Nestled amidst a lush, tropical 600-acre estate with two soft-sand beaches bordering pristine coral reefs, Anse Chastanet is right in the heart of the island’s marine reserves, with St. Lucia’s legendary twin peaks — the Pitons — as its dramatic backdrop.
Anse Chastanet’s unique hillside/ beachside location is in total harmony with its surroundings. With such a setting, it is no surprise that this 49-room resort is as popular with honeymooners as it is with divers. For the ultimate experience, consider a few nights at Anse Chastanet’s resort-within-a-resort, Jade Mountain, with its amazing 24 infinitypool sanctuaries.
The PADI Five Star Resort Dive Center Scuba St. Lucia is one of the Caribbean’s longest-established operations. Beach, boat, wall and wreck diving are all offered. The night dives right on the Anse Chastanet reef are a highlight. With only 49 rooms, there are more than 250 resort staff members ensuring that guests feel pampered at all times, whether it’s Junior on the beach offering minted cool cloths or estate guide Meno showing off the amazing 18th-century plantation remains in the Anse Mamin valley, where the resort’s mountain-bike facility is located. The resort offers a variety of dining experiences, from simple grilled fare to tropical Caribbean to vegetarian (organic produce is grown at the resort’s farm).
The Jungle Grill on Anse Mamin beach is a great hangout at lunchtime. The resort spa Kai Belté offers a full spa menu including complimentary yoga five days a week. The island’s natural attractions are all nearby, and excursions can easily be arranged. The resort offers halfday and sunset sailing on its 42-foot yacht, and there are many nonmotorized water sports available in addition to scuba diving.
ACCOMODATIONS: Resort facilities include 49 individually designed rooms (plus 29 at Jade Mountain), four restaurants, two bars Amenities: PADI Five Star Dive Center (with nitrox), Kai Belte spa, Bike St. Lucia, 12 miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, water sports, kayaking center, boutiques, library and art gallery