Jade Mountain Resort is an architectural marvel boasting of fantastic views of St Lucia’s iconic pitons and the Caribbean Sea. Although the spot is popular as a romantic retreat, it offers plenty of things to do for both the solo traveler and a traveler accompanied by friends or family. The Owner who is also an architect, Nick built the resort in a way that it incorporates the natural surroundings. You won’t find a fourth wall in the rooms.
Here are some quick facts about the resort, things to do, and important things you need to consider when booking a holiday at the Jade resort.
Features of Jade Resort
Jade Resort sits on a 600-acre property and is located on St. Lucia’s Caribbean coastline. The resort offers stunning views from Jade Mountain, which is about 300 steps above sea level. You’ll have to endure a 90-minute drive from Hewanorra International airport as the place is secluded.
The architecture is a blend of bold modern designs and Island designs. All the rooms are 3-walled to give you a panoramic view of the Piton volcanic spires and the Caribbean waters. The living room and bedroom spaces are huge while the furniture, the rugged walls, and the private infinity pools make the resort one of the best in the world.
Jade Resort is featured in travel magazines as one of the most romantic resorts in the world. Nick did a great job marrying the Island’s history, culture and design with modernization to bring out the magical experience and views. From the view, you might think that the Pitons are very close by and of the same size but actually, they are in 2 different districts and are of different sizes.
Each room has an infinity pool which is referred to as a sanctuary and there are 24 sanctuaries which are named according to their sizes. These are the star, moon, sun, with the galaxy being the biggest. The Galaxy is located on the south-west corner of the Jade Mountain and occupies a space of 2000 square feet with an infinity pool of 900 square feet.
The Sun sanctuary is 1800 square feet with an infinity pool of 900 square feet while the Moon and Star occupy 1600 and 1400 square feet respectively. Infinity pools are 650 and 450 square feet. There are no restrictions on the pools and you can jump in anytime.
There are 5 Sky Jacuzzi suites that do not have a private pool but have a large Jacuzzi tub for 2 people. The suites have the fourth wall open to the amazing view of the Caribbean Sea and the Pitons, but still offer maximum privacy. The Jacuzzi is raised above the living room area for a raised view.
How to Get to the Resort
Although the resort arranges for an airport pickup, you have the option of driving or renting a car from Hewanorra International Airport which receives flights from Europe, UK, and North America.
Dining Options at Jade Mountain Resort
The restaurants throughout the resort are different and their farms to table meals are unique, delicious, and everything is prepared with fresh ingredients.
The Jade Mountain Club is only limited to guests of Jade Mountain Resort. Get to enjoy the chic, open-layout restaurant that offers stunning views. It offers a fusion cuisine that includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The cuisine was introduced by Chef Allen, an award winner who prepares gourmet meals with seasonal influences. You can start and end your night with cocktails on the sky deck and live jazz on some evenings or opt to go star gazing after dinner at the Celestial Terrace.
With the 24-hour room service, you get a bottle of wine and staff who deliver a four-course meal. Visitors can dine at restaurants located in the sister resort, Anse Chastanet. The restaurants include Emerald that has organic vegetarian dishes, Aspara that has Indian fusion cuisine, and the Treehouse Restaurant that offers a fine dining experience with an influence of the Caribbean flavor.
If you’re looking for a relaxed, casual environment, Trou Au Diable is a perfect sport as it’s located on the beachfront and offers fantastic food and drinks. The Jungle Grill on Anse Mamin beach is an excellent lunch hangout area and is famous for its delicious burgers. You can access the grill by kayak from the beach.
Most of the produce is organically grown on the estate plantation, the beef is imported from the U.S., and the seafood is local. Guests can go tour the gardens to see how everything is grown.
There is an unending flow of drinks in the rooms, restaurants and even the beach. Be sure to taste their signature drink, The Bentley, which has rum and vodka. Evening cocktails are available at the Celestial terrace as you watch the sunset and interact with other guests.
Thing to Do and See
Jade Mountain has plenty for the active people. You can also access Anse Chastanet, a sister resort’s beach that has activities like mountain biking, hiking, and yoga classes. Some of the things to do and see while at the resort include:
Take up a Jungle Bike Tour
You can find a bike guide to take you on a tour through the plantation at Anse Mamin. The area has lots of wild fruits, trees, and plants. On your way, you’ll see the famous Stairway to Heaven, which is a trail without an ending.
Go For a Sunset Jazzy Cruise
The musicians are lively and make for an incredible entertainment as you watch the sunset and interact with other people.
Enjoy Massage at an In-Room Spa
The resort has an in-room spa that offers a 90minute message in your room with the Major Domo at your beck and call and ready to serve you. You can visit the Kai en Ciel Spa for a chocolate scrub and massage, facials, sauna, and whirlpool. There is a steam room and beauty salon near the resort. Aryurvedic and holistic spa treatments are available on request. You ca also access the fitness room with latest equipment. Personal trainers are available and yoga classes are available for free three times a day.
Take a Boat Ride
You can take a boat tour from Anse Chastanet to Soufriere, the Pitons and around the Sugar bay. Water sports such as scuba diving, snorkeling, and kayaking are available at the resort. For some adrenalin rush, go zip lining across the fine reef.
Play Golf and Tennis
Although Jade Resort doesn’t have a golf course, there’s a nearby course 11 miles away from the resort. The vast yard course is rated as a par 33 and gives you the opportunity to enjoy golfing with your loved ones.
The resort has on-site tennis facilities perfect for anyone who plays tennis and anyone who would want to try a convenient outdoor activity.
The cost of this excursion ranges from $1,100 to $3,480 + service charge of 10% + 10% VAT. Different packages are available to accommodate budget travelers and those looking to splurge.
Airport transfers via a helicopter are available at a price of $95 one way for two people. You can request for shared transfers. There are taxi services from the airport to the resort.
What to Pack
Be sure to pack warm clothes and some removable layering items like shawls as the place can get cold. Carry some swim wear if you plan on spending most of your time in water. Don’t forget to pack your hiking boots, yoga clothes, workout clothes, and a camera to capture all your memories.
What You Need to Consider
All the rooms do not have clocks, televisions, or telephones. As a guest, you have full access to all the 600 acres on Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet. It’s essential to carry a mosquito repellant as the mosquitoes here are vicious. Snorkel gear is complimentary.
The minimum check in age is 15 years and the check in time is 2 pm while the checkout is at 12 pm. Also, pets are not allowed in the resort. You’ll need to make a cash deposit and have a debit or credit card authorization upon arrival. Jade resort has no elevators and this makes it an impossible choice for a person with mobility challenges. Getting to the resort means that you’ll have to go through nerve-racking, winding roads for over an hour.
The closest beach is 300 stairs away or a five minute shuttle ride. Jade resort is ideal for young couples looking to experience laid-back luxury in a secluded area.