If you’re a luxury loving, travel-addicted Social Gal or Gent with a thing for recharging the batteries, and affirming mental and physical wellness and clarity in a place of serenity, solitude, and absolute beauty, then Jade Mountain, Saint Lucia, a recent addition to American Express Travel’s top 25 hotels offering “Best in Class” customer experiences, is a lust-add for your list of dream destinations.

First, the accommodations, magnificently designed and brought to life by property owner and architect NICK TROUBETZKOY, are known as “sanctuaries,” accessed not by a conventional corridor walked by others, but your very own suspended bridge, creating a journey to a wellness haven that is all your own, completely distinct, and, at one with your awesome natural surroundings.

Doors are similarly unique and well conceived, crafted from huge rough-hewn slabs of exotic tropical hardwood, meant to ceremonially mark your entrance into solid, soul-uplifting oasis’.

As for interiors, think impeccably handcrafted furnishings, sourced intelligently and passionately from local organic materials, and views that normally manifest in dreams only, enjoyed from both an entire wall open to the elements, and, arguably, the prop’s piece de resistance, your very own generously sized infinity pool peaking – and peeking – seductively over the stunning Caribbean sea below, a perk that won Jade Mountain additional awards from the aforementioned American Express accreditation.

Top it all off with whirlpool tubs boasting customizable mood-enhancing coloured underwater LED lighting; a 24-hour on-call butler assigned to every sanctuary to accommodate every imaginable need; gorgeous common areas where use of smart phones and technology is prohibited with a view to encouraging complete and total decompression; and in-room access to the best in healthful delectable cuisine; as well as the pinnacle of spa treatments like a four-handed massage performed by two therapists simultaneously, couples’ treatment including hot tub soak, poetry reading, chocolate treats and  massage with tantra vibrational oil, and well, I don’t know if it gets any better than this.

See you there … or not (given the likelihood we’ll all be sanctuary-smitten. 😉 )

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