in an old fashioned river swimming hole.
St Lucia’s diverse landscape of jungles, mountains, cliffs and sandy beaches creates an ideal habitat for the many different species of birdlife who have made the island their home. Anse Chastanet offers guests the chance to catch sight of St Lucia’s speciality birds including, the green and orange Saint Lucia Pewee, the colourful Saint Lucia Oriole, Saint Lucia Parrots, St Lucia Peewees and St Lucia Black Finches.
Watch as the birds gather to feed on the coconut left out for them, and capture amazing photographs of these colourful and magnificent creatures. Guests visiting the Treehouse Restaurant can bring binoculars to view the birds that rest in the surrounding trees. Guests are also encouraged to get up early, as at 6 am, the St Lucia Parrots are most visible, and you will be able to enjoy the morning songs of Gray Kingbirds, Zenaida Doves and Mockingbirds.
Visit Anse Chastanet’s organic Emerald Farm which has been growing fruit, vegetables, greens, salads herbs and species for the resort’s kitchens since 2007. There are also over a thousand cocoa trees that are harvested for making chocolate at the resort. Emerald Farm rests up in the Soufriere hills, which is a 20-minute journey from Anse Chastanet. Guests can also take this opportunity to admire the orchid house, botanical gardens and nearby springs.
Take part in a number of chocolate-based activities including guided chocolate and truffle making, tastings, chocolate-inspired cocktails, dishes and spa treatments. Learn from the resort’s very own chocolate alchemist and create delicious creations in a St Lucia tradition that dates back to the early 1700s.
Venture out on one of Anse Chastanet’s daily excursions and explore St Lucia and its surrounding ocean. Guests can sign up for excursions from the resort’s schedule. These activities include boat tours of the island and its neighbours, helicopter tours from the resort’s private helipad, and sunset cruises. Visit the Sulphur Springs, St Lucia’s walk-in volcano and the Twin Pitons, or simply enjoying a relaxing trip across the ocean as the sun dips beneath the watery horizon.
Anse Chastanet uses local woods and materials for the construction of the rooms and their interior furnishings, and sources local ingredients for cooking. The resort has also given training to local farmers and produces organic fruit, vegetables, herbs, spices and nuts from its on-site Emerald Farm.
‘Cushions and bedspreads are made from colourful cotton fabrics called madras, the island’s “national cloth.” Even the resort bathrobes are locally made (…) The furniture has been individually designed and handmade in the region with the exclusive use of the island woods such as teak, mahogany, green heart, red cedar and wild breadfruit.’
‘The resort emphasizes fresh, local products with a purchasing plan that includes certified organic foods, sustainable agriculture eco-labelled foods, and locally produced foods.’
Using locally sourced materials and produce helps to support the local economy in the area in which the resort operates, and also reduces carbon emissions as Anse Chastanet does not have to import materials and ingredients. The resort also employs a workforce that is 99% made up of local people, prioritising those who are looking for work in their own community so that they do not have to move elsewhere.
Anse Chastanet donates useful items including furniture and mattresses to local initiatives. This not only reduces the resort’s waste, but also means that others are able to benefit from old and reusable items that they may be unable to afford new. Karolin Troubetzkoy, Anse Chastanet’s Executive Director of Marketing and Operations, started a guest charity program that has been supporting local charities for over 25 years. Guests can offer aid to the senior citizen home and orphanage, as well as educational and medical support. Karolin Troubetzkoy is also the Patron of the Cerebral Palsy Association of Saint Lucia.
Karolin Troubetzkoy works with local artists and craftsmen in order to aid them in selling arts and crafts at the resort boutiques. She opened the islands first art gallery 25 years ago with the intention of being able to display work by local artists and to help to promote their work to the resort’s guests.
‘Mrs Troubetzkoy was instrumental in curating the resort’s art collection on display all over Anse Chastanet, rooms and public areas, an eclectic blend of both local artists and international visiting artists who created artworks inspired by Saint Lucia during their stay.’
Karolin Troubetzkoy is the President of the Saint Lucia Hospitality and Tourism Association (SLHTA) and has helped small and independent hotel properties on St Lucia to stand out more by creating an online booking engine to give them more visibility. Troubetzkoy has also been active in raising awareness of how hospitality establishments can focus on human resource development, water management and energy efficiency in order to make them more sustainable and cause less of an impact on the environment.
‘Karolin Troubetzkoy together with SLHTA’s CEO Noorani Azeez spearheaded the creation of the Tourism Enhancement Fund. The fund has been operational since October 2013 and enjoys a 65% compliance rate from the tourism accommodation sector. The Tourism Enhancement Fund was created to allow the SLHTA to play an integral part in the sustainable development of the destination. By collecting a small voluntary fee from Saint Lucia visitors, the SLHTA will be able to implement and finance projects specific to ensuring that the island is enjoyable for visitors and residents alike, including the beautification of specific areas of the island.’
Anse Chastanet’s diving centre has been awarded the PADI Green Star Dive Centre Award for its commitment to protecting the marine environment.
‘Scuba St Lucia is a proud recipient of the PADI Green Star Dive Center Award which is granted to PADI Dive Centers and Resorts that demonstrate a dedication to conservation across a wide range of business functions, including water conservation, energy use, environmentally-friendly transportation practices, use of sustainable materials, conservation leadership and a donation to conservation through Project AWARE. The Green Star Award identifies dive businesses that care about the environment and are acting to protect it.’
Nick Troubetzkoy created the first professional scuba facility on the island and started the Soufriere Marine Management Authority (SMMA) to raise awareness of marine life and how the coral reefs and marine resources on Saint Lucia could be preserved. The resort also provides education and training to their team and encourage them to work towards the resort’s sustainability goals and programs.
Anse Chastanet does not use water from the Soufriere community’s supply so that the community is not affected by the resort’s water consumption. Instead, the resort sources its water from a 1.5 million gallon reservoir in Anse Mamin valley. The resort uses its freshwater treatment station in order to provide clean water for all of its needs, and the needs of its guests.
‘Water consumption is regularly monitored and recorded daily to help us instantly identify if we have any leaks or unusual spikes in consumption not consistent with normal trends. There is a written water plan with specific usage and savings goals, and the supplier encourages its employees and customers to participate.’
Furthermore, Anse Chastanet has a number of practices in place to help conserve water, such as treating greywater so that it can be reused for irrigation, their towel and sheet reuse program, rainwater collection and reuse, and composting beach toilets. The resort also avoids removing native plants and maintain natural waterways to limit erosion and runoff.
Anse Chastanet employs energy-saving practices such as using only natural lighting during the day and utilising natural airflow in place of air-conditioning units where possible in order to reduce their energy consumption and carbon emissions. The resort uses yellow lighting within its grounds, as this is less intrusive for the local wildlife such as turtle hatchlings who can be disorientated by other, harsher forms of lighting.
Through bulk purchasing, Anse Chastanet is able to reduce the amount of packaging waste that it generates as they have to order supplies less often. The resort also provides bulk dispensers for shampoo and soap in public areas to avoid waste packaging. Paper is used as little as possible and recycled afterwards. Towels that have been discarded but are still usable are also reused by a local seamstress who creates small hand towels for public areas. Additionally, plates, utensils and glasses are all rescued and recycles, and all of the resort’s organic waste is composted. These practices limit the amount of waste that is produced by the resort, as well as its consumption of new resources as old ones are utilised for new purposes, preventing excess waste from going to the landfill.
Guests at Anse Chastanet are taught about the region’s culture, history, and ecology, and offering the opportunity to participate in local environmental protection initiatives such as reef and beach cleaning and planting trees. Signs and notices about these projects are clearly displayed around the resort, and guests are invited to provide feedback on Anse Chastanet’s sustainability and conservation efforts. Resort raffles are also carried out, the entry fees used to raise money to support conservation projects.
Children aged 10 years and over are welcome at Anse Chastanet year-round. From July – September, children as young as 6 years are also welcome at the resort.