Haute Winter Destination: Jade Mountain Resort, St. Lucia

Growing up between Los Angeles and Phoenix, I’ve never experienced a “real” winter.  Sure, I have been to Aspen in December, Vail in February and Sun Valley in March; yet, somehow unknowingly, I have always managed to plan these trips when the sun is as bright as Richard Simmons’ hot pants and warm enough to strip down to just my thermal and ski pants. I take off my gloves and plow down the slopes full force, wondering if by chance, I will ever actually be in a real winter snowfall.

That thought usually doesn’t last long, and I won’t ramble on about my deprived childhood of never having a proper winter filled with snow angels and roasted marshmallows by the fire. In fact, this rant will be about my top winter destination for those of you, who like me, crave warmth, a minimalistic wardrobe, and basking in the sun. For those of you reading this while braving a Russian winter, shoveling snow just to get out of the house, or is simply sick of putting on tights with their denim shorts…I have a feeling a winter getaway in St. Lucia may just be what the doctor ordered.

The excitement I feel when talking about Jade Mountain resort can only be compared to that of a giddy schoolgirl who just passed her middle school crush in the hallway; I was absolutely mesmerized when I arrived at my destination.  As I passed its sister resort, the 600-acre beach front property, Anse Chastanet on the way up, I found myself speechless (for once).  The ultimate in luxury, class and sophistication, this Caribbean destination is truly one of a kind. Designed to adhere to its natural tropical surroundings, architect Nick Troubetzkoy spared no expense in making this one of the most memorable and unique resorts around.

The accommodations are as fabulous as they come. I stayed in the “Sun Infinity Pool Sanctuary,” which had panoramic views from the absent fourth wall to my private pool; it was as if I died and went to Heaven every morning.

A promising aspect of the resort is its “techno free” policy; meaning cell phones, televisions, and radios are discouraged. If one must check their Facebook page, they can do so in the reception area, which was the furthest thing from my mind as I was ready to let go of the outside world.  The sanctuary of their spas, award winning cuisines and unobstructed views of St. Lucia’s Pitons World Heritage Site was enough to keep me captivated.

If you are looking to cure those winter blues or just want a nice romantic getaway, Jade Mountain Resort is just the remedy for that.

For more on the Jade Mountain Resort check out their website: www.jademountain.com

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