Where is the most beautiful place you have ever visited? We were asked this the other day, and as two people who have traveled to over 80 countries I must admit it was a tough question to answer.
The whole resort is straight out of a honeymooners magazine. Every little detail has been meticulously planned out to create the ultimate getaway. It’s hard to put our whole week there into words, but here is our best attempt!
A Review on Jade Mountain Saint Lucia
Getting to Jade Mountain Saint Lucia
There are two main airports on Saint Lucia. George FL Charles Airport (SLU), which is near Castries and Hewanorra International (UVF), which is near Vieux Fort. Coming from Puerto Rico we landed at SLU and it took almost two hours to get to Jade Mountain Resort, with a pretty windy road.
We flew out of UVF, which is the more popular international airport and where you can catch flights with larger carriers like Air Canada. UVF is only one hour from Jade Mountain and the much easier airport to get to. I would recommend trying to fly into UVF to avoid wasting more time on a car transfer once you arrive.
It’s a bit of a rough road in for approximately 15 minutes, but once you arrive it is all bliss!
You can either rent a car, arrange your own cab, or Jade Mountain will happily set you up with a private transwer that aligns with your flight times.
Jade Mountain sits high on Morne Chastanet, completely overlooking the famous St. Lucia Pitons and the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Every room looks out to the Pitons and is completely secluded away from other guests.
The whole resort design is an architectural masterpiece, which you can try and see from the included photos. Long walkways come out from the side of the mountain to lead guests to their rooms as well as the bar, restaurant, and common area.
The whole design concept was dreamt up by owner Nick Troubetzkoy when he visited Saint Lucia in the early 1970s. Since then he has turned his dream into one of the most amazing properties in the world.
Rooms at Jade Mountain are not rooms at all, but are referred to as Sanctuaries and have all been individually designed with the utmost attention. When we were first walking to our room on our private walkway we knew we were in for something special.
All the rooms at Jade Mountain are nothing short of amazing with a bedroom, living area, and private infinity pool. The fourth wall of each sanctuary here has been essentially removed so that all guests can have amazing open views out to nature. That means that little birdies will be singing in your ear in the morning and have easy access to your room – which we loved, but it may not be for everybody.
Each sanctuary has an infinity pool or a sky jacuzzi overlooking the Caribbean landscape. We stayed in room JE1, or in other words the “Galaxy” sanctuary and the highest level room at Jade Mountain.
Our sanctuary was breathtaking and provided us with full panoramic views out to Saint Lucia’s twin Pitons at all times.
In addition to the views, we were provided with a comfortable king-sized canopy bed, huge living space, jacuzzi, infinity pool, fast WiFi, a Major Domo (butler), and full room service on request.
There are no televisions or radios at Jade Mountain, and that’s the beauty of it. It’s so easy to forget about real life here and delve deeper into Saint Lucia.
Seriously there was nothing better here than waking up to the sound of the ocean and singing birds, ordering a healthy breakfast, and looking out to the most stunning mountains in the Caribbean. It was honestly hard to ever want to leave our sanctuary!
We did our research and read reviews about the food at Jade Mountain before we were visiting so we knew it would be delicious. However, what we experienced blew us completely out of the water!
Jade Mountain itself has one main restaurant called the Jade Mountain Club. The Club serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and is one of the nicest places to have dinner in the area. Meals here are typically elaborate and multiple courses with all the wine you could want.
Jade Mountain guests also have Suite Service at any time which we definitely made use of multiple times while staying here.
A lot of the food is homegrown at Jade Mountain’s very own garden, while the items they can’t grow are typically sourced locally to benefit the community.
Guests at Jade Mountain also have full access to Anse Chastanet restaurants, which is their sister property down the mountain. Anse Chastanet has more than five restaurants to choose from and most are beach front. It’s great to have the best of both worlds here.
I should also note that all the food, wine, beer, and cocktails you could possibly want are included in the all-inclusive plane at Jade Mountain. However, it’s also possible to book plans without alcohol or half board meal plans OR just book breakfast only and eat the rest of your meals in town if you really prefer. I would suggest at least going with a half board option as I think it would be too much of a pain to always have to leave the resort for food. It’s at least a 15 minute drive to town from here.
Just like everything else at Jade Mountain, the staff never disappointed. At all times the staff was courteous, prompt, and so helpful and polite. I loved seeing their smiling faces every day.
We also learned that almost all staff at Jade Mountain are local Saint Lucian’s and that they have one of the lowest turnover rates for jobs on the island. Yes, we truly felt that everyone loved their jobs and their lives here!
Our favorite staff members were the attentive manager, Jonathan, who always made sure we were accounted for. Also, our Major Domos, which were our personal room butlers for the duration of our stay. They were always on call for guests and happy to attend to the needs of visitors. They even brought me ear drops at 11 pm as I could sense an ear infection coming on. Hard to get that kind of service anywhere!
The Scuba Diving
Of course, we have always wanted to travel to Saint Lucia for the views and beauty, but the biggest reason we were so keen was to go scuba diving.
We just recently completed our open water course in Bali and were absolutely hooked on diving. Since then we’ve been seeking out the best dive sites in the world, with our last big trip being in the Maldives.
Saint Lucia actually ranks pretty far up there in terms of diving in the Caribbean and you can jump right into the ocean from Jade Mountain resort to experience it!
Scuba St. Lucia is headquartered at Anse Chastanet and is a five-star dive center that operates dives three times a day as well as two-night dives a week.
We went diving with Scuba St. Lucia a total of six times including a night dive and every time was exhilarating. While we didn’t find any large marine life we couldn’t get enough of the colorful fish, and even saw a sea horse, frogfish (our second since the Maldives), and a turtle!
The staff at the dive shop were all friendly and helpful. As new divers, we felt completely comfortable at all times.
There are so many activities at Jade Mountain it’s nearly impossible to ever get bored. We had five full days here, but honestly, even with 10, you would not have found us complaining about boredom.
While we spent many hours under the water scuba diving there are also many other things to do.
Snorkeling around the house reef, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, and sugar plantation tours are all free activities to take part in. There’s also a gym and daily complimentary sunrise and sunset yoga at Jade Mountain at Anse Chastanet.
In addition, there is an event on offer every single day whether that be a Chocolate Sensory Tasting or Saint Lucian Mixology class.
A few times a week you’ll even find live entertainment at the bar – we loved the Saint Lucian steel drum band!
In addition to these complimentary activities, there are also many excursions. Things like hiking the Pitons, zip lining, champagne sunset cruises, mountain biking, deep sea fishing, rum tasting, bird watching, or really anything is on offer at Jade Mountain.
Or you can always do absolutely nothing at all – Jade Mountain is the perfect place for that.
Being a fancy resort, I knew that Jade Mountain would have plenty of spa services on offer, but I was shocked by the sheer amount of different treatments to have.
It’s easy to indulge here and get lost in the many spa packages. Just to name a few are the Summer Skin Cooler, Chakra Balancing Massage, the Sea Salt Body Scrub, or a Saint Lucian Chocolate Massage.
We decided to go with a couples massage in the privacy and comfort of our room and never wanted it to end!
I wouldn’t hesitate to book an amazing vacation or honeymoon at Jade Mountain. The views are to die for and I can assure you that you will never get sick of them.
On top of the views, everything from the food, to the beautiful Saint Lucian staff, and all around beach fun in the sun is top notch. I doubt we’ll ever stay at a resort quite like this one!
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An Alternative Option to Jade Mountain: Anse Chastanet
I also want to take a moment to mention an alternative, but just as amazing option to Jade Mountain, and that’s Anse Chastanet. Anse Chastanet is the sister property to Jade Mountain and is located just down the hill.
Our first two nights in Saint Lucia were actually spent in the Beach House suite at Anse Chastanet – just steps away from the ocean. During the day we didn’t have to walk far to jump in the water and at night we could be whisked away to sleep by the sound of the waves.
Anse Chastanet is the more affordable resort, but it is still mega luxurious. Rooms are tastefully decorated and comfortable and the resort itself is well situated.
Anse Chastanet guests always have a plethora of restaurants to choose from and activities to take part in. Actually, all the activities that Jade Mountain guests get to experience are also available to Anse Chastanet guests and all of the same restaurants are on offer besides the Jade Mountain Club.
It’s worth noting that many of the rooms at Anse Chastanet still provide astonishing views of the Pitons as well.
I’m so happy we were able to get a feeling of both resorts as both were simply unbelievable. While Anse Chastanet is marketed as the slightly less exclusive (and less expensive) resort this property is by no means a poor choice to stay at in Saint Lucia.
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