Just Back from Anse Chastenet

Old May 15th, 2000, 01:51 PM
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Thanks for the review, Diane. When I visited AC last June, we also were told that our room was unavailable. Our only option was the villa a long, rocky mile up the mountain. In many ways it was wonderful, but not what we had reserved, and it did have many inconveniences: very islolated, no hot water, no "ammenities" such as shampoo, iron, etc, green water in the pool, and housekeepers, poolmen, etc showing up at midnight unannounced. I have since learned that AC overbooks quite frequently, and as I believe this is a very unfair policy, I cant recommend the resort, even though I loved almost everything else about it.
 
Old May 16th, 2000, 01:34 PM
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Do you think arriving at AC on a Monday versus the customary Saturday or Sunday has an effect on whether your room is available? we're arriving in St. Lucia on a monday versus the weekend since our wedding will be running late into the evening and we didn't want to deal with a 7 a.m. flight. Therefore we'll be arriving after the busy weekend check-in.
 
Old May 17th, 2000, 04:36 AM
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Sandra: I'm the original author of this thread. We arrived on a Wednesday afternoon. Someone else here mentioned that AC overbooks. While we were there we were told that they are always at at least 98% capacity. I guess you can expect most anything.
 
Old May 17th, 2000, 09:38 AM
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I'm going to Anse Chastanet in 2 weeks. I can't wait. I just referred to their website, www.ansechastanet.com, under accommadations. It looks like if you book in the standard category (standard or superior rooms) you "could be located either hillside or beachside...based on "run of house" principle at the Resort's discretion." These rooms have either a twin, queen or king size beds. Seems you're taking a risk if you book in this category. If you want to be sure of a kingsize bed you might want to go with the Deluxe or Premium rooms. Also, check out the "Total Romance Package" this includes all meals and drinks, plus several day trips and a massage. This way you can avoid all the extra charges. Pay for it all up front and then no worries while you're there.
 
Old May 18th, 2000, 12:09 PM
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Diane,
How come you didn't go with a meal plan? Everything I've read on this site suggests that it would be unwise to go with out one. I even read one forum where you had asked if you should have the meal plan and they told you "yes". Just wondering if there was any particular reason that we might want to consider while we are there. Thanks.
 
Old May 19th, 2000, 05:11 AM
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Lucy: We decided to wait until we got to AC to see if we wanted the meal plan. We really wanted to be able to try other restaurants (which we did, three times)and after the first evening meal at AC we decided to try to eat away from there for evening meals as much as possible. Then we discovered the beach barbecues. They were very good, but only a couple times during the week.
 
Old May 19th, 2000, 01:42 PM
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Hi everyone, I am one of the people that loved Anse Chanstanet. I had the most romantic beautiful trip ive ever had there and would go back in a heartbeat. I realize some people do not have the same tastes and I agree AC is not for everyone. We were upgraded to a deluxe hillside room. We actually had a tree in our shower. Bugs were not and issue, we loved the seclusion and even the stairs. One person in this thread had indicated that the pool water was green ???? sorry but there is no pool at AC. We did the meal plan which included a $200.00 food and beverage credit along with a stocked fridge and it was worth it. I never smelled any bad smells and was not stung by a jellyfish (and we snorkled every day!). Im sorry for the people that had a bad experiance at AC, but for the people who are planning a trip to AC...be aware that A&E did not vote AC to the #4 most romantic spot in the world for nothing. We loved it and not a day goes by that we dont think of returning (and yes Ive been to other islands). If your planning a trip to AC, I hope you have as wonderful of a time as we did..Enjoy!
 
Old May 21st, 2000, 04:24 AM
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Thanks for the great message Teri. There's nothing worse that spending several thousand dollars on a trip and then reading a message like Diane's before you leave. I think research on this board adequately reflects what to expect at Anse Chastanet.

At first I was alarmed when I read Diane's trip report, but the more I researched, it became apparent that the majority of her complaints consist of personal taste rather than a reflection of the hotel itself. The majority of people I have communicated with about this resort have had a fabulous time and cannot wait to return.

After reading these boards everyone should know the following before leaving for Anse Chastanet: The roads are bad;be prepared, food is expensive;get a package, jellyfish live in the ocean;be careful, book a deluxe hillside or up to insure you get the room you want, don't expect to get off cheap (try Mexico), probably a good idea to RELAX and hang around the resort;the Caymans or Hawaii might be better islands for trying restaurants and driving around to explore, and always remember the United States of America is the exception. Very few other countries live the life we do. Once again, try Hawaii.

I'm looking forward to a great trip.
 
Old May 21st, 2000, 08:11 AM
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Couldn't agree with you more, Bullet! A vacation is what you make of it. I'm leaving for AC on June 7th and can't wait. I'm booked in a standard hillside and if I get an upgrade that's good and if not I'll make the best of it. If I can get to other restaurants easily, I'll go. If not, I'll just eat there. I plan on having a great time no matter what because it's my vacation. I'll post for questions when I get back.
 
Old May 22nd, 2000, 06:50 AM
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Hey Steve,
We'll return on June 4. I'll let you know how fabulous it was!!
 
Old May 22nd, 2000, 01:36 PM
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i was justr eading a comments someone made about being able to hear the the guests in the other rooms at Ladera resort because of theopen wall. AC also has the same concept therefore I'm wondering if there's the same problem there?! Are the rooms private? They look to be on the website but I thought I'd double check. Any feedback would be nice. thanks.
 
Old May 23rd, 2000, 11:41 AM
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I'll be back on June 5th. I'll let you know.
 
Old May 23rd, 2000, 12:54 PM
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Teri: If you had actually read the post about the pool water being green, you would have known that the accommodation that Valerie was forced to stay in was not at Anse Chastenet, but elsewhere, since the management had overbooked and forced this couple to stay at this separate villa.
 
Old May 23rd, 2000, 02:13 PM
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Robyn,

No need to get testy. I did actually read Valerie's comment and it just says "Our only option was the villa a long, rocky mile up the mountain." There is a villa called the 7th heaven right in AC and that is what I thought Valerie meant. If this is not the same villa, I apologize. This forum is for information both good and bad. I had a wonderful time at AC and I felt it important to counter Diane's opinion's so that the people who are going to AC arent only reading negative comments.

Bullet and Steve, You both have the right attitude. I read mixed comments about AC also, and I was extreamly nervous before my trip. Trust me I was blown away when I got there. If your going with the attitude to kick back, relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings...you will have a wonderful time. Enjoy!
 
Old May 24th, 2000, 05:51 AM
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Teri: Sorry for being testy. I guess I am just a little sensitive to the fact that those of us who may not have "loved" AC seem to be regarded as problematic. I am glad you enjoyed it though.
 
Old May 24th, 2000, 01:02 PM
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I'm getting married July 22, and we're going for nine days.I'm very excited! We purchased the total romance package...after 18% taxes it seems quite reasonable...comparitively. Has anyone went on the romance package? I'm just wondering if ALL the drinks are included, and i read earlier up the posting that the hillside restaurant is only open thursdays? is this true?
 
Old May 24th, 2000, 01:34 PM
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Carl,
We also have the Total Romance Package. That includes all drinks except bottled wine and champagne. (But you can get house wine). It's the only package they have which does include the drinks. Probably the best way to go because not only will this include alchohol, but bottled water and soft drinks as well. Worth the money to me to not hassle with how much everything cost while were there.
 
Old May 25th, 2000, 03:06 PM
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Robyn, No problem...I dont think your problematic, Im just sorry your stay at AC wasn't the same wonderful experiance I had (I suppose that happens).

Carl and Bullet, The hillside restaurant was only closed on the nights that the beach bbq was happening. Unless this has changed from my trip in Aug 99, I believe they are open every night except beach bbq night. Also, the package deals are a great way to go. We had Breakfast, Afternoon Snack and Dinner, included in our plan. Along with a full stocked fridge (soda, beer, wine, juice and water) and $200.00 food and beverage credit. At the end we only spend like an additional $60.00 (only because my boyfriend was getting cigars!). It worked out great!
 
Old May 26th, 2000, 07:21 AM
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Bullet and Teri, thanks for the info. I really appreciate it! Now if we can only get our padi cert. before we go..
 
Old May 26th, 2000, 11:06 AM
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Okay, okay - there are those for and those against. However, I would go back to Anse in a minute, and, while I had some anxiety about what to expect it did exceed my expectations in terms of beauty, things to do, pleasantness of staff, etc. However, it is expensive, quiet, private and wonderful!! Email me if anyone wants any trip details.
 

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