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This romantic 600-acre hillside hideaway is a unique resort in harmony with its lush, natural environment. The 'get-away-from-it-all' philosophy means that rooms have no TV or radio - instead you admire the spectacular scenery from the beachside rooms or sea views from the treehouse-style rooms further up the flower-decked hillside! How much you get up to on this holiday is up to you. There are many activities on offer here, from tennis to windsurfing, kayaking and snorkelling. For the less actively inclined, simply do nothing, lie on the beach or enjoy one of the therapeutic body and beauty treatments.
In a hillside-beachfront setting within its own 600 acre estate bordering two soft sand beaches on St Lucia's southwest coast. Transfer time from airport: 1 hour.Larger Map
49 rooms (12 beachside; 37 hillside cottages) all individually decorated with patio area, ceiling fans, tea/coffee-making facilities, fridge, private safe and hairdryer. Superior Hillside Rooms - with 2 twin beds or king-size bed, sleeping max 3 adults, or 2 adults and 2 children,
Deluxe Beachside Rooms - spacious with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds are air-conditioned and located in a garden just a few steps from the water's edge, all sleeping max 3 adults, or 2 adults and 2 children.
Deluxe and Premium Hillside Rooms also available, sleeping. Some rooms have a formal separation between the bedroom and sitting room while others are open plan. A 4th wall may be missing entirely in some of the hill deluxe and premium rooms to enhance the amazing views of the Caribbean Sea and/or the Pitons.
3 gourmet restaurants plus the Jungle Grill and Bar (accessible by water taxi, serving lunch); the open-air Treehouse Restaurant; the Piton Restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and a daily changing dinner menu 6 days a week; Trou au Diable Restaurant serving lunch and dinner daily. Dining choices include St Lucian-East Indian fusion cuisine and a vegetarian menu. 2 bars. Afternoon tea. 2 beaches, one of which 'Anse Mamin' is reached by 5-min free boat shuttle for extra seclusion, and coral reefs great for diving and snorkelling, Kai Belte Spa*, PADI dive centre*, tennis, free water sports include Sunfish sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and snorkelling. Complimentary yoga 5 days a week. 600 acres of forested hills for jogging, guided walks and jungle biking on 10 miles of specially adapted trails.
Half Board and Full Board are available at a supplement.
Children under 10 years are not permitted at this resort with the exception of Jul/Aug/Sep when the minimum age is 6 years.
*Denotes local charge.
Available at a supplement and includes all meals, drinks and snacks and all entertainment and activities above unless otherwise stated.
3 nights: 01-03 Jan '15 and over Christmas and New Year when it is 7.
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This is a beautiful resort. The room I had was spacious, very clean and had a wonderful view. There was no air conditioning in our room and I will never stay at another resort without air. I... Read more thought that visiting in February that it would be okay with the breeze all around, but it was hot after mid morning until around 8:00 pm. The food was shockingly pricey, so be prepared. I would definitely recommend the sunset sailing excursion. The captain was great in explaining sailing and points of interest. Hiking in the nearby jungle was free and it was so nice. I highly recommend it. Also, if you can, get a massage as it was so relaxing. Read less
This was our second visit albeit with a nine year gap. Since then what was an attractive hotel has developed into an impressive resort with a new dining room, a serviced second beach, an effective... Read more shuttle service up the hillside and the opening of Jade Mountain. We enjoyed our last visit to AC and this one even more. The rooms vary a great deal ranging from simple octagonal units to larger deluxe units spread over the hillside plus some more at beach level. I would think you could have a good holiday at any of them but it is worth doing some detailed research with your travel agent so you understand the options. Also there our several different price packages in terms what meals are included. Again a bit of research will pay off. Our views are as follows. Superior rooms are excellent in terms of their postioning with good views over the sea and the Pitons. They do however have less room and are a bit more basic being the original units.The Hillside Deluxe are very large and comfortable but those with Piton views are probably a better bet than those with forest/sea views. The beach side rooms are close to the beach and have air conditioning but do not benefit from being in the rainforest or the views which are a key feature of the resort. We did stay for 3 days at Jade mountain following a week at AC but this is the subject of a separate review. Please note that the rooms don't have TV's or phones and people on the whole do not use phones on the beach which creates a very relaxed atmosphere. Sadly there is always someone who feels the need to use a phone but generally they got the message after a day of so and stopped doing it. The beach set up is excellent with plenty of beds gathered around circular thatched shelters which are very effective at keeping both sun and rain at bay. There is also a a very efficient food and drinks service provided on the beach. The food was outstanding and we thought the main restaurant was top notch. We didn't try the vegetarian menu . For us the beach restaurant needed rethinking in terms of its Asian fusion offering. Portion size between appetisers, side dishes and main dishes seemed all over the place on the one occasion we tried it. UK visitors are pretty familiar with good quality indian food and this seemed to miss the target though the concept of such a restaurant is a good one. The characteristic which makes AC such a good resort is the quality and commitment of it staff many of whom have been there over 20 years. Nothing is too much trouble and service is provided with a genuine smile. Finally we were nervous about the steep climb to the rooms but the shutlle service both up and down the hillside was very efficent and presented no problems. Read less
It would take a very long review to mention all that is great about Anse Chastanet. We had a short two day stay there and had an absolutely wonderful time. Would definitely stay longer next time! Our... Read more room 3A was quaint and comfortable. Everyone we dealt with at the resort was genuinely nice, helpful, and concerned about our happiness. The beach is beautiful and has plenty of comfortable cabanas. Don't miss the incredible Anse Mamin beach - a short boat-ride or walk away. If you like the natural beauty of tropical flowers and birds (and tree frogs at night), and you enjoy being pampered by some of the best resort staff anywhere, then you should go to Anse Chastanet. Read less
As others have said this beach is a little hard to get to as the road can get pretty narrow, bumpy, and steep in sections. This is true, itâ€™s pretty bumpy the whole way (2 miles from Soufriere I... Read more think) but I wouldn't say it is worse than some of the other roads I drove on in St Lucia. To better illustrate, the car rental I had was a Kia Picanto, if youâ€™re not familiar itâ€™s similar to the Chevy Sparkâ€¦ very small, compact and low. I didn't go over 10 mph on that road and I got to the resort in about 15 minutes. Parking at the resort was free, and from the parking area it was just a short walk to the beach. So not matter the car you have you should be able to drive there, just stay slow and honk your horn around corners. Other people may opt for a water taxi but since I already had a rental car and I donâ€™t like to spend extra money if I donâ€™t need to I opted to drive there, plus it was one less instance where I had to haggle. Enough about the trek to the beach. The beach itself is nice and clean. It has a lot of beach chairs and umbrellas available for hotel guest and a few that visitors can rent from the dive shop. There are some nice ones for $55 us which is for two front row chairs and the big straw umbrella/hut. We opted for two plastic chairs with an umbrella in the second row which cost $33 US. I did not touch the food but heard it was pricey. I know Piton beers were $6 US, compare that to the $2 US I paid for a Piton at a Creole restaurant in town, that may give you an idea of their prices. I really enjoyed the snorkeling there, ask at the dive shop and they will point out the two areas to go snorkeling. I canâ€™t really compare it too much to other beaches but I thought it had better snorkeling than Sugar Beach ( between the Pitonâ€™s). The snorkeling area never got all that deep which was nice as Iâ€™m not the greatest swimmer and canâ€™t hold my breathe that long. I think the dive shop rents snorkel gear but we happened to have our own. Since this beach is a little secluded I didnâ€™t have any run-ins with peddlers trying to sell woven bowls or coconutsâ€¦ I enjoyed that. Itâ€™s one of the â€œblack sandâ€ beaches, I guess there was some black sand, but itâ€™s not like the beach is really dark, itâ€™s more like a salt and pepper mix of white and black sand. Read less
The best hotel experience weâ€™ve ever had. In St. Lucia it offered the best blend of accommodation, access to the beach and water, and flexibility for activities onsite and in the local area... Read more . SERVICE: Customer service here is top notch and every employee takes responsibility to make your visit enjoyable. It even started at the front gate where, after parking our rental car, an attendant saw me unloading bags and said â€œYouâ€™re at Anse Chastenet and your vacation starts right here. We will take care of this for you.â€ This sums up the service attention of our entire visit; if the front gate attendant â€œgets itâ€ then everyone else does, too. Every employee greets you with a healthy greeting, every time, to the degree that you believe everyone enjoys their job. ROOMS: Rooms are spacious - we stayed in 14A, a Hillside Deluxe room. These rooms feature a 4th open wall that looks out over a scenic view â€“ ours was over the ocean to one side, the forest to the other. If you can swing the Deluxe room I highly recommend it as itâ€™s a great experience. Furnishings are exactly right, fitting the dÃ©cor and quality of the room, and seating is comfortable. Rooms feature small refrigerator, coffee pot with complimentary coffee, and pot for heating water for tea. Closet space is ample and an in-room safe assures some sense of security. Most outlets are 220 but one is wired for 110 for all your American appliances. They also supply one other power converter. Bathrooms feature great shower heads and just the right amount of water pressure â€“ yes a small thing but important at these prices! AC does all the small things exactly right - even the furnished soaps and shampoos are high quality. There is no TV, radio, or telephone in the room. Wireless internet access is spotty but was available from parts of our room. The bed and pillows were exactly right for us. The are enclosed in mosquito net that is dropped into place by the evening housemaids every evening while you are at supper, then tied back out of the way by the morning maid while at breakfast. The coordination of services is just exemplary. Inside the bed a large fan is directly overhead to keep you cool enough in the evening. So while the 4th wall is open to the elements it never seems too hot. The birds in the morning are a bit loud but the exposure to nature is really wonderful. Room light is all â€œyellowâ€ so bugs are not attracted inside your room; during our February visits bugs were not really a problem in or out of the room. DINING: The hotel effectively has two restaurants and a beach grill. We felt the food options had enough variety for the week but we did miss local eating choices. When you arrive you are given a choice of 2-3 food plans and my advice is just go ahead and choose one. The least expensive is breakfast and supper for $180/day per couple. The thing to know is that our cheapest supper for two was $140 and sometimes as high as $170; breakfast was always $45. Choosing the meal plan one time, thereby alleviating the recurrent dilemma of â€œdo I eat this, do I pass on thatâ€ â€“ just do it and enjoy the results of a good decision. They have an all-inclusive options that includes all your food and drink for $340/day per couple. The food is always well prepared, delicious, and enjoyable. The desserts are quite special and the chocolates, made all in-house, are fabulous. Make sure to take the chocolate tasting class! BEACH: The beach area is incredibly comfortable with chairs and small covered cabanas to sit under in the shade. Attendants bring chair covers and towels upon your arrival and even help you select the best on the beach. Drinks and food are available to put onto your account. Every aspect is maintained and comfortable. Every day around 3 p.m. an attendant would bring some unexpected treat; popsicle, cold mint towel, refreshing spray â€“ just a special something to say â€œEnjoy!â€. The beach has soft, dark volcanic sand that is different from white beaches but every bit enjoyable. The hotel has complimentary kayaks, sail boats, and standing boards for guests to use with ease. A scuba outfitter is right on the property for scuba trips and snorkel gear rental. CONS: The stairs. Our room was about 120 stairs from the reception/restaurant area and another 120 stairs from the beach. At the end of the day a climb uphill of 240 stairs can be quite a chore. The hotel has a great solution in that any employee can call a shuttle to take you within steps of your door. These were most effective. There is no pool, whirlpool, jacquzzi, TV, or radio. The rooms do not have phones - a bit of an annoyance and maybe a safety concern, but not a deal breaker. The idea here is to get away from those common but distracting things in life and just enjoy St. Lucia. One other area needs mention. The Old French Road from Soufriere to AC is little more than a goat path. The 2-3 mile road is poorly finished, narrow, and incredibly bumpy. If you rent a car then invest in a 4wd SUV; the 4wd will be more sure footed but you will greatly appreciate the beefier suspension. We will return to AC in the future, for sure! Read less