The resort’s steep, tiered layout isn’t accessible to the physically challenged
Each suite is totally open (read: no doors on the bathrooms, etc.)
No TV or phone, but WiFi is available
Parking on site
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Romantic, back-to-nature mountainside sleep where open-air rooms provide spectacular views of St. Lucia’s Pitons
St. Lucia’s southwest coast has remained largely unspoiled, mostly because its beaches lie in the shadow of cliffs. But it was here that architect Nick Troubetzkoy and his wife Karolin built their 28-suite boutique resort, carved into the highest point of their 600-acre Anse Chastanet, offering guests incredible views of the island’s iconic twin Pitons. The look is vibrant and craftsy, with lots of wood, clay tiles and tropical colors, from bedspreads to table settings.
Bed and Bath
“Sanctuaries,” as the resort’s rooms are known, offer little in the way of mod cons — you won’t find phones or televisions here. The focus instead is on the incredible view, which is easy to take in given rooms’ open floor plan (meaning there’s no wall on one side). Take in the scenery from your private infinity pool (in Star and Moon Sanctuaries) or from the whirlpool tub in the bathroom. Your major domo (Jade Mountain’s term for a personal concierge) is available 24/7 to help arrange everything from car rentals to room service.
James Beard Award-winning chef Allen Susser likens the food at Jade Mountain to “a tropical vacation on a plate,” and the menu features such dishes as cinnamon-roasted mahi-mahi with blue crab couscous. Room service at the hotel is far from standard — the culinary team can prepare a six-course menu with wine pairings upon request. For further pampering, check into the Kai en Ciel Spa for soothing treatments, including their Wosh Cho hot stone massage.
In the Area
Jade Mountain offers plenty to keep foodies happy. There are rum tastings at the old colonial plantation of Anse Mamin, as well as tours of the resort's organic farm followed by a cooking class. Each Thursday the resort offers a Jazzy Sunset Cruise, with live music and cocktails on a catamaran. Active types can dive via the resort’s five-star scuba center or rent mountain bikes to tackle the nearby hills. A short car ride away you’ll also find the Louis XIV Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens. Most visitors simply tour the lush grounds, but you can also opt for a soak in the thermal hot springs.