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!
Here is valuable information about the resort, answering all of your questions about the famous Jade Mountain resort in St. Lucia
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Where 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.
Who designed Jade Mountain? (And who owns 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.
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.)
How much does Jade Mountain cost?
Prices vary dependent on:
- 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.).
Overall, considering the above, prices vary from $1,285 a night (during the off-season in a Sky Suite, that doesn’t have an infinity pool) to $3,795 for a Galaxy Suite, not including meals. Of course, there are three suite categories in addition to these two with varying prices per night.
During peak season, when breakfast and dinner are non-optional to include from December 20 to January 2, the cost of a Sky Suite is $1,935 a night (low-end of the price range) and a Galaxy Suite is $4,015 a night (high-end of the price range).
All prices above do not include taxes and gratuities.
They periodically run promotions for themed escapes (like for honeymooners and Scuba enthusiasts), free nights and other perks so be sure to check current rates on Booking.com.
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!
Is it worth the money?
My short answer is: yes. It depends on what you value as a traveler. Yet, even though I value being able to do all sorts of activities and see all kinds of historic sites in the surrounding areas where I stay, I loved it and found 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 I 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.
Is Jade Mountain All Inclusive?
It depends on how you book things. You can book the room only and pay as you go for meals. But we recommend the option to book breakfast and dinner, at the very least if you suspect you’ll be out on an excursion in St. Lucia during the day. (This is a great all-day excursion on the west side of the island, the side Jade Mountain is on.)
Their meal plans are as follow:
- MAP: Breakfast and Dinner Plan (MAP): $110 per person per day
- FAP: All Meals Plan: $135 per person per day
- AI: All Inclusive Plan: $195 per person per day (this is the only plan that includes alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages by the glass)
If you see the code “EP” on their site, it indicates the cost of a room without meals.
All plans are subject to the 20% VAT fee.
Look up the rates on Booking.com to see current availability at Jade Mountain.
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 your 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 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 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 by 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.
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. 😉
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?
I am so happy Jade Mountain is eco-friendly! Not only was it designed to aesthetically fit within its environment and use as many locally source 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. 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.