Hailing back to days gone by, Anse Chastanet is the realisation of architect owner Nick Troubetzkoy who has embodied the natural environment in his designs and philosophies. With the pitons soaring out over the ocean in full view and 600 lush green acres to enjoy, there is always something to do here, or if you prefer you can simply do nothing at all.
Within your reach are two soft white sandy beaches, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a designated marine reserve filled with an abundance of reefs and tropical fish. With such an assortment of natural wonders at your beck and call, you can be sure of a wonderfully eco-friendly experience on the island’s quiet south-western coast.
The rooms are scattered in beautiful locations, from the beach to the rolling hillsides above, and some even have their 4th wall missing to allow you to appreciate the stunning vistas, while remaining perfectly private. Anse Chastanet is a resort like none other, and has to be seen to be believed.
The resort offers 49 individually-designed rooms, or which 12 are situated as part of tropical gardens along the beach, with the remainder scattered around the verdant green hillside. The emphasis it very much on local materials, with anything from the furnishings to the bathrobes locally sourced and produced. Rooms all feature fridges, tea/coffee makers, hair dryers and safes. The Deluxe and Premium rooms also have ironing facilities for your use.
Note that there are some 100 steps between beach level and mid-hillside, making the resort unsuitable for those with mobility issues or heart problems; however a shuttle service is available if requested.
All rooms can accommodate up to 3 adults, or 2 adults and 2 children. The deluxe beachside rooms can accommodate 2 adults and up to 3 children.
Standard Hillside – Featuring natural clay or tropical hardwood flooring, glass or wooden shuttered windows, fans, balcony and en-suite bathrooms, these rooms are stylish and comfortable. You may even be upgraded at the hotel’s discretion and offer two twin, queen or king size beds and garden or partial ocean views.
Superior Hillside – These rooms are located at several hillside locations and have either two twin beds or a king size bed and views out over the ocean or the Pitons. They have an octagonal or rectangular shape and are of a larger size than their standard hillside counterparts.
Deluxe Beachside – Spacious offerings with 2 doubles or 1 king size bed with en-suite bathroom, clay tiling, wooden jalousie style shutters and a balcony or patio. They are nestled in gardens a short distance from the water’s edge and have an airy design allowing the cooling breezes to circulate. There is also air-conditioning if you prefer.
Deluxe Hillside – Grand rooms located on the tropical hillside, some even have the 4th wall missing while others allow both the light and the air to flow with louvre-style walls. Some are open plan while others feature a partition between bedroom and living area. They all feature a king size bed, balconies, large en-suites and views of the ocean or the Pitons.
Premium Hillside – Their commanding position on the hill affords them the best views of the Pitons and the surrounding landscape, and some even have the 4th wall missing to exaggerate the extraordinary view, while others feature louve-style walls to encourage airflow. There are fans, clay tiling or hardwood floors and large en-suite bathrooms.
Two-Bedroom Suites – The resort offers a few two-bedroom suites available on request, with combinations available in Standard/Superior, Deluxe and Premium Hillside.
Anse Chastanet plays host to some of the best dining on the island, with cuisine to suite every taste in some spectacular locations by the beach and along the lush hillside. There is also the option of a private dining experience somewhere private and intimate. The choices are many and the flavours are punchy wherever you choose to eat, and you can rest assured that the chefs here use locally grown and organic products, most of which from the grounds of the estate!
Treehouse Restaurant – Perched on high and overlooking the gardens and the sparkling Caribbean Sea, this fine dining restaurant serves award-winning tropical cuisine with a truly artistic flair. The menu changes often and the setting is decidedly romantic with candles and local artwork on display. Open for breakfast daily and dinner every night except Tuesdays.
Emerald’s – The menus at Anse Chastanet proudly boast use of vegetarian options, and the Emerald’s dinner menu is designed to showcase the excellent local and organise produce grown on the nearby hills. The dishes are an exquisite and exciting range of delights including goat’s cheese fondant, apple curry and plantain satay. Dinner is served every night except Tuesdays.
Trou Au Diable – Right on the beach, this wonderful restaurant is great for a lunchtime feast of salads, sandwiches, burgers and traditional island specialities. Every Tuesday evening a culinary spectacle greets guests starting with cocktails at 6:30pm, with a great atmosphere enhanced by light provided by a row of flambeau candles on the beach. There is also a relaxed and casual menu served in the beach bar at Trou Au Diable with a selection of grilled favourites every night except Tuesday.
Apsara – A flavourful Indian themed menu is on offer at the Trou Au Diablo every night except Tuesdays, and Apsara is born. A great fusion of East Indian and Caribbean flavours celebrating the cultural ties with this part of the world.
Jungle Grill – Located on the resort’s second beach at Anse Mamin, it has a lovely laid back feel to it and is popular with many guests. Open from 10:00am – 4:00pm daily except Saturdays, it serves grilled fare for lunch from 12:00pm – 3:00pm.
Private Dining – For something really special, why not arrange a private dinner in a secluded spot on the resort for just you and that someone special, you can even venture out onto the second beach at Anse Mamin for that ‘castaway’ feel!
Bars at Anse Chastanet – The bars at the Treehouse Restaurant and the Trou Au Diable are open daily and offer a great variety of delicious cocktails, beers, wines and spirits including single malt whiskeys and various other aperitifs and after-dinner drinks.
Afternoon tea is served daily in the Treehouse Bar (The Pitit Piton) from 3:30pm – 5:30pm to coincide with a menu of afternoon snacks at both bars.
The dress code in the evenings is smart casual, with gentlemen usually wearing collared shirts and Bermuda-style shorts or trousers. At lunchtime, there is a request for dry clothing and cover-ups to be worn.
Things to Do
The estate is home to two white sandy beaches with an abundance of coral close by making the surrounding waters perfect for swimming, snorkelling and diving, as well as complimentary windsurfing, kayaks and sunfish sailing. There is also a water taxi to the second beach at Anse Mamin 6 days a week.
There is guided walking and hikes, jogging and yoga, as well as history classes and slideshows on the history and surroundings of the island. Daily live entertainment is very popular and every Tuesday there is a manager’s cocktail party. A fitness studio also forms part of the resort which is well-equipped.
A number of tours and excursions are also on offer both in the local area and beyond to visit other parts of the island – simply contact the concierge for more information or to book.
Spa facilities are abundant at Anse Chastanet, with the Kai en Ciel and Kai Belte facilities, as well as the private Kai Mer cottage. You may choose to have one of the extensive list of treatments and massages performed in the comfort of your room or suite, or in one of the several dedicated spa areas around the resort. Treatments are available 8:30am – 8:00pm
Anse Chastanet does not allow children under the age of 10 years old except for the summer months of July, August and September, when children from the age of 6 years old are accepted. During these months up to 2 children can stay for free when sharing with their parents. At other times there is a nightly charge for each child staying with parents.
The Deluxe Beachside and Deluxe/Premium Hillside rooms are the most suitable for children sharing with their parents, or one of the Two-Bedroom Suites may be requested.
There are no dedicated kids or teens clubs at Anse Chastanet, but those guests old enough to enjoy the includes activities are more than welcome to do so.