@Jrose34: We stayed at Anse Chastanet for our honeymoon in November and it was the most amazing experience. The whole atmosohere was just incredible. We had a honeymoon package and on arrival we had a room upgrade with a view that was beautiful. What you want out of your honeymoon should determine if this hotel is right for you.
When you read reviews on trip adviser it can put you off but then I think people don’t read what the hotel is about and understand what this hotel is offering. So this hotel is definitely more of an Eco hotel with natural materials used to build it and artists who have there work in the rooms and have decorated the hotel. The hotel is not a modern convieniece like a sandals or any other mainstream resort, it offeres a place of tranquility and literally you can forget about everything, the experience of staying here is worth the money because you actually feel you have gone away somewhere, whereas to me a resort like sandals is sort of mainstream and it doesn’t offer that wow factor (my opinion). Think of being back to nature, no phones, views of the Pitons and a beautiful natural beach. There are no phones or TV In the rooms. You have the sound of nature and feel away from everything.
The hotel is up a hill so there is alot of walking involved depending on where you have a room, we had a hillside room because we wanted the view. The hillside rooms do not have aircon. We didn’t mind as we had a breeze and fans. The only rooms with aircon are the beachside rooms. So again think about this. It is stated on the website what amenities each room has but I think when people had booked they obviously didn’t read that part. We didn’t mind at all. There are alot of steps but you work off all the good food you eat, however the hotel do offer a shuttle to take you to the beach and your room so if you really feel a bit lazy then don’t panic about the steps. We used it once after a private meal on the beach 🙂
The hotel booked all the excursions we wanted and if not on there list would sort it for you, as we went to the Hotel Chocolate to do a bean to bar experience (recommend this) and the hotel didn’t provide this tour, however they organised it for us so we didn’t have to sort it out. They were all so friendly and asking how we were and one trip which was brilliant was the private Jazz cruise they offer on the hotels catermaran. It was the best evening we had!
I have allergies and the hotel made me food I could eat and put so much effort into making me feel special. They make all guests feel special and very welcome. We didn’t have any one hassle us and we felt safe the whole time. I was worried before we went as the rooms are sort of open to the elements, no glass so it is all open. It isn’t like Jade mountain, I think Anse Chastanet has one open walled room, we were just below this but we had birds and lizards in our room. I didn’t see any spiders or bugs. You do have a turndown service and they use a candle to deter bugs. You also have a mosquito net over the bed. We got a couple of bites but nothing different from going to the Med
We had half board which worked well for us I wouldn’t do B&B as then it would work out more so make sure if staying here get a meal plan half board or above.
Breakfast you sort of share with the birds because you are in there habitat and I found it fascinating, but if you don’t like nature perhaps not for you. But if you love nature then it’s perfect.
There is no pool, unless you stay in Jade mountain where you have a plunge pool but with the sea and beach and all the trips to do there isn’t time to sit by a pool. The snorkelling is amazing, some of the best I have seen. They have a dive centre but we don’t dive though others said how good it was.
We met some lovely couples who we are still in contact with via facebook which I thought was lovely. It’s an intimate resort so you will make friends.
If you want more info then let me know. I can’t help on the other resort.
Some pics to show you:
Sitting on the balcony wall. We loved the views so much, worth the money.
The main part of our room it was huge!
Looks like it could be a painting but yes this is the view we had of the pitons on one side of the balcony from our room, it was so beautiful.
Another view from our room facing the sea, so we had a sea and piton view.
Coming to say hello between the slats of the windows to our room, they are open.
The view from the reception bar.
The birds at breakfast. They waited till we finished but were adorable.
We stayed in the one below the top room we had a huge balcony and huge room it was breathtaking.
The resort with Jade mountain a bit higher up.
The sea life was incredible, we saw a turtle and this fella, he was there everyday though according to the staff was a good find.
The beach. They have two and both offer a good food service. Forgot to mention the massages they do are brilliant especially from the private beach hut with views of the ocean. Very relaxing.