St Lucia offers numerous high-quality, luxurious resorts that will impress and please the most seasoned traveller, with one of my favourites being Jade Mountain at Anse Chastanet.
It would be hard to find hotel rooms with better views than those at Jade Mountain. Each of the 29 sanctuaries has one wall completely open to the elements with stunning views of the Piton Mountains and the Caribbean Sea.
You will find yourself spending hours just looking out in awe.
Nothing stands between you and one of the most mesmerising backdrops you’ll ever find, apart from your private infinity pool, which most of the suites feature.
The few without a private pool have a large Jacuzzi instead, which your own private butler (or major-domo as they’re called) can set up for you with rose petals and a bottle of wine by the time you return from dinner.
Your major-domo will be on hand to unpack your clothes, eagerly suggest and book activities, book spa treatments and even escort you to the restaurant for dinner!
A short walk or car transfer from your sanctuary will take you to the beach at sister hotel Anse Chastanet with its extensive list of water sports including scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking and sailing.
But why you’d choose that over lounging in your hammock surrounded by exquisite views is beyond me. (For more pictures, follow me on Instagram here.)
The views are simply breathtaking from every angle at Jade Mountain, including at the Kai en Ciel Spa that’s nestled into the cliffside offering a range of ayurvedic and holistic services as well as regular massages and facial treatments.
Likewise at the Jade Cuisine restaurant which offers fusion food with Caribbean influences from James Beard Award winning chef Allen Susser.
After dinner at Jade Cuisine, head up to the rooftop Celestial Terrace to enjoy a cocktail staring longingly at the stars.
Having won countless awards for being one of the most romantic hotels in the world, Jade Mountain is, indeed, an ideal destination for honeymooners who can revel in the romance and the privacy of their sanctuary, but it is equally recommended for solo travellers who want a week of quiet solitude and reflection.
Despite being a spectacular hotel, Jade Mountain isn’t for everyone – being open to nature and the open plan living / bathroom set-up might be too much for some, but the reward for braving the elements is one of the most spectacular views you could ever wish for.
Note: Jade Mountain does not allow children under the age of 15.
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Note: I was invited to stay at Jade Mountain, but, as ever, I only ever say what I truly think. Click here for our editorial policy.