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Jade Mountain, Saint Lucia is a Place to Breathe,
a Sanctuary of Mental Wellness

With an approach that's more “Retreat” than “Resort,” Jade Mountain Offers Peace, Solitude and Total Mental Wellness

SAINT LUCIA, May 2017... In today's world of hyperconnected smartphones, increasing workweek hours and—who could forget?—the nonstop media frenzy surrounding a historically unpopular election, Saint Lucia's Jade Mountain Resort offers a blissful antidote: The chance to escape and find serenity as you reconnect with your own inner rhythms.

There's a case to be made that stress-free vacations are not just luxuries, but necessities. Earlier this year, the American Psychological Association reported that Americans' stress levels were increasing, with 24 percent of adults in 2015 claiming to have experienced "extreme stress," a six percent jump from the previous year. And experts have long known that anxiety and physical health are linked: Those who reported that their health was "fair" or "poor" had higher stress levels than those who answered "very good" or "excellent."

The staff at Jade Mountain is committed to encouraging not just the happiness, but the mental wellness of all guests. The resort's majestic, generously sized infinity pool suites invite visitors to inhabit an inner sanctum, a blissful, self-contained world that they never need to leave—unless they choose to. It is this privacy, and freedom from unwanted interruptions, that allows one to truly disconnect and recharge. Why leave? Multi-course meals, wine tastings and even elaborate spa treatments may be arranged within the room. Each suite is assigned a major domo, or butler, who's on call 24 hours a day and can be reached by a special device given to guests at the start of their stay. When they do choose to spend time in public areas, visitors are happy to learn that the use of mobile phones, one of life's classic niggling annoyances, is prohibited. This allows quiet conversation and the sounds of nature—whistling tree frogs, chirping crickets and rustling leaves—to prevail.

Don't Call Them Rooms: Jade Mountain's Distinctive Sanctuaries

The first clue to Jade Mountain's commitment to wellness is that the mountainside guest accommodations are known as "sanctuaries," and this isn't just lip service. When owner and architect Nick Troubetzkoy conceived the property, he was not thinking of building a resort, but rather a retreat into complete well-being. For starters, he's done away with typical hotel corridors. "The journey to your sanctuary happens by way of a long, suspended bridge that's yours alone. Your entry door is a massive, rough- hewn slab of exotic tropical hardwood. That first step inside creates an instant spiritual uplift," he says, and practically speaking, the design also eliminates distracting foot traffic from staff or other guests outside your suite.

Inside, each sanctuary has been outfitted with carefully handcrafted furnishings sourced from local materials. Troubetzkoy explains that it was important to him to take advantage of Saint Lucia's many indigenous materials such as sustainable hardwood, plants, stone and crushed coral. "To create a cornucopia of organic architecture, it was imperative for us that this complex, creative act was accomplished using the materials lying at our very doorstep. Our mantra throughout was 'local, local, local.'"

Then there's that view. Each space has one wall open to the elements, as is designed like a stage that perfectly frames Saint Lucia's twin Piton peaks and the Caribbean Sea below. But the final crowning jewel, and probably the best vantage point for enjoying the view, is the infinity pool. Nearly every sanctuary has a generously sized one, which Troubetzkoy compares to a "luminescent Persian carpet floating you out into space, to hover over the Caribbean Sea." He also notes that the pool in each suite has been elevated and incorporated into the decor, encouraging guests to "intimately interact with it," fully experiencing the healing, transformative properties of water, which have been recognized for centuries. The infinity pools and whirlpool tubs in the bathrooms also have colored underwater LED lighting that guests can control and customize, as many believe that light and color can directly affect mood and wellbeing (red tones, for example, are thought to energize, while blues can help create a sense of calmness). "When you combine earth, air, water and the ethereal view in this way,” he says, "I believe you unlock a potential for an almost profound and magical level of enjoyment and celebration," Troubetzkoy says.

In-Sanctuary Treatments: Bringing the Spa to the Guest

At many traditional resorts, elaborate wellness treatments can only be experienced at the spa. At Jade Mountain, the guest sanctuaries can provide an exquisite setting for in-room treatments that redefine the spa experience. Menu highlights include Forget the Outside World, a 105-minute anti-stress treatment combining a 35-minute back and leg massage, simultaneous facial masque and foot reflexology treatment; Anpagnal massage, a four-handed treatment performed by two therapists simultaneously; and the Alchemy of Two, a couples' treatment with a hot tub soak, poetry reading, chocolate treats and a massage with tantra vibrational oil to help perk up the senses. After experiencing one of these treatments in the heavenly solitude of their sanctuary, a guest may better understand one of Troubetzkoy's ultimate goals for the resort. "What I’ve tried to do with Jade Mountain is to change the entire concept of a hotel room. I wanted to create environments that enable guests to forget about the furniture or the fact that they’re in a hotel – in essence, to forget about everything but experiencing the psychology of the space on an intuitive level." And it is this process of truly, deeply letting go that allows for total relaxation and mental clarity to be realized.

If you would like to book an inner sanctum stay for a few days we suggest you book your treatments beforehand.  A complete list of in sanctuary treatments are found at  http://www.jademountain.com/wellness/spa.html  And for those who would like to plan in-room dining, check out http://www.jademountain.com/cuisine/private_dining.html which offers six course meals to private wine tastings.

If you would like a few structured forays out of your sanctuary you may like to book the Tropical Tranquility Package at http://www.jademountain.com/reserve/packages/tranquility2016.html

ABOUT JADE MOUNTAIN RESORT Rising majestically above a private 600-acre estate with 2 beaches, JADE MOUNTAIN is an architectural marvel celebrating Saint Lucia’s stunning scenic beauty. The 24 open-walled sanctuaries are grand sweeping spaces each with an extravagantly sized private infinity pool floating out into nature and to amazing views. The resort recently earned a spot on American Express Travel's list of the top 25 hotels offering a "Best in Class" customer experience, winning the award for "Most Breathtaking Views."

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