- Style Supervillain’s island lair
- Setting Balmy bayside heights
Architecturally astonishing and blessed with breath-snatching views of the Caribbean Sea, Jade Mountain is a curvy spider web of zigzagging stone walkways, sculpture-topped stone pillars and cascading koi pools. With every one of its vast suites having one wall completely open to the mind-blowing Piton panorama, and most boasting private infinity pools to admire it from, this hilltop hotel is the ultimate honeymooner’s hideaway.
Need to know
- Rooms 29 suites, 24 with infinity pools and 5 with Jacuzzis.
- Rates Double rooms from $1075.00, excluding tax at 18 per cent.
- More details The breakfast, dinner and drinks meal plan costs US$180 a day and is compulsory over Christmas and New Year.
- Facilities 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.
- 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.
- Check–out Midday; check-in, 2pm.
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.
- 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.
In the know
- 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.
- 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 resident chef operates regular culinary events, including foraging expeditions around the island, cookery classes, fishing trips, spice tours and chocolate-making sessions.
Food and drink at Jade Mountain
- 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.
- 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.
- Room service Your 24-hour ‘major domo’ can arrange for any meal to be brought straight to your room, day or night.
- 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.