Jade Mountain is a work of art as much as it is a hotel — it is an architectural wonder, set on a mountainside overlooking the magnificent St Lucia Pitons. A web of zigzagging stone walkways, and floating suspension bridges over cascading koi pools, provides the access to the 24 sanctuaries, as the accommodation is called. The word “room” is far too ordinary to describe this experience.
As you reach your sanctuary, and pass through a massive palatial door, the first thing you see is a huge infinity pool taking centre stage. Each sanctuary is unique in layout and furnishings, but each is designed so that the bedroom, living area and private infinity pool (900 square feet in the Sun suites) seem to merge to form a platform floating in space. This is because there is no 4th wall — or, more accurately, there is just one wall curving round the bedroom, bathroom and living area, leaving an open front with no windows or doors — so there is nothing between you and the mind-blowing view, yet the design ensures complete privacy. The view can also be enjoyed from the open-plan bathroom, with a rain shower and raised whirlpool bath.
There is no TV or WiFi in the rooms, but you have your own private concierge, called a major-domo, to look after you, and all meals can be served in your sanctuary, or alternatively in the Jade Mountain Club, a relaxing lounge set round an ever-changing infinity pool. On its rooftop, the Celestial Terrace provides a breathtaking location from which to relax, sip wine, and gaze at the stars. The Jade Cuisine is created by an award-winning chef and features many specialised seafood dishes.
It would be hard to imagine a more magical place for a wedding, and weddings here are limited to one a day, to ensure everything is perfect. Not surprisingly, it’s also considered an unrivalled setting for a honeymoon. For all guests, it’s a place created to provide constant amazement and wonder.