What were Caribbean hotels like when one sat watching the sunset instead of cable TV? Travelers can still find that classic Caribbean at Anse Chastanet on Saint Lucia's quiet southwestern coast where two magical peaks, the Pitons, leap from the sea and the mountains are covered with luminous greenery.
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 his guests' vacation experience. The estate encompasses 600 lush tropical acres bordering two soft sand beaches. Not only is there 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 pristine coral reefs starting right off the Anse Chastanet beach. Anse Chastanet's renowned National Geo/PADI Five Star Dive Resort facility Scuba St. Lucia is situated right on the Anse Chastanet beach. Scuba St. Lucia offers gear storage; a well-equipped scuba store; three compressors; nitrox; rental dive gear and an underwater photography centre. The house reef, Anse Chastanet reef, starts just 10 yards beyond the water's edge. The reef offers an amazing profusion of unusual tropical marine life, in 20 to 140 feet of calm, clear water. In the shallow areas scuba divers find peacock flounders, octopus, needlefish and turtles. Or, dropping down a little deeper over dense coral growth, they see puffers, moray eels, parrotfish, lobsters and even sea horses. This is a unique dive site for all abilities and good for critter photography and night diving. The week is easily filled with a variety of diving locations, the majority of which are within easy reach by dive boat, including wall and wreck diving.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Resort facilities include 49 individually designed rooms, three restaurants, two bars
AMENITIES: Kai Belté spa with complimentary yoga, scuba centre, nonmotorized watersports, mountain bike facility with 12 miles of trails, the 42-foot sailing yacht Serenity for day and sunset sailing, boutiques, library and art gallery