What’s the best resort in the Caribbean?

By Bob Schulman

Resort on a mountain top scored top honors. Photo by Jade Mountain.

What’s the No. 1 hotel among all those eye-popping. jaw-dropping resorts in the Caribbean? Readers of the prestigious Travel + Leisure magazine again – for the third time -- gave the annual nod to (drum roll, please) the Jade Mountain resort (www.jademountain.com) on St. Lucia.

Perched on a mountain top facing the island’s twin half-mile-high volcanic peaks, the uber-luxury resort features 24 suites (called “sanctuaries”) with no outward facing wall (providing an unobstructed view of the peaks) along with in-room infinity pools and organic cuisine from its own farm.

View from a Jade Mountain suite. Photo by Bob Schulman.

Jade Mountain’s win in the Caribbean category is among the results of Travel + Leisure’s just-announced World’s Best Awards for 2014 (http://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/2014).

Jade Mountain owners Nick and Karolin Troubetzkoy said: “This award means a lot to us. Being a privately owned property, it makes us proud that together with our resort team, we can showcase that an individual property can provide the highest level of service and guest experience which often is expected to be deliverable by brands only.”

The sanctuaries’ missing wall (where the window would have been) is said to create “stage-like settings from which to embrace St. Lucia’s scenic splendor.” The twin peaks are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Jade Mountain guest service team is led by major–domo butlers who are assigned to each guest and who look after their resort experience around the clock from arrival to departure.

Nick Troubetzkoy, resort chairman, architect and builder, opened Jade Mountain’s sister beachfront property, Anse Chastanet, in the 70’s. The AAA Five Diamond Jade Mountain debuted in early 2007.

Photos courtesy of Jade Mountain unless otherwise indicated. 

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