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