Cooking In Paradise - March 22 - 26, 2017
"The virtues of a locally grown Caribbean cuisine"
Come and join us for our annual ‘Cooking in Paradise’ Festival – Enjoy the Paradise cocktail party with Tropical Fruit, edible savory cocktails with local, seasonal and sustainable finger foods. Treat yourself to tropical abundance and exotic saucy skewers, beefy brochettes, kweyol kebabs at our beach grill. The unique new world cuisine dinner at the Treehouse Restaurant – A five-course dinner spectacular seasonal and sustainable menu matched with wines.
Tropical tranquil breakfast in bed with exotic fruits freshly baked breads, artisan cheeses and freshly brewed St Lucian native coffee or loose-leaf teas.
Experience our Organic Farm tour showcasing our ‘Farm to plate’ philosophy. Rum and more rum with our infamous mixology class - explore the fine craft of mixing cocktails using the basic techniques and tricks of our bartenders.
An absolute ‘must do’ Guided Tour of our Anse Mamin historical plantation - originally a sugarcane plantation in the 18th century, until changing hands turned towards Cocoa plants. Naturally one must experience the Paradise Chocolate Sensory Tasting - Join us on an awakening journey through the fruitful flavor palate of cocoa and chocolate. Cooking in Paradise would not be complete without a Paradise cooking class! Not to mention the awesome Managers Cocktail parties held on the Celestial Terrace and the Main Bar of Anse Chastanet where you will be tantalized by sumptuous Hors d’Oeuvres and exotic cocktails.
Mango Madness Festival - June 27 - July 2, 2017
Mad mango cocktail party, a live interactive mango special cooking class, delectable five course mango dinner incorporating a seasonal and sustainable menu with wine pairing just to mention a few exciting experiences for the week.
Grasp an understanding of our ‘farm to table’ conceptual dining with a tour of our Organic Farm, wander through the many varieties of mango trees along with all of the locally grown produce. Awaken your senses with a mango breakfast treat sampling exotic fruit, Mangos, artisan cheeses and freshly brewed St Lucian native coffee or teas.
Rum is the liquor of the Caribbean – join us for a Mango mixology class learning all the tricks of the trade from our experienced bartenders. Take a leisurely meander through the Anse Mamin plantation originally a sugarcane plantation in the 18th century, until changing hands turned towards Cocoa plants also including a variety of produce not to mention Mangos! At Anse Mamin you simply cannot miss our jungle burger grill renowned worldwide and with this comes an infusion of mangos, salads, fresh locally caught fish and of course our home made burger. Learn how to cook with mangos with our Chef de Cuisine’s special cooking class and learn how we preserve the exotic flavor of mango with spices in the age old tradition of chutney making. If you love mangos you cannot miss our Mango madness festival.
Kids Sea Camp and Family Dive Adventures are proud to be partnering with two of the premier resorts in the Caribbean; Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain. Both 5- star resorts are considered two of the best in the Caribbean and are known for some of the finest dining, service, accommodations and diving in the Caribbean. Not only can you dive, dine and rest, but there is also jungle biking, spa services and kayaking. You can even hike through an18th century ruin of an old sugar plantation.
It’s an all-inclusive week that includes; Chocolate tasting, yoga, culinary classes, paddle boarding, 6-day dive package, unlimited shore diving, night dive, Sasy, Seal Team, Jr. Open Water & Advanced Open Water Certifications, Jungle biking, Sunset Cruise, all meals, all soft beverages, round trip airport transfers, 7 nights with your choice of hill or beach rooms.
Anse Chastanet offers 49 individually designed rooms, 37 of which are scattered about a lush hillside and 12 which are nestled within a tropical garden at beach level.
Learn More - Family Divers' Website
Coral Spawning at Anse Chastanet, 2017
Coral spawning dives are on August 14, 15 and 16, 2017
Last year's event details:
August 25th & 26th, 2016
Coral Spawning happens once a year and is one of nature’s most spectacular and rare performances. A handful of guests at Anse Chastanet, St Lucia, are lucky enough to witness this marvel annually as the natural wonder occurs right off the beaches of this charming resort. This year it is predicted to take place from 24th – 26th August.
Once a year, coral release millions of packets of egg and sperm cells that appear as massive underwater clouds of white and pink upward moving “snowfall”.
Each year, Anse Chastanet’s scuba diving team incredibly and accurately predicts the night spawning and prepares to take novice and experienced divers and snorkellers to observe the remarkable phenomenon which turns the seas yellow and pink. It is one of nature’s most spectacular and rare performances.
First discovered in the 1980's at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, this annual mass reproduction phenomenon is now known to be critical to coral reef – and our own ecosystem’s - survival. Tropical coral reefs, although out of sight, are essential to our world-wide food chains.
View some video of the event
Blanketed in lush jungles, edged by luminous white-sand beaches, and crowned by the staggering twin peaks of its iconic Pitons, Saint Lucia is one of the Caribbean’s most picturesque islands. Capture this stunning tropical scenery—and the stories of a vibrant Caribbean culture—while fine-tuning your photography and lighting skills. This advanced workshop is led by National Geographic photographer Joe McNally and a professional instructor and is designed for advanced photographers and National Geographic Photography Workshop alumni who want to take the next step in their technical and image-making abilities. The workshop is limited to 16 participants.
Is this advanced workshop for you?
Our workshop features lectures and demonstrations on a variety of advanced photography techniques, with a special focus on the use of light. Topics include improving your understanding of exposure and metering; flash photography and mixed light situations; working with gels, light shapers, line of sight TTL, and manual radio syncing; balancing indoor/outdoor scenarios with flash; how to use small flash effectively, travel with a minimum of gear, and make beautiful pictures and portraits; and enhancing your ability to tell powerful stories through your photos.
The following is our planned itinerary; however, the schedule is flexible to allow for spontaneous photographic opportunities.
Arrive at our stunning beachfront resort in Saint Lucia, which offers clear views of the island’s iconic Pitons—a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take some warm-up shots of these mesmerizing peaks, rising from the surrounding sapphire waters in a lush explosion of emerald-green splendor. Gather this evening for a private reception and welcome dinner, followed by an orientation with National Geographic photographer Joe McNally.
Anse Chastanet Resort (D)
Meet in the classroom this morning for a review of each participant’s portfolio. Following a presentation on basic lighting techniques, we’ll head to the beach for an on-location demonstration related to changing light quality. Break into small groups for your first assignment, using newly acquired skills to photograph one of our models in the surf. Join your instructors for an optional sunset shoot tonight.
Anse Chastanet Resort (B)
This morning’s classroom session begins with an edit-and-critique of yesterday’s photos, followed by a discussion on the basics of using small speed lights and a demonstration on how to use flash in interior spaces. After lunch, split into small groups and work with one of our models to create quality portraits. We’ll have access to resort guestrooms—the perfect place to practice balancing light to account for interior and exterior exposures.
Anse Chastanet Resort (B)
Gather this morning for an edit-and-critique session. We’ll then discuss environmental portraiture and learn strategies for effectively telling stories through our portraits. This afternoon, we’ll travel the nearby fishing port of Soufrière. Meet with firemen and villagers at the local fire station, using your surroundings to create evocative individual and group portraits that tell their stories.
Anse Chastanet Resort (B)
After a group critique of images from the previous day’s photo shoot, we’ll hear from our instructors on how to show motion by using flash in still photography. After an early lunch, board a boat bound for Anse Mamin beach, where we’ll meet up with mountain bikers for a jungle photo shoot. In small groups, we’ll practice using flash for dynamic stop-action and blur techniques. Learn how to drag your shutter and use rear curtain sync—capturing movement at the beginning of the exposure, while freezing a portion of the subject at the end of the exposure. Return to Anse Chastanet and enjoy a sunset shoot on the beach involving three photographic setups, followed by a farewell group dinner to cap off our week.
Anse Chastanet Resort (B, D)
Attend a final group critique, followed by a presentation of the workshop’s best images. The workshop ends at noon.
Spices of The Caribbean - October 17 - 22, 2017
Spices, Spices, Spices – Imagine being enthralled by our spicy cocktails using nutmeg, ginger, vanilla and cloves at our Cocktail party at the Emerald Restaurant. Experience our new spice garden whilst touring our very own organic farm, grasp an understanding of how spices are grown and partake in a cooking class! Uncover the spicing secrets of Tandoor Cooking in the Caribbean at our Beach Tandoori cooking class. Enjoy a five course spectacular dining experience with a seasonal and sustainable menu infused with our organic grown produce and spices.
Spicy Tropical tranquil breakfast in bed with exotic fruits freshly baked breads, artisan cheeses and freshly brewed St Lucian native coffee or loose-leaf teas. Not forgetting our infamous jungle burger bash – try our tantalizing world renowned signature burger of course slightly spiced to awaken those taste buds! As a Bean to Bar organic single estate boutique chocolate maker an Emerald Estate Chocolate & Spice Sensory Tasting is an absolute must do. Plus try your hands at an interactive spice blending class and take home your favorites. Enjoy a spicy manager’s cocktail party with a live ‘satay’ station and spicy succulent St. Lucian treats held weekly at our Beach restaurant.
Discover Chocolate Festival - December 5 - 10, 2017
A hands on interactive experience in the world of cacao and chocolate. Start the weekend with a Chocolate enthused Cocktail Party in the Emerald Restaurant with tantalizing chocolate inspired savory canapés and cocktails. Let’s go back to basics with our Emerald Estate Organic farm tour and learn not only about our ‘farm to table’ concept showcasing our fresh organic produce, but also enter the world of the Cacao Plantation.
Alchemy of chocolate - matching and tasting wine with our own hand made organic Emerald Estate Chocolate. Look, smell, taste - starting with your basic senses and expanding from there. A sumptuous chocolate dinner in the evening, – with an awe inspiring menu and a creative chocolate flair. How can one resist breakfast in bed with a variety of chocolate breakfast treats from chocolate croissants to chocolate French toast! Acquaint yourselves with a chocolate truffle workshop get involved and take home what you make.
Adult chocolate milk shakes and jungle burgers will entice you over to the Anse Mamin beach. Follow up with a walk through the Anse Mamin historical plantation which was originally a sugar cane plantation in the 18th century, until changing hands and moving to a cocoa crop. A chocolate sensory tasting experience is not complete without a trip to the chocolate lab where you will discover how chocolate is actually made. The Anse Chastanet chocolate cocktail party comes with spiced rum punch, passed Hors D’oeuvres to top it off experience a St Lucian Tropical Chocolate Fondue using Nick Troubetzkoy’s Emerald Estate Chocolate.