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Jade Mountain, Soufrière 

St. Lucia
Tel: 800 223 1108 (toll-free)
Tel: 758 459 4002
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Consider Jade Mountain a tropical Mount Olympus. The avant-garde tree house summit is seemingly suspended on top of a hill overlooking the magnificent Pitons. To better help you see the 2,600-foot crags of rock and the ocean below, all 29 suites are open to the elements, essentially "missing" a wall or two. The Sun suites are so open that they reveal a sweeping 270 degrees of mountain, ocean, and sky. You can view it all from the comfort of your four-poster canopy bed, but when you step out of the covers onto the polished purple-heart floor, chances are you'll make for your private infinity pool. Each is surfaced in iridescent glass tiles and illuminated with fiber-optic lighting. There are no phones or televisions (butlers are on call from your private cell phone provided by the resort), and the lighting is mellow and diffused except for the Milky Way's great bright band above—it's so romantic that being by yourself even for a short time induces melancholy. But romantics, be forewarned: In what could be considered an overzealous attempt at openness, there are no doors to any of the bathrooms, taking intimacy to an entirely new (and, for some, uncomfortable) level.—Update by Douglas Wright

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
The sister property of Anse Chastanet has a "setting that is spectacular," looking onto the Piton Mountains. Airy and modern accommodations have an open wall facing the sea, 20 varieties of hardwood, and "infinity pools" with iridescent tiles. The club's dinner menu "changes with the seasons"; the emphasis is on seafood. End the night with "heavenly cocktails on the Celestial Terrace." Staff carry on "as though nothing is too much trouble."

(29 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 93.8
  • Activities: 91.9
  • Design: 94.7
  • Food: 94.7
  • Location: 94.7
  • Rooms: 94.7
  • Service: 92.1

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2009

Amenities: Beach, Pool, Spa, Tennis, Water sports

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