As the tension rises for this week’s conquering hero, so does the temperature and the altitude. For sea-salty spectacle and hilltop high drama, it could be none other than Jade Mountain on the island of St Lucia…
Why this week? We’ve connived to get you five nights for the price of four on stays until Christmas Day, with $250 resort credit to put towards spa treatments, food or drinks. Luxuriate with massage and meditation at the hotel spa, Kai en Ciel, crunch your way through crustacea at the Club restaurant, and then laze on the terrace bar and soak up the live music and magnificent views out across the Caribbean Sea, while working through the hotel’s stellar selection of rums.
Our favourite bits Jade Mountain is no shrinking violet in the design stakes. It’s an unlikely marriage of Flintstones decor opulent enough for a Bond villain and panoramic vistas where a meandering T-Rex wouldn’t look amiss. Film rights, anybody? Out of the blue and green, perched on the mountainside, emerges a multi-tiered architectural palace, reminiscent of an art-deco Aya Sophia. Though it could seem incongruous in this mountainscape, the hotel spills seamlessly into the cobalt blue waters of the bay and beckons you to follow. Mosaic infinity pools, sky walkways and waterfalls stud the site. Sunlight plays on tropical hardwoods and vivid cantaloupe and apricot coloured walls. Architect and designer, Nick Troubetzkoy, has theatrically broken the fourth wall or at least dispensed with it, with every room boasting uninterrupted views of the bay and the Piton Mountains. This is a sight for sore, frost-blighted eyes to behold.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘As we turn a corner, we are met by the dramatic vista of the two World Heritage-listed Piton mountains, an iconic image of St Lucia. The volcanic peaks are breathtaking – a Jurassic-era image that evokes unexplored adventure. Mrs Smith persuades me to join her in a climb up to Jade Mountain’s ‘celestial terrace’, a buttock-hardening ascent that’s rewarded with a magnificent 360-degree panoramic encompassing ocean, beach and mountain. Two rum-based cocktails arrive as if scripted. We sit down to enjoy them as the sun sinks into the sea, and reflect on our day. If the rest of our short break at Jade Mountain proves to be even half as blissful, then we’re in for a stay to remember.’
Compiled by Louisa Coward