Lush, tropical Anse Chastanet is one of the Caribbean’s most scenic resort hideaways. Nestled amidst a 600-acre estate with two soft sand beaches bordering pristine coral reefs, resort facilities include 49 individually designed rooms, three restaurants and bars, as well as a library, 3 boutiques, and an art gallery. Making the most of Saint Lucia’s lush tropical beauty, activities range from jungle biking on 12 miles of custom-built resort trails, escorted walks and hikes, bird watching, yoga, sunset sailing on the resort sailing yacht, relaxing in the Kai Belté Spa or simply swaying in a beach hammock by the sea. Guests enjoy visiting the organic farm and the resort’s chocolate laboratory. The innovative menus (one entirely vegetarian) are based on produced received from the resort’s organic farm. The resort’s PADI Five Star diving operation, Scuba St. Lucia, caters to beginners and experienced divers alike. Situated in the heart of the Soufriere Marine Management Area, Scuba St. Lucia has established itself as one of the Caribbean’s top diving destinations. Nitrox is available. Beach, boat, wall and wreck diving are all offered, and the night dives right on the Anse Chastanet reef are a highlight for any diver.
ANSE CHASTANET offers 49 individually designed rooms, 37 of which are scattered about a lush hillside, and 12 which are nestled within a tropical garden at beach level. Anse Chastanet’s Premium rooms offer picture postcard perfect views of the St.Lucia’s Pitons – a Unesco World Heritage site- and the surrounding Caribbean Sea by virtue of their location on the higher hillside level. Some Premium rooms have the fourth wall missing entirely, whilst others have wooden louvre walls which open to balconies/patios. All rooms have kingsize beds, ensuite bathrooms with 2 sinks, shower, and toilet. Upon request, extra bed or twin beds can be provided. Average size: 700 sq ft. In room amenities include fridge, coffee makers, in-room safes, hand made bathrobes, slippers, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, Molton Brown amenities, free wi-fi. Twice daily housekeeping service with complimentary bottled water.
ANSE CHASTANET is vested into an award winning marine reserve (SMMA) which has been established since 1995 to protect the pristine beauty of St.Lucia’s coral reefs. SCUBA ST. LUCIA is a PADI 5 Star Dive Resort and DAN (Divers Alert Network) Partners in Dive Safety facility, located at the south end of ANSE CHASTANET beach. Perfectly set up for both beach and boat dives, Scuba St. Lucia offers guests gear storage; a well equipped scuba store; three compressors; rental dive gear and an underwater photo and video center.
The Anse Chastanet reef starts just 10 yards beyond the water’s edge. The reef’s remarkable ecosystem offers an amazing profusion of unusual tropical marine life, in 20 to 140 feet of calm, clear water. Anse Chastanet Reef which is home to more than 150 different species of fish makes for an amazing dive day or night. In the shallow areas be sure to keep your eyes open for peacock flounders, octopus, needlefish, and turtles. Or drop down a little deeper over dense coral growth to see puffers, moray eels, parrotfish, lobsters and even sea horses. A unique dive site for all abilities and especially good for macro photography
The shore dive is a required “first” dive for dive guests. It allows divers to feel ensured that all equipment is functioning properly, that their buoyancy skills are adequate for entering the marine reserve and to provide an orientation to the type of diving for which St Lucia is known.
The boat dives should also not be missed – dramatic walls beneath the majestic Piton Mountains, Superman’s flight, a drift dive in the shadow of the Petit Piton, Coral Gardens and Jalousie under the Gros Piton, Piton Wall, the wreck of the “Lesleen M”, Anse La Raye and Anse Cochon. Closer to home for the afternoon boat trips but no less spectacular sites, the diver can explore Fairyland, Turtle Reef, Grand Caille, Trou Diable, the Pinnacles and much more…
Head out to partake in the many activities on offer; yoga, snorkeling, scuba diving, tennis, sunset sailing, sea kayaking or jungle biking, hiking and bird-watching among the ruins of an 18th century colonial plantation.