St. Lucia resort recognized by TripAdvisor
ST. LUCIA - May 20th, 2015 - St. Lucia's storied Anse Chastanet resort has entered into TripAdvisor's 2015 Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame.
Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates hospitality excellence worldwide and is given to accommodations, restaurants and attractions listed on TripAdvisor which consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on the site.
"What wonderful recognition for the work of so many dedicated staff members at the resort who work so hard to provide the very best to our visitors - so many of whom return to stay with us," said Karolin Troubetzkoy, Operations Director of Anse Chastanet resort.
As 2015 marks the fifth anniversary of the award, the Certificate of Excellence "Hall of Fame" is a special designation awarded to businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years.
When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period, as well as a business's tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify for the award, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.
"TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses that have received consistent praise and recognition by travelers on the site," said Marc Charron, president, TripAdvisor for Business. "By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive an improvement to hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition," he added.
SOUFRIERE, St. Lucia (April 21, 2015) - Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet resorts are marking Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, by switching their lighting systems to an energy efficient, ecologically friendly light-emitting diode (LED) solution.
Karolin Troubetzkoy, who manages operations at the award-winning St. Lucian resorts, said: "We have registered an initiative with EarthDay.org, stating our commitment to change from incandescent to LED lighting."
Carl Hunter, property manager for the world renowned resorts, asserted that the switch to power-saving LED lights will reduce electricity consumption on site from a total lighting load of 120,000 watts to 15,000 watts, a reduction of 87.5 percent of the property's lighting load. This represents a monthly reduction of 37,400 kWh.
Furthermore, he added: "The switch to LED bulbs will significantly reduce our carbon footprint and the resorts' dependence on the burning of expensive fossil fuels to generate energy."
As to cost savings, he asserted they were significant. A minimum savings of $4,140 per month is expected over a lamp's lifecycle of 50,000 hours or 22 years. The investment of approximately US$21,000 will achieve simple payback on energy savings over five months.
The Earth Day Network's year-round mission is to broaden, diversify and activate the environmental movement worldwide, through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns.
Anse Chastanet, and later Jade Mountain, was built on the philosophical foundation of environmental consciousness, long before ecological sensitivity and energy efficiency became fashionable.
Only natural lighting is used at the resorts during the day. The external areas and grounds are illuminated by yellow lighting, which does not interfere with the local environment or wild animal behavior. Yellow lighting is also used in areas where turtles hatch as it does not disorient the young hatchlings.
With the exception of 12 air conditioned units, all accommodations at Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet have been designed to take advantage of natural air flow making air conditioning unnecessary. Additionally, pumping for waste water is limited to a single stage primary lift pump to start the process; the balance of the treatment is done with gravity flow systems, eliminating the need for additional power consumption.
Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain take pride in sharing their commitment to environmental stewardship with resort visitors. "We give our guests information about the culture, history, and ecology of the local region, including local environmental protection efforts and social and cultural activities," said Troubetzkoy.
LEADING HOTELIER HONORED BY GOVERNMENT OF ST. LUCIA
ST. LUCIA (March 9, 2015) - A visionary champion of excellence in the Caribbean hospitality sector has been honored by the Government of St. Lucia.
As part of Independence Day honors on February 22, 2015, Governor General Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy, as Chancellor of the National Societies of Honour, awarded The Saint Lucia Medal of Honour (Gold) to Nick Peter Troubetzkoy, for his outstanding contribution to the development of the tourism industry in St. Lucia.
Mr. Troubetzkoy is owner of the storied resorts, Jade Mountain and neighboring Anse Chastanet. The twin resorts often appear on lists of the world's leading properties.
Focused on providing a unique, world-class experience, Troubetzkoy wanted to create a luxury experience that was also genuinely St. Lucian.
Evidence of his deep appreciation for the island's beauty and culture can be seen in the original local artwork prominently displayed throughout Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain, as well as the resorts' interactive activities featuring chocolate made from raw, organic cacao grown locally at the neighboring Emerald Estate.
Troubetzkoy aims to keep the economic benefits of his endeavors on island by investing in the community and by providing training for St. Lucians. "There is an immense pool of talent here and I wanted to ensure this enormous amount of skill could be put into a resort which they could feel well connected to," he said.
Since 1974, Troubetzkoy has been a deeply engaged member of the St. Lucian community. Originally from British Columbia, Canada he eventually became a St. Lucian citizen. He has played an important role in the creation of the Soufrière Foundation as well as the Soufrière Marine Management Authority, which conserves the fragile reefs and coastal waters.
Troubetzkoy believes that St. Lucia as a destination still has much development potential and he hopes to continue giving back to the community.
His dedication to the conservation of ecosystems when creating responsible tourism structures occurred at a time when the concept of sustainable tourism was just emerging.
Throughout the daily operations of the resorts, Troubetzkoy's teams emphasize the importance of the resorts' kitchens using organic produce grown at the neighboring Anse Mamin and Emerald estates.
More than a thousand local craftsmen and laborers helped to create Jade Mountain, which opened in 2006 and had an enormous impact on the community of Soufrière, providing long-term economic stability in one of the lesser developed areas of St. Lucia.
The combined staff of Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain is in excess of 500 people, and many hundreds more have worked for varying periods of time over the decades, especially during construction and property enhancement phases.
"St. Lucia Getaway" package at Anse Chastanet
The renowned Anse Chastanet resort is offering its "St. Lucia Getaway" package, giving travelers the opportunity to enjoy a luxury vacation with added value this winter. The special offer includes the 5th night free for accommodations in all room categories (based on the resort's daily all-inclusive rate) with meals and beverages, representing a 20 percent savings. Rates start at USD $450 per night, per person in a standard room, plus service charge and taxes for a minimum five-night stay. Guests stay 5 nights but only pay for 4. The "St. Lucia Getaway" package is available for travel from now through July 15, 2015 and must be booked by March 31, 2015. It is subject to availability and cannot be combined with other packages.
2015 Coral Spawning
Scuba St. Lucia at the Anse Chastanet Resort has been observing Corals Spawning now for over 20 years and we certainly are looking forward to this interesting and spectacular event this year. Now’s the time to make plans for those who want to enjoy what is for most, a once in a lifetime event. In St. Lucia, coral spawning generally beings 7 days after the full moon in August. However, because there are two full moons in August this year, we are faced with a more challenging prediction but our experience over the years suggests that September 5 & 6 are the most likely dates.
The spawning starts around 9:30 pm with Brain Coral beginning the show. Once this is witnessed, witnessing divers and snorkelers know they’re in for a real treat because as soon as the Brain Coral spawns , the other hard corals will commence as well. Over the years we also have observed that on the following day (day 8 after the full moon) the Ruby Brittle Stars come out in big numbers around 6:30 pm to reproduce and, with a little luck, we will have some corals that missed the party the night before, spawn around 9:30 as well.
Watch our Coral Spawning Video
Steven Berkoff treats Guests at Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain to a performance of “The Tell Tale Heart”
SOUFRIERE, St Lucia (December 29), Guests at Soufriere’s Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain were in for a special treat over the Christmas Holidays.
Not only did they get to enjoy a wide range of local entertainment, they were also invited to enjoy a gripping performance of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell Tale Heart by famous British actor, playwright and theatre director Steven Berkoff.
Berkoff and his partner Clara Fischer are regular guests at Anse Chastanet and good friends with resort owners Nick and Karolin Troubetzkoy. They love Saint Lucia and try to visit at least once a year. The performance of The Tell Tale Heart signals the beginning of a more extensive creative collaboration between the resorts and Berkoff. A poetry and writers’ workshop is being discussed to take place in the near future.
“We are very excited about this new collaboration”, says Karolin Troubetzkoy. “Our guests clearly look for more than sun, sand and sea. We have been discussing possible projects with Steven for some time and finally, this year, we decided to plunge right in without much ado by putting on The Tell Tale Heart. It was a test for us as well as Steven to see how the surroundings and audience setting would work out. It was fascinating to watch such an amazing actor so close up and the guest reaction was extremely positive. Steven himself found the closeness to the audience an interesting new and stimulating experience.”
Berkoff’s only regret so far has been that he has never met St. Lucia’s Nobel Laureate for Literature, Derek Walcott and he hopes that such a meeting will eventually take place when he next visits.
Berkoff’s plays and adaptations have been performed in many countries and in many languages. Among the many adaptations Berkoff has created for the stage, directed and toured, are Kafka’s Metamorphosis and The Trial, Agamemnon after Aeschylus, and Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher. He has directed and toured productions of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus also playing the title role, Richard II, Hamlet and Macbeth, as well as Oscar Wilde’s Salome.
Berkoff’s original stage plays include East, West, Messiah: Scenes from a Crucifixion, The Secret Love Life of Ophelia, Decadence, Harry’s Christmas, Massage, Acapulco and Brighton Beach Scumbags. He has performed his trilogy of solo shows, One Man, Shakespeare’s Villains and Requiem for Ground Zero, in venues all over the world.
Berkoff has acted in A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, Octopussy, Beverly Hills Cop, Rambo, Under the Cherry Moon, Absolute Beginners and The Krays. He directed and co- starred with Joan Collins in the film version of his play Decadence. Berkoff appeared in the 2010 British gangster film The Big I Am as “The MC”, and in the same year portrayed the antagonist in The Tourist with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. Berkoff portrayed the attorney Dirch Frode in David Fincher‘s 2011 adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Another 2011 credit is the independent film, Moving Target. He also stars in Katherine of Alexandria (2014) playing the role of Liberius. On television, he was recently seen in The Borgias.
Berkoff also has published a variety of books on the theatre such as the production journals I am Hamlet, Meditations on Metamorphosis and Coriolanus in Deutschland. Berkoff’s work has led him to traverse the globe, and his love for travel is apparent in his book Shopping in the Santa Monica Mall: The Journals of a Strolling Player.
For more information about Steven Berkoff., visit http://www.stevenberkoff.com
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ANSE CHASTANET DEBUTS "CASUARINA" PITON POOL SUITE FOR WINTER
SOUFRIERE, St. Lucia (December 17, 2014) - The award-winning Anse Chastanet luxury resort in St. Lucia has unveiled refreshed accommodations just in time for the winter season.
The resort, recently recognized as the best value luxury experience in the Caribbean for the New Year by Condé Nast Johansens, has become even more luxurious.
Anse Chastanet's re-branded Casuarina suite features a brand new 160 square-foot pool surrounded by a 135-square deck in the middle of the hillside resort with its breathtaking views of the storied Piton mountains rising from azure waters.
"The entire unit was redone and re-branded with a brand new bathroom as well as a huge walk-in closet," said Executive Director Karolin Troubetzkoy, who added the new accommodations were available for immediate bookings
Exquisitely finished with coralina stone tiles and handcrafted furniture made from sustainably culled tropical hardwoods, Casuarina is nestled in lush foliage in a private hillside setting at Anse Chastanet Resort facing The Pitons and the Caribbean Sea.
The spacious bedroom with walk-in closet opens to a 420-square foot open walled patio-living room area. The grand bathroom, also with a Piton view, features a "Couples Shower" with "His" and "Hers" rain shower heads.
Anse Chastanet is offering daily rates for two at USD $1,150 (January 3-April 15, 2015), $1,015 (April 16-May 31 and November 1- December 19, 2015), $885 (June 1-October 31) plus 10 percent service charge and 10 percent VAT.
Breakfast and dinner can be added at $180 per couple per day, and an all-inclusive meals and drinks package can be added for $340 per couple daily.
Upon request, a second bedroom and bathroom can connect with Casuarina at the following add-on rates: $560 (January 3-April 15, 2015), $440 (April 16-May 31 and November 1-December 19, 2015), and $365 (June 1-October 31) plus 10 percent service charge and 10 percent VAT.
Delighted with the success of the Casuarina make-over, Troubetzkoy said plans are being laid for renovations to three similar Anse Chastanet rooms in the summer.
For reservations, call 1 800-223-1108 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Guests at Anse Chastanet can now enjoy the Resort's Interactive Chocolate Laboratory
Soufriere, Saint Lucia, May 15, 2014 — Anse Chastanet and sister resort Jade Mountain may not only be two of the most panoramic Caribbean resorts but possibly also the "sweetest"!
There are over 1000 cocoa trees on the resort estates, including on the organic farm Emerald's in the Soufriere Hills. For the past 3 years, the estate has hand-crafted Emerald Estate Chocolate for the enjoyment of the resort guests and with the opening of its chocolate laboratory, guests are now able to not only taste but participate in the making of the chocolate.
Resort guests staying at Anse Chastanet and at the adjoining sister property Jade Mountain can now choose from a variety of chocolate infused activities like chocolate sensory tastings, educational estate trips and truffle making classes on a year round basis. Chocolate lovers will be further enticed by chocolate inspired dishes, cocktails and body treatments in the resort restaurants, bars and spa. And for the ultimate chocolate fest, visit Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain during their annual Discover Chocolate Festival from October 10-14, 2014.
Here are a few sweet examples of the chocolate experience:
Chocolate Sensory Tasting: An awakening journey through the flavor palate of cocoa and chocolate. First taste the cocoa bean, which is the very first step in chocolate production, and end the tasting with the strongest type of cocoa mass while sampling all steps in between. As a culmination of the sensory tasting session, guests get to sample some homemade truffles and a variety of Emerald Estate Organic Chocolate bars. Tuesday from 10:00 - 10:30 am in the Emerald Restaurant. Offered on complimentary to resort guests
Discover Chocolate: Taking the Chocolate Sensory Tasting a step further, guests participate in the actual making of chocolate in the Chocolate Lab. Guests learn the basic techniques of making chocolate, tempering chocolate ,creating their own fudge and making personalized chocolate bar. Tuesday from 10:30 - 11:30 am in the Chocolate Lab. $45 per person; Minimum 2, maximum 6 persons per session.
The Emerald Estate Tree to Bar Tour: Guests will visit the Emerald Estate for a Cocoa Tour to experience the complete cycle of "Tree to Bar" production, learning about the history of chocolate in the Caribbean and the production process. At Emerald Estate, guests will first witness the natural side of cocoa including tasting raw cacao while discussing the fermentation, sun drying and polishing of the beans. Then they will return to the Chocolate Lab, where the host will elaborate on the technical part of making the perfect chocolate bar. This 2 hour guided experience takes guests through cocoa bean roasting, grinding and conching in the making of chocolate to create the perfect snap and shine. Along the way, guests will enjoy an invigorating cup of local cocoa tea and the Emerald Estate's organic chocolate bars that range from 60 %, 70 % and 92 % Bittersweet. Guests will receive a Bar of Emerald Estate Organic Chocolate as the farewell souvenir to take home. Monday from 9:00 - 11:00 am, $75 per person. Minimum 2, maximum 6 persons per session.
About the Chocolate Laboratory
In close collaboration with the resorts' Consulting Chef Allen Susser, Jade Mountain's Emerald Estate Organic Chocolate and Chocolate Laboratory are managed by the resorts' very own Chocolate Alchemist and Director of Pastry Wouter Tjeertes. For the past 17 years, Wouter Tjeertes worked in a number of countries before calling St. Lucia his home. Born in The Netherlands, he knew he wanted to be a Pastry Chef from a young age and worked his way up through several highly recognized pastry shops and hotels in Europe and the Caribbean. Along the way, he developed a strong passion for cocoa and chocolate which led to a deep-rooted love affair with the Caribbean region. He says, "Making use of the incredible flavor palate the Caribbean has to offer and maintaining the highest possible standards of quality are my greatest obsessions."
Saint Lucia celebrates Month of Chocolate
Take advantage of Anse Chastanet's 4th and 7th night free promotions this summer. Then- literally!- sweeten the deal by adding the Dan Dous package to your reservation, to indulge in the resort's chocolate offerings: Included are a chocolate welcome culinary amenity and cocktail, a chocolate infused 1 hour spa treatment per person, a chocolate sensory tasting of the resort's own organically grown and locally made chocolates and a visit to the resort's organic farm Emerald in the Soufriere hills.
The Dan Dous package (Dan Dous is "sweet toot " in creole patois) is
based on a minimum 4 night stay and includes airport transfers as well as
breakfast and dinner. The package is available in categories standard,
superior and beachside deluxe. A 4 night stay on basis of the Dan Dous
Package starts at US 1163 per person or US 2326 per couple in standard
accommodation. The package is valid for Travel July 15- Oct 31, 2014- book
by August 31, 2014. Restrictions may apply.
To book, call 1-800-223-1108, visit www.ansechastanet.com or email email@example.com
About Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet
Tranquility, Romance, Adventure: ANSE CHASTANET is one of the Caribbean's most panoramic resort hideaways. Nestled amidst a 600 acre estate with two soft sand beaches bordering pristine coral reefs, ANSE CHASTANET offers excellent diving facilities and soft adventure activities.
Rising majestically above sister property Anse Chastanet's 600 acre estate with 2 beaches, JADE MOUNTAIN is an architectural marvel celebrating Saint Lucia's stunning scenic beauty. The 24 open -walled sanctuaries are grand sweeping spaces each with an extravagantly sized private infinity pool floating out into nature and to amazing views.
Enjoy fine dining options plus an entirely vegetarian restaurant using produce from the resorts' organic farm Emerald's. Resort activities include yoga, daily escorted walking or hiking tours, jungle biking on 12 miles of private trails, watersports with an excellent snorkeling and scuba diving centre. At the resort spas, a wide range of treatments are available including aromatherapy, ayurveda, and couples treatments and of course, chocolate infused spa treatments.
About Saint Lucia
Cocoa history on Saint Lucia dates back to the early 1700's. There are many plantations on the island that have been harvesting and producing cocoa for many years supplying the local market and culture as well as becoming a part of the international commodity of Cocoa. In celebration, the month of August has been declared the "Month of Chocolate". Both Jade Mountain and its sister property Anse Chastanet have been named one the world's top Caribbean hotels by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure.
For more information visit www.ansechastanet.com and www.jademountain.com or
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or call 1-800-223-1108 or 758-459-7000
For press information, contact: Martha Morano, Morano Public Relations, 212-860-5566,firstname.lastname@example.org
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March 10, 2014: The beautiful Anse Mamin plantation belonging to the 600 acre estate of Saint Lucia sister resorts Anse Chastanet & Jade Mountain was featured in the final episode of ABC's hit primetime reality series The Bachelor. The episode aired Monday, March 10th, 2014, at 8/7c on ABC.
ABOUT ANSE MAMIN AT ANSE CHASTANET AND JADE MOUNTAIN
The stunning serenity and beauty of the Anse Mamin plantation is the perfect spot for the Bachelor's romantic finale.
Anse Mamin is part of the private 600 acre estate encompassing Anse Chastanet & Jade Mountain, a secluded beach and lush tropical Garden of Eden with historic remains of an 18th century plantation including a 1.5 Million gallon water reservoir and ancient waterwheel. Guests staying at Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain can enjoy romantic walks through the plantation, go birdwatching or jungle biking. The Anse Mamin beach is a popular choice for the ultimate private Castaway dinner whatever special occasion is being celebrated.
Soaring majestically above the exclusive 600-acre beachfront estate, Jade
Mountain is an architectural marvel that embraces and celebrates St. Lucia's
stunning scenic beauty. Built in harmony with nature, Anse Chastanet is
Saint Lucia's classic hideaway resort providing guests with an authentic
- Visit the picture gallery featuring Anse Mamin.
- Learn more about Jade Mountain.
- Learn more about Anse Chastanet.
Both Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain offer a variety of Romance and Wedding Packages. The resorts are a favorite destination wedding location and have a wedding specific website :http://www.elopetoparadiseweddings.com
ABC'S The Bachelor Returns to Anse
Celebrate with the Resort's Red Rose Romance Promotions
February 25, 2014, Soufriere, Saint Lucia...The Bachelor has been lured, once again, to the irresistible enchantment of Saint Lucia. Saint Lucia Resorts Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain will be featured as the cast and crew travel to the island for the final two episodes of The Bachelor. The newest Bachelor, Juan Pablo Galavis, comes one step closer to potentially completing his family. The episode is scheduled to air Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at 8/7c on ABC. And, don't miss the March 10 final to see the location of the final Red Rose Proposal and of course, to find out who will be the Bachelor's chosen one !
To celebrate one of TV's most watched romantic events, Anse Chastanet has created the Red Rose Proposal promotion. The resort's 600 acre estate embodies the intoxicating natural beauty of Saint Lucia. Luxury Travel Magazine calls Anse Chastanet "One of the Best Places to Propose" and For The Bride Magazine calls both Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet "...over the top on the romance meter."
Experience Saint Lucia romance at its best with the Anse Chastanet's Red
Rose Proposal Package "As seen on ABC's The Bachelor" and enjoy a 4th night
free in selected categories. Package includes accommodation for number of
nights chosen, all tax and service, airport transfers both ways, breakfast,
lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, romantic Private Beach dinner set up with a
bottle of champagne once during stay. Must be booked by May 31, 2014
The Red Rose Proposal rates including the 4th night free in Superior,
Beach Deluxe and Hillside Deluxe accommodation respectively are:
US 3586 / 4117 / 4327 - March 1 - April 15, 2014
Additional night at US 1092 / 1269 / 1339
US 3037 / 3550 / 3763 - April 16 - May 31 & Nov 1 - 15, 2014
Additional night at US 909 / 1080 / 1151
US 2770 / 3232 / 3442 - June 1 - October 31, 2014
Additional night at US 820 / 974 / 1044
Airlines servicing Saint Lucia from the U.S.A. and Canada are Jetblue with a non-stop flight from JFK daily, United Airlines from Newark, American Airlines from Miami, Delta from Atlanta, Air Canada and West Jet from Toronto.
For reservations call 1- 800-223-1108 or contact ANSE CHASTANET and JADE
MOUNTAIN at Tel 758-459-6100 Fax 758-459-7700 e-mail email@example.com.
ABOUT THE BACHELOR
On ABC's hit primetime reality series The Bachelor, one lucky man is offered the chance to find true love. A single and eligible Bachelor embarks on a romantic journey, getting to know a number of beautiful women, gradually narrowing the field as he continues his search for his soul mate. At the end of this romantic voyage, if he has found the one, will there be a proposal - and will she say yes? Hosted by Chris Harrison, The Bachelor is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television.
The 18th season of The Bachelor airs Mondays 8/7c on ABC. For more information on The Bachelor, visithttp://abc.go.com/shows/the-bachelor.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
Or call 1-758-459-7000 or toll free 1-800-223-1108
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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.
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