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
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.
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
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 !