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Nick & Karolin Troubetzkoy


Dear Virtuoso Travel Advisor,

It gives us great pleasure to introduce you to JADE MOUNTAIN!

JADE MOUNTAIN is the creation of my husband Nick Troubetzkoy who is the conceptualist, architect and designer of JADE MOUNTAIN. Together with a fine team of engineers, he also personally oversaw the entire building process. JADE MOUNTAIN is Nick’s unique declaration of love for St. Lucia’s stunning beauty, and as you will have noticed, a bold and rather unique declaration it is!

In addition to providing you with the general resort information below, we would like to also explain to you how JADE MOUNTAIN came to be!

Nick has been an avid collector of antique carved jade mountains for over 35 years. He already had an impressive collection of jade mountains when he first came to St. Lucia in the 70’s and some of them resemble our amazing landscape around JADE MOUNTAIN, including of course our landmark mountains, the Pitons.

The strong affinity he felt when first laying sight on the Pitons was no doubt partly due to his love for his carved jade mountains. What was meant to be a brief stint in paradise, turned into a lifelong passion for the island and its people.

When it came to naming the new property, JADE MOUNTAIN seemed to be the most appropriate choice because it appeared to me that Nick was finally carving his own jade mountain, made from stone and perhaps just a little bigger than some of the jade mountains in his collection.

JADE MOUNTAIN existed in Nick’s mind for a long time before it was built. From the outset, he was determined to create a unique living experience that would not only take full advantage of the unforgettable views of St. Lucia’s Piton mountains but to essentially allow the onlooker to float into space and become one with them.

When calling the pools infinity pools we are as much referring to the infinite views as to the infinity pool edges. As a result, the bridges leading to your JADE MOUNTAIN sanctuary have become the BRIDGES TO INFINITY.

Jade is known in China as the “stone of heaven.” At JADE MOUNTAIN, our columns reaching out to heaven became an important part of the design. Our COLUMNS TO HEAVEN are art in progress – they will be topped with wire sculptures and also some amazing glass designs created by David Knox of Lightstreams who also created the handmade glass tiles for us.

JADE MOUNTAIN as a whole is as much a work of art as it is a hotel and our operational hotel management team has the challenging task to ensure that in addition to the fabulous view and amazing accommodation you will be receiving the standard of service you would expect.

In the creation of his JADE MOUNTAIN, Nick took a particular interest in the recycled glass pool tiles which were designed in a symbiotic collaboration with David Knox of Lightstreams, an equally unconventionally thinking tile manufacturer, who – appreciating Nick’s design approach – created 24 stunning iridescent reflective pool tiles to match Nick’s revolutionary creations with some of his own. Each suite has different color pool tiles... from ruby red to amber to plum and to amazing shades of green and blue. The mold for these tiles has been destroyed. This was part of the agreement so that the JADE MOUNTAIN tiles could in fact remain a unique, one of a kind design feature.

Nick personally oversaw every aspect of the project, no doubt causing some of his team members to pull out their hair in the process. He was determined to not only create a unique experience, but to give each suite a completely different personality of its own. Not only do the suites and pools all differ in shape and layout, the furniture, wash basins and even the toilets hardly repeat themselves.

To create the unique individualistic effect intended for each suite, which all feature 15ft high ceilings, additional furniture pieces were brought in from different well-known international designers to supplement the locally made furnishings. By using a vast diversity of pieces from all of these fine furniture manufacturers, Nick was able to individualize each suite with an eclectic selection of furnishings. In addition, he collaborated with European bathrooms manufacturers to procure dramatic faucets, porcelain sinks and even toilets which all differ in each room.

To create the unique individualistic effect intended for each suite, which all feature 15ft high ceilings, additional furniture pieces were brought in from a variety of designers to supplement the locally made furnishings. These designers include Environment Furniture (, Janus et Cie ( and Padmas Plantation ( By using a vast selection of pieces from these fine furniture manufacturers, Nick was able to individualize each suite with an eclectic selection of furnishings. In addition, he collaborated with European bathrooms manufacturers Hans Grohe ( and Duravit ( The suites all feature dramatic faucets, porcelain sinks and toilets which differ in each room.

The living areas of the rooms are finished with more than 20 different species of tropical hardwood flooring and trims harvested in an environmentally correct way. JADE MOUNTAIN’s technicians actually visited the Rain Forest of Guyana and personally chose which trees to be used. A multitude of hardwoods has been used including Purpleheart, Greenheart, Locust, Kabukali, Snakewood, Bloodwood, Etikburabali, Futukbali, Taurino, Mora and Cabbage Wood.

The interior walls are finished in a crushed blush toned coral plaster quarried in Barbados. The exterior is in massive rough concrete and imbued with locally quarried stone, with all the window openings framed with massive 3 inch x 18 inch tropical wood mullions and muntins which are in-filled with movable jalousie louvres. The flooring exposed to the weather is finished in quarried coral tile from neighboring islands.

As each suite began to take shape, we realized that the term “suite” was far too conventional for our Jade Mountain accommodation. A suite – in the world of hospitality – also usually refers to a technical separation of bedroom and living-room which is not the case at Jade Mountain where we celebrate large open spaces. One commentary was made over and over by anyone who visited the property in the pre-opening phase: “ Why ever leave this heavenly place, we don’t want to come out again”. In trying to capture this sentiment, we came across the term “sanctuary”, a term that at this point was not at all used in the hospitality industry and we thought was perfect to describe not only the physical space but also the psychology of the space.

As with ANSE CHASTANET, it was Nick’s determination to keep as much economic benefit as possible in the region. The entire project was hand built with workmen from the local community of Soufriere. Nick has great respect for the woodworkers and masons of St. Lucia. The quality of the massive hand set stonework and wooden finishes speak for themselves. We are Saint Lucia's only 2 properties with TravelLife Gold certifications which indicate our high commitment to sustainable operations and community engagement. . Jade Mountain is the Caribbean's only property with a LEED Gold Certification.

As a result of our commitment, we were awarded the highly coveted Counterpart International Emerald Award “for high-end resorts combining a commitment to luxury and to the use of tourism to improve the destination, its people and the environment.” Counterpart president Lelei LeLaulu said that JADE MOUNTAIN had vaulted to the top of the world’s most exclusive properties for its use of recycled material, water, and its dedication to conserving the environment, going so far as to send resort managers to the rainforests of Guyana to select the trees for use. He also gave top marks to “the resort’s treatment of staff and a very low turnover.” On top of all this, said LeLaulu, JADE MOUNTAIN was “a design of extraordinary vision and boldness.”

Nick and I thank you for letting us share our vision with you.

With best wishes,

Karolin Troubetzkoy
Executive Director, Marketing and Operations
Reservations Tel: +1 800 223 1108
Local Tel: +1 758 459 4000
Karolin private cell: +1 305 496 0150

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