If you’re anything like me, then your main objective when going on vacation is to chill as hard as you possibly can. You can’t fathom why people go away to, like, work. Climb what? Explore huh? No thanks. You’ll find me on the beach with a scandalous book on my lap, fruity alcoholic beverage in hand, and a “do not disturb” sign hanging around my neck. And while St. Lucia’s ultra luxurious Jade Mountain resort was tailor made for people like us, I can honestly say that the tranquil, surreal setting inspired me to search for a deeper experience beyond relaxation and a great buzz (although that was certainly on the agenda). At the risk of sounding like Oprah’s overzealous intern, the awesomeness of this truly amazing place inspired me to want to live up to its greatness.
Designed by owner Nick Troubetzkoy, the stone resort is built into the side of a mountain, overlooking St. Lucia’s famous twin Piton peaks and the Caribbean Sea. Most suites, appropriately called sanctuaries, feature private infinity pools, and all of the rooms boast 15 ft ceilings, soaring views and a missing fourth wall. So basically there’s no barrier between you and St. Lucia’s impossibly lush beauty—think of it as five-star camping. It may take a second for CrackBerry addicts to get used to the absence of technical distractions (like TVs, radios, computers and telephones), but it quickly becomes easy to settle into the quietness. My time was best spent doing sunrise yoga on the Celestial Terrace, getting massaged at the fully loaded spa and, even better, listening to the silence. It’s amazing what you can hear. And sure, there’s plenty of stuff for more ambitious vacationers—mountain hiking, bike trails, volcano tours, water sports—but me? I had more important work to do.
You have to see this place for yourself. Check out our slideshow of St. Lucia’s Jade Mountain!