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Jade Mountain at Anse Chastanet, St. Lucia - Hotel Review

Resort-within-a-Resort in the Caribbean

by Kerri Allen

Jade Mountain at Anse Chastanet, St. Lucia
Jade Mountain at Anse Chastanet, St. Lucia

The bellman was about to call a doctor. Doubled over with laughter and glee, I’m sure I looked ill. That’s the kind of response Jade Mountain’s rooms elicit. Some people have spontaneously leapt up and down, while others have burst into tears. Talk about a room with a view.

Designed by Canadian-Russian architect Nick Troubetzkoy, Jade Mountain is a resort-within-a-resort at the larger Anse Chastanet compound. Open-air rooms have been carved into the side of a mountain on St. Lucia, and with just three walls — in some cases, two — they feel like four-star tree houses. The view, overlooking the Caribbean Sea to the west and the magnificent twin Pitons mountains to the south, is simply astonishing.

Outside sanctuary dining at Jade Mountain at Anse Chastanet in St. Lucia
Natural elements found in the rooms at Jade Mountain at Anse Chastanet in St. Lucia
Outside sanctuary dining
Natural elements found in the rooms

Room selections, appropriately referred to as “sanctuaries,” all have private in-room infinity pools. Sun rooms are located at the highest elevation with the most spectacular vistas. These spaces measure 2,000 square feet, while the in-room infinity pools are sized around 900 square feet. The smaller Moon and Star sanctuaries are nothing to sneeze at. Fifteen-foot ceilings look down on floors crafted from 20 species of tropical hardwood. Bathrooms are tucked out of view but have no doors. It’s exhilarating to shower while you’re gazing at the sunset, but for other bathroom uses, the design is less than desirable.

Interior of a sanctuary at Jade Mountain at Anse Chastanet in St. Lucia
Private infinity pool at Jade Mountain at Anse Chastanet in St. Lucia
Interior of a sanctuary
Private infinity pool

What Jade Mountain boasts in the unique design of its accommodations, it lacks in other amenities. As part of the resort’s “forget-the-outside-world” schtick, the fabulous rooms lack technology (including phones to call reception). The island breeze and sun’s rays are welcome guests in the sanctuaries, but the same can’t be said for the birds, moths and mosquitoes. For dining, James Beard Award winner Allen Susser has created the Jade Mountain Club's "Jade Cuisine," incorporating locally-grown ingredients and Caribbean flavors. Other options at Anse Chastanet include the Caribbean-Indian restaurant Apsara, the vegetarian restaurant Emerald's and the casual Jungle Grill. An invigorating, outdoor yoga class is offered three times a day, and guests can choose between Jade Mountain's Kai en Ciel spa — offering classic body and beauty treatments, as well as ayurvedic and holistic services — and the beachside Kai Belté Spa.

Some resorts awkwardly impose upon Mother Nature’s design, but Jade Mountain has miraculously enhanced it. All in all, the resort provided a sense of renewal — and isn’t that what it’s all about?

 

 

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(Updated: 03/20/13 KNF)


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