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Treat Yourself to a St. Lucia Jungle Oasis

By August 1, 2014 October 5th, 2017 5 Comments

Not a single eye roll or grumble can be found on the island of St. Lucia. It’s lush, exotic, mysterious and welcoming to all those who are on the hunt for a true Caribbean adventure. While some spots in this part of the world are postcard-perfect, St. Lucia can offer a wilder side of tropical exploration and something more unique, from its vibrant island culture and staggering mountaintop views.

The Journey Ahead

Due to the game of navigating down rocky roads and miles of undeveloped jungle in the middle, the St. Lucia resorts your squad chooses to stay at can make or break a trip to the island.

St. Lucia vacation island view

It would be a shame to venture all the way to an exotic destination and not get a taste for its local culture. Luckily, Anse Chastanet has managed to encompass all the wonderfully traditional beauty on the island of St. Lucia into a tropical oasis that suits both young and old. The property is tucked into a jungle-like atmosphere, with beautiful birds zipping across your view at any moment. From many of the giant rooms a grand vista of the iconic Pitons mountains are seen, almost unreal in size and situation.

Getting cozy in comfort

With beautifully warm and cozy weather year round, the property has taken advantage of the space to leave rooms all open concept. Cool tile floors encircle sitting areas, plush beds and lead to a massive marble bathroom. Some rooms even have trees growing right down the middle, which can delight teens who are into architecture and design. Every room is named after indigenous flowers and plants, with hand painted signs guiding the way. Take advantage of the welcome fruit plate – there is nothing like cool melons enjoyed out on your private veranda.

Eat it all

Speaking of cuisine, imagine lounging in a palapa on the beach and simply sticking a wooden flag in the sand when it’s time for a cheeseburger, fresh fish or fruity drink. This is one of many dining options at Anse Chastanet, including a fun Indian restaurant on the beach, vegetarian option in the trees and several other smaller cafes for lunch, tea time, breakfast and dinner. When you and your teens are feeling lazy, room service is also an option to spend more time in your expansive digs.

St. Lucia vacation Anse Chastanet dining

Anse Chastanet is set up to be either an a la carte resort or an all-inclusive getaway. With teens, it can be a blast to choose the all-inclusive avenue, as they can grab their own snacks or even have a meal solo near mom and dad. Give them a little freedom to try out a paddle board session while you kayak, or even take a yoga class together on the beach – all of these things are encompassed in all-inclusive.

You can bring your teenagers aged 15 and up to Jade Mountain as well. This premiere property is located just up the hill from Anse Chastanet and is operated by the same owners, boasting infinity pools and some beautiful views. But you can leave the honeymooners to their hilltop sanctuary and have just as great a time below – maybe sneaking up to Jade once for an indulgent cocktail or two.

Exploring more of the island

Want a day off resort? Take a water taxi over to Soufriere, the nearby town with some great eats and pretty marina views. There’s some fun shops with beachwear and souvenirs to peruse any time of day as well. Other options within a 1/2 hour of Anse Chasanet include the popular hot springs and the Caribbean’s only drive through volcano. Chat with the knowledgeable staff at the front lounge to find out how to rent a car or hire a taxi to take you there.

St. Lucia vacation Soufriere view

Go wild with your teens and have a blast navigating the jungle beauty of St. Lucia with a stay at Anse Chastanet.

For more information:

Anse Chastanet
St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association
St. Lucia Now

 

Eileen Cotter Wright

Author Eileen Cotter Wright

Eileen Cotter is a freelance travel journalist and owner of Pure Wander. She's our resident expat extraordinaire and falls down a lot in yoga class. Follow her on Twitter @Crooked_Flight

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  • Holly Wright says:

    I have always wanted to travel to St Lucia, it looks so amazing!

  • Annita says:

    I love St. Lucia! It is definitely the pristine island of the Caribbean. And, yes, do not venture there without trying the local food. Also, take a catamaran boat ride around the island too. One of the best ways to see the island and the pitons.

    • I loved getting in those boats to check out the views of the mountains! There’s TONS of water taxis and tours though, so people should be careful…the boat captains will solicit you right on the beach.

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