The romance of a plantation style home conjures up images of hot breezy nights and drinks on the veranda under twinkling stars in an inky black sky. Although the truth of life in the colonies established by Europeans who settled in the Caribbean or South East Asia may be less palatable, some of the romantic mystique lingers in plantation decor. Jade Mountain Resort in St Lucia has captured the essence of this style in its luxury architect-designed hotel.
Jade Mountain Resort
Jade Mountain on the beautiful Caribbean island of St Lucia is an architectural masterpiece in the Caribbean. There are 24 individual sanctuaries (i.e., rooms) each with its own bedroom, living area and infinity pool. With the open aspect fourth wall overlooking the mountains and the sea, you really do feel you are in a secluded hideaway. Each room is accessed via its own private little bridge and comes with butler service. The largest of the sanctuaries are a massive 2000 s.f. (keep in mind the average American house is about 2100 s.f. and the average British house is a mere 800 s.f.).
In keeping with the whole sanctuary vibe, there are no televisions or telephones in the rooms. Frankly no one uses telephone in hotel rooms anyway. And, who watches television on holiday? Usually the only English speaking channels are CNN and BBC. Don’t worry though you can summon your butler with a “firefly” device, whatever that is. And, you can get WiFi in the rooms so it’s not all 19th century.
As you would expect, the attention to detail of Jade Mountain is exceptional. The walls are coral plaster from Barbados and the hardwoods are sourced from Guyana. You are pampered with Frette linens and Molton Brown bath products.
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