Set high atop the hillside, this 600 acre resort exudes Caribbean charm, with unbeatable views of the sea, nature activities and some of the best dining on the island.
Architect Nick Troubetzkoy created this 49-room beachfront resort in the southwest corner of the island, minutes from the Sulphur Springs, as a technology-free cocoon (no air conditioning, television, or telephones). With a stellar global reputation, it’s little wonder that local details are emphasized throughout the resort. Furniture is crafted from wood traditionally found in the region, bedspreads are made from Saint Lucia’s national cloth, madras (a pattern that resembles tartan) and local knowledge of nature is shared through bird watching, and plantation tours.
Our open concept Chastanet Piton Pool Suite, Casuarina, featured white coralline stone tile throughout, couples shower with rainfall shower heads and a walk-in closet. The piece de résistance though, is the 420 square-foot open patio with views of both the Caribbean Sea and Piton mountains, crowned by a private pool – perfect for a morning dip.
We enjoyed a quiet treatment at Kai Belte spa, where therapists use a variety of techniques for a soothing and relaxing massage.
Choose from three restaurants on site, serving everything from modern Caribbean (Treehouse Restaurant), East Indian-St.Lucia fusion (The Trou au Diable, Apsara menu) and vegetarian cuisine. For an extra special treat, dine on burgers and plantain chips at the black sand Anse Mamin beach from The Jungle Beach Grill.
Tour Chastanet’s Emerald Farms, spotting everything from mangoes (brought to the island by Indian labourers in the 19th century) to peppers, aubergines, orchids and of course, cacao. If time permits, pop over to Jade Mountain to visit the chocolate lab and have a crab burger.
With several restaurants, an art gallery, a spa, nature, and quiet, you can have it all here. Choose from plenty of activities on property including guided biking and walking, snorkeling, windsurfing , and paddle boarding. The jazzy sunset cruise is not to be missed- chat with the boat crew for stories about the island and while listening to the live jazz band.
Awe-inspiring 360 degree views, and a choice of several wedding locations throughout the property make it an ideal choice for intimate, or large group weddings. But don’t miss the romantic photo op at the old sugar mill at Anse Mamin Plantation.
Soufriere, St. Lucia; 1 (800) 223-1108; ansechastanet.com
Want more Saint Lucia? This travel original article first appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.