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Modern-day conveniences intentionally missing from this tropical eco-resort
Before architect-hotelier Nick Troubetzkoy created his Jade Mountain masterpiece, he designed one of the world's first eco-conscious resorts with Anse Chastanet. Located on a 250-yard beach, the resort purposefully cut out unnecessary modernities like TVs, telephones, air conditioning, a fitness center, and a pool. Instead the resort offers nature-inspired luxuries like diving, water sports, beach yoga, and open-air dining. The scene here is a relaxed one, from days spent snorkeling, kayaking, and windsurfing to nightly live entertainment until 10:30pm on most evenings.
Rooms are spread out along a steep bluff and the beach, providing privacy for all guests. While the resort is designed for connecting with and savoring the simple pleasures of nature, the location on a steep bluff requires a certain level of fitness to move around the resort comfortably. More than 100 stone steps cover the distance between the beach and reception, with other rooms being even higher up. There are shuttles to move about, but some guests complain they aren't very timely or efficient.
On the southern side of St Lucia with stunning views of the Pitons
Just past the main town of Soufriere, a small, rocky road leads into a thicket of jungle. This leads to a small parking lot for Anse Chastanet, but first, cars must navigate blind curves and cross streams. After this adventure, a shuttle transports guests from the parking lot to the resort entrance. The location of Anse Chastanet on the southern side of the island offers amazing views of the Pitons. Beyond the town of Soufriere are the biggest attractions on the island, including cocoa plantations, volcano and sulfur springs, the Tet-Paul nature trails, and the Morne Courbaril Estate zip line tour.
Individually designed rooms with direct beach access or Pitons views
Anse Chastanet offers a total of 49 rooms broken down into several distinct categories. There are 12 units located in a lush garden at the beach level offering direct access to the sandy shore, although these rooms do not offer views of the nearby Pitons. The remaining 37 rooms line a steep bluff and offer wrap-around terraces with mountain views. Farther up the steep slope are the resort's finest units, several of which are missing a fourth wall, placing the views of the Pitons front and center. All of the rooms feature original artwork -- artists visit the resort for weeks at a time creating new pieces -- as well as madras fabrics, authentic jalousie shutters, and four-poster beds with charming mosquito netting.
Full of features to stay active
While the Anse Chastanet resort doesn't offer a pool or a fitness center, it does offer two beaches and plenty of features to stay active. Guests can choose between twice daily yoga classes at the outdoor fitness pavilion , extensive water sports, tennis courts, and a spa with outdoor treatment rooms.
Variety of dining options utilizing organic produce grown on the estate
Each of the four restaurants at Anse Chastanet utilizes fresh ingredients grown on the estate and is open to the elements. Outdoor dining is one of the biggest pleasures here. The Piti Piton Lounge serves lunch, dinner, a special all-vegetarian menu, and memorable cocktails. The Treehouse serves tropical world cuisine for breakfast and dinner. Trou au Diable is located at the beach level and Apsara serves Indian cuisine. A fourth restaurant is located on the second beach, Anse Mamin, and serves a simple menu of wraps, sandwiches, and other light fare.
Opened in 2000, the 49-room Anse Chastanet Resort was one of the first properties to focus on eco-luxury design, and to deliberately shun technology such as TV, telephones, air conditioning, and Wi-Fi. The resort offers four open-air restaurants, two beaches, extensive water sports, a beachfront spa, and an outdoor fitness pavilion. Technology-free rooms have wrap-around terraces, many with views of the Pitons. For the price, guests might expect the standard rooms to be a bit more spacious; however, free extras such as daily afternoon tea, twice daily yoga classes, and non-motorized water sports add value. While there is no fitness center or pool, the peaceful location with direct beach access is a serious perk.