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I lead group scuba diving trips all over the world. This time, my group of 21 was thrilled to be welcomed at Hewanorra International Airport in St. Lucia with cold washcloths and water bottles after a long day of travel. Little did we know they were getting us ready for the hour-long bus ride to our resort, Anse Chastanet, along a windy road that would give “The Road to Hana” a run for its money. Once we turned off the main road onto the private road to the resort….wow. The road is very bumpy, semi-paved with lots of potholes and very narrow in many places. Good thing I took some Bonine before the trip. However, the spectacular view of the Caribbean Sea and the majestic Pitons made this rough little drive totally worth it and part of the charm of the resort! I didn't mind the road at all. It wasn't very long and was just part of the adventure! Anse Chastanet is a beautiful and unique resort, located on breathtaking Anse Chastanet beach. The beach is beautifully kept and the beach service set up your lounge chair for you and even periodically misted you to cool off! LOL. Most of the Anse Chastanet is built on a hillside, with rooms on the hill as well as at beach level. The hillside suites offer amazing views of the sea or the Pitons, while the beach level suites provided convenient beach and dive shop access. My enormous hillside room offered a panoramic view of the Pitons and the Caribbean Sea. The suites are well-appointed and extremely spacious, with large sitting areas and huge ensuite baths. The beds are very firm, but I like firm. We had a hillside suite - which does not offer any air-conditioning (only Beach rooms have A/C). I only found one night to be too warm for me. The rest of the week was very manageable with the fans provided. I did not find mosquitoes to be any more of a problem than it is in any other Caribbean country. The bathrooms are super spacious, but the shower water pressure was very weak. Most of my group noted the same thing. Anse Chastanet boasts several restaurants, including the Jungle Grill at Anse Mamin (an adjoining private beach) and a vegetarian restaurant, which I did not try. We ate at Anse Mamin one day for lunch as the dive boat dropped us off there after our dives. Other than that, it was too much of a bother to walk over there or take a water taxi. We frequented the Treehouse Restaurant for breakfast and mainly the beachside grill/restaurant for lunch and dinner because of the great ambiance and sunset views. The food, while lacking in variety after a week, was very good at both restaurants and while the service was good, it always took a long time to get our food. Not bad at lunch since we had so much to talk about after our dive trips. But at dinner, we often waited up to an hour for our food. We were just tired and wanted to go to bed. I think it was because of the size of our group. We experimented with breaking into smaller tables to see if we would get served quicker. It was hit and miss. The diving in St. Lucia was good…for the little stuff. Some of my divers felt the dives were a little redundant. We saw beautiful corals and lots of little critters, but nothing bigger than a barracuda. I only saw one turtle all week, but hundreds of lobster! One dive site is affectionately called Lobster City! Other commonly seen creatures were the Spotted Drum, the Spotted Moray Eel, Lionfish, Rock Scorpionfish and the usual parrotfish and damselfish. I enjoyed the drift dives and the hunt for macro subjects. We did not see larger animals such as sharks or rays. We did one wreck dive and two shore night dives. The night dives were entertaining – again, lots of lobster and crab, octopus and THE THING. It looks like a huge underwater centipede. Four of my divers took the PADI Invasive Lionfish Specialty Course so they could hunt and spear lionfish on their dives. This was quite exciting and definitely a highlight of the week – between the four "lion slayers", they bagged over two dozen lionfish over a couple of dives! The resort cooked up their catch and served it to use for appetizers one night. It was quite tasty!There is no way I can comment on everything we experienced in our week-long stay, but all in all, our trip to St. Lucia was awesome - beautiful grounds, friendly staff and the Caribbean Sea!! The resort offers many activities and tours. Several of our group took advantage of the spa and only had good things to say about it. I rate my spa experience right up there with some of my very best spa experiences. We also did the volcanic mud baths, which was hilarious, and the tour of the beautiful botanical garden and waterfall. The onsite dive operation, Scuba St. Lucia, is top notch! Beto and Charlotte run a tight ship! They were very organized and sensitive to the individual needs of our divers. They made sure everyone in the group was taken care of. Our boat crew was exceptional – fun, personable and knowledgeable. We always felt safe and like we were diving with friends!
I would really like to rate the resort higher as it has many fine qualities. Great food, friendly staff, convenient SCUBA dive operation. However, very few rooms have air conditioning and the Trade Winds that are mentioned on the resort website were nonexistent during my recent stay. The room had a wonderful view, but was miserable without A/C. The room itself was nice, but again you are sleeping inside of a mosquito net with little air movement. Management supplied a fan, but it was of marginal benefit. If I return I would upgrade to one of the few rooms with A/C. Additionally, the access road to the resort is long and in poor condition. Folks with back problems beware.
The food was amazing, best I've ever had in the Caribbean. The beach restaurant had excellent Indian style food. The best surprise was the Fish sandwich served to my cabana - awesome with hot sauce and a Piton. Tyson gave us a great tour of the Sugar Plantation, also visited the resort's farm where they grow all their own produce.
If I were to just rate the scuba diving, my rating would be a 5... likewise, if I were to just rate the resort, I would also give it a 5. Anse Chastanet has got it all... it's a scuba diver heaven. We booked the resort and scuba diving as part of a 21 person group, so the experience that we had may vary if you book as a family or couple.From the moment we arrived, we were treated like royalty. Our group was spread between the "beach" rooms and the "hillside," so we got a good view of the entire resort. Everyone loved their rooms.The food was excellent, along with the service. The only complaint we had was that Dinner generally took 2 - 3 hours, but it was mostly because of the courses and detailed preparation. The scuba shop was well organized and always on-time thanks to the managers, Charlotte and Beto. Our boat crew (Garfield (captain), Errol, Davis, and Kiefer) were outstanding! They were very professional, but also wanted to have a great time. It was a great mix of personality and experience.All of the dives were world-class. My personal favorites were Pinnacles and Piton Wall... but, none of the dives disappointed. Overall, the week was near perfect, thanks to a great resort and great people. I would HIGHLY recommend Anse Chastanet for any Scuba Group, large or small.
Afraid I just didn't fall in love with Anse Chastanet over a three day stay. The entrance road is absolutely brutal for the last two miles to the hotel. We dreaded leaving for meals or activities since we had to go down the two mile stretch of potholes - and then return. Would not stay here again solely based on that I'm afraid. Was also not a impressed with the rooms for the price. Very hot inside (not air conditioned) and mosquitoes as in most of these locations. Loved St Lucia - only liked this resort though.
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Items not included:
- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
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- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner daily (a la carte)
- Unlimited domestic and select international alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
- Wine with lunch and dinner
- Afternoon tea
- Sunfish sailing
- Use of beach chairs
- Guided hikes
- Shuttle service to second beach (water taxi)
- 49 rooms
- 1 Buffet and 1 a la carte restaurant
- 2 bars
- Tennis court (1 hard court)
- Scuba diving centre
- Water sports centre
- Tour desk
- Mountain and jungle biking centre
- 12 miles of hiking and biking trails
- Art gallery
- 2 twin beds or 2 queen-size beds or 1 king-size bed
- 1 bathroom with shower only
- Ceiling fan
- Hair dryer
- Coffee maker
- In-room safe
- Bathrobe for use during your stay
- Max occupancy options 3 adults 2 adults and 2 (10-15 yrs) children
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Anse ChastanetSaint Lucia,Saint Lucia
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1000 Anse Chastanet Road PO Box 7000, Soufriere St. Lucia
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