This August Witness Rare Coral Spawning at Anse Chastanet, Saint Lucia
Anse Chastanet’s Experts Predict 2016 Coral Spawning to Take Place From 24th – 26th August
Anse Chastanet, St Lucia, is pleased to announce dates for this year’s annual coral spawning: 24th – 26th August. One of nature’s most spectacular and rare performances, only a handful of people worldwide see this phenomenon in their lifetime. Guests at Anse Chastanet, St Lucia, are lucky enough to witness this marvel annually as the natural wonder occurs right off the beaches of this characteristic resort.
Each year, Anse Chastanet’s scuba diving team, Scuba St Lucia, incredibly and accurately predicts the night spawning and prepares to take novice and experienced divers and snorkelers to observe the remarkable phenomenon which turns the seas yellow and pink with upwards moving “snowfall”.
Accompanied at night by Anse Chastanet’s skilled in-house scuba staff, divers and snorkelers will be able to witness the mesmerizing fertilization process of both coral and various other reef inhabitants.
What is coral spawning and why is this so rare?
First discovered in the 1980s at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, this annual mass reproduction phenomenon is now known to be critical to coral reef – and our own ecosystem’s - survival. Tropical coral reefs, although out of sight, are essential to our world-wide food chains.
Each year, coral release millions of packets of egg and sperm cells that appear as massive underwater clouds of white and pink upward moving “snowfall”. After they drift to the surface for fertilization, the sea will be partially covered by the slicks of coral larvae before they settle to the bottom destined to build the next generation of these vital ocean organisms.
While much of the coral spawning process remains a mystery, scientists from all over the world study these miraculous events, and now know that the ideal time for the release of the reproductive cells is a week or so after a full August moon. It happens an hour or two after sunset with the cover of darkness increasing the chances of larvae survival by overwhelming fish predators.
How is Anse Chastanet conserving and preserving this rare phenomenon?
This spawning phase of reproduction is now known to be a weak link to world-wide coral reef survival as it can only happen when conditions are just right; it is the phase most sensitive to human activity, non-point source pollution, and climate change.
As the world’s coral reefs are being decimated by the effects of global warming, this unique reproductive process takes on even further significance. Thankfully, Anse Chastanet has made a conscious effort for nearly 20 years to protect the reef from harm due to it exemplary and progressive sustainable designs and architecture; by minimizing impervious surfaces, keeping shorelines green and stable, and completely preventing runoff from entering the water – Anse Chastanet successfully preserves this wonder for future generations.
Watch Anse Chastanet’s coral spawning video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZQ1KerxYPg
Seven night dive packages at Anse Chastanet for August start at US $2,389 per person on a double occupancy basis where both guests are diving. Rate includes full-board, airport transfers, 12 beach or boat dives, dive equipment and non-motorized water sports. Marine park fee of US $17 is to be paid locally. See more at: www.scubastlucia.com
Nightly rates at Anse Chastanet start from $375 per room based on double occupancy. Rates are subject to 10% service charge and 10% VAT. http://www.ansechastanet.com
About Anse Chastanet, Saint Lucia
Anse Chastanet sits quietly in an idyllic spot on St Lucia’s south western coast close to the awe inspiring Piton Mountains. The resort comprises of 49 individually designed rooms, 37 of which are scattered about a lush hillside, and 12 which are nestled within a tropical garden at beach level. Local woods and other local products are in integral part of the design of the rooms. Anse Chastanet is home to St Lucia’s only Vegetarian restaurant as well as fine-dining option The Treehouse Restaurant. A number of fantastic treatments are available at The Kai Belté Spa and activities including a large variety of watersports are all on offer too.
Anse Chastanet has introduced a special promotion for altar-bound couples who want to avoid some of the anxiety and expense associated with wedding ceremonies while enjoying one of the Caribbean's most romantic locations.
"We want people tying the knot to experience as much romance as possible without any of the stress," said Karolin Troubetzkoy, Executive Director of Anse Chastanet, "so we are offering a free wedding package to couples who make their lifelong commitment here at the resort."
The value of the promotion, which must be booked by May 31, 2016, is US$1,095, and the couple must book a minimum of seven nights stay in a Hillside Deluxe or Premium room between August 1 and September 30, 2016.
"Our wedding planners offer exceptional personal attention and are highly skilled at making sure each couple's special day fulfills their unique dreams," said Troubetzkoy, noting that taken together, the small, but essential, details involved in planning a wedding can demand a significant amount of time and energy.
Requirements such as acquiring a wedding license, securing a justice of the peace to perform the ceremony, and the payment of legal fees are all included in Anse Chastanet's free wedding package.
The resort's experienced wedding consultants will assist each twosome in selecting a picture-perfect location for the nuptials on Anse Chastanet's lush, breathtaking 600-acre property. In addition, the promotion includes the decoration of the chosen site with a wedding arch, wedding cake, bride's bouquet and groom's boutonnière, and a bottle of champagne.
Troubetzkoy added that, if needed, witnesses can also be provided as well as the use of a groom's room for half a day.
The free wedding can be combined with other promotional offers if applicable, such as the all-inclusive Summer Romance package promotion - seven nights for the price of five for US$6,960 per couple in Hillside Deluxe and US$7,800 per couple in Premium accommodations. The Summer Romance Package includes not only all meals and most beverages but also airport transfers and a variety of resort services, activities and excursions.
Daily, non-packaged rates at Anse Chastanet start at US$670 nightly for two in a Hillside Deluxe room, plus 10 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) and 10 percent service charge.
Similar packages are available to married couples seeking to renew their vows.
Lush, tropical Anse Chastanet is one of the Caribbean's most scenic resort hideaways overlooking St. Lucia's Pitons, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nestled amidst a 600-acre estate with two soft sand beaches bordering pristine coral reefs, resort facilities include 49 individually designed rooms, three restaurants and bars as well as a library, three boutiques and an art gallery.
Making the most of St. Lucia's magnificent natural beauty, activities range from jungle biking on 12 miles of custom built resort trails, escorted walks and hikes, bird watching, yoga, sunset sailing on the resort sailing yacht, relaxing in the Kai Belté Spa or simply swaying in a beach hammock by the sea.
Anse Chastanet's panoramic location and romantic ambiance make it one of St. Lucia's foremost wedding destinations. Anse Chastanet only commits to one ceremony per day. Every ceremony is organized in personal consultation with the bride and groom who can also add their own vows to the civil ceremony. There is no dedicated "wedding chapel"; instead, the bride and groom choose their own very special location on the 600-acre resort estate with two beaches and the picturesque remains of an Old Colonial Plantation.
Internationally recognized culinary giant Stefan Goehcke has joined two of the Caribbean’s storied hotels as their new Executive Chef.
Goehcke has worked in Michelin star restaurants and a host of high end eateries in the culinary capitals of the world but he was drawn to St. Lucia and the twin resorts Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain partly because of their commitment to organic food and to their use of local produce.
“I am thrilled to be working closely with the rest of the team and to delight our guests with memorable dining experiences. To be able to receive fresh produce from our organic farm is a great plus,” Goehcke announced.
"The resorts were among the first in the Caribbean to develop a farm-to-table program and to this date, the resorts’ organic farm Emerald’s together with farmers of the region deliver fresh produce daily,” confirmed Karolin Troubetzkoy, executive director of marketing and operations of the celebrated properties.
Sweetening the deal in terms of recruiting Goehcke was the fact that the resorts are the only tree-to-bar chocolate maker on St. Lucia. “With more than 1,500 cacao trees on our estate and farm, the making of chocolate and the opening of a chocolate laboratory was a natural development.”
As Executive Chef, Goehcke will be supported by the resorts’ Chefs de Cuisine Frank Faucher and Elijah Jules, with strategic guidance from the resorts’ consulting chef, James Beard Award winner Allen Susser who is the creator of the overall culinary philosophy.
German-born Goehcke has more than a decade of work experience in lauded restaurants, cruise ships and luxury resorts from Europe to Vietnam and the Maldives. “I look forward to applying my culinary expertise to create an exciting fusion of innovative international cuisine with the exquisite tropical flavors of St. Lucia.”
He has much to work with as the twin resorts are hailed for the wide variety of culinary experiences they offer, ranging from innovative modern Caribbean cuisine to traditional Creole, vegetarian and East Indian-Caribbean fusion.
“We know that Stefan will immerse himself in the paradise that is St. Lucia and we welcome his flair and creativity to our resorts,” declared Troubetzkoy.
Guests at both Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain can visit the resorts’ organic farm and the chocolate laboratory. Cooking and chocolate truffle making classes as well as chocolate sensory tastings are all offered. Emerald’s caters to the three restaurants at Anse Chastanet as well as the Jade Mountain Club.
AN ADVENTURE ANNIVERSARY AT ANSE CHASTANET
St. Lucia's Anse Chastanet Resort invites couples to turn their anniversary into an exciting adventure.
With the Adventure Anniversary promotion, Anse Chastanet offers couples celebrating an anniversary milestone of 25 years or more a chance to reconnect while enjoying some of the magnificent services and amenities this panoramic 600-acre resort has to offer.
Couples traveling between April 16 and Dec 19, 2016, and staying for a minimum of five (5) nights will be treated to a free room night as well as a US$250 resort credit.
The Adventure Anniversary promotion also includes complimentary activities, including two scuba dives for certified divers or two snorkel boat trips, jungle biking on several miles of resort trails, a guided plantation tour for two as well as a half-day excursion to the island's drive-in volcano.
The Adventure Anniversary promotion is available in selected room categories, and must be booked no later than April 30, 2016.
Daily rates start at US$470 in superior accommodations and are subject to 10 percent service charge and 10 percent VAT.
A variety of meal plans, including an all-inclusive option, can be added to the room rate.
To be eligible for the promotion, a copy of the couple's wedding certificate must be presented at check-in.
About Anse Chastanet
Anse Chastanet is set amid a lush 600-acre estate with two soft-sand beaches and breathtaking views of St. Lucia's twin Piton Mountains. Making the most of St. Lucia's lush tropical beauty, activities range from jungle biking, hiking, and bird watching to snorkeling on the reef within swimming distance of the beach. The innovative menus - one of which is entirely vegetarian - are offered in four different locations and feature fresh produce served up from the resort's organic farm. Guests can partake in interactive chocolate making classes in the resort's chocolate laboratory.
For more information, contact your travel agent, call 1-800-223-1108
Jazz It Up at Anse Chastanet
Visitors wanting to partake in Saint Lucia’s Jazz Festival will be treated to special rates at Anse Chastanet Anse Chastanet offers every 3rd night night free for Jazz related travel April 28- May 8, categories standard, superior and beach deluxe. The daily rates per couple in room categories Standard, Superior and Beachside Deluxe respectively are US $455 / $555 / $705
To add MAP plan (breakfast and dinner), please add US $180 per couple daily. You can also add an all-inclusive meals and drinks package to your room rate. This would be US$ 340 per couple daily. All above rates - rooms and meals - are subject to 10% tax and 10% service.
If a meal plan is pre booked, the free nights will include same meal plan free of charge. The resort offers nightly live entertainment and transportation can be arranged to all Jazz Festival venues To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tel 1-800-223-1108
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, resort facilities include 49 individually designed rooms, three restaurants and bars as well as a library, 3 boutiques and an art gallery. Making the most of Saint Lucia’s lush tropical beauty, activities range from jungle biking on 12 miles of custom built resort trails , escorted walks and hikes, bird watching , yoga, sunset sailing on the resort sailing yacht, relaxing in the Kai Belté Spa or simply swaying in a beach hammock by the sea. Guests enjoy visiting the organic farm and the resort’s chocolate laboratory. The innovative menus -one entirely vegetarian- are based on produced receive from the resort’s organic farm. www.ansechastanet.com
ST. LUCIA UNVEILS SEALIFE UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY LEARNING AND RENTAL CENTER
Scuba Saint Lucia at Anse Chastanet Resort in Soufrière, St. Lucia has become a SeaLife Underwater Photography Teaching and Rental Center.
Nestled in the hillside next to the majestic twin Pitons lies one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful and diverse diving resorts. Scuba Saint Lucia, a part of the Anse Chastanet resort, was established in 1981 and is a PADI 5 Star Dive Resort, offering comprehensive facilities for divers of all levels.
SeaLife recently released its new Micro 2.0 camera, the second generation of permanently sealed cameras that feature a new Sony 16mp CMOS sensor and other features that make underwater imaging easy and enjoyable with impressive high resolution results.
Scuba Saint Lucia offers rentals of the new cameras and all the user needs to do is book a dive and complete a brief orientation and safety check. The rental SeaLife Micro 2.0 camera features will be demonstrated by a staff member who will point out underwater imaging basics and offer assistance and imaging tips.
After the dive, the staff will assist in transferring the camera’s images and video to cloud-based storage. The diver will receive an emailed link to his or her images. The full range of SeaLife products are available for purchase at the Scuba Saint Lucia retail store next to the dive operation.
Scuba Saint Lucia operates with three dive boats: Miss Ina, Miss Bertha and Miss Ta Ta. The dive boats are all equipped with fresh drinking water, full safety equipment, first aid kits and a DAN Oxygen unit.
The Anse Chastanet reef starts just 10 yards beyond the water's edge. The reef's remarkable ecosystem offers an amazing profusion of unusual tropical marine life, in 20 to 140 feet of calm, clear water.
Anse Chastanet’s reef, which is home to more than 150 different species of fish, makes for an amazing dive, day or night. Peacock flounders, octopus, needle fish and turtles can be seen in the shallow areas. A little deeper over dense coral growth, divers can see puffers, moray eels, parrot fish, lobsters and even sea horses. This unique dive site is suitable for divers of all abilities and especially good for macro photography.
About SeaLife Cameras
SeaLife underwater cameras, lights and accessories are designed, engineered, made and distributed by Pioneer Research in Moorestown, N.J. SeaLife cameras were first introduced in 1993. In 2000, SeaLife made the first digital underwater camera. In 2007, SeaLife developed the first non-housed digital underwater camera, and in 2013, SeaLife introduced the powerful Sea Dragon Lighting system with its innovative Flex-Connect tray, grip, arm and accessory system. SeaLife Cameras, Lighting and Flex-Connect Accessories are sold and serviced in 64 countries around the world.
For more information, visit http://www.SeaLife-Cameras.com.
About Anse Chastanet
Anse Chastanet is set amid a lush 600-acre estate with two soft-sand beaches and breathtaking views of St. Lucia’s twin Piton Mountains and the Caribbean Sea. Reflecting the environmental philosophy of its owner/architect, Nick Troubetzkoy, the resort is in harmony with its surroundings from its low-roofed architecture to the tropical hardwood furniture in its 49 rooms. Making the most of St. Lucia’s lush tropical beauty, activities range from jungle biking, hiking, and bird watching to snorkeling on the reef within swimming distance of the beach, scuba diving in the surrounding marine reserve, relaxing in the tranquil Kai Belté Spa, or just swaying in a hammock by the sea.