Jade Mountain has been a favorite destination of ours since we started researching sustainable, eco-friendly, charitable honeymoon hotspots, so we are so thrilled to share this beautiful tropical paradise with you all today! From the architecture, to the locally sourced organic produce, to the chocolate farm with on-site production, to the community service and all the way down to the eco-friendly/sustainable operational practices, we couldn’t be more impressed with the level of thoughtful consideration that went into creating this socially conscious luxury honeymooning destination. (All content and imagery sourced directly from Jade Mountain)
Rising majestically above the 600 acre beach front resort of Anse Chastanet, Jade Mountain Resort on St. Lucia’s south-western Caribbean coastline is a cornucopia of organic architecture celebrating St. Lucia’s stunning scenic beauty.
Architect owner Nick Troubetzkoy has expanded upon his philosophy of building in harmony with Caribbean nature in his creation of Jade Mountain St. Lucia. The bold architectural design – individual bridges leading to exceptional infinity pool sanctuaries and rugged stoned-faced columns reaching towards the sky – makes Jade Mountain St. Lucia one of the Caribbean’s most mesmerizing resort experiences.
1.The resort provides alternative transportation for its employees. On a daily basis, shuttles are scheduled hourly to transport workers from the resort to the local community, keeping carbon emissions to a minimum.
2. The design of Jade Mountain reinforces the connection to the natural environment with passive ventilation of the rooms and natural day-lighting. Heating and cooling of the sanctuaries (rooms) is based entirely on the natural rhythms and cycles of the world around us. Not being dependent on artificial cooling or lighting of the rooms decreases the use of precious energy resources and minimizes the carbon footprint of the resort.
3. The exterior plaza of Jade Mountain was designed to capture all the rainwater in Koi ponds and planting areas. The plants are then harvested for use in the resort’s restaurants.
4. A natural coral tile was used for exterior walkways and roof areas. It is highly reflective and effectively diminishes any “heat island” effect in the local micro-climate.
5. Potable water for the resort is produced by collecting it in a reservoir that was originally constructed and used by the British and French to power the water wheels that crushed sugar cane. The reservoir was repaired after decades of not being used and now collects over 1.5M gallons of water annually that is processed via a state-of-the-art water purification system.
6.The reed beds that are operating were designed and built to naturally purify effluent from the resort. The end product is gray water that is used to irrigate landscaping, when necessary. This is a low tech, but highly efficient means to treat effluent. Solids are first allowed to settle out in tanks, and then the sands and gravels used in the design are the first step in the filtering process. The reeds (indigenous plants) continue to pull impurities out of the effluent until it becomes “gray water”. The plants are periodically harvested to be used in the landscape around the resort.
Organic produce for our kitchens and artisanal chocolate making.
Flower Pots Guests at Anse Chastanet Resort are able to visit our organic farm Emerald’s located in the Soufriere hills, approximately 20 minutes away from Anse Chastanet. A visit to Emerald Farm can be combined with a tour to the Sulphur Springs and Botanical Gardens which all together will take about 3-4 hours.
Since 2007, Emerald Estate has been growing organic produce – from vegetables, micro greens, salads to fruits, spices, nuts and herbs- for the resort kitchens, under the supervision of consulting chef Allen Susser, taking the farm to table concept to a completely new level.
There are over 1000 cocoa trees providing the cocoa beans used in the resort’s own chocolate production.
There also is a myriad of flowers and ornamental plants and soon, an orchid house.
The resort emphasizes fresh, local products with a purchasing plan that includes certified organic foods, sustainable agriculture eco-labeled foods, and locally produced foods.
The resort has provided guidance and training to local farmers. The resort operates aorganic farm using certified seeds only to further support the locally purchased produce.
The resort has began a local chocolate making program, using the 2000 cocoa trees on the resort estate.
The resorts actively encourages customers to visit small, locally-operated businesses and the excursion program is built around this.
The resort actively supports the maintenance of local infrastructure (water, roads, electricity, etc.) through economic or in-kind means.
Community Involvement:The resorts are involved in many different levels of support for:
• Sponsorship of sports and educations events
• Feeding programs in the primary schools
• Internship opportunities in all departments, including scuba.
• Membership of the various local and regional organizations with focus on environmental and/or social issues.
• The resort for several years ran a Soccer Cup competition, the Jade Mountain Cup
• The resort promotes local cultural attractions and events to its customers.
• The resort regularly meets with members of the local community to ensure supplier operations support local and/or indigenous norms and customs.
• The resort stores actively promote and sell locally produced artwork, handicrafts and other local goods.
Karolin Troubetzkoy, the Executive Director of Marketing and Operations, has been instrumental in working closely with local artists and craftsmen to develop attractive artwork and crafts for sale in the resort boutiques. 25 years ago she opened the first art gallery on island, to showcase specifically artworks by local artists, and give guests the opportunity to meet the local artists. Mrs. Troubetzkoy was instrumental in curating the resort’s art collection on display all over Anse Chastanet, rooms and public areas, an eclectic blend of both local artists and international visiting artists who created artworks inspired by Saint Lucia during their stay.
For more information and ways to book your Honeymoon with Purpose, please visit Jade Mountain.