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Peermont D’Oreale Grande at Emperor’s Palace – The Best Luxury Layover

Like us, most international travelers flying into Johannesburg’s O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), are there for a quick layover to continue onto their final destination – a game reserve for safaris. Though we highly recommend travelers to explore Johannesburg, sometimes there is not enough time to sightsee or jet lag travelers just want to relax before they continue onto another flight the next day. This leaves travelers with a few hotel options that are close to the airport, but none compare to the award winning, Peermont D’Oreale Grande at Emperor’s Palace.

Peermont D’Oreale Grande at Emperor’s Palace is a five star luxury hotel just five minutes away from O. R. Tambo International Airport. You might be thinking that you will hear planes fly over often and it will be loud, we only heard one plane and it was early in the evening – no planes ever disrupted our sleep.

Peermont D’Oreale Grande at Emperor’s Palace is one of four hotels in Peermont’s Emperor’s Palace complex. The complex or Emperor’s Palace is Johannesburg’s Las Vegas – it has a lot of hotels in a small space with plenty of dining options, live entertainment and fun chances of winning big at the casino. Peermont D’Oreale Grande at Emperor’s Palace has also been awarded by International Hotel Awards in 2014 for Convention Hotel South Africa, Airport Hotel South Africa, Best Airport Hotel Africa and Best International Airport Hotel. So, as you can already gather, this truly is the best hotel near O. R. Tambo International Airport to relax, eat and play.

 

Lovely Aesthetics

Peermont D’Oreale Grande at Emperor’s Palace blew us away with their luxury touches throughout the resort. From the moment we entered the lobby till we walked into our room, it truly was an Emperor’s Palace. Even the exterior of the hotel is beautiful with its palace-esque architecture and green roof – it is even more beautiful lit up at night. Any woman staying at Peermont D’Oreale Grande at Emperor’s Palace overnight will feel like a princess or a queen.

As soon as guests walk through the revolving doors, an open lobby with high painted ceilings welcomes everyone. Guests are immediately transported from the outside world of Johannesburg, to an entirely different world inside Peermont D’Oreale Grande at Emperor’s Palace. The theme throughout the resort has an Ancient Roman and Italian Renaissance era ambience.

The front desk compliments the lobby with a simple wooden desk and marble table top, two beautiful picture frames and a welcoming Peermont D’Oreale Grande at Emperor’s Palace sign. The lobby and front desk are the first things the guests see and sets the tone of the positive experiences guests will receive during their stay.

Through the lobby is a grand piano in the middle of the foyer or cocktail lounge, right before Aurelia’s Restaurant continuing with the luxurious atmosphere of the resort. Aurelia’s Cocktail Bar is positioned at the corner of the lounge with a wonderful glass display of spirits.

In addition to the front desk and reception area, there is also a guest relations and concierge desk for guests to use at their disposal. There are only five floors, but they have long and extravagant hallways. The vibrant gold, maroon and blue floral carpet play well with the lightly gold tinted wallpaper. It is a very inviting hallway to your room, which is even more spectacular.

Luxurious Rooms

There are 182 luxurious rooms at the Peermont D’Oreale Grande at Emperor’s Palace. Within the 182 rooms are 16 different types of rooms and suites. Regardless if guests are staying in the Classic or Deluxe Room or if they are staying in a Suite, every room is spacious and magnificent. Every guest staying in a room at Peermont D’Oreale Grande at Emperor’s Palace also receives complimentary breakfast at Aurelia’s Restaurant.

We had the luxury of being upgraded to an Deluxe Suite Room and it was spectacular! When we entered our suite we felt like we had just won the jackpot. Every piece of furniture looked like it belonged in a real queen or king’s palace. The Deluxe Suite Room comes with a half bath, a grand living room, a bedroom with a full desk, a king sized bed and a huge bathroom with double sinks, a bathtub, fancy toilet and an overhead shower. Though the suite was impressive, we were surprised to find a bottle of chilled champagne with two champagne glasses waiting for us, as well as a romantic gesture of rose petals laid across our bed and bathtub, (we were celebrating our two year wedding anniversary). We could have lived like royalty in this suite forever – we absolutely loved this suite and is by far one of our favorite hotel rooms we have ever stayed in.

The living room area had the most beautiful furniture! It consisted of a seating area and dining area. There was a sofa, two chairs, a love seat, and dining room chairs, all with a tone of a luscious red. Every seat felt as comfortable as it looked and the chandelier was the final touch of luxury. In the dining area there was an espresso machine with my favorite espresso brand, Lavazza.

The bedroom was gorgeous with the silver plush backboard and royal-esuqe golden wallpaper. There were also more chairs in the bedroom with a silver touch of color and a desk that had a business panel equipped with a HDMI, USB, audio, PC, video and universal outlet. It had everything you could need for your computer and/or technology equipment.

The bathroom was one of the key elements of making this suite amazing. It was fully decorated in a beautiful gray marble and had a golden framed mirror and beautiful black and white pictures. It is not often when a hotel rooms has a double marble sink and it made getting ready for the day and night much easier. Of course the bathtub was wonderful, but the overhead shower was even better. We mentioned that this suite had a fancy toilet, it is true, this toilet was warm every time you sat on it! In addition to the warm seat, it also served as a bidet – a little too fancy for our taste, but a nice feature for those who want it.

Enjoy a full tour of our suite in this video!

 

Wonderful Service

Every staff member we encountered was friendly and happy to assist us. This included the front desk agent, hostess at Aurelia’s Restaurant, our server for dinner at Aurelia’s Restaurant and the concierge team.

Peermont D’Oreale Grande at Emperor’s Palace offers complimentary airport shuttles to and from the hotel. They have a set schedule in the lobby that is presented to guests, so they know when to be ready. We arrived two minutes before departure time, but found that the shuttle left early. Though we were disappointed the shuttle left early, the concierge team were very quick to react and solve our situation. Within minutes we were escorted to a car that took us to the shuttle and we made it safely to the airport. Sometimes mistakes happen at the best of places, but it is how people react to them that make the difference. We were very pleased with the way the concierge team handled our situation.

As we mentioned, we were celebrating our two year wedding anniversary for this entire trip to Africa. We booked this hotel through our travel agent, so we were blown away by our surprises waiting for us in our suite. These little touches ended up being a grand gesture and it meant a lot to us.

An Elegant Dining Experience at Aurelia’s Restaurant

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner and breakfast at Aurelia’s Restaurant. Aurelia’s Restaurant has a contemporary design that is beautiful both day and night. The dining room is shaped in a semi-circle with an island in the front of the room and glass windows on the facade of the restaurant, which gives guests an open view of the outdoor pool and gardens. The island is used as a dessert station at night and an array of breakfast selections in the morning.

Dinner

The ambience of Aurelia’s Restaurant during the night is romantic with its dim lighting, candles and fresh flowers on the table. Their dinner menu is quite extensive, it was literally a book full of pages that showcases the chef’s creative molecular gastronomy appetizers, entrees and desserts. The dishes had a little Mediterranean flare with their South African cuisine that can please any palate.

Our evening started with some freshly baked rolls and soft butter. For appetizers we had their Escargot au Riesling and Ostrich Bobotie Ravioli – both were outstanding. The escargot were delicious in their garlic butter, cheese, riesling sauce – it was so good we cleaned the dish with the bread to get every drop of the sauce. The ostrich ravioli was outstanding – the ravioli was the biggest one we have ever had and it tasted perfect!

The entrees are created to be enjoyed as they are described on the menu. Each entree is well thought out and designed with the perfect flavor and texture combinations. The main entrees have two pages with plenty of options to choose from, one page is full of seasonal entrees, while the second page has table side and signature entrees.  We went for two seasonal entrees, the Corn Fed Chicken Cordon Bleu and Red Wine Braised Karoo Lamb Shank. Oh my, the entrees were heavenly! The chicken cordon bleu had a more molecular gastronomy flare than the lamb shank, but both plates were beautifully plated. The chicken cordon bleu was vibrant in color and tasted amazing. The lamb shank was so tender and juicy it basically fell off the bone. The vegetables were the best we have ever had and we are not ones who typically eat their veggies, but we would eat those for every meal.

No meal is complete without dessert. Though we wanted to try every dessert, we only had room for one and went with the Chocolate Tore. A 70% Valrhona dark chocolate cake with pistachio mousse, fresh berries and raspberry ice cream. The dessert tasted as good as it looked! We loved the colors and playfulness of the dessert. The cake was rich, but paired well with the smooth pistachio mousse, fresh berries and tart raspberry ice cream.

The presentation of every plate from start to finish was a work of art and we were very pleased with our dinner.

Breakfast

As if dinner was not already fantastic, Aurelia’s Restaurant blew us away with their breakfast buffet! As we said before, every guest receives a complimentary breakfast at Peermont D’Oreale Grande at Emperor’s Palace. Though everything about Peermont D’Oreale Grande at Emperor’s Palace was outstanding, we would stay here again just for the breakfast buffet.

The buffet had everything a guest could ever imagine and more!  There were at least ten different stations offering different International cuisines, located throughout the restaurant! The island in the front of the restaurant offered a variety of breakfast selections. It had a large selection of danish, muffins and bread, 15 jars of fresh fruit, cold cuts of meat, sushi (yes, sushi), three yogurts, nine different types of cereals and grains, a mezze platter, fresh honey (guests literally took honey from a honeycomb) and much more. This is just the food on the island.

On the hot side were three types of bacon, five types of sausage, roasted potatoes and tomatoes, beans, vegetables, lamb, fish, chicken and an Aisan-stir fry station. There was also an egg station where a chef would prepare the eggs anyway you wanted it, scrambled, fried, omelet, etc. Lastly, they had a crepe and waffle station with a variety of toppings to choose from.

So now we have explained what food options were offered, now let us tell you what was offered to drink. They had six different juices to choose from a dispenser and if those juices were not fresh enough for you, a cook would use a machine to squeeze oranges right in front of you. We both had at least two glasses of this freshly squeezed orange juice – no orange juice has ever tasted so fresh! If juice is not your thing, they also had seven pitchers of flavored water and fresh fruit smoothies.

As you can see, a guests options at Peermont D’Oreale Grande at Emperor’s Palace are endless! We really liked how they offered something for everyone with their different international cuisines.

 

Amazing Amenities

Peermont D’Oreale Grande at Emperor’s Palace offers a variety of amenities to their guests. For guests who want to relax during their entire layover night or weekend holiday, Peermont D’Oreale Grande at Emperor’s Palace has everything you need – we wish our layover was longer so we could have enjoyed them all.

  • Free WiFi
  • Octavia’s Day Spa
    • The perfect place to relax from your long flight with a massage, facial, mud bath, sauna, steam room and more.
  • Outdoor Pool
  • 24 Hour Gym
  • Secure Parking
  • Complimentary Airport Shuttle
  • Business Center
  • Executive Club Floor
  • Art Gallery

In addition to these amenities, Peermont D’Oreale Grande at Emperor’s Palace is connected to the casino, Theatre of Marcellus and their own shopping district called, The Emporium. The Emporium has a movie theatre, arcade room, dining options and more for guest to enjoy at their leisure. If you have been to Las Vegas, it resembles most casino resorts, especially the Venetian, Palazzo and Caesars Palace.

 

 

Casino – What Happens in Joburg, Stays in Joburg

Coming from two people who lived in Las Vegas and worked on the Strip for two years, we were excited to see Peermont D’Oreale Grande at Emperor’s Palace casino floor and found it to be Johannesburg’s little Vegas paradise.

The casino floor was front and center with a walkway surrounding it, which would lead to the Emporium, Theatre of Marcellus and more. Something that struck our curiosity was a glassed in-room in the center of the casino. It was a very tall and wide glassed room with table games inside. We learned that it was a smoking table game floor only – we found this feature to be a brilliant idea!

On a funny side note, we never gambled once for pleasure in Las Vegas the full two years we were there, yet at the casino at Emperor’s Palace we played Blackjack! Though we lost, we had a lot of fun playing alongside some locals. As we have said, Peermont D’Oreale Grande at Emperor’s Palace is the perfect place to relax and have fun in Johannesburg (and maybe lose some money along the way)!

 

Overall

We really enjoyed our night at Peermont D’Oreale Grande at Emperor’s Palace. We were blown away by the room aesthetics. We were pleased with the service of the staff. We ate some fantastic meals at Aurelia’s Restaurant. Lastly, we relaxed and had a great time! We cannot say enough good things about Peermont D’Oreale Grande at Emperor’s Palace and highly recommend you book your layover night in Johannesburg or your entire stay right here!

 

Book This Hotel!

For the lowest room rate the prices vary around $350, but we booked almost a year in advance and found much cheaper rates. Lower rates can be found at the other Peermont hotels at Emperor’s Palace, which are all fantastic and include breakfast too. Again, we cannot express how convenient this hotel is for a layover in Johannesburg. You get to have fun, eat well and relax.

If you think this hotel is a good fit for you, please book it using our Booking affiliate search box! It does not cost you more, but we would receive a small commission for your booking. We would be very appreciative if you do book with us! 

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Peermont D’Oreale Grande at Emperor’s Palace
64 Jones Rd, O.R. Tambo
Johannesburg, 1620, South Africa
+27 11 928 1770
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The Most Luxurious Honeymoon at Jade Mountain

As much as we were looking forward to finding a venue to tie the knot, I believe we were looking forward to our honeymoon more. You really cannot blame us when you see where we spent our honeymoon. We kind of shot ourselves in the foot with this resort because we knew instantly we would either never have a vacation as good as this one or we would never be able to book anything less than perfect ever again.

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I first heard of Jade Mountain years ago, before Adam, so before 2013. I was visiting my grandparents and I was going through one of their Travel + Leisure magazines as I came across Jade Mountain. Jade Mountain was featured as one of the best resorts in the world I thought to myself, “wow, I wish I could stay here, but probably only in my dreams”. And that is all it was, a daydream, until it came down to booking my honeymoon. When we narrowed down where we wanted to go, we based it on what we wanted out of our honeymoon. We wanted seclusion, direct access to the beach, all-inclusive, activities and we did not want to get hit with hurricane season. So we looked for Caribbean Island options that followed our desires and found St. Lucia.

Since this was our dream honeymoon and are both in the hospitality industry we wanted to be spoiled. We wanted people to take care of us the way we take care of others for 8-12 hours, five days a week. So, what did we do? We searched, “best resort in St. Lucia” and without a doubt, Jade Mountain was listed as the best in several different articles. In fact, in 2015,  Jade Mountain was listed as Travel + Leisure magazine’s World’s Best Awards for Top 100 Hotels in the World and Number One in the entire Caribbean for the fourth time and 3rd consecutive time in a row!!! The young Christina in me thought, “Oh my gosh, it’s my dream vacation destination!” After we saw Jade Mountain we did not want to bother looking at any other resort. We believed we earned and deserved to stay at Jade Mountain and so we made it happen!

the famous Petit and Gros Pitons

We stayed at Jade Mountain because not only was it the best resort, but it was also the best valued resort. We have seen a lot of video promotion for Jade Mountain on social media and a lot of the responses are that it costs too much for a few nights at a hotel. We would love to say that it is priceless because of the unforgettable experiences, but the truth is that we did spend a lot of money to stay at Jade Mountain and it was worth every  penny – if we had to do it again we would do nothing different. We would not take the money to buy a house or a car because we cherished every moment and to us that is priceless. To us that is worth every penny. So with that being said, we are hear to explain that the total value and experience of Jade Mountain is better than any resort in St. Lucia, if not the entire Caribbean.

The Architecture and Property

Jade Mountain was conceptualized and designed by the famous Russian architect, Nick Troubetzkoy. Mr. Troubetzkoy carefully designed Jade Mountain above the sister resort, Anse Chastanet with explicit detail and an organic philosophy. The resort as a whole is truly a piece of art. There are five categories of sanctuaries, (yes, they are not called rooms or even suites, they are so luxurious that they are called sanctuaries): Sky, Star, Moon, Sun and Galaxy. Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet are tucked away in St. Lucia on the south-western Caribbean coastline, near the city, Soufriere. It is so secluded built in the mountains that there is no main paved road to get there. The “road” is just a one lane dirt pathway winding a mountain until we reach the property.

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Every sanctuary has high ceilings of 15ft high and only three walls! Yes, every sanctuary has an open 4th wall that allows the guests to breathe in the fresh Caribbean air 24/7 and have the perfect views of the World Heritage Site of the Petit Piton and Gros Piton. All of the sanctuary categories have their own private infinity pool with the exception of Sky – Sky Sanctuaries have a jacuzzi. The size of the infinity pool varies based upon the sanctuary category, Galaxy being the highest. Besides those details, the layout and size of the sanctuary vary. We can attest to that because they offered us a room upgrade, but we declined the offer because we liked the layout of our sanctuary more than the upgraded one – that says a lot! Each sanctuary and infinity pool were each designed with its own personality using different colored glass tiles. Our Star Sanctuary was a light emerald green.

Leading to every Sanctuary are the beautiful bridges that they call, Bridges to Infinity. These “bridges” are essential to the architectural design of the property because it creates an organic flow for guests to follow.

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Above the Sanctuaries is the Jade Mountain Club where guests dine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Even the Jade Mountain Club has its own infinity pool looking out to the ocean and Pitons. Hovering the Jade Mountain Club is the highest level called, the Celestial Terrace, where guests can do early morning yoga, private dinners, gaze under the stars, or enjoy cocktails during sunset.

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Even with all the beautiful architectural designs, Jade Mountain does not lose sight of its surroundings. Everyday we felt like we were on a secluded island because we could always hear the nature around us. Surrounding the bridges, stairs and throughout the property were trees creating shade and providing our senses with that natural, Caribbean feeling. It might have been the clean air, but it was all very refreshing.

The entire estate of Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet is 600 acres and includes not one, but two beaches! Guests can take a private motorboat or walk ten minutes to get to the other beach. The estate also includes some of the best snorkel and scuba diving areas in the entire island and access to the Old French Colonial Plantation and Anse Mamin Valley. Since Jade Mountain is built above Anse Chastanet guests can call for a driver to take them down to the beach or to another restaurant at Anse Chastanet and vice versa.

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Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain tucked away

If you think the estate had it all already, you were mistaken. They also have their own farm called, Emerald Farm, and it produces everything from vegetables, micro greens, fruits, spices, nuts, sugar cane, herbs and over 1000 cocoa trees. Every morning the chefs pick their daily produce from Emerald Farm and creates their menu based off of their morning harvest. The cocoa trees provide the cocoa beans that are used in Jade Mountains chocolate lab for their chocolate production.

The Sanctuary

As stated, we stayed in a Star Sanctuary and our glass tile color was light emerald green. We loved our sanctuary and felt connected to it so much that we bought a slab of the tile at the gift shop. It was actually the last one of its color. There was no surplus, everything they have is original and the tiles cannot and will not be recreated. Today it is hung on our wall and when we look at it a rush of honeymoon memories come flowing to us.

 

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Our sanctuary was a lot bigger than we anticipated, the only doors in the room were the front door and a closet door. Every room flowed continuously into another until the only thing left was the open air from the balcony. The bedroom continued into the lounge area with the infinity pool and balcony. Even the bathroom connected to the shower, bathtub and eventually the infinity pool. The most interesting part about the sanctuary is that you must be open with your partner because there are no curtains or doors surrounding the bathroom, just a halfway up wall. Needless to say, there were definitely no secrets between us after this honeymoon.

The canopy bed was as soft as a cloud and had beautiful curtains surrounding it during the night to keep the bugs out while allowing some cool Caribbean breeze to find its way in. I was always comfortable with the heat, but Adam was a little hot so the staff brought us a fan to keep inside the curtains and it did the trick to keep Adam cool.

The infinity pool was always at a perfect temperature and was at least 6 feet deep. It also came with a squirt gun that was to keep any birds away, but of course, we used it to squirt water at each other. To be able to swim in our own private infinity pool with the most beautiful views of the Pitons and Caribbean Ocean was a luxury we will never forget – we seriously felt like a million bucks.

The Service

From the moment we arrived at the airport till we departed the island, Jade Mountain took care of us from head to toe. We were greeted by a staff member who would not let us lift a finger on our luggage and then introduced us to our butler, Tony, who greeted us with house warming cocktails. Tony helped us get settled in, as in… he unpacked all three of our suitcases! He then quickly went over the property and showed us how to use our personal cell to get a hold of him. Yes, not only did we have our own butler on hand 24/7, but we also had a cellphone to reach him when needed. In fact, one time we went down to the beach and we called Tony to ask if he could bring us sunscreen because we had forgotten it and did not want to get burnt on our first day. He happily obliged and said that it was his best phone call in weeks because he had not been to the beach for weeks!

When Tony was off duty we had Christus, and Christus was just as amazing as Tony. When we arrived back to our sanctuary after a day of hiking Gros Piton we had a hot bath full of rose petals waiting for us. It was literally timed perfectly! The moment we entered into our sanctuary the bath was perfectly warm. This was all standard to the staff, but to us it was going way above and beyond.

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Our turn down service was flawless everyday and included cute towel character surprises. We always had fresh towels and our belongings put away respectfully.

Everyone we met was so friendly. When we talked to them they had more energy and enthusiasm about their job than anything we have ever experienced before. One time Adam asked one of our favorite servers if he would ever leave and he responded, “why would he ever leave? I live in paradise!” We could not wrap our minds around how refreshing it was to see so many staff members who loved their job. Making us happy truly made them happy and this high quality of service is why Jade Mountain remains the best.

 

With Christus, our amazing butler!

The Food

Where to even begin with how amazing the food was?!?! The man behind the success is a James Beard Award winning chef, Allen Susser, who oversees the cuisine at the Jade Mountain Club. He really understands the importance of using local ingredients and bringing out their bold flavors. One evening we were able to meet Chef Allen because he had flown in for a culinary event. He was so inspiring and his personality shines through his culinary creations. It was an honor to meet him. In the direction of Chef Allen’s vision, Jade Mountain Club upholds a high standard of excellence with every dish; creating new flavors and techniques we had never experienced before like eggplant spaghetti with a bolognese sauce. The eggplant literally looked like spaghetti and tasted so delicious we forgot we were not enjoying carbs, but an amazing vegetable.

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In our five nights at Jade Mountain we were able to dine twice at Jade Mountain Club, once at the Treehouse Restaurant (Anse Chastanet), a candlelit dinner at the beach and a private dinner in our sanctuary. Every dinner was outstanding, but we will never forget our first meal for dinner at the Jade Mountain Club. It really set the tone for the remaining nights, everything was flawless and the food was more delicious than we had ever imagined.

Another standout was dinner at the beach. At first we were going to dine at Trou Au Diable Beach Restaurant, but were asked if we would like to have our dinner set on the beach underneath the white canopy. Even among the dozen other couples during the candlelit dinner on the beach, it still felt intimate and romantic.

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The private dinner in our sanctuary was set up by Mrs. Troubetzkoy herself – what an honor! We had met her on our second day and bonded instantly with her. The private dinner was set up on our dining table and every course was presented by the executive chef with the sommelier pairing wines to every course. Did we mention it was a six course dinner, (seven if you include the amuse bouche)?!?! We felt so special and became best friends with the executive chef and sommelier that night. It was the perfect dinner to end our stay.

We would always enjoy breakfast at the Jade Mountain Club unless we had to wake up early for an excursion, if that was the case we would order room service. If we were not enjoying lunch at Jade Mountain Club then we were definitely enjoying it at the beach! Honestly no matter where we ate we always had the most beautiful views, whether we were dining in our sanctuary or the Jade Mountain Club we had the Pitons in our horizon and dinng on the beach we of course saw the endless ocean.

Here are a few of our favorite entrees.

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To read more about the decadent desserts click here.

To read more about the luscious chocolate and desserts click here.

The Activities

Jade Mountain provided us with endless activity and excursion options. With everything we experienced we still managed to feel relaxed the entire time – due to the Caribbean air and incredible Jade Mountain service. As part of our package a lot of the activities and excursions were included, but because of our enthusiastic interest, Jade Mountain also included a complimentary trip to their Emerald Farm and Chocolate Lab.

On our first morning at Jade Mountain we attended their orientation to discover their property that has 600 acres. The tour took around 45 minutes and helped us make our acquaintances with the staff and property. That same night we also attended a welcome cocktail reception at sunset to meet the senior staff, which included Mrs. Troubetzkoy. The reception served the guests beautiful hors d’oeuvres of prawn shooters, sushi and more, along with red and white wine. Every staff member we met was very friendly and we received a warm welcome.

Since this was our honeymoon, we enjoyed the seclusion during our stay of Jade Mountain and that included our activities and excursions. All of our excursions took place with one other couple with the exception of sailing, we sailed with 8 people (still a small number). With every excursion we had a private driver and/or boat captain. Whenever we wanted to go on our excursion we would let our butler know and he would take care of everything. All we had to do was show up with proper shoes and clothes, they would provide everything else for us including, gear, snacks, water, etc. Our excursions and activities included:

  • Hiking Gros Piton
  • Half-day sailing on skippered resort yacht Serenity
  • Guided boat snorkeling trip
  • Jungle biking in Anse Mamin Valley
  • Escorted walk of the Old French Colonial Plantation
  • Tour of Volcano, Sulphur Springs with a Mud Bath and Diamond Mineral Baths
  • Tour of Emerald Farm and Chocolate Lab
  • Kayaking
  • A one-hour couples Swedish Massage
  • Tour of the Botanical Gardens

Can you believe we did all of this in 5 nights and still felt relaxed?

To read about all of our activities in more detail click here.

The Beaches

Jade Mountain had access to two beaches, Anse Chastanet and Anse Mamin. Anse Chastanet was located below Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet resorts while Anse Mamin was located a little north and guests could either walk on the coastline or take a resort shuttle boat to access it.

Anse Chastanet Beach had most of the activities like snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding and beach dining. Trou Au Diable Beach Restaurant and Grill are available for guests to dine at or guests can order food from their own cabana. When Adam and I were feeling hungry or thirsty we would place a bamboo stick in the sand and less than a minute later a server would come by our cabana. Drinking Piton beers with coconut fried shrimp and ceviche on the beach was definitely one of our favorite things to enjoy during our stay.

Anse Mamin Beach had private cabanas, hammocks and chairs to enjoy the ocean views, as well as the best burgers on the island. Jungle Beach Bar & Grill makes fresh burgers on the grill and are the best burgers on the island. Believe it or not, but the burgers are served with banana ketchup and it is amazing!!! Also located on the beach is the Anse Mamin Valley and Old French Colonial Plantation. When we walked to Anse Mamin Valley it felt like we had walked into Jurassic Park – we never saw a dinosaur, but we did see some wildlife.

Adam had the opportunity to collect his sand at both beaches before our departure.

The Seclusion

As stated in our activities, we loved the privacy and seclusion of everything Jade Mountain had to offer. We always had a private driver, when we ate at Jade Mountain Club there was never more than 8 couples dining at a time, the two beaches and of course our private sanctuary. We felt like we were one of five hundred on the entire island because of the high quality service and exclusivity of Jade Mountain.

Prices

So, now that we went over the best hospitality experience ever, we will go over the prices or what we consider the value. We did the Total Romance Package during the lowest time of the year, therefore we received their cheapest rates. In addition to that, Jade Mountain had a promotion going on, so we received our 5th night free! Our biggest tip is to always take advantage of free nights. We mentioned Jade Mountain is the best valued resort because even though the prices are high, you get more than you paid for. We actually documented how much every meal would have cost us and it would have been at least $2,000. In addition to the cost of meals and beverages, the activities that were included were either exclusive to Jade Mountain guests or they were less expensive than other companies. We also valued that we never had to worry about anything when it came to booking our activities and excursions. This was our honeymoon and we wanted to be stress free. Lastly, service and hospitality is very importance to us and every penny we spent went towards world class service and hospitality.

The cost of staying here varies based upon a lot of factors: packages, promotions, length of stay, time of the season and sanctuary level. As of today (2017), prices can vary anywhere between $6,000 to $30,000 (per couple). We know it is a lot of money to spend for a vacation, but we felt that if we were able to save for it, then we wanted to do it!

To read about how we save for our big adventures click here.

We looked at our honeymoon as a once in a lifetime experience, our one and only honeymoon, the start of our marriage and we wanted to remember it forever with no regrets! Looking back today, we definitely do not regret our decision and if you can make it happen, staying at Jade Mountain will be more than worth it!

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We hope you enjoyed our review of our honeymoon at Jade Mountain!

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