Whether you are seeking a romantic getaway or just want to get away from it all, become one with nature and bask in pure 5-star eco luxury at Jade Mountain, which was named after the Pitons draped in emerald green rising from the ocean that resemble mountains of jade. Over 30 years ago, visionary architect Nick Troubetzkoy envisioned a resort in the middle of the rainforest, which later became a unique organic architectural marvel carved into a St. Lucia mountain that borders on sculptural, environmental art.
The organic architectural design is host to 24 infinity pool sanctuaries and 5 sky Jacuzzi suites set amid hanging gardens with unrivaled views of the island’s most iconic natural landmarks. Every suite-sized sanctuary is divided into categories named after celestial entities, such as Sky, Star, Moon and Galaxy, reflecting a different layout that showcases an open wall with an expansive terrace and a private infinity pool that mirrors the breathtaking panoramic view of the Caribbean Sea, sky and Pitons. You can sleep under the stars, breathe fresh air, and wakeup to the sunrise and sounds from the birds and admire a magnificent view. The accommodations are all generously sized with luxurious amenities such as private Jacuzzis, open-air showers and bathrooms. The poster beds are draped with mosquito nets and coils lit at night to keep the pests at bay. The private sanctuaries were created with very few right angles and a fluid curved geometry to guide guests to the exterior environment, which is so inviting and romantic that most guests spend their entire holiday in their retreat. For further relaxation and rejuvenation, book an ayurvedic, holistic or classical spa treatment that can be done in the privacy of your sanctuary or in the Kai en Ciel spa.
Experience the delicious bounties of the island under the direction of James Beard winner Chef Allen Susser, who incorporates fresh seafood along with locally grown produce from the island and their own organic Emerald Farm. Guests can dine under the stars at the Celestial Terrace on the top level that offers sweeping panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and Pitons for daily sunset cocktail parties or stargazing. For a romantic alfresco candlelight experience, dine in your own sanctuary or at the breezy Jade Mountain Club that serves a delicious selection of international cuisine with a Caribbean flair. Nightly themed menus are also available that incorporate seasonal ingredients in savory and sweet creations like the multi-course Mango Madness. Make your own chocolate masterpieces with the resort’s chocolate alchemist at the onsite Chocolate Laboratory. They use raw cocoa sourced from the property’s land.
Activities at Anse Chastenet
Enjoy the amenities of this 600-acre estate at their more casual beachfront sister property Anse Chastanet, which was the first property to be built on this secluded enclave. Snorkel in the crystal blue waters off the adjacent Anse Mamin Beach and indulge in a casual beachside lunch at the Jungle Beach Bar and Grill that serves grilled specialties and tropical cocktails inspired by the island. For casual outdoor dining on the water’s edge, visit Trou au Diable beach restaurant and bar, which’’’ serves nightly themed buffets and special dinners, such as the multi-course Lion Fish Experience.
Enjoy the calm waters of St. Lucia and embark on a private catamaran for a champagne sunset sail with live jazz music as it sails over to the Gros and Petit Pitons to experience their magnificent splendor up close.
Excursions around St. Lucia
For the best panoramic views of the Pitons and St. Lucia, visit the Tet Paul Nature Trail. This 45-minute guided hike will take you past exotic horticulture, an organic farm, and “The Stairway to Heaven.” From the top, you can see the neighboring islands of Martinique and Saint Vincent, the majestic Pitons, and the gorgeous Southern side of St. Lucia.
Further down the road is the famous Sulphur Springs, which originated from a volcano that erupted in 1700. Considered to be nature’s spa, A-List celebrities, locals and tourists visit the springs to reap the detoxifying benefits of the mud baths, which are purported to make you look 12 years younger. The natural minerals from the earth help tighten skin, heal sun burns, and relieve eczema, arthritis, sore joints and more. After the mud bath, wash off under a waterfall in a refreshing natural rainforest bath.
To get a taste of heaven is to stay at Jade Mountain. There is truly nowhere else in the world where you will be completely surrounded by a natural landscape of unmatched beauty that words cannot describe.