Just Back from Anse Chastenet

Old May 31st, 2000, 09:14 AM
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Thanks, Robyn, for clearing up the pont about the green pool water. The villa we ended up at was "Twin Peaks". I actually thought AC was great, but it was a major disappointment not being able to stay at the hotel as we had planned (and had been guaranteed). We are very experienced travelers, and expect problems everywhere, but when you do a great deal of planning on choosing a resort, and then arrive only to be told there's no room...this puts a damper on the entire vacation, you'll have to agree. Because I learned that this occurs fairly frequently at AC, I simply wanted to warn others that their plans could go awry.
Old Sep 25th, 2000, 07:24 PM
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I can't recommend this place. Yes it is beautiful but that does not overcome the fact that it is buggy and hot in the rooms.The lack of privacy is horrible. You can hear everything that goes on in the rooms near you.I felt like I was listening to porn movies. One good thing...AC gave us a partial refund when we wrote a letter to the owner.
Old Sep 26th, 2000, 06:36 AM
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Julie: <BR> <BR>THanks you for your honest report. Too many people report things with rose-colored glasses or think that if everyone else raves about a place, it HAS to be great. What did you think of St. Lucia in general?
Old Sep 27th, 2000, 10:03 AM
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Yikes! This thread has made it clear how divergent opinions can be about the exact same resort! <BR> <BR>We've been to Anse Chastenet twice, and loved it. It's clear, though, that other people had quite different experiences. Just to add our perspective, I thought I'd outline what we experienced. This isn't to suggest that the other postings are wrong, just that we were lucky not to encounter some of the things they did. <BR> <BR>We booked an all-inclusive package through Air Canada, so didn't have to worry about the prices of anything (FAP, all drinks, etc., etc.). I'd certainly recommend that to others. If you didn't, the prices did seem quite high. <BR> <BR>We didn't hear any noise from adjoining units either time (stayed in two different classes of hilltop room), weren't bumped either time, nor did we need the bug nets. Since we went in January and Feb., it wasn't too hot. There seemed to be any number of trips, excursions off of the property, and while we did a few, we were happy to stay put, drink "Frozen Coco Locos". "Stairways to Heaven", and other great drinks (all included, so no extra cost!), scuba dive, snorkel, swim, read, etc. Neither of us encountered jellyfish. <BR> <BR>As you can tell, we had a great time, and it's sad that others had a much less pleasant experience. <BR> <BR>Mike
Old Sep 27th, 2000, 01:51 PM
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I am going to St. Lucia in February with my wife, son and her family (8 adults total). We have rented a home that is in Anse Chastanet, called Mango Point (supposedly right near the resort). How far is Anse Chastanet from Hewanora Airport? What is the cab fare? Are the roads that treaturous? We plan to rent a couple of cars given our group size, but is the driving that bad? Should we cab it more often and rent one car? Big group, so we want some flexability, but we plan to spend a great deal of time at the house's pool. Does anyone have any recommendations for restaurants in Soufriere? <BR> <BR>Thanks in advance for the advice.
Old Oct 3rd, 2000, 12:36 PM
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I see you found this one Kent. Now all you have to do is read 44 responses Great suggestions and personal too.
Old Jan 10th, 2001, 07:53 AM
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Bullet wrote: <BR>"always remember the United States of America is the exception. Very few other countries live the life we do." <BR> <BR>Your words are open to interpretation... <BR> <BR>If you meant to encourage fellow Americans to travel outside the US to experience and value other cultures, then I agree. <BR> <BR>However, if you meant to imply that standards in the US are superior to those of other countries, I strongly disagree. If that's what you believe, my advice to you is to travel more (outside the US). It's a very good cure for xenophobia and you might find that yes, the US *IS* the exception, but not for the reasons you think. <BR>
Old Jan 10th, 2001, 12:58 PM
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I just wanted to put my two cents in here. We just got back from our honeymoon in December and stayed at AC and loved it. We stayed in a deluxe hillside room. It was beautiful. Yes, there is a climb from the beach, but you're not going to be doing it alot... There's so much to do on the South side of the island (we stayed both on the north and south sides). Personally, our ideal honeymoon was to do nothing and just relax and this beach was perfect for that. Wonderful beachside service, the best beach drinks ever, beautiful water, etc. They do offer many activities though (heard the snorkeling there was wonderful). Next time, I'd like to do the rainforest trip or the mineral baths trip or the drive in volcano trip. It's soooo beautiful there! Yes, the road is windy to the hotel, (we arrived at 3:30 in the morning in the rain!) but it didn't make me sick. They do that to keep the beach private and beautiful. We found AC to be somewhat reasonable compared to other resorts on the island. And as far as the food goes, you have to understand that it's not America. It's the Caribbean. So, while it's different, it's still good. Great grilled fish! The room was comfortable at night, and yes, you do have to use the mosquito netting. Not like there were bugs swarming us, but it's an open room, so of course there will be some. (and I'm not even a camper-type and I liked the experience of it!) You just have to realize what you're booking when you do it. It's a wonderful place to really experience the island -- it's not a posh resort. And if you want the best of both, why not book 2 totally different hotels and experience both? (that's what we did!) Let me know if you have any questions!
Old Jan 10th, 2001, 01:07 PM
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Oh! Sorry...just read a couple of the other entries and wanted to say that you should take cabs...I can't imagine driving on this island. And we never heard anyone else in their rooms.

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