There are two types of luxury travel addicts: those who have stayed at Jade Mountain and those who have not. Those fortunate enough to have experienced this exotic resort will tell you why it should be on your bucket list. The creation of architect/owner Nick Troubetzkoy, this adults-only hideaway is one of the most romantic retreats in the world.
Jade Mountain is located on St. Lucia, an off-the-beaten-path eastern Caribbean island nation that’s home to volcanic beaches, world-class scuba diving, quaint fishing villages, and a pair of stunning cone-shaped mountains known as the Pitons. Situated above the 600-acre sister resort of Anse Chastanet, Jade Mountain is the only hotel on the isle with a helipad, allowing guests to arrive via helicopter.
The property features just 29 guest accommodations aptly dubbed sanctuaries. No two are alike, and unique glass colors identify each suite. Upon entering, guests walk across private bridges that feel like something out of a futuristic sci-fi movie. Sweeping open-air spaces boast living areas, bedrooms and private infinity pools cantilevered over nature.
Visitors are assigned a team of butlers known as “major domos,” who are available 24 hours a day and are summoned using provided cell phones. They cater to any request, including unpacking luggage, delivering breakfast in bed and arranging island tours.
The culinary offerings are centered around “Jade cuisine” — modern Caribbean fare featuring local fruits, vegetables, greens, nuts, spices and herbs sourced from the estate’s organic farm. An array of restaurant options are available, from Jade Mountain Club to the eateries of Anse Chastanet, including Treehouse, Trou au Diable, Jungle Beach Grill and Emerald’s, which serves exclusively vegetarian and vegan fare.
Onsite amenities include the Kai en Ciel spa, free daily yoga, bike rentals, a library and a superb upscale boutique for shopping. One activity not to miss is the Emerald Estate chocolate tasting experience, featuring handcrafted sweets made from organic cocoa beans grown on the property.
Anse Chastanet beach, just a short stroll down the hill, is a sugar-like sand beach with lounge chairs and tended waterfront service. The offshore waters are part of the marine reserve and are great for swimming and snorkeling. Kayaks, sailboats and paddleboards are all available at the watersports center.
All told, Jade Mountain triumphs as an unmatched and intimate romantic resort with remarkable service. It is truly a slice of heaven on earth, making it a must-visit destination for discerning travelers.