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It’s Playtime in Saint Lucia

A scuba diving vacation at Anse Chastanet Resort features underwater wonders, but there’s so much more to discover on Saint Lucia — including topside adventures, fun activities, and cuisine and cultural experiences.
By Patricia Wuest | Published On May 24, 2024
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It’s Playtime in Saint Lucia

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Immerse yourself in irresistible beauty and endless discovery on Saint Lucia. Learn about all the possibilities and special promotions offered by Anse Chastanet Resort. Divers should also view the dive deals in collaboration with the resort’s dive operation Scuba St. Lucia.

What do you do between dives, when you’re waiting for your next visit to the reef? I’m not talking about your surface interval — the period of a time you spend on the boat or shore between dives, allowing your body time to release any residual nitrogen — but rather, the hours you spend back at the resort or hotel in between the day’s underwater explorations?

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Anse Chastanet and its on-site dive center Scuba St. Lucia won 11 combined Readers Choice Awards this year.

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The staff at Anse Chastanet Resort on the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia knows that scuba divers are passionate about their time in the water, but they also know that divers want more than bottom time fun and discovery. The resort has put together an impressive slate of fun activities, cultural experiences, topside eco adventures, hands-on conservation projects, and rejuvenating wellness and spa treatments.

Whether you’ve come to Anse Chastanet Resort for a romantic escape, fun-loving family vacation, dive buddy get-together or solo exploration, the resort is focused on making every moment and every day of your stay a memorable one. Anse Chastanet’s activities page is your convenient starting point for you to discover all there is to do at the resort and on the island. Here’s our guide to creating an enriching experience you won’t soon forget.

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With so many activities available on-site, many guests feel a return visit to Anse Chastanet is necessary to fully experience everything the resort has to offer.

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Conservation Efforts You’ll Fall in Love With

It all begins with the resort’s passion for protecting the island’s natural resources and its approach to “sustainable luxury.” Every aspect of the resort — its accommodations, outdoor spaces and dive operation — is committed to minimizing their environmental impact while contributing positively to the local community. Anse Chastanet achieves this by implementing waste reduction practices including their own water bottling plant and conserving natural habitats. The resort is proactively engaged in sustainable environmental practices, such as using an onsite wastewater treatment facility, natural lighting during daylight hours, fuel-efficient vehicles, bulk dispensers for shampoos and soaps in public areas, and a system for composting organic waste. Guests are able to learn about the ecology of the local region, including local environmental protection efforts during their stay at the resort. Year-round, they have the opportunity to participate in conservation activities such as reef cleaning, beach cleaning and tree planting. The resort now has their own coral nursery and there are a number of reef life and renewal activities offered for guests to partake in. Each April, the resort celebrates sustainability and Earth Day by hosting culinary experiences that feature seasonal organic ingredients from its Emerald Estate Farm, which produces organic vegetables, micro greens, fruits, spices, nuts and herbs, as well as artisanal chocolate.

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The resort’s on-site dive operation, Scuba St. Lucia, offers an array of AWARE Specialty courses and PADI Distinctive Specialties, such as the PADI Reef Rescue Network Distinctive Specialty Course and PADI AWARE Coral Reef Conservation.

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Cultural Experiences You’ll Fall in Love With

Speaking of chocolate, Saint Lucia’s history associated with cocoa dates back to the 1700s. At Anse Chastanet Resort, there are more than 2,000 cocoa trees, including the ones found at the Emerald Estate Farm’s Chocolate Laboratory. Here, guests can participate in making hand-crafted chocolate. And of course, chocolate lovers will adore the chocolate-inspired dishes, cocktails and body treatments in the resort restaurants, bars and spa. If chocolate really excites you, check out the rates in Anse Chastanet’s Dan Dous (“Sweet Tooth” in creole patois) package.

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There are over 2,000 cocoa trees on the resort estates, including the organic farm Emerald’s in the Soufriere Hills.

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Wellness and Spa Treatments You’ll Fall in Love With

Yes, the resort’s Kai Belté Spa (Creole patois for “House of Beauty”) has a chocolate-infused treatment, as well as a host of other treatments — including Swedish and deep-tissue massages, aromatherapy sessions and foot reflexology — that blend both contemporary and ancient methods of rejuvenating therapy. The spa’s products are made from organic ingredients that are grown at the Emerald Estate Farm.

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In addition to the resort’s on-site spa, Anse Chastanet offers noncompetitive yoga classes with guided calming visualizations. Private yoga sessions are also available.

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Dining Options You’ll Fall in Love With

The organic ingredients grown at the Emerald Estate Farm are also used in the resort’s restaurants, open-air beach and Treehouse eateries, and bars. Some of the best dining in Soufriere and St. Lucia can be found at Anse Chastanet. An enticing selection of menus is available in a number of intimate hillside and beachside locations and you can also pre-book a private dining arrangement at the water’s edge on Anse Chastanet beach or in our spa cottage Kai Mer overlooking the Caribbean. Whether you are in the mood for fine tropical Caribbean cuisine, exotic Creole flavors or simple grilled fare, you will find it at Anse Chastanet. The resort’s culinary options also include a Saint Lucia-Indian menu called Apsara, Emerald’s, a wholly vegan restaurant, and last but not least, the Jungle Grill for daytime laid-back dining on Anse Mamin beach.

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If you love cooking, you can join their Executive Chef's weekly harvest excursion to Emerald's organic farm, followed by an interactive cooking class. Alternatively, enjoy a gourmet cooking class with wine pairing in the Anse Chastanet kitchen.

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Watersport Adventures You’ll Fall in Love With

If you love watersports, such as snorkeling, ocean kayaking, paddle boarding, windsurfing and sunfish sailing, you’ll love the possibilities at Anse Chastanet. The estate encompasses 600 lush tropical acres bordering two soft sand beaches — Anse Chastanet and Anse Mamin — on Saint Lucia’s southwestern coast. It is nestled in the heart of the island’s marine reserves, two crystal-clear bays that protect miles of coral reefs teeming with tropical fish. Walk into the water off the beach, and you’ll discover that the resort is mere yards from some of the most beautiful coral reefs on the island. This shallow house reef, in calm, clear water, is ideal for snorkelers, the perfect activity for both divers and nondivers who love being in the water and seeing colorful tropical fish. Anse Chastanet Reef is home to more than 150 different species of fish. The resort offers complimentary snorkel equipment to its guests. The Amazing Adventure package is perfect for vacationers who like to be active on their vacations.

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Local dive guides have been exploring the island’s reefs for decades, bringing an intimate knowledge of the macro life on the resort’s house reef.

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Saint Lucia: The Island You’ll Fall in Love With

It is not hyperbole to say that a dive vacation experience at Anse Chastanet Resort is more than a typical dive resort experience. It is an immersion in the very best of Saint Lucia, from its underwater coral gardens and plunging walls to its postcard-pretty peaks, the Pitons. It’s the perfect place for solo divers or vacationing groups, couples seeking romance or families looking for adventure and fun-filled activities. With gorgeous warm water year-round, dive sites that are appropriate for both beginners and advanced divers, and topside activities for every type of vacationing visitor, Saint Lucia will win your heart.

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Anse Chastanet offers it all, whether you’re looking for an active escape with lots of bottom time and topside activities or a more relaxing ‘do nothing’ getaway.

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2024 Readers Choice Awards

Anse Chastanet and its on-site dive center Scuba St. Lucia won 11 combined awards this year for categories including Quality of the Resort, Quality of the Rooms, Quality of Dive Boats, and Quality of Staff.