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Anse Chastanet one of the Top 2 Resorts in the Caribbean

Soufriere, July 3 : Owners, management and the Anse Chastanet resort team were overjoyed when the news broke that Anse Chastanet ranked No. 2 on the Travel + Leisure 2013 World's Best Awards list of Top Resorts in the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas.

The resort also earned a place on the World's Top 100 Hotels round up. Anse Chastanet's sister resort Jade Mountain captured the coveted No 1 place of the Top Resorts in the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas.

Travel and Leisure Magazine's World's Best Awards have been announced every July/August since 1995 and each year are eagerly awaited by the tourism industry. The World's Best Awards are an annual reader survey rating destinations and travel providers. Readers are asked to judge characteristics such as hotel rooms & facilities, location, service, restaurants/food, overall value, to find "the hotels that deliver the most extraordinary experiences".

According to the magazine, the resulting list is not only a go-to hotel resource for travelers planning their next trip, but also reveals the destinations that are important now. This year, the magazine states, one of the most exciting trends is the desire to get off the grid.

Anse Chastanet owners Nick and Karolin Troubetzkoy congratulated their resort teams for playing an integral part in having made this high ranking possible. "We are very grateful to work with resorts teams that so consistently deliver as can be seen by the many recognitions our resorts have enjoyed over the past years. You can set standards for a hotel operation, but the standards need to be carried out by a team that wholeheartedly embraces them and has the ambition to excel in everything they do. We do not only want to meet guest expectations, we want to exceed them every step of the way, and our teams share this philosophy", says Karolin Troubetzkoy who is the Executive Director of Marketing and Operations.

Daily rates at Anse Chastanet start at US 345 this summer. Rates are subject to 8% tax and 10% service charge. Summer promotions are available.

For more information, call 1-800-223-1108 or email ansechastanet@ansechastanet.com.

 


 

Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain celebrate coveted Condé Nast Traveler 2012 Readers Choice Awards

The two Soufriere resorts once again achieve the island's highest resort rating: Voted be to be among the Top 3 Caribbean Resorts and among the Top 100 Resorts Worldwide

On October 16, Condé Nast Traveler unveiled the results of these annual Readers' Choice Awards, now in its 25th year, ranking the best cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, hotels, and resorts worldwide. A record number of 46,476 readers participated in the voting, rating 370 hotels, resorts, and cruise lines above a score of 90. In total, the readers elected 1,306 winners.

"Every year, the most discriminating travelers in the world (our readers) pick the world's superlative hotels, resorts, airlines, cruise lines, islands, and cities," said the magazine's Editor in Chief Klara Glowczewska. "

St.Lucia's Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain Resorts were voted to be among the TOP 3 Caribbean Resorts, on position 2 and 3 respectively with an overall score of 95.4 and 95.1 % missing out on the winning Number1 position by a mere 0.4%.

The overall score is made up from individual ratings for the resorts' rooms, service, food, location, design and activities. The high rating of the two resorts also ensured their inclusion in the TOP 100 Resorts worldwide.

" We are thrilled to once again be included in these important reader awards and so are our resort teams", says Karolin Troubetzkoy, the Executive Director of the properties. "To consistently deliver a stellar guest service experience is a daily challenge in every resort and we here are very proud of and grateful to our resort teams for playing their part in this and ensuring high guest satisfaction levels over and over."

 


 

Go Birding in Saint Lucia
Anse Chastanet, a Bird-Lovers Paradise

 
At Saint Lucia's Anse Chastanet Resort, birdwatchers will delight in the many bird watching opportunities available on the resort's 600 acre estate. In addition, Anse Chastanet now offers a 5-day activity package for birdwatchers including the most important off property birdwatching locations in response to the ever increasing interest in this particular aspect of ecotourism.

Birdwatching at Anse Chastanet

The birdwatching activity package takes full advantage of the resort's location on the southwest coast near the town of Soufriere and the world famous Pitons; as a UNESCO World Heritage Site,  as the area is a notable attraction to eco-minded tourists from around the world. Package activities include excursions to other specific locations on island which are recognized for their outstanding natural beauty as well as being natural habitats of a great number of interesting and exotic bird species.
 
The Birdwatching Package includes five days of specific excursion activities tailored to provide the best experiences available for guest birdwatching enthusiasts. Birding has become a very popular activity in Saint Lucia due to a large variety of interesting and attractive species on island. Much of this is because of the wide array of habitats the island features – dry coastal areas, lush rain forests, scrub forests, rugged sea cliffs, etc – and the resulting variety of foods that appeal to various species.
 
Anse Chastanet's Birdwatching Package excursion activities begin with a visit to the resort's Anse Mamin Plantation, a historical estate which is part of the resort property. Trails within this lush coastal jungle with its 18th century plantation ruins are ideal for birding. The tour is designed for both novices and veteran birdwatchers and is an easy and pleasant introduction to birdwatching on the day after arrival.
 
Included on day 2 is a visit to the Millet Bird Sanctuary for a leisurely two hour forest trail walk led by a Department of Forestry guide. Along the way over 30 species can be seen, including five endemic species: the St. Lucia Parrot, St. Lucia Black Finch, St. Lucia Warbler, St. Lucia Oriole and St. Lucia Pewee.
 
Another day's excursion includes a journey completely around the southern two-thirds of the island with the highlight being a visit to St. Lucia's most lush rain forest on the Des Cartier Trail. Following ridge tops at about 1,800-feet above sea level, this relatively easy 1.5 mile loop hike
 
takes you through one of the wettest tropical forests on earth receiving as much as 150-200 inches of rain annually. The St. Lucia Parrot is readily encountered along this trail. Stops at a wetland and two coastal sites along the way also afford enjoyable birding and sightseeing opportunities.

Bridwatching at Anse Chastanet
 
For a bit more of a challenge, the package includes a hike to the top of Gros Piton, the higher of Saint Lucia's two iconic mountains. As you set off you will encounter the rare birds and wildlife that find sanctuary in this rugged and somewhat remote part of the island.  The St. Lucian Wren, St. Lucia Oriole, St. Lucia Black Finch and the Red Neck Pigeon are just some of the rare bird species that will add to your experience along the trail.
 
To take in the beauty of the blue Caribbean, guests enjoy a morning of Dolphin & Whale Watching; sea birds are encountered along the way. Included in the package as well is a combo excursion that visits three of the island's most popular attractions. Guests begin with a visit to the Diamond Falls & Botanical Gardens, an historic site which was created by France's King Louis XIV with mineral baths built for his troops to take advantage of the recognized rejuvenating powers of the mineral rich volcanically heated spring water. Then it's on to the Sulphur Springs volcano to relax in the mud baths and view this interesting geologic wonder. The morning's activities finish at the Tet Paul Nature Trail, which features birdwatching opportunities as well as enjoying from up high the majestic beauty of the world's most famous pair of mountains. Located in the midst of St. Lucia's World Heritage site, great views of Gros Piton and Petit Piton, the island's southern region and a panorama of the blue Caribbean are presented.
 
Anse Chastanet's Birdwatching Package also offers plenty of free time to fully enjoy resort's two beaches and the myriad of other enjoyable activities featured at the resort.
 
The 5 day birdwatching activities package can be added to any reservation at Anse Chastanet property and can be booked directly with the resort for US 695 per person for a minimum of 2 persons. All excursions are set up as private excursions.
 
A 7 night minimum stay is recommended.  Rates this summer begin at US 345 nightly for 2 in a standard room, subject to 10% service charge and 8% VAT. Half board and all inclusive plans are available. Consider the Delight Promotion which offers the 6th night free in room categories standard, superior and beachside deluxe and come with a US 150 resort credit per person  which can be used against the birdwatching activities,
 
For more information, contact the resort via ansechastanet@ansechastanet.com
Or call 1-758-459-7000 or toll free 1-800-223-1108
Press photos: www.dropbox.com/ansechastanetimages

 


 

St. Lucia Coral Reefs experience Snow Storm

Heavy Coral Spawning activity on the Anse Chastanet Reef at St. Lucia's Anse Chastanet Resort resembled a heavy snowstorm, say divers who witnessed this phenomenon.

Soufriere, Sept 10: In what has become a highly anticipated annual event at the Anse Chastanet Resort, nature did not disappoint this year as an extremely dramatic coral spawning event was witnessed by night diving scuba divers staying at Anse Chastanet. Corals spawn by releasing millions of packets of egg and sperm cells that appear underwater as massive pink and white clouds that slowly drift to the surface where fertilization occurs.

Based on experience at, it was predicted the main spawning events would occur on Thursday, September 6 and Friday, September 7. On Thursday, divers descended on the Anse Chastanet Reef waiting patiently for the spectacle to begin. Around 9:00 p.m., Brain and Elkhorn Corals began the spawning process with a modest release of the reproductive cells.

Divers again went in the water on Friday evening. Illuminated by dive lights, the event commenced at 9:30 p.m. when Boulder Brain corals started releasing their reproductive cells. What followed, as other coral varieties joined in, was the most massive and spectacular spawning event anyone on hand had ever seen.

While much about the coral spawning process remains a mystery, it is known that each species of coral on a reef synchronizes the timing of its spawning, which takes place only once each year. The key controlling factors are believed to be water temperature, the moon's cycle, length of daylight hours and the tides. The development of the eggs and sperms are triggered by rising water temperatures during the summer leading to the spawning in late summer or early fall. Experience has determined the ideal time for the release of the reproductive cells is a week or so after a full moon when tides and currents are diminishing providing more hospitable conditions for the fertilization process. Also, spawning always begins an hour or two after sunset providing the cover of darkness as an additional advantage for survival.

The advantage of this mass spawning process is to increase the chances of survival for the larvae. During spawning most will be eaten by fish and other sea organisms, but the huge numbers overwhelm the predators insuring that many will live to propagate the species. Because of this, Anse Chastanet divers who witnessed the spawning event were also treated to viewing schools of fish that appeared and resident crabs and lobsters that emerged from the reef to partake in the feeding frenzy.

Each year Anse Chastanet publicizes the predicted date of the spawning to allow resort guests and others to make plans to be on hand for this enjoyable display. While divers at the resort witness the events on the Anse Chastanet Reef directly off the beach, it is assumed that the spawning events happened at the same time on other reefs around the island. Anyone interested in additional information on the coral spawning event can contact Scuba St. Lucia at the Anse Chastanet Resort.

For general resort and St.Lucia diving visit the websites of Scuba St. Lucia and Anse Chastanet Resort. Alternatively email scuba@ansechastanet.com or call Tel 1-800-223-1108.

 

 


 

ANSE CHASTANET IS ONE OF THE CARIBBEAN'S TOP 25 RESORTS

July 6, 2012 : The prestigious Travel + Leisure magazine today announced the results of their 2012 World's Best Awards Readers' Survey of the World's Top Hotels, Resorts, Cities, Islands, Cruise Lines, Airlines and more.

A questionnaire developed by the editors of Travel + Leisure®, in association with ROI Research Inc., was made available to Travel +Leisure readers at tlworldsbest.com from December 1, 2011, to March 31, 2012. Readers were invited to participate through Travel + Leisure magazine (January, February, March, and April issues), T+L iPad® editions and newsletters, and online at TravelandLeisure.com. To protect the integrity of the data, after March 31, 2012, respondents were screened by Travel + Leisure and responses from any identified travel-industry professionals who completed the survey were eliminated from the final tally. The survey website, tlworldsbest.com, was maintained, monitored, and kept secure by ROI Research Inc., which collected and tabulated the responses and kept them confidential.

St. Lucia's Anse Chastanet and also the resort's sister property Jade Mountain were once again voted to be one of the 25 Top Caribbean Resorts by readers of the magazine. Nick and Karolin Troubetzkoy, the owners of Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain, commented : "We never take these awards for granted and realize that they are the result of the year round hard work by our resort teams at Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain. We are extremely grateful for their enthusiasm and dedication to our properties at all times."

For more information about the Travel + Leisure® 2012 World's Best Awards Readers' Survey, click here.


Scuba St. Lucia receives PADI loyalty award

Scuba St. Lucia, the PADi 5 Star dive operation at the Anse Chastanet Resort in Soufriere, was presented a loyalty award by PADI, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, marking its 30th anniversary of the dive centre's affiliation with PADI. The award was presented on Tuesday, April 10, by PADI's Regional Manager, Mike Hill, in a brief ceremony held at Sandals Regency in conjunction with a PADI Forum being conducted for all of St. Lucia's affiliated scuba diving operations.

Receiving the award for Scuba St. Lucia were manager, Bernd Rac, and assistant manager, Callistus Jackson. The award cites "For 30 Years of Outstanding Service Member Since 1982".

PADI is the world's largest scuba diving training organization which is affiliated with over 6,000 dive shops and resorts around the globe. Founded in 1966, PADI is recognized for setting industry standards for dive training for its modularized approached to teaching which combines theory with practical application.

Anse Chastanet owner Nick Troubetzkoy founded Scuba St. Lucia in 1981, recognizing the great potential of the diving tourism market for Saint Lucia and taking advantage of Anse Chastanet's location in the midst of numerous coral reefs which soon became recognized as offering some of the best diving and snorkeling in the region. The resort's initiatives since the early 80's to attend international dive shows and advertise in scuba diving magazines abroad soon put Saint Lucia on the top as a must see destination for scuba divers. Also, these early marketing activities undertaken by Anse Chastanet and Scuba St.Lucia created the foundation for other dive operations to eventually emerge on island, making scuba diving a viable segment of Saint Lucia's tourism product.

Scuba St. Lucia, for many years, was the principle operation to provide training and professional certification to Saint Lucian nationals to become dive instructors and dive masters. Also, Scuba St. Lucia played a key role in the development of the Soufriere Marine Management Association (SMMA) which oversees the sustainable management of Saint Lucia's important marine resources along the island's southwest coast.

 


Harmonize with Ginergy Yoga Retreat
Sep 28 - Oct 6, 2012

Experience total relaxation, utter tranquillity and discover the transformative power of yoga in paradise! This fall, the tropical hideaway of Anse Chastanet Resort in St Lucia will be hosting a very special yoga retreat week for guests, led by Californian yoga guru Ginger Tracy Olmscheid.

Set on the beach sheltered by swaying palms and surrounded by the soft sound of the waves, the yoga pavilion at Anse Chastanet is an idyllic location in which to roll out your yoga mat, work on your warrior and BREATHE!

Created with the beginner in mind, Ginger's yoga retreat will offer a fun way to learn the fine art of being present and developing mindful breathing through your yoga practice. Ginger can also customise her tuition to cater to the most dedicated yogi or yogini too, so all levels of student are welcome.

Ginger Tracy Olmscheid has been a yoga instructor, personal trainer and fitness teacher for 25 years, with additional certifications in holistic nutrition from Bauman College in Berkeley, California. Her wide base of training in various styles of yoga and fitness training enable her to customize her rejuvenating and restorative classes to awaken mind, body and spirit.

Stress reduction is a focus for Ginger and her classes are typically light hearted, fun and accessible to men and women of all ages and abilities. For more information about Ginger, please visit www.ginergy.com

Participants will enjoy two hour-long classes, a morning session and a late afternoon sunset session, each day for five of the seven days of the yoga break, with two rest days during the week. They will also receive a customised nutritional plan from Ginger, aiming to balance out their chakras and body energy.

To book this retreat, please make your reservations via 1-800-223-1108 or contact Ginger through her website.

Package rates include the following in addition to a place on the Ginergy Yoga Retreat from Sept 28 - Oct 6, 2012:

7 nights Superior accommodation * breakfast * lunch * afternoon tea and dinner * all tax and service * airport transfers both ways * a welcome cocktail * manager's rum punch party * mini-sailing * windsurfing * snorkelling * use of tennis court and tennis equipment * guided tour of Old French Colonial Plantation * basket of local fruit * use of beach chairs and beach towels.

 



Advanced Flash Techniques in The Islands!
Joe Mc Nally's Hot Shoe Lighting Workshop returns to Saint Lucia!

Photographers have an opportunity to learn lighting and camera techniques from one the world's leading photographers and educators at St. Lucia's ANSE CHASTANET and JADE MOUNTAIN Resorts from Sep 30 through Oct 6 2012. Joe McNally, internationally acclaimed American photographer and long-time photojournalist, will conduct an intensive week of small flash education, emphasizing advanced techniques. "There is no more beautiful place to shoot, and to learn about light," says Joe McNally who has had a longstanding photographic love affair with the resorts.

Classes will run from Oct 1 through Oct. 6 2012.




Free Nitrox at Scuba St. Lucia

If you have not yet gotten certified in the use of Nitrox Enriched Air, Anse Chastanet Resort in Saint Lucia offers scuba divers free completion of the course and free Nitrox in conjunction with a one week stay at the resort until Dec 19, 2012. To be eligible, sign up for the PADI eLearning Nitrox Course and complete the academic portion at home in your leisure time. Just go to the dive centre's website and select 'Courses'; scroll down the page and you will find the PADI eLearning icon to click on. This will allow you to register and complete the academic requirements on line and the dive centre will be notified by PADI. The cost of the course is US$195. Then, when you arrive with us at the resort you will complete the practical portion of the course at no additional cost and get Nitrox free for all of your dives during your stay.

The resort special summer dive deal weekly package is available for US 1869 per certified diver in double occupancy.

The dive deal package includes: 7 nights run of house accommodation, airport transfers, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, all tax/service, welcome drink and fruit basket on arrival, 12 beach or boat dives incl of tank, weights, belt, mask, snorkel, fins (other equipment at a charge if needed, marine park fee to be paid locally) comp non motorized watersports.

A marine park fee of US 15 is to be paid locally. The package is available to certified divers. Please bring your certification cards with you. As you are aware certain medical conditions prevent you from diving. If you have any concerns, please address them prior to travel with your diving physician or contact our scuba shop at scuba@candw.lc.

Lush, tropical ANSE CHASTANET is one of the Caribbean's most scenic resort hideaways. Nestled amidst a 600 acre estate with two soft sand beaches bordering pristine coral reefs, ANSE CHASTANET is in complete harmony with its natural surroundings and right in the heart of the island's marine reserves. The active will enjoy the resort's amazing range of adventure facilities.

Facilities include two restaurants & bars, the Kai Belté spa, mountain bike facility with 12 miles of trails, kayaking centre, 42 ft sailing yacht, boutiques, library and art gallery.

The resort diving operation SCUBA ST.LUCIA caters to beginners and experienced divers alike Nitrox is available. Beach, boat, wall and wreck diving are all offered. The night dives right on the ANSE CHASTANET reef are a highlight for any diver. Look for THE THING !



   

Anse Chastanet Diamond Pendant
You may not have won the lottery but you now can hang paradise around your neck! We have a wonderful new souvenir: A beautiful necklace pendant depicting our logo and surrounded by diamonds, 14kt yellow gold. We can also have it made in white gold. Contact us via 800 223 1108 if you like more information or email karolin@ansechastanet.com