Jade Mountain St. Lucia: Your Questions Answered
Jade Mountain Resort is an incredible oasis on the island of St. Lucia. It's a unique property and is particularly popular amongst honeymooners. It is truly out of this world!
If you're considering booking Jade Mountain, you may be yearning for answers to a lot of questions, including how much it costs per night, if it's an all-inclusive resort, what dining options are there, and if it's kid-friendly or not. We lay out all the answers to your questions with valuable information about the world-renowned resort in St. Lucia.
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What Does a Room at Jade Mountain Cost?
Jade Mountain is a luxury property that only has 24 rooms. Thus, guests pay a premium for the butler service and incredibly unique and beautiful rooms that are in high demand.
During the off-peak season (June through October) the least expensive room and category is $1,385 per night. During peak season (December 20th through January 2nd) that same room, a Sky suite, is $2,085.
The most expensive room during off-peak season, a Galaxy suite, is $3,400 per night and it's $4,340 per night during peak season.
We advise booking a room as soon as you know you want to go. It's one of the most popular resorts in the world and only has two dozen rooms. The demand to stay at Jade Mountain surpasses its supply of available hotel nights!
- Which sanctuary/suite you reserve.
- If you include the optional meal package (breakfast and dinner – they are optional most time of the year but non-optional from December 20 to January 2.)
- Which season you wish to visit the resort (summer, winter, etc.).
We also advise booking a room as soon as you know you want to go. They have limited rooms (only 24) and it's one of the most popular resorts in the world. The demand to stay at Jade Mountain surprises its supply of available hotel nights!
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Is Jade Mountain All-Inclusive?
It depends on how and when you book things. It is not automatically all-inclusive.
You can book the room-only rate (“EP” rate on their direct site) and pay as you go for meals and drinks. But we recommend the option to book breakfast and dinner with your rate, at the very least, if you suspect you'll be out on an excursion in St. Lucia during the day. (There are wonderful couples excursions in St. Lucia.)
If you want to include breakfast and dinner plus the beverage package, you can book the “AI” plan on Jade Mountain's website or the “All-Inclusive” plan on Booking.com.
Their meal plans are as follows:
- MAP: Breakfast and Dinner Plan (MAP): $120 per person per day
- AI: All-Inclusive Plan: $205 per person per day (this is the only plan that includes alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages by the glass)
All rates are subject to the mandatory 20% VAT fee, Service Charge/Resort Fees and Tourism Levy.
Look up the rates on Booking.com to see current availability at Jade Mountain.
who owns Jade Mountain? (And Who Designed It?)
Jade Mountain was notably designed by Nick Troubetzkoy. He's a Canadian architect from British Columbia (in western Canada) who believes in revolutionizing conventional “cookie-cutter” hotel rooms.
This is why you'll often see printed material and online publications writing the resort name as “Nick Troubetzkoy's Jade Mountain St. Lucia.”
Nick and his wife own the resort today and have always owned it.
Is it worth the money?
My short answer is: yes. But it depends on what you value as a traveler.
Even though we value being able to do all sorts of activities and see all kinds of historic sites in the surrounding areas where we stay, I loved it and I never wanted to leave.
(Full disclosure: we were there for just one evening, nearly two days total. But if you're worried “Will we get bored?” keep reading because we answer that question too.)
If you've decided to travel to St. Lucia chances are you're in search of a bit more of a relaxing low-key getaway. I've never felt like such a queen and been so grateful for a resort view before me and the atmosphere surrounding me. So I say yes, it is worth the money.
If you're hesitant due to financial constraints, Anse Chastanet is a beautiful, less expensive option next to Jade Mountain. If you go this route consider staying there for most of your St. Lucia vacation and treat yourself to one special night at Jade Mountain.
Where is the World is Jade Mountain? Which country?
Jade Mountain is on the west side of the island of St. Lucia, closer to the south side.
It's located in the town of Soufriere on the Caribbean Sea. It is thus considered part of the “Caribbean.” It's geographically north of Venezuela, South America on a map closest to the islands of Martinique, Barbados, St. Vincent, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago. The island is 26 miles long and 14 miles wide.
The resort's open suites face south so they have phenomenal views of the Piton Mountains and Soufriere Bay.
How many rooms does Jade Mountain have?
Jade Mountain St. Lucia has 24 rooms they call “Sanctuaries.” They're all different from each other in design but all have an astounding view of St. Lucia's famed Piton Mountains. There are six rooms on each of the four levels.
Five categories of rooms round out your options including:
- Sky (Sky suites do not have an infinity pool)
(Galaxy being the highest, ultimate room option. Also, note that Sky suites do not have an infinity pool.)
What makes Jade Mountain so special?
Where do I begin? It truly is an ultra-unique experience, unlike any resort or hotel I've ever been to. Anyone who can afford the resort can stay there yet it feels incredibly exclusive.
Here are some of our favorite features of Jade Mountain St. Lucia:
- Outstanding, unobstructed views of Soufriere Bay and the Caribbean Sea.
- Beautiful colored glass sculptures around the property.
- A suspended wooden walkway that leads to your sanctuary. The walkway is yours, only. One walkway leads to one sanctuary (room).
- Lack of a fourth wall and 15′ high ceilings really open you up to the impressive views before you.
- It may sound cliche, but all your cares melt away while you lounge on comfortable furniture and view the Pitons mountains, or enjoy your room's infinity pool (not all rooms have them but most do) and gaze at the evening sky.
- The staff's very friendly and a pleasure to be around.
- Jade Mountain Club, their on-property restaurant, is delicious and has an award-winning chef at the helm.
- You can book a private cooking lesson in your room. The chef will come to you!
- Secluded beaches are at your fingertips.
- Room service lets you maximize the time in your sanctuary. You don't have to leave your room during your stay unless you want to.
- Concierge/butler service.
How do you get to Jade Mountain?
You have to fly to St. Lucia and then take a car to get to this fantastic tropical couples' resort.
There are two airports in St. Lucia:
- UVF (Hewanorra International Airport): main airport most people fly into from the United States.
- SLU (George F. L. Charles Airport): Smaller airport of the two on the island.
Jade Mountain is the only resort on the island with a private helipad, which means you can get there in record time (it's also a cool experience to add to your bucket list vacation).
Getting to Jade Mountain from the airport via helicopter:
- UVF to Jade Mountain: 6 minutes
- SLU to Jade Mountain: 8 minutes
Airport to Jade Mountain in a car or taxi:
- UVF to Jade Mountain: about an hour
- SLU to Jade Mountain: hour to an hour and a half
My favorite part of taking a car to Jade Mountain (where they drive on the left side of the road, by the way) was having a Piton beer during the ride! Pitons are the mountains you can see from your room at Jade Mountain. But it's also the name of the most popular beer in St. Lucia!
Jade Mountain can assist with car or helicopter arrangements but here is a car service we recommend:
- Rising Sun Taxi: more than 90 5-star reviews cannot be wrong
What airport is closest to Jade Mountain?
UVF is closer and it's likely you'll find more flights to get there from the United States, as it's the major international airport in St. Lucia.
What is Anse Chastanet and why do I keep hearing about it in conjunction with Jade Mountain?
Anse Chastanet is a sister resort to Jade Mountain. It's a little lower down the hill and has more of a St. Lucia island vibe. You can easily get there on foot via a short walk down the hill or a complimentary Jade Mountain resort shuttle.
I enjoyed seeing Anse Chastanet's bright colors and local hand-carved wood art pieces around the resort.
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Are there a lot of dining options?
Yes! There are more options than you would think for a relatively small, exclusive resort.
Dining Options at Jade Mountain
- In-room dining in your sanctuary (as they say on their website you can get, “every meal, any meal, any time!” in your sanctuary)
- Jade Mountain Club
- Private dining on the Celestial Terrace
Anse Chastanet Dining
- Treehouse Restaurant
- Piti Piton Lounge (equipped with a vegetarian/vegan-friendly menu for dinner)
- Trou au Diable Beach Restaurant
- Beachside private dining
Anse Mamin Beach Dining
- Jungle Bar and Grill
What do you wear at Jade Mountain?
Whatever you want! I would say casual, tasteful vacation attire is fine. If you're going to the beach, wear a swimsuit, if you're in your room – whatever you want!
If you're going to dinner perhaps dress up a bit. The restaurants are very beautiful, quiet, and romantic in the evenings and since it's fine dining you certainly don't want to show up in cut-off jeans and a tank top.
We certainly recommend our tropical packing list for a location like Jade Mountain, which is very close to the equator.
Do you feel “exposed” without a fourth wall?
It takes a little bit of getting used to however you'll quickly appreciate the beauty of feeling you're as close to nature as possible while still being in the lap of luxury. (All the while without having to withstand camping or glamping! This is definitely luxury travel at its best.) You don't feel exposed at all.
They even have nets above the beds to provide protection from bugs at night. (Regardless, we never travel anywhere without The Bug Bite Thing to get rid of bug bites, immediately after a bug bites us. It's the only thing that has truly worked for us.)
The only funny encounter we had was with some blackbirds that wanted to enjoy our breakfast with us but chalk it up to “being one with nature.” I'll trade the beauty of the designs of each sanctuary and the lack of a fourth wall for breakfast with some new bird friends any day.
If you're thinking what I'm thinking….to answer a question you may be shy to ask: no one will see you walking around the room naked unless there's a ship out at sea with some pretty hefty binoculars, focused right at you. And in that case, enjoy the show! But seriously – you're safe there. 😉
Must-have item for your Tropical vacation:
The only thing we have tried that gets rid of bug bites from your skin is The Bug Bite Thing. This item is a MUST pack when we travel. We always pack one in our backpack/day bag and another in our luggage. Don't travel without it!
Is It a Kid-friendly resort?
The staff and other guests at the resort were lovely and friendly. But it's a resort best enjoyed and reserved for adults so leave all kiddos at home. Children under the age of 16 are not allowed anyway!
Is Jade Mountain adults-only?
It is 16 years old and older, only.
Is it a sustainable, eco-friendly resort?
We are so that happy Jade Mountain is eco-friendly!
Not only was it designed to aesthetically fit within its environment and use as many locally sourced materials as possible but it uses a number of sustainable practices on site too.
The environmentalist in me is SO PROUD they were the first hotel in the Caribbean to receive LEED Gold Certification Status.
What does that mean? A few things:
- They use minimal electricity. This is especially possible because heating and air conditioning aren't required; there's no fourth wall in the resort sanctuaries to keep it in anyway! I also only remember turning lights on in the evening for guidance in the bathroom. If the moon is full it's not only wonderful mood lighting but acts like the perfect night light as well.
- Guests are fed locally grown, organic food from a nearby farm.
- They utilize an on-site wastewater treatment plant and have their own rainwater-fed water purification system. All the water used to fill the pools and supply the rooms comes from reservoirs on property, like the ones pictured below.
Do you get bored there?
No way. I can understand the concern – exclusive resort, no televisions. On an island, no less (even if the island is large). But there's so much to do there.
They have an assortment of complimentary activities to enjoy including yoga, guided walks, tastings, a fitness studio, live entertainment at Jade Mountain Club on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday, two soft-sand beaches, and complimentary wifi.
There's also a slew of excursion options like a visit to their organic Emerald Farm, a trip to Sulphur Springs, sunset yacht sailing, Scuba diving, plenty of bar drinking and restaurant eating, and biking, to name a few.
A favorite activity we participated in while we were there was a little walk through Anse Mamin's old sugarcane plantation from the 18th century. It's connected to Jade Mountain beach and is where we had a peek at some cocoa trees, beautiful plantation ruins, and gorgeous foliage.
Other Creative Activities at Jade Mountain
I like to think Dan and I are the type of couple that can create fun wherever we go. We like to walk on the beach for an hour, and layout for 30 minutes. Of course, we love culinary experiences and meals do take up a good and wonderful portion of your day as a main perk of staying at Jade Mountain. And we love an in-room infinity pool.
But beyond that, we always bring a travel game, just in case. And make sure we pack our waterproof Kindles loaded up with books to read. Dan loves audiobooks so he always makes sure his Audible subscription is current and he has books downloaded to his phone.
Do I need a passport or visa to go to St. Lucia?
St. Lucia requires a passport that is valid for three months from your trip to the island. You do not need a visa to visit St. Lucia for vacation.
Jade Mountain looks familiar. Where have I seen it?
If you think it looks like something out of a magazine I wouldn't be surprised if you have seen it gracing the pages of any number of publications or television shows. It's often the location for model shoots and, if you're a fan of ABC's The Bachelor, was featured in Season 14 of the popular show. (Jake Pavelka was The Bachelor that season.)
It was featured on the show again in 2014 with the infamous Juan Pablo in command. It's also been named one of the top resorts in the Caribbean several times by Conde Nast Traveler, has been spotlighted by Huffington Post, Business Insider, and graced the pages Travel + Leisure to name a few.
How far is Jade Mountain from Rodney Bay?
By car, it's just a little less than a 2-hour drive to the north end of St. Lucia, where Rodney Bay is, just off of Gros Islet and Pigeon Island National Park. This area is closer to the following hotels and resorts:
- The Landings Resort and Spa
- Hideaway Royalton Autograph Collection Hotel (it's part of the Marriott collection of hotels, and is also adults-only and all-inclusive)
- Sandals Grand St. Lucian (all-inclusive, couples-only resort)
Can we get married there?
Heck yeah! And hey, if you need a wedding photographer I know a great one.
My question was: can you take us with you next time? I don’t see that answered here anywhere so I’m going to need clarification
Haha if I ever get to go back there…yes!
Are there suites with a private plunge pool?
Hi Marvin – each room is unique at Jade Mountain. Our galaxy suite had one but not each room does. Rooms amenities and cost vary. We had a lovely visit there as guests – the hotel can definitely let you know more detail about each particular suite, including pools/hot tubs/beds/etc.
Are the rooms plunge pools heated or cold?
Hi Nina! It’s so warm in St. Lucia and the pools are the perfect size for two people so they stay warm from the weather! Hope that helps!
We are wondering what happens when it rain or is really windy?
Fair question! If it rains you can actually stay clear of it if you are far enough into the room. And wind…it didn’t get too windy when we were there but don’t forget it’s warm in St. Lucia! So it’s not cold wind. Which makes a HUGE difference if it does get windy. The weather is agreeable though 99% of the time. Which is why the resort without a “4th” wall works!
Thanks for this review. What about bugs, lizards and other creepy crawlies? Do you have to worry about them in your room especially at night time?
Miraculously, I don’t recall it being a problem! Just birds would come by the breakfast table or sit on the pool ledge, kind of thing. 🙂
Great article. Nice details. You only left out the great snorkeling 🤿 there.
And we JUST got back from our 6th time there! Once again it was wonderful.
We can’t wait to go back to snorkel! We actually didn’t start to snorkel until after this trip. Can you believe it?! Thanks for the tip! So glad to hear you had a great time there, Blake (and it was your sixth trip – wow!)!