Mountain romance in St. Lucia
High on a peak in the southern part of St. Lucia lies Jade Mountain. While the drive to the Caribbean oasis is a picturesque one, the short trek from above is magical (Jade Mountain has the island’s only private helipad). But no matter how you make the trip, once you arrive, you’ll notice that service, cuisine and uniqueness of the resort work in harmony to create a one-of-a-kind getaway.
More than 30 years ago, Russian-Canadian owner and architect Nick Troubetzkoy envisioned a St. Lucia resort overlooking the twin peaks of the Pitons, a landmark so remarkable it’s been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. First, he created Anse Chastanet on 600 acres of tropical land that embraced nature with hiking routes, jungle biking trails and the island’s first scuba operation that allowed guests to explore reefs in front of the property’s two beaches.
Then, in 2007, Troubetzkoy opened Jade Mountain on top of Morne Chastanet as a boutique resort within a resort that delivers one of the most memorable vacationing experiences you’ll find in the Caribbean.
The luxury hotel has 29 rooms that have been deemed “sanctuaries” to give you the feeling of being at one with nature. Each sanctuary is constructed with only three walls. Instead of a fourth wall, the room opens to an unobstructed view of the Caribbean Sea and the Pitons that’s mesmerizing.
There’s a reason why, year after year, Jade Mountain remains at the top of the list of honeymoon destinations. It’s unlikely you’ve visited a place that provides the setting that Jade Mountain does. The sanctuaries are themed “Star,” “Moon,” “Sun” and “Galaxy,” and each one includes an oversized, private infinity pool looking out over the landscape. There are also five smaller “Sky” suites that have a large Jacuzzi instead of an infinity pool, but you will still enjoy the beautiful views.
Jade Mountain prides itself on being a technology-free zone. All rooms have Wi-Fi, but there are no radios, televisions or telephones, and cell phone use is discouraged in public areas. There are phone and fax services at reception, but you are encouraged to embrace the peacefulness that comes with unplugging.
Cocktails can be had at the Celestial Terrace for those looking to leave their room. There are also two beaches, a spa and a fitness studio.
Rest assured that no request will go unnoticed by the attentive resort team. Even spa treatments and six-course meals can be had from the comfort of your room.
After a few days of relaxation, you might itch to explore the natural surroundings of Jade Mountain up close. Luckily, it’s well situated to a number of island activities, including excursions to the rainforest, botanical gardens and sulphur springs; hiking and zip-lining; snorkeling and scuba diving; biking; and kayaking. There’s even a drive-in volcano.
The blissful sanctuaries make it difficult for you to venture out, but there is one major motivation to head to Jade Mountain’s signature dining destination. At the Jade Mountain Club, chef Allen Susser highlights the best of the sea. Local fishermen bring in fresh seafood from the coast that makes it to your plate by night’s end. The James Beard Award-winning chef sources his organic produce from the resort’s Emerald Farm, which is nestled in the Soufrière Hills.
A sweet bonus: There are more than 2,000 cocoa trees on the premises, allowing Jade Mountain the ability to produce its very own delicious chocolate. From tastings to truffle-making classes, fully indulge in all that the resort’s Chocolate Lab has to offer.