Jade Mountain, Saint Lucia, builds on new eco-status

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Jade Mountain’s recent entry into Regenerative Travel’s portfolio of sustainable hotels draws attention to a resort’s ever-evolving green efforts that put care of the island at the heart of its new endeavors.

Naturally a favorite among the jet set, Jade Mountain has long captured worldwide attention for its distinct, almost brutalist architectural design in its unique style, and its breathtaking setting on a lush hillside rising from the estate’s sandy shores. . Distant views embrace the forested valley and the Caribbean Sea as well as this island’s signature twin peaks, the Pitons.

Situated above its sister resort, Anse Chastanet, the scenic property is part of a sprawling 600-acre estate made up of thick jungle leading up the hillside to an idyllic coastline and former plantations now overgrown with wild tropical plants. A reservoir dating from the 18e century in the Anse Mamin Valley has been restored to provide fresh water, which is treated and bottled on site, for both resorts and the treated wastewater is then used to irrigate the landscape.

Overall, Jade Mountain’s new status as a member hotel of Regenerative Travel represents the property’s commitment to regenerative principles and its transformative presence in the community of which it is a part. The LEED Gold certified complex opened its doors, joining the already established Anse Chastanet, in 2006 following the completion of an ambitious project bringing to life the vision of architect and owner Nick Troubetzkoy.

This one-of-a-kind resort was designed to be built in harmony with the natural environment of the island. Combining innovation and creativity in equal measure, the property has been built without the use of machinery, using local stone for the main structure and bringing locally made and sourced furniture into the interiors. The work of local artists and artisans is present in every corner of the property, and with 99% local employees, the resort is well connected to the community.

This approach to having minimal impact on the environment and benefiting the community of which it is a part will also be at the forefront of the upcoming development of the estate’s next major project, Jade Sea. This new property will complement Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet as a cliffside resort featuring its own unique design, as evidenced by the individuality of the architectural and interior design of the two existing properties, with sea views from its position as well. facing the Pitons.

Just like at Jade Mountain, the suites hidden amidst lush tropical flora will be fully open and designed with their own private infinity pools. While plans are evolving as spontaneously as they did for the creation of Jade Mountain prior to development, we can be sure this new property will attract as much attention as its sister resorts.

From Jade Mountain, as well as Anse Chastanet, guests interested in experiencing the sustainable side of the estate’s overall hospitality concept are taken on tours of the valley for insight into the culture, history and ecology of the region as well as properties. sustainability program. Upon request, guests can also participate in conservation projects ranging from reef and beach cleanups to tree planting.

Away from the estate, you have the option of visiting the resort’s own agricultural facility, Emerald Farm. It is here that cocoa is grown for the estate’s chocolate production alongside papaya and mango trees, coffee, vanilla, star fruits and an abundance of vegetables and herbs, all providing ingredients for cooking. of the complex. The farm produces its own honey and a range of natural beers are brewed at the farm’s recently launched micro-brewery, Antillia Brewing Company.

You can try some of this brewery’s creations, like a passion fruit beer and a rum-aged IPA, through Jade Mountain’s craft beer menu or at Emerald Estate on a farmhouse dining experience. at the table in which the chef transforms ingredients sourced from the farm into plant-based dishes, such as coconut ceviche, in an open kitchen and dining room that is also set to be further improved for an even richer.

Connecting guests to the property’s chocolate production, the resort then hosts chocolate-making sessions at Jade Mountain’s on-site chocolate lab, producing bars that also incorporate ingredients such as wildflower honey and nuts. cashews from the farm.

At Jade Mountain, a stay can be spent exploring the island – visiting sites such as the Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens, climbing to the top of one of the Pitons, or venturing offshore to do snorkeling and diving among the marine life – or back at the resort enjoying the seclusion of your own private sanctuary.

The resort’s spectacular Galaxy Suites offer the most panoramic views, with not one but two of the walls removed, and an impressive 2,000 square feet of space plus an expansive infinity pool.

Each suite is individually designed and each pool is distinguished by its own hues of iridescent glass tiles that shimmer in the changing light. Bridges connect each of the individual sanctuaries to the Jade Mountain Club, which sits at the highest point, housing an open-air restaurant and bar, serving up culinary creations that also connect you with the venue, topped with the Sky Terrace for the sunrise yoga, star gazing and sunset drinks.

Ensuring widespread impact beyond this luxurious hideaway, the estate and its surroundings, co-founder Karolin Troubetzkoy, who previously also served as president of the Hotel and Tourism Association of Saint Lucia and the Hotel and Tourism Association of Caribbean, is committed to promoting a transition to more sustainable tourism models in the Caribbean, by founding and leading several hospitality and conservation associations, including reinvigorating the Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Alliance.

Now, as a member of the Regenerative Travel collective, Jade Mountain can work alongside other sustainable hotels around the world to have an increasingly positive impact through each new initiative launched.

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