Anse Chastanet

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Reviewed by Viv Monahan
Pitons, palm trees and pina coladas at St Lucia’s original beach hotel, plus 5 restaurants and a dive centre
Anse Chastanet - one of the first hotels to be built in St Lucia - encapsulates the very essence of all that’s St Lucian. You get beach, you get one of the best dive sites in the Windward Isles, you get lush hillsides and you get perfect views of the Pitons. Yet you’re still within walking distance of the fishing town of Soufriere, with its markets and harbour, and just a short drive away from the rainforest in the island’s interior.

The 49 vibrant rooms are in charming gazebos, semi-open to the elements and individually designed by architect owner Nick Troubetzkoy. They range from simple gingerbread cottages with stars on the ceilings, to full-blown tree-houses that blend so well with the exotic gardens that you can’t tell immediately where tree-house ends and forest begins.

Built on a 600-acre tropical estate (which it shares with sister hotel Jade Mountain), there are nature trails and 2 soft, silver-sand beaches to laze on. The first is a sociable place where you’ll soon be chatting to other guests or investing in local art; the second is secluded Anse Mamin, a little way away. Surrounded by virgin coral reefs, if you’re lucky you’ll find it completely deserted, except for you.


  • Gorgeous views: waking up each morning is pure heaven
  • A fabulous PADI dive centre (Anse Chastanet Reef is home to over 150 different species of fish) and free sailing, kayaking and windsurfing
  • Friendly and professional service
  • No air conditioning necessary and no muzak provided - gentle winds and birdsong are all you need
  • Relaxing on the beach or jungle biking along the resort’s trails: a holiday at Anse Chastanet is as lazy or as exhilarating as you like


  • There’s no swimming pool, but with the Caribbean Sea below, you won’t miss it
  • Not suitable for those with mobility issues as there are 100 steps leading down to the beach (though a shuttle does run around the grounds)
  • No WiFi, radios or TVs in rooms - if you need to keep in touch, use one of the PCs at reception
  • There’s no getting away from the fact that - though exclusive - Anse Chastanet is a resort, and some may not like the bright textiles
  • Some won't like their rooms being semi-open to the elements

Best time to go

Anse Chastanet is open all year round. The most popular time is December through to April when it is slightly drier and milder (Christmas and New Year gets booked early).

Our top tips

Combine a stay at Anse Chastanet with a few days at smart sister hotel, Jade Mountain.

Great for...

  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Resort
  • 49
  • 5 Restaurants (open daily)
  • 10+ year olds welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
  • Tennis Court
  • Bicycles Available


This is what you want St Lucia to be like - bright, jazzy rooms, magnificent views, the scent of spice, overhanging leaves the size of dinner plates, occasional raindrops hammering on your balcony like a steel band.

Top of the range (and the hill) are the treehouse-like Premium and Hillside Deluxe rooms. Painted in rubber-duck colours, each has something fun and quirky about it - a flamboyant tree poking up through the terrace, a balcony built around a red gommier tree, risque art on the walls, or a missing wall. Each is different but you can expect wooden trellises dividing a comfy living area from your bedroom, tropical hardwood floors, and flower-filled shower bathrooms big enough to really wallow in. Note you'll need plenty of insect repellent here (and bite relief for if it fails) though there are mosquito nets.

Lower down the hill are octagonal, whitewashed cottages that look like they’ve come gift-wrapped in wraparound balconies and blossoming vines. In these, the bright Standard rooms have garden views while Superiors, which are a little larger, usually have views of the Pitons and the ocean. We absolutely loved their simple charm, emphasised by the naïve art on the walls and the pretty hand-painted ceilings and friezes. And we loved the fact there was no TV - it felt like pure escapism.

At the water’s edge are the large, airy Beachside Deluxe rooms. These are the most conventional: built in a 2-storey block, you’ll find louvred doors to throw open onto a private patio, and air-conditioning for cold air enthusiasts.

When booking a Standard room, you could be located on either the hillside or at beach level - the category is based on 'run of house' principle, which may lead to a complimentary upgrade to Superior or Beachside Deluxe location, at the resort's discretion. If you get the choice, ask for a Hillside.

Features include:

  • Coffee maker
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Irons/ironing boards on request
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Mosquito net
  • Safe box
  • Toiletries


With 5 really good restaurants to choose from, dieting isn’t on the menu. The Treehouse restaurant, which serves breakfast and dinner, is built at the top of the hill. The theme is tropical world cuisine, and puts a St Lucian spin on fine dining: think chilled Voodoo Soup (a curried red bean, peanut and chilli gazpacho), baked aubergine with a creamy mango dahl, or mahi-mahi with a ginger root sauce and crab mousse. Bag a table on the terrace to look down into the glorious gorge below and to get the best of the treefrogs’ night-time performance.

Next door at the Piti Piton Lounge is Emeralds, a completely organic, vegetarian restaurant, with a menu that’s tasty enough to turn any confirmed carnivore green: we sampled goat's cheese fondant with balsamic caramel (possibly the nicest dish on our St Lucian trip), followed by a crispy gnocchi in a peanut and apple sauce.

Apsara offers an East-meets-West Indian fusion selection every day except Tuesday, when it’s all-out St Lucian, complete with a tropical steel band and dancing on the beach by moonlight.

More casual options are the Trou au Diable and Jungle Beach Bar at Anse Mamin for laid-back grills, salads and St Lucian specialities. Trou au Diable is transformed into a party venue on Tuesday nights, with a cocktail reception, flambeaux along the beach and steel bands.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Coffee maker
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Organic produce
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu


  • Wind down in a big way - laze under a thatched beach umbrella and just listen to the waves

  • Borrow snorkelling equipment, sunfish sailboats, kayaks and windsurfers (all free to use)

  • Learn to dive at the on-site PADI school. Anse Chastanet Reef is home to over 150 different species of fish including peacock flounders, octopus, needle fish puffers, moray eels, even sea horses

  • Spend a day at the Kai Belte Spa - indulge in a couple’s ritual, an aloe body wrap or concentrate on problem areas with soluble collagen-infused masks

  • Play tennis before 8am or after 6pm (complimentary use of racquets). Any other time, it’s too hot to run around! Or bike through the 8 miles of rainforst trails

  • Catch a water taxi to Anse Mamin - a gorgeous, secluded little beach with its own bar and grill

  • Take a guided walk through the tropical estate with Meno, a walking Wikipedia of all things botanical, or attend yoga classes on the beach, morning and evening

  • Get married - Anse Chastanet’s been voted into the World's Top Ten Most Romantic Resorts by travel industry leaders. There’s no wedding chapel, you choose your own location for the ceremony: the Treehouse, a beach, the old colonial plantation, a nearby waterfall, even on the coral reef

  • Walk into Soufriere for markets, bars, cafes, the fine botanical gardens and a lovely quayside. Further afield, enjoy rainforest hikes and ziplining

  • Drive down to Choiseul, the island’s not-for-profit village co-operative that sells leatherwork, weaving, ragdolls and pottery

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Private guided tours
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Scuba diving courses
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Windsurfing
  • Yoga
  • Ziplining


Children under 10 aren’t accepted because of the open rooms style. Over-10s are welcome and made much of by the family-friendly staff.

Best for:

Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Extra beds can be put in all room categories

Kids Activities on site:

There’s plenty to do on the estate such as biking and watersports and swimming.

Kid Friendly:

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