St. Lucia's premier resort still has the right stuff, and good bones—both natural and manmade—have a lot to do with it. The open-air rooms and villas are terraced into a lush hillside, and it's a steep 103-step descent to the resort's azure cove and white-sand beach. Some tree-top units feel like rain-forest gazebos, a wonder to sleep in during a good rain. Several offer stupendous views of the Pitons and the blue Caribbean. Those with mobility issues may prefer a room down on the beach, which come with hammocks and private patios. All rooms are attractively furnished with wooden jalousie windows or walls, clay tile floors, original art, and madras-cloth accents.
St. Lucia› Hotel
Our Rating Neighborhood Soufrière Phone 800/223-1108 in the US, 758/459-7000 Prices Winter $540–$1,030 double, from $955 suite; off season $355–$1,075 double, from $695 suite. Children 9 and under not accepted. Children ages 10–15 staying in parent's room $60 (per child) per day. Extra person $100 per day. Package with breakfast and dinner $80 per person per day ($50 children). Dive and other packages available. Units 49 Amenities 3 restaurants; 2 bars; airport transfers $20–$80, art gallery, bikes, biking and hiking trails, boutiques, car-rental desk, concierge/excursion desk, gym, spa, tennis court, Scuba St. Lucia watersports center, watersports equipment/rentals, Wi-Fi (free; reception area only) Web site Anse ChastanetBook a Room Now
Anse Chastanet offers all-inclusive meal plans, spa and honeymoon packages, and dive packages that take advantage of the resort location—the Marine Reserve is a 2-minute boat ride away. You don't have to go anywhere to see plenty of marine life, however; the snorkeling right off Anse Chastanet beach is more than fine. Water taxis deliver guests from the resort into the heart of Soufriere.