The Island Of Chocolate
The history of chocolate in Saint Lucia dates as far back as the 1700s when cocoa plantations flourished in the area. And it's no wonder the crops fare exceeding well here; Saint Lucia benefits from a tropical, humid climate moderated by northeast trade winds that allow for enjoyable conditions year-round. The average temperature is 78.8 °F (26°C) at sea level.
Today, many local chefs and resorts are revitalizing this once thriving industry by offering multi-sensory chocolate experiences to guests; in doing so, they are fostering the growth of talented people and strengthening the heritage of chocolate growers.
EXCLUSIVE “TOP 25” LIST FROM AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL HONORS SAINT LUCIA’S JADE MOUNTAIN RESORT FOR ‘MOST BREATHTAKING VIEWS’
St. Lucia, May 2016: Jade Mountain, the unique Saint Lucia resort known for its open-air sanctuaries and picture-perfect panoramas, has just rated a spot on American Express Travel's list of the world’s top 25 hotels offering a "Best in Class" customer experience.
Jade Mountain won the award for "Most Breathtaking Views."
This exclusive list was selected from the portfolio of more than 800 luxury getaways worldwide recommended by American Express Travel's Fine Hotels & Resorts (FHR). The winning hotels were chosen by an elite group of globetrotting experts: the editors at Departures magazine, American Express Travel Counselors and members of the company's executive team. "These are all hotels that deliver extraordinary experiences to our Card Members," American Express told the winners in a statement.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be recognized by American Express as their choice for Most Breathtaking View and to be in company with some of the most acclaimed hotels in the world,” said Karolin Troubetzkoy, owner and marketing director of Jade Mountain and its adjacent sister hotel, Anse Chastanet.
From the outset, the goal of owner and architect Nick Troubetzkoy has been to showcase Saint Lucia's unrivaled beauty. The mountainside rooms, each with a wall open to the elements, are designed like prosceniums that perfectly frame the waters of the Caribbean and the twin Piton peaks, all part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. As Troubetzkoy puts it, "What I’ve tried to do with Jade Mountain is to change the entire concept of a hotel room. I wanted to create environments that enable guests to forget about the furniture or the fact that they’re in a hotel – in essence, to forget about everything other than experiencing the psychology of this unique space on an intuitive level.”
With its mesmerizing panoramas, generously sized infinity pools and details like carefully handcrafted furnishings sourced from local materials, each room is a majestic, sweeping space that's a true work of art. Jade Mountain is a labor of love and fitting tribute to Saint Lucia’s exquisite beauty.
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Situated over the 600-section of land shoreline front resort of Anse Chastanet, Jade Mountain St. Lucia gives visitors striking perspectives of both the Piti and Gros Piton mountains.
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Our Sky Suite makes ISLANDS Magazine's list of 8 Over-the-Top Luxury Suites in the Caribbean! The 1,650-square-foot Sky suite at Jade Mountain towers above the hilltop with an open-air Jacuzzi primed for stargazing
JADE MOUNTAIN is named one of the World's Best Luxury Dive Resorts by CNN Travel!
Super-swanky dive resorts come in all sizes. But mostly in small. From Chile to Australia to St. Lucia, the world's most exclusive scuba hideaways serve fewer than 100 select guests.
Huffington Post UK features Jade Mountain as one of 15 Breathtaking Hotel Bathrooms to Add to Your Bucketlist
If beautiful bathrooms are right up your street, you're about to be served a serious dose of wanderlust and envy. There's nothing better than taking that first holiday shower, indulging in those super luxe mini toiletries, and feeling our cares and stresses wash away as we begin to unwind. With down time being at an absolute premium, indulging in a little me time with a good scrub or a long soak signals the start to any great getaway.
Business Insider Australia: 14 Design Hotels With the Coolest Architecture on The Planet, Includes Jade Mountain
Hotels all over the world hire top-notch interior designers to create stunning spaces that feel like home — if “home” was filled with famed artworks, beautiful antiques, and seamlessly integrated, top-of-the-line technological features.
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Swoon-worthy: The sexiest beds in the Caribbean
USA Today — All about a dozen roses, sweet chocolate and a good-mood getaway to the tropics, Valentine’s Day is also the sexiest holiday of the year. Twosomes are kick-starting their mojo in super snazzy suites with super sexy beds fluffed up with big pillows and silky sheets.
Porthole Cruise Magazine Presents the 2016 Editor-in-Chief Award for Best Caribbean Luxury Hotel to Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
Fort Lauderdale, FL – April 18, 2016 – Porthole Cruise Magazine, the nation's leading consumer cruise and travel lifestyle publication, is proud to announce that Jade Mountain (St. Lucia) has been awarded the 2016 Editor-in-Chief Award for Best Caribbean Luxury Hotel. The winners are announced in the March/April 2016 issue, which is currently on newsstands, and are also listed in online at Porthole.com.
Porthole Cruise Magazine’s editor-in-chief, Bill Panoff, has over 30 years of cruise industry expertise and knowledge, so each year, he awards his top picks for outstanding services and hospitality in the cruise and travel industry.
"It's an honor to recognize companies who consistently exceed expectations in terms of service, quality, excellence, and creating memorable travel experiences,” said Panoff.
Available bimonthly on newsstands and by print and digital subscriptions, Porthole Cruise Magazine covers all cruise experiences from megaships to sailing ships, expeditions to luxury experiences.
About Porthole Cruise MagazinePorthole Cruise Magazine is the nation's leading consumer cruise and travel outlet. From cover to cover as well as online, the magazine features sophisticated cruise and travel editorial for savvy consumers worldwide. Expert writers and columnists cover everything from the latest trends in cruise travel to ship reviews, destination features, onboard cuisine, entertainment, amenities, innovations, spas, and more. Porthole Cruise Magazine is available in print and digital editions.
Jade Mountain Resort Saint Lucia Celebrates "Timeless Treasure of Love"
Promotion Includes Vow-Renewal Ceremony, Private Dinner, Couples' Massage and MoreSaint Lucia, February 2016 — At Jade Mountain, eternal romance rules. The "The Timeless Treasure of Love” promotion is geared towards couples married 20 years and more and staying at Jade Mountain for a minimum of 4 nights. Couples will be able to take advantage of special complimentary anniversary amenities including a couple’s massage, a complimentary renewal of vows ceremony followed by a private dinner set up at a location of choice and a special session with the resort photographer.
‘‘The Timeless Treasure of Love ‘‘ promotion is available in selected suite categories for travel March 15- Dec 19, 2016. The promotion must be booked no later than April 30, 2016.
Daily Rates start at US 1495 in a star pool sanctuary and are subject to 10% service charge and 10% VAT. A variety of meal plans, including an all-inclusive option, can be added to the daily rate. For more information contact your favorite travel agent or call 1-800-223-1108 or visit www.jademountain.com
"The Timeless Treasure of Love” offer is combinable with other promotions such as the “Take 5” 5th night free offer but restrictions may apply. To be eligible, "The Timeless Treasure of Love” must be pre booked and a copy of the wedding certificate is required at check-in.
Rising majestically above the 600 acre beach front estate of ANSE CHASTANET, JADE MOUNTAIN is a cornucopia of organic architecture celebrating Saint Lucia’s stunning scenic beauty.
Each of the 24 infinity pool sanctuaries at Jade Mountain is a carefully designed, individual work of art and design. With the 4th wall entirely open, all sanctuaries celebrate unparalleled views of the Pitons and the Caribbean Sea while at the same time allowing for complete privacy. Expect grand sweeping spaces where bedroom, living area and the extravagant private infinity pool glide into one another to form extraordinary platforms floating out into nature.
With his Jade Mountain, architect owner Nick Troubetzkoy has created a stage-like setting from which to embrace the full glory of St. Lucia's World Heritage Pitons Mountains and the Caribbean Sea – a view you are not likely to ever forget.
“What I’ve really wanted to do with Jade Mountain is reevaluate and redesign the basic concept of a holiday hotel experience. I wanted to create individualized spatial environments that would enable guests to forget about the furniture or the fact that they’re in a hotel room – in essence, to forget about everything but experiencing the psychology of the space on an emotional, almost spiritual level”, explains Troubetzkoy.
Integral to the sanctuaries is the Jade Mountain Club where guests can enjoy a romantic meal, savoring “Jade Cuisine”, the creation of consulting chef, James Beard Award winner Allen Susser. Fresh produce gets delivered daily from the resort’s organic farm Emerald’s. No meal is complete without sampling one of the resort’s chocolate concoctions with chocolate made from their own beans and in their own chocolate laboratory.
Hovering in space above the Jade Mountain Club is the Celestial Terrace, ideal for star gazing, a private dinner and a popular location for a vow renewal.
Jade Mountain guests enjoy privileges at sister resort Anse Chastanet with its two beaches, additional restaurants, bars and a great range of soft adventure activities, from scuba diving to jungle biking. The beaches and the historical plantation of Anse Mamin offer additional options for couples seeking a special location for their celebratory dinner or vow renewal.
CONDÉ NAST READERS CHOICE AWARDS 2015 VOTE JADE MOUNTAIN, SAINT LUCIA, NUMBER ONE CARIBBEAN RESORT
Third year in a row!
Jade Mountain, Saint Lucia was rated the Top Caribbean Resort in the US Condé Nast Traveler 26th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards…third year in a row!
Jade Mountain is also number 40 in the overall list of the TOP 100 Great Hotels and Resorts of the World receiving a 95.312 score from the readers based on rooms, service, location, food, dining/design, activities, facilities and value.
This is what the readers are saying!
"It's unlike any place in the world—you have to stay here to appreciate the brilliant design."
"You will come home changed"
"No matter who you are or where you've been, this place will enchant and amaze you." "Jaw-droppingly beautiful rooms" all have 15-foot ceilings, "unforgettable Piton Mountain views," and private infinity pools in different colored tiles (ruby, amber, and plum).
Chef Allen Susser's Jade Mountain Club mixes sweet and spicy flavors, but the emphasis is on "seafood that makes your taste buds sing."
"Staff are special."
“We are so very fortunate,” say owners Nick and Karolin Troubetzkoy, “to have combined our unique architecture with the spectacular scenery of Saint Lucia. We strive to share with our guests the island’s unique aspects showcasing the island’s rich indigenous culture and its physical beauty. We are also very proud of our tireless and enthusiastic service team led by the resort butlers or major domos. They attentively watch over each guest from arrival to departure ensuring an extraordinary resort experience.”
Jade Mountain has been personally conceived and built by architect, owner Nick Troubetzkoy. He started his love affair with Saint Lucia more than 30 years ago with the opening of Jade Mountain’s sister property, the popular Anse Chastanet – itself a Reader Choice Award Winner. He then unleashed all of his creative passions in the design of Jade Mountain, which opened in early 2007: a bold architectural statement perched on a mountain top overlooking Saint Lucia’s landmark, the spectacular twin Pitons, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Individual bridges lead to the resort’s stunning open-walled guest sanctuaries which are grand sweeping spaces, where bedroom, living room and an extravagantly sized private infinity pool form extraordinary platforms which appear to float out into nature. With the fourth wall entirely absent, Jade Mountain’s sanctuaries are stage-like settings from which to embrace the full glory of Saint Lucia’s Pitons and the Caribbean Sea.
Wrapped around an infinity pool with a dazzling kaleidoscope of colors, the Jade Mountain Club restaurant caters exclusively to resident guests, celebrating James Beard Award-winning Chef Allen Susser. The development of the resort’s organic farm, Emerald Estate providing fresh produce for the resort kitchens, yearly food festivals, inter-active cooking classes and the making of their own chocolate from tree to bar has brought yet another dimension to their “Jade Cuisine”.
This prestigious award follow Jade Mountain’s top spot placement in the recent Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2015. This is an extraordinary tribute to Jade Mountain’s staff and owner’s philosophy of excellence.
Daily rates per couple run from US 1050 to US 3250 for travel this fall and winter.
For more information, rates and packages call + 1 800 223-1108 or + 1 758 459-4000, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
JADE MOUNTAIN AWARDED TOP PRIZE IN NEW YORK
NEW YORK (July 28, 2015) - Nick and Karolin Troubetzkoy, owners of the storied Jade Mountain resort in St. Lucia, are seen here in Manhattan receiving their Travel + Leisure award recognizing their stunning resort as the best hotel in the Caribbean.
Jade Mountain's recognition by Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards 2015 is the fourth time, and the third consecutive year, readers of the distinguished travel magazine have cast top votes for St. Lucia's leading luxury resort.
The awards reception took place in New York on Thursday, July 23.
For more information, visit www.jademountain.com.
Jade Mountain, Saint Lucia named one of the World’s Top 100 Hotels and the Caribbean’s No 1 Resort in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2015, for the 4th time and 3rd year in a row!
New York, NY, July 7, 2015: Travel + Leisure Magazine announced today that Saint Lucia’s Jade Mountain has once again been named one of the Top 100 Hotels in the World and Number One in the Caribbean in the latest Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2015.
For the 4th time and 3rd year in a row Travel + Leisure’s readers have cast their votes for Saint Lucia’s Jade Mountain as the Number 1 Caribbean Resort that defines the very best in travel.
Much of Jade Mountain's success can be attributed to the ongoing direct involvement of owners Nick and Karolin Troubetzkoy in their daily operations and the passion and limitless enthusiasm they have been able to instill in their resort team. Their guest service team is led by the resort major–domo butlers who are assigned to each guest and who look after their resort experience around the clock from arrival to departure.
Guests comment on the extraordinary, attentive service, the innovative farm-to-table culinary approach and of course, the inspiring architecture that is Jade Mountain.
“Walk into the living room and it seems as if you’ve walked into the Pitons: suites have only three walls, offering open-air, panoramic views,” writes Travel + Leisure. “Designed and owned by Russian-Canadian architect Nick Troubetzkoy, the resort has bold and organic architecture that celebrates the natural beauty of St. Lucia."
Nick Troubetzkoy, the resort chairman, architect and builder started his love affair with Saint Lucia and the Caribbean with the opening of Jade Mountain’s sister property, Anse Chastanet in the 70’s. His revolutionary architectural approach produced the bold and completely unique Jade Mountain which opened in early 2007 and is perched on a mountain top overlooking Saint Lucia’s landmark, the spectacular twin Pitons, a UNESCO World Heritage site, surrounded by the Caribbean Sea. There are 29 suites in total, which are called sanctuaries. In 24 of the sanctuaries, an extravagantly sized private infinity pool seems to be floating out into nature.
Jade Mountain also runs an organic farm and there is an on site chocolate laboratory making chocolate from their own estate grown cocoa trees. Guests have privileges at the adjoining sister resort Anse Chastanet with 2 beaches, additional restaurants and excellent resort activities including jungle biking, scuba diving, hiking and bird watching.
Jade Mountain is open year round. Rates this summer start at US 1,050 per couple nightly in a sky category sanctuary, subject to 10% service charge and 10% VAT.
A 4th and 7th night free promotion is available in selected categories and the resort also offers all-inclusive options. Visit http://www.jademountainstlucia.com/promotions.html for all promotions.
For reservations call 1- 800-223-1108 or contact JADE MOUNTAIN via Tel 758-459-4000, Fax 758-459-4002 and e-mail email@example.com
ABOUT JADE MOUNTAIN RESORT Award-winning Jade Mountain resort soars majestically above an exclusive 600-acre beachfront estate. Jade is an architectural marvel that embraces and celebrates St. Lucia's stunning scenic beauty – the view from your suite is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Individual bridges lead to the resort’s stunning open-walled guest sanctuaries. In each of the 24 sanctuaries, bedroom, living area and an extravagant private infinity pool glide into one another to form extraordinary platforms floating out into nature. With the fourth wall entirely absent, Jade Mountain’s sanctuaries are stage-like settings from which to embrace Saint Lucia’s scenic splendor.
Jade Mountain, Anse Chastanet Switch on for Earth Day
SOUFRIERE, St. Lucia (April 21, 2015) - Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet resorts are marking Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, by switching their lighting systems to an energy efficient, ecologically friendly light-emitting diode (LED) solution.
Karolin Troubetzkoy, who manages operations at the award-winning St. Lucian resorts, said: "We have registered an initiative withEarthDay.org, stating our commitment to change from incandescent to LED lighting."
Carl Hunter, property manager for the world renowned resorts, asserted that the switch to power-saving LED lights will reduce electricity consumption on site from a total lighting load of 120,000 watts to 15,000 watts, a reduction of 87.5 percent of the property's lighting load. This represents a monthly reduction of 37,400 kWh.
Furthermore, he added: "The switch to LED bulbs will significantly reduce our carbon footprint and the resorts' dependence on the burning of expensive fossil fuels to generate energy."
As to cost savings, he asserted they were significant. A minimum savings of $4,140 per month is expected over a lamp's lifecycle of 50,000 hours or 22 years. The investment of approximately US$21,000 will achieve simple payback on energy savings over five months.
The Earth Day Network's year-round mission is to broaden, diversify and activate the environmental movement worldwide, through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns.
Anse Chastanet, and later Jade Mountain, was built on the philosophical foundation of environmental consciousness, long before ecological sensitivity and energy efficiency became fashionable.
Only natural lighting is used at the resorts during the day. The external areas and grounds are illuminated by yellow lighting, which does not interfere with the local environment or wild animal behavior. Yellow lighting is also used in areas where turtles hatch as it does not disorient the young hatchlings.
With the exception of 12 air conditioned units, all accommodations at Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet have been designed to take advantage of natural air flow making air conditioning unnecessary. Additionally, pumping for waste water is limited to a single stage primary lift pump to start the process; the balance of the treatment is done with gravity flow systems, eliminating the need for additional power consumption.
Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain take pride in sharing their commitment to environmental stewardship with resort visitors. "We give our guests information about the culture, history, and ecology of the local region, including local environmental protection efforts and social and cultural activities," said Troubetzkoy.