A playground of the rich and famous, the 28 island nations in the Caribbean are all beautiful yet uniquely different. Amongst the most popular is St. Lucia, home of the mighty Piton mountains, a landmark so revered it’s on their national flag.
Perched high above the southwestern town of Soufrière with unspoiled views of the Pitons is Jade Mountain, a luxury resort that likens the set of a Bond film. Designed by Russian-Canadian architect and owner Nick Troubetzkoy, the resort is made up of a number of Sanctuaries, a restaurant and bar and spa.
It was built and is now run by a St Lucian majority, and as well as employing local, it also uses locally produced food where possible and operates an organic farm and chocolate factory. The surrounding area is owned by the resort to prevent anyone else building and spoiling the panoramic views that make Jade Mountain one of the best honeymoon hotels on the planet.
When it comes to first impressions, Jade Mountain’s Sanctuaries, make knock-outs ones. They’re entirely open plan with a missing fourth wall where a window might be that makes the Pitons feel within touching distance. By removing this glass barrier, you become part of the epic view, completely immersing you in the tropical surroundings. Every sanctuary has an unobstructed view of the Pitons, they’re biggest draw. All suites boast infinity pools or Jacuzzis.
Sunbathe on the deck or sip cocktails from the edge of your infinity pool. Sunsets are particular highlights here; the whole sky turns into a honey and pastel striped dome – no filter required. Food experiences like afternoon tea are available in your Sanctuary. Don’t miss the Chef on Wheels experience, which involves staff whipping up amazing dishes in your suite. Spa treatments can be delivered in your sanctuary too: try the full body massage, which was so good I felt like I’d been hit with a tranquilliser dart.
All sanctuaries are looked after by four Major Domos (personal butlers) available for anything – from poolside martinis at 10am to booking a cruise in the shadow of the Pitons at dusk. You’ll wonder how you ever managed life without them.
Hotel: Jade Mountain
Where: Soufriere, St Lucia
As seen in Khush Wedding Spring 2019 KW21. Buy this issue here.