St. Lucia’s Private, Ultra-Luxurious Jade Mountain Club Lets Guests Leave Their Cares Where They Belong—At Home
June, 2017…St. Lucia’s Jade Mountain Club, set high in the hills overlooking the twin Piton peaks, is more than worthy of a spot on the ultra- luxe list. Not only does this exquisite boutique hotel have the region’s iconic turquoise waters, exquisite beaches, palm trees and glorious sunshine, its talented staff is dedicated to ensuring that each guest has an utterly hassle-free vacation, from the moment they touch down on St. Lucian soil.
Upon arrival at Hewanorra Airport, guests can start their stay in style with a helicopter transfer directly to the resort. It’s a fast, easy ride that also doubles as an excursion, since it offers a bird’s eye view of the luscious rain forests and dramatic Piton mountains.
After touching down, visitors will be welcomed by their personal major domo (butler) with a refreshing tropical cocktail and led to their suite, appropriately named a “sanctuary” and set at the end of an individual walkway. Inside, guests will be wowed by the breath-taking views that replace the room’s fourth wall and, for those staying in a Galaxy, Star, Moon or Sun sanctuary, the stunning infinity pool that lies within. Open to the elements, all of Jade Mountain’s sanctuaries are open-plan and spacious with four poster beds, indoor and outdoor seating areas, double sinks and a two-person Jacuzzi bath complete with customizable mood lighting, ideal for couples looking to enjoy a relaxing soak and glass of champagne.
Setting up daytime excursions is as easy as a quick call or text to the major domo. Guests might visit the nearby Diamond Waterfall, set in the middle of a botanical garden, or head over to Jade Mountain’s Emerald Estate farm. At the estate, a private guide will introduce them to intriguing local wildlife like exotic birds as well as the many fruits, vegetables and spices that are grown on the grounds and used in the resort’s cuisine.
Sunset might bring a champagne cruise on a private yacht over the glistening crystal-blue sea, possibly in the company of whales or dolphins swimming alongside. As night descends, there are several options for lavish private dining: Under the stars on the Celestial Terrace, located at the top of the resort; in the restaurant, savoring the carefully compiled “wine gourmet” menu with food pairings; or in the comfort of the sanctuary, where the executive chef can teach a private cooking class on ceviche before dinner begins. But the ultimate evening plan is the popular “castaway” dinner on secluded Anse Mamin Beach. Guests will be treated to a completely private five-course dinner featuring specialities like scallops, reef lobster and Chateaubriand steak, and the only “worries” will be snapping the perfect Instagram photo—not to mention leaving enough room for dessert.
Nightly rates at Jade Mountain start at US$ 1,110 in a Sky Jacuzzi Sanctuary. Price is based on two persons sharing a Sky, Star, Moon, Sun or Galaxy Jacuzzi Sanctuary. All rates are subject to 8% tax and 10% service charges.
Maralyn D. Hill, M.Ed., The Epicurean Explorer
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