Exotic birdwatching holidays: four of the best


London’s Telegraph, in an article about birdwatching holidays, includes Anse Chastanet in St Lucia as one of the four best in the world. Follow the link below to read about the other three.

Anse Chastanet St Lucia

If you are looking for a great hotel in the Caribbean in a setting teeming with birds, this is for you.

And if you are particularly keen, Anse Chastanet runs two dedicated birdwatching weeks in September. St Lucia has five endemic species of bird, and four of them (the St Lucia pewee, St Lucia warbler, St Lucia oriole and the jacquot) can be found within the hotel’s 600 tropical acres. Other gems to be spotted include green-throated caribs, zenaida doves, tropical mockingbirds and mangrove cuckoos (pictured). The birding weeks are hosted by the Caribbean-based ornithologist Martyn Kenefick and entail guided walks around the estate, several excursions to other birding hotspots on the island and a whale-watching trip. One of the Caribbean’s original eco-retreats, the hillside hotel overlooks St Lucia’s Piton mountains and is famous for its open-sided bedrooms.

The details

Birdwatching weeks are offered September 1-15. MotMot Travel offers a seven-night birdwatching holiday in St Lucia, staying at Anse Chastenet, from £1,995pp including international flights, transfers and three full days of birdwatching (01327-830918; motmottravel.com).

For the original report go to http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/picturegalleries/10067259/Exotic-birdwatching-holidays-four-of-the-best.html?frame=2567134

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