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Hotel Highlights

  • Private infinity pools, with adjustable fibre optic lighting, in most rooms
  • Bold, dramatic architecture, riddled with walkways and waterfalls
  • Three-walled rooms offer astonishing, uninterrupted view of the bay and the Piton mountains

Overview

Three-walled suites cling to the hillside at Jade Mountain hotel, a romantic retreat on St Lucia with open-air views of the Piton peaks from private infinity pools. A web of walkways and peaceful koi pools make up this architecturally striking hideaway overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Jade Mountain with us:

A free one-hour spa treatment for each guest (if staying three nights or more)

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Jade Mountain

Winter sun: 5 nights for the price of 4

'Take 5 in 2014' Honeymoon package: 5th night free Honeymoon package: 7th night free

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

29 suites, 24 with infinity pools and 5 with Jacuzzis.

Check–out

Midday; check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $1125.00, excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

The breakfast, dinner and drinks meal plan costs US$180 a day and is compulsory over Christmas and New Year.

Also

Jade Mountain’s resident chef operates regular culinary events, including foraging expeditions around the island, cookery classes, fishing trips, spice tours and chocolate-making sessions.

At the hotel

Spa, gym, tennis court, garden, limited internet by reception. This is a tech-free zone: no phones, TVs, sound sytems or WiFi. Each room has either an infinity pool or a Jacuzzi.

Our favourite rooms

Any suite in this hotel is enough to bowl you over – every one of its colossal rooms is reached by a private stone walkway and has its fourth wall missing, so you can’t escape that flabbergasting view of the bay and St Lucia’s landmark Piton Mountains. Although the five Jacuzzi suites (the Sky Suites) would be the height of luxury anywhere else in the world, we’d splash out on a Sun (the largest), Star or Moon Sanctuary to make the most of the private infinity pools that jut out over the bay.

Poolside

As well as the infinity pools in 24 of the hotel’s suites (which come complete with tweakable fibre optic lighting), there’s a communal infinity pool with coloured glass mosaic tile at the top of Jade Mountain, beside the restaurant.

Packing tips

You’re open to the sounds of nature, so bring some earplugs if you want to blot out the background. Rooms are tech-free, so pack an iPod and mini-speakers if you need a soundtrack to your stay.

Also

Jade Mountain’s guests can take advantage of the indulgent delights at the neighbouring Anse Chastenet resort, including a duo of private beaches, the spa, restaurants, waterskiing, snorkelling, kayaking and scuba facilities, and cycles for hire.

Children

Jade Mountain is geared towards romancing couples, and under-15s aren’t allowed. Extra beds are US$150 a night ($225 for Christmas and New Year), excluding 18 per cent tax.

Eco‐friendly

The hotel has been constructed entirely from locally sourced materials, and the vast majority of the restaurant’s ingredients come from the island.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

High on the hotel’s penultimate tier, at the Jade Mountain Club, Allen Susser (famed for his award-laden Miami eatery Chef Allen’s) has crafted a seafood-leaning menu featuring delicate dishes such as kingfish ceviche and coffee-crusted filet mignon.

Hotel Bar

The terrace bar occupies highest point of the hotel and the most magnificent views. By day, it’s a lofty suntrap, by night it’s jazzed up with a varied programme of live music. The world-ranging wine cellar would take weeks to explore, and the local rum selection could see you through many a languid evening.

Room service

Your 24-hour ‘major domo’ can arrange for any meal to be brought straight to your room, day or night.

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Dress code

Swimsuits and sarongs by day; celebrity glitz at night.

Top table

Ask to be seated close to the edge of the Club so you can continue to marvel at the sparkling sea view.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Although doing nothing at all is a constant temptation at Jade Mountain (and the two private beaches certainly help), there is a wealth of more active pursuits available in this stretch of Southern St Lucia. Acres of rainforest and plantations beg to be explored – the hotel can lend you a bike to take along the 12 miles of trails. You can also organise hiking excurions up grand Piton mountain. The Sulphur Springs (known by the proud inhabitants of Soufrière as the world’s only ‘drive in’ volcano) make for an intriguing day-trip, and the waters are said to have therapeutic properties. Close by, the Diamond Botanical Gardens (www.diamondstlucia.com) share the same hot mineral waters, with the added attractions of waterfalls, greenery and a historic watermill. From the beach at Anse Chatenet, you can set off on snorkelling or scuba trips around the nearby reefs (there’s a PADI dive center), borrow a kayak and cruise the coastline, try your balance water skiing, set off on a deep sea fishing expedition or catch the sunset from aboard the resort’s yacht.

Local restaurants

With the combined culinary offerings of Jade Mountain and the neigtbouring Anse Chastenet resort at your disposal, you scarcely need to venture far for victuals. The Anse Chastenet restaurants (which can be booked through Jade Mouantain) include tropical fine dining at Treehouse, seasonal vegetarian dishes at Emerald’s, and Trou au Diable, which serves Apsara (Caribbean-East Indian fusion) in a bistro-style setting. In a week’s stay, you have around 80 menus to pick from. If you find yourself in Soufrière, Camilla’s (+758 459 5379) is favoured among the locals for its simple and unpretentious St Lucian bites – the best people watching is from the first floor balcony. The Hummingbird (+1 758 459 7985 ), on the fringes off Soufrière may put more umbrellas in its cocktails than is strictly necessary, but there’s no faulting the fish.

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Jade Mountain

PO Box 4000, Soufriere, St Lucia

Planes

The island’s main gateway is Hewanorra International Airport. Arrive here from London Gatwick with British Airways or Virgin Atlantic, who’ll also transport you from Manchester. If you’re island-hopping from elsewhere in the Caribbean you’re more likely to arrive via George F L Charles Airport, which is served by local air services.

Automobiles

If you want to hire some wheels, there are car rental desks at both of St Lucia’s airports. The hotel is located half way along the island’s west coast.

Other

Sailors will find several marinas on the island; Soufrière is the closest to the hotel.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Jack Kennedy , Talented TV producer

‘Banana ketchup… It’s delicious!’ Yesterday we were slaves to work, stressed out and shivering. Today we’ve arrived in St Lucia and, as we’re taken by car to Jade Mountain, our driver Junior is listing the reasons why he has never felt the need to leave his native island. ‘The most delicious fish in the sea… the sweetest fresh fruit you can …
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Jade Mountain

Anonymous review by Jack Kennedy, Talented TV producer

‘Banana ketchup… It’s delicious!’

Yesterday we were slaves to work, stressed out and shivering. Today we’ve arrived in St Lucia and, as we’re taken by car to Jade Mountain, our driver Junior is listing the reasons why he has never felt the need to leave his native island.

‘The most delicious fish in the sea… the sweetest fresh fruit you can imagine. And all of this…’ he gestures majestically to the fecund landscape that surrounds us.

We traverse the island from Hewannorra International airport in the south to the western coastline. As we precariously rise and descend the many mountainous peaks, I am reminded of being spun blindfolded by two cruel brothers as a child. Mrs Smith has fallen silent and is looking decidedly peaky. But her ashen cheeks suddenly blush rouge with excitement as we turn a corner and are met by the dramatic vista of the two world heritage-listed ‘Piton’ mountains, an iconic image of St Lucia. The volcanic peaks are breathtaking – a Jurassic-era image that evokes unexplored adventure. Junior is nodding. Another one to add to his list…

After an hour we arrive at the foot of Anse Chastanet mountain. Perched on the top, like a spaceship from a galaxy far, far away, is the somewhat incongruous Jade Mountain hotel – a labyrinthine industrial structure of cast cement and boiled sweet-coloured glass.

Being avid but sensible sun worshipers, we are relieved to see a lovely volcanic beach within easy reach of the hotel. We say goodbye to Junior and are taken to the hotel reception via shuttle bus. Ushered into a cool, understated room we are introduced to Cherie. In Jade Mountain you have to adjust your lexicon – hotel staff are ‘domos’ and your hotel room is a ‘sanctuary’ – but don’t be fooled by the ethereal language; the staff are polished professionals trained to cater to your needs by the prestigious Guild of Professional English Butlers.

Even as she runs through the complimentary yoga and fitness activities that evening, Cherie, I sense, is itching with excitement to show us to our rooms. This is no ordinary, by-numbers hotel. We are told that the hotel was the dream of Nick Troubetzkoy, a conceptualist, architect and designer, who personally oversaw the entire building process. I find myself envisaging a Fitzcarraldo-type ordeal; one man’s back-breaking vision implemented at all costs.

Each of the 24 ‘sanctuaries’ has its own ‘sky path’, an individual bridge suspended from a network of columns. Our domo opens the huge 13ft dark tropical-wood door and we enter our vast refuge.

‘Where’s the wall?’ I ask dumbly. Our domo smiles – she’s heard this question before. ‘But there’s nothing between us and the elements,’ I continue. ‘What if a vulture flies in?’ Our domo’s look to Mrs Smith says it all. OK, so vultures aren’t habitual to St Lucia and, granted, being 14 degrees north of the equator does afford the island a clement climate – but surely I have a point?

One of the obvious benefits of not having a wall is that Mrs Smith and I are blessed with the best view that we’ve ever had from a hotel room. Outside, an infinity pool diaphanously glitters like a butterfly’s wings, and seems to cry out for me to jump in and ripple the waters with my messy front crawl. Beyond, the two Piton mountains loom, and we find ourselves rendered speechless by the sheer impact of the view.

Our domo obviously senses this, and breaks the silence by guiding us up to the mezzanine level and instructing us on the workings of the tastefully decorated open bathroom.

‘Here’s the chromotherapy Jacuzzi and here’s the multi-level power shower,’ she says. The former is a light-based bubble pit that looks like a miniature version of our infinity pool; the latter a sophisticated gizmo that requires a PhD to operate it. Mrs Smith’s eyes widen. I follow her sightline to the toilet, which also seems to be lacking a wall. Have we reached a stage in our relationship where we are comfortable to cross the last bastion of privacy? Her dilating pupils tell me otherwise. OK, we’re going to have to organise some kind of surreptitious sign language to get the other to vacate the room.

It’s a shame, because it’s not a space that anyone would want to leave in a hurry. The overall vibe here is relaxed but smart – interior walls are clad in crushed blush-toned coral plaster, quarried from nearby Barbados, and more than 20 locally sourced tropical hardwoods can be seen in everything from the Venetian blinds to the chunky furniture. The whole room manages to be homely without ever losing its boutique charm.

We do get out though, as we’re keen to get our bearings and see what else the hotel has to offer. Mrs Smith persuades me to join her in a climb up to Jade Mountain’s ‘celestial terrace’, a buttock-hardening ascent that’s rewarded with a magnificent 360-degree panoramic encompassing ocean, beach and mountain. Two rum-based cocktails arrive as if scripted. We sit down to enjoy them as the sun sinks into the sea, and reflect on our day. If the rest of our short break at Jade Mountain proves to be even half as blissful, then we’re in for a stay to remember.

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