|The Pitons are a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the lush tropical island of St. Lucia (JadeMountain.com)|
The influx of visitors could not have come at a better time with the increasing growth in worldwide banana production taking its toll. Though it was first under the influence of French settlers, followed by the British in the mid-17th century, St Lucia became a sovereign nation in February, 1979.
|St Lucia is a favorite spot for sailing (wikipedia)|
Popular attractions are the island’s drive-in volcano, the Botanical Garden, Pigeon Island National Park and the majestic landmark twin peaks of The Pitons, which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Since gaining its independence however, St Lucia has also become home to some of the finest resort properties in the Caribbean. JadeMountain Resort, known for its open-air sanctuaries and breathtaking panoramas was recently named to the American Express Travel list as one of the world’s top 25 hotels. In the process, Jade Mountain captured the award for "Most Breathtaking Views."
property, which has also received high
marks from Conde Nast Traveler, is
Anse Chastanet with its idyllic location in the shadow of the Pitons. Situated
on the southwestern coast of the island, Anse Chastanet features 49
individually designed rooms that are tucked within a tropical garden at beach
Whether travelers choose
or Anse Chastanet, each property is offering a unique experience during the
month of August. Jade Mountain
|Infinity pool at Jade Mountain Resort which is famous for its magnificent views (JadeMountain.com)|
|The Pitons as seen from a room at Anse Chastanet Resort in St. Lucia (AnseChastanetResort.com)|
|Making chocolate the hard way from the real stuff (Taylor0|
Guests will be greeted with a chocolate amenity and cocktail, a Chocolate Lovers Breakfast in Bed celebration and a chocolate-infused spa treatment.
There will also be classes in Chocolate Sensory tasting as well as an opportunity to make a personalized chocolate bar.
Chocolate packages will continue throughout the year for visitors who are unable participate in the August Festival.
What better way to savor one of the finest resorts in the
Caribbean than basking in the decadent world of
Meanwhile, at Anse Chastanet, the resort has announced its dates for a rare annual event which it has participated in for nearly two decades. Thanks to its location, Anse Chastanet annually witnesses one of Mother Nature’s most spectacular performance when the coral spawns each year. This year the spawning is predicted to take place from August 24-26th.
The phenomenon was first discovered in
in the 1980s at the Great Barrier Reef. The
annual mass reproduction is now known be critical to coral reef survival.
|Spawning brain coral is a rare annual phenomenon that can be viewed in August at Anse Chastanet Resort (wikipedia)|
When the spawning process is underway, coral release millions of packets of egg and sperm cells that appear underwater as massive clouds of white and pink. The upward “snowfall” drifts toward the surface for fertilization and the sea is partially covered by the slicks of coral larvae before settling to the bottom to create next generation of coral.
Though much of the process continues to be a mystery, scientists have been able to accurately predict when it will take place. A week or so after a full August moon, just an hour or two after sunset, using darkness for cover, Anse Chastanet’s in-house diving staff takes scuba divers and snorkelers out the witness this rare phenomenon.
Whether your choice is chocolate, spawning coral or anything in
is rapidly becoming a travel destination that appeals to a new generation of
island hoppers. Sailors and day-trippers from cruise ships are slowly learning they
are going to have to share the paradise that was once their domain. St Lucia
|Everywhere you look on St Lucia, the Pitons dominate the view just like the Jade Club at Jade Mountain Resort (JadeMountain.com)|
And for those newcomers who are “discovering”
or Anse Chastanet just may be your last resort. Jade Mountain