Allen M. Chastanet, current Minister for Tourism & Civil Aviation of Saint Lucia and founder of the award winning boutique hotel, returned to Saint Lucia in 2004 when the Chastanet family purchased the former Candyo Inn and renamed it Coco Kreole. Utiliszing his vast tourism experience in hotels and airlines in the Caribbean, Chastanet’s aim was to create an authentic Caribbean hotel with the charm of the old time with the comforts of today’s modern amenities. "The master plan has been launched and Coco Palm is on a path to offering our guests the warmth of Saint Lucia’s hospitality” he says.
From 1995 to 2003, Chastanet served as Air Jamaica's Vice President of Marketing and Sales. Before joining the airline, he was the Director of Sales and Marketing for Island Outpost and its 11 hotels in Miami's South Beach, Jamaica, and the Caribbean. He also served as the Director of Tourism for his native Saint Lucia, where he was credited with bringing the island into the forefront of the Caribbean's tourism industry. In 2001, Chastanet was named Travel Agent Magazine's "Caribbean Destination Person of the Year."
Headquartered in Castries, Saint Lucia, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master’s degree, both in Economics, from Bishops University in Quebec and American University in Washington D.C., respectively.