I spent my honeymoon in St. Lucia from October 15th-23rd, Three of these nights we spent at Sandals Grande, and five nights we spent at Jade Mountain. I read reviews religiously for months and months leading up to the honeymoon to re-assure myself that this experience was going to be worth the money, and it really truly is an unbelievable experience. I'll comment on a lot of common reviews I read to give me honest opinion on..
The Drive: Yes the road is horrible, lets be honest. It's curves in every direction, it's not paved, it's really bumpy and it appears that only one car can fit down the road but somehow they find a way to fit two. Note: We were informed by multiple drivers that they keep the road in this condition to keep any outsiders out of their properties and beaches.
The Property/Sanctuaries: It's absolutely shocking when you first see this place. Every sanctuary has it's own bridge, that you're escorted to by a Major Domo. We stayed in JC4, which is a "Moon Sanctuary" (we got upgraded from the Star Sanctuary we booked - SCORE). When you walk in to the room you might fall over none of the pictures you'll see on here will ever do it justice.
Major Domos: Every room has a butler - we had a mix of Major Domo's through the week who were super friendly. We just never really found much of a need for them other then to restock my fridge, book an excursion, or make a dinner reservation. You're connected to your Major Domo through a Firefly cell phone, where you can call your Major Domo for anything you may need. My firefly almost never worked so that was annoying - we were introduced to a broken firefly when we arrived, and then another broken one, and then we were shown how to clean the battery of the phone in case it doesn't work. I found myself stopping other Major Domo's for help getting the thing to work (I'm a 26 year old techy guy I know how to use technology very well). My only other complaint with the Major Domo's is that we had 3 requests "lost" that took a second phone call to get resolved. (Mind you we probably only made 6 requests the entire 5 days) Other people seemed to be using them more often then us, but for us we just didn't really need their services.
The Beach: The beach is really cool and really private. It's a black sand beach which is different, and the snorkeling there was fantastic. The other beach property that Jade has (Anse Mamin I think?) is also nice too - and it's even more private. Every time we went there there were only a few people hanging around.
The Walk Down: It's pretty bad. Me and my wife are really fit young people, who exercise daily and it was pretty bad even for us. All the reviews I read complained about this and I thought ot myself that everyone was a bunch of babies but it is pretty bad. You'll be sweating when you get to the top - but really, everyone is a baby. You're choosing to stay in a mountain, if you want to walk out of your room to the beach then stay somewhere else. There's a shuttle available for people who don't want to walk. A common statement I heard was "Walk Down, Shuttle Up". Sounds pretty good to me. Plus exercise is good for you people.
Restaurants: The restaurants were absolutely incredible. We ate at all of them, and every meal was absolutely delicious. Every time we ate we looked at each other and said "This is the best ____ I've ever had". Really you're going to be spoiled - I came back 10 pounds heavier from stuffing my face the entire time. Make sure you stop by the burger place on the Anse Mamin - holy crap it's good
Total Romance Package: Totally worth it. If I didn't do this and I saw what the meals cost I would have been eating my fingernails all week rather then food. Every bill I saw for our food was $200+ for the two of us. It's also nice that you have a lot of excursion's offered through this as well. The drinks package out of this wasn't good though. You're offered a menu to restock your fridge whenever you'd like but your options are pretty much water, juice, soda, or beer (additional fee's for rum, champange, wine, etc). We had full bottles of 5 different liquors at Sandals - Jade can step it up here. We're in the Caribbean after all, can't we get some Rum??
Excursions: We did the Volcano Tour, Sulphur Springs, and Mineral Bath, Zip lining (not included in Total Romance Package), and 1/2 Day Sailing. Volcano Tour was a bit of a let down - our driver didn't stop at the Mud which is from what we hear the best part. Zip Lining was AWESOME - we went to Morne Coubaril Estate which was great. The guides are great and it is really safe. I think there's other better places but they're only offered on certain days (not sure why) so when you get there spend some time planning out your week to take advantage. The 1/2 day Sailing was great too.
Weather: We were really worried about the weather since it's the "rainy season" and when we looked at the forecast every day was showing rain. We only saw rain one night where it was really coming down. It was cool watching it from your room.
Misc: It does get pretty warm sometimes in the room with no AC. Might just be me, I'm from Boston, and I like to sleep in rooms that are 60 degrees. The fans generally do a good job keeping it cool. The toilet situation can be awkward but if your significant other is in the pool or something it's a good time to go ahead and poo while he/she's not nearby. We had a leak in the ceiling of our sanctuary that would occasionally drip water on to my head but I was so hot I didn't even care. Birds will fly in, and they will make noise in the morning. If you're eating in your room you could find a bird standing on your food if you walk away for a couple minutes but just be careful about it and it's no problem. You actually start to enjoy the birds flying around. They will get you up at 6AM though with all the noise they make, but that's good stop wasting your time sleeping in this beautiful place. Tree frogs aren't a problem - you'll hear them where ever you stay so don't worry about that.
That's about all I got. I pointed out the negatives in these just to make you aware of a couple things, but really there were so many postiives in each of these that I could go on forever. I would highly recommend this to people if you can swing the costs. There are no TVs but you do get wireless (which only works half the time). I guess that's a good thing so it'll keep you away from your e-mail and the internet for a while.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rising majestically above its 49 room sister resort Anse Chastanet, a 600 acre beach front property, Jade Mountain is a cornucopia of organic architecture celebrating St Lucia’s stunning scenic beauty. The 29 luxury suites are called sanctuaries, sweeping spaces where 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 the full glory of St Lucia’s Pitons World Heritage Site and the Caribbean Sea. Jade Mountain has set a new standard in the Caribbean whether it is for modern design, luxury living or unique resort and guest service experiences.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 winner Chef Allen Susser’s “Jade Cuisine.” Hovering in space above the Jade Mountain Club is the Celestial Terrace, perfect for sunset cocktails or star-gazing.A wide range of spa services can be enjoyed in the privacy of the Jade Mountain sanctuaries or at Kai en Ciel, Jade Mountain’s boutique spa and fitness studio. The resort major domos and a dedicated resort team ensure outstanding service around the clock.Guests may enjoy the exclusivity and privacy of Jade Mountain plus access to all of Anse Chastanet’s facilities and services: Nestled amidst a lush tropical 600 acre tropical estate with two soft sand beaches bordering pristine coral reefs, Anse Chastanet is right in the heart of the island’s marine reserves with St. Lucia’s legendary twin peaks, the Pitons, as the dramatic backdrop.The active will enjoy the resort’s amazing range of adventure facilities. Facilities include 4 restaurants & 3 bars, professional spa, PADi 5* scuba centre, water sports with kayaking centre, 12 miles of private biking and hiking trails with mountain bike rental, sailing yacht, 3 boutiques, library and art gallery. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jade Mountain Hotel
- Hotel Jade Mountain
- Jade Mountain St Lucia
- Jade Mountain Resort St. Lucia/Soufriere