A volcanic island and one of the most mountainous of the Caribbean, the landscape is covered in rainforests, beautiful waterfalls and rivers leading to the ocean. St. Lucia is known for its diverse population of birds, remarkable underwater ecosystem, delicious chocolate, and sandy beaches. There are several species of birds that you can only see here, such as the Jacquot also known as the St. Lucia Parrot. If you are craving something sweet then a visit to one of the many chocolate experiences on the island will be sure to indulge your senses. Hiking and mountain biking is plentiful in St Lucia when not diving and snorkeling. The oceans surrounding the island are vested into an award winning marine reserve (SMMA) which was established in 1995. Since these waters have been protected for so long your dives will be impressive and pristine. In the more shallow waters you may see peacock flounders, octopus, needle fish and turtles, if you go a bit deeper you may see puffer fish, lobsters, moray eels, frogfish and seahorses. This untouched paradise is not to be missed!
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Scuba St. Lucia
Jade Mountain and Anse Chastenet are pleased to jointly feature their premier scuba and snorkeling operation, Scuba St. Lucia, as one of the most scenic and ecologically rich locations the Caribbean has to offer – including an easily accessible coral-rich dive and snorkeling site right off shore. Scuba St. Lucia is not only the island's longest established dive center, but a safe and well-staffed five-star PADI operation to round out the perfect vacation destination.
Architect owner Nick Troubetzkoy believes passionately in nature. So he created a hotel that makes the foliage and the flowers, the perfumes and the peaks, the sea and the bird song an integral part of your vacation experience. The estate encompasses 600 lush tropical acres bordering two soft sand beaches. Not only do you get a World Heritage Site anchored by the twin peaks on land, the resort’s two crystal-clear bays are part of a designated marine reserve protecting miles of colorful coral reefs teeming with tropical fish. A dozen rooms are tucked in behind the coconut palms that line the beach and the remainder tiptoe up a flower decked hillside. To make the most of the panoramic views and the refreshing tradewinds octagonal whitewashed cottages come with wraparound flower draped balconies and louvered windows.
Expect grand sweeping spaces where bedroom, living area, and an extravagant private infinity pool glide into one another to form extraordinary platforms floating out into nature. With the fourth wall entirely absent, Jade Mountain’s sanctuaries are stage-like settings from which to embrace the full glory of St. Lucia’s Pitons World Heritage Site, and of course, the eternal Caribbean Sea.