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5 Days St. Lucia Mango Themed Culinary Holiday

  • Jade Mountain at Anse Chastanet, P.O. Box 4000, Soufriere, St. Lucia, West Indies

St. Lucia Mango Madness Culinary Holidays

Indulge yourself in a luxury vacation at the idyllic island of St. Lucia, guarded by Piton Mountains, surrounded by the bliss of the Caribbean and its lush rainforest. Delight in many mango-based culinary activities and services offered during the Mango Madness Festival, a festival brought to life by Jade Mountain, consulting chef Allen Susser and his team, celebrating the many varieties of mangos available in St. Lucia. The activities include a mango chutney workshop, a mango cocktail party, one tasting and demonstration, Mango Madness cooking class, and more!

Highlights

  • Mango mixology class
  • 2 mango cooking lessons
  • 1 mango-themed culinary demonstration
  • Tours through plantations and lush rainforest
  • Pristine private Caribbean beaches
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 2 daily delightful meals
  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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Each of the 24 infinity pool sanctuaries at Jade Mountain is a carefully designed, individual work of art and architecture. All of the sanctuaries celebrate an unparalleled view of the Pitons and the Caribbean Sea. In all of the sanctuaries, the fourth wall is open to the views while at the same time allowing for complete privacy. Expect grand sweeping spaces where bedroom, living area and the extravagant private infinity pool glide into one another to form extraordinary platforms floating out into nature. Four rate categories of infinity pool sanctuaries have been created to reflect the square footage of the sanctuaries and size of pool.

Also, there are five Sky jacuzzi sanctuaries which enjoy the same open floor plan and views with large jacuzzi but no in-sanctuary pool. All sanctuaries feature 15-feet-high ceilings and have the fourth wall open to the views. All other aspects, layout and size vary from sanctuary to sanctuary. In addition to locally made fine tropical wood furniture an eclectic collection of furniture has been placed in the sanctuaries giving each one of them their own individualistic ambiance. All sky jacuzzi and infinity pool sanctuaries have king beds. Bathrooms feature chromatherapy whirlpool tubs designed to be enjoyed by one or two persons.

Tubs are mounted on a pedestal allowing best possible panoramic views whilst bathing. Each sanctuary has shower towers with a rain shower, six body sprays, adjustable heights and a separate hand shower. Each of the 24 in-sanctuary infinity pools has its own individually designed glass tile color scheme which is then carried on into the individual bathrooms, giving each sanctuary its own unique and bold personality. The glass tile texture is complex in reflective and prismatic ways with each piece of tile unique due to their custom hand crafted fabrication. The 24 infinity pools are equipped with fiber optics to illuminate them at night.

You have the option of allowing the system to cycle through a range of colors or setting it to one particular shade. The water in Jade mountain's infinity pools is purified by a highly sophisticated system, the primary mechanical filtration being through a zeolite sand filter and with the primary sterilization being ozone. Each pool receives individually filtered and sterilized water, and pool water cycles through the sterilization and filtration facilities approximately six times per day. In-room facilities include fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, hair dryer, iron, ironing board and electronic in-room safe.

Enjoy Molton Brown Body Remedies guest amenities exclusive to Jade Mountain in Saint Lucia, Frette bathrobes, slippers and Frette towels. Butlers at Jade Mountain are called Major Domos and service all sanctuaries around the clock. Upon arrival, guests receive a "firefly" communication device, allowing guests to contact the service team at any time whilst the service team remains as unobtrusive as possible. There is no television, radio, or conventional telephone in the sky jacuzzi and infinity pool sanctuaries in keeping with the overall techno-free resort experience.

Galaxy sanctuary

The Galaxy infinity pool sanctuaries are the sanctuaries numbered JC1, JD1, and JE1. These are located on the south-west corner of Jade Mountain and enjoy the most commanding panoramic views plus biggest square footage with an average 2000 square feet and an infinity pool averaging 900 square feet.

Moon sanctuary

The Moon infinity pool sanctuaries are between 1600 and 1950 square feet in size with infinity pools averaging 650 square feet. They are located on various levels of Jade Mountain.

Sky jacuzzi suite

The five sky jacuzzi suites are located on the lower hillside level of jade mountain. The sky suites feature large jacuzzi tub for two persons but they do not have a private pool. The sky jacuzzi suites feature 15 feet high ceilings and have the fourth wall open to the views yet are completely private. The suites average about 1650 square feet. The sky suites feature a two level room lay out, with a large and comfortable living space and open bath design, with the raised jacuzzi tub towering above the living space, open to the views. One of the sky jacuzzi suites situated on the north-east corner has windows and air-conditioning. This unit can be requested when booking a sky jacuzzi suite.

Star sanctuary

The Star infinity pool sanctuaries are between 1400 and 1800 square feet and with infinity pools averaging 450 square feet. They are located on various levels of Jade Mountain.

Sun sanctuary

The Sun infinity pool sanctuaries are between 1800 and 2000 square feet in size with infinity pools averaging 900 square feet. Due to their corner location on the north-east and south-west of Jade Mountain, they enjoy a panoramic 270-degree view.

Day 1, Friday

From 18:00 to 19:00, join the Mad Mango Cocktail Party at the Jade Mountain Club. Start off the evening with tropical mango cocktails including, the 30 pound infused mango, Mangotini, and Jade Mountains St. Lucian rum mango mojito. You can then taste for yourself some of the world's best mangos as Jade Mountain prepares them in various treats and passed finger foods. Chef Allen and Jade Mountains executive chef will host an interactive mango display to tantalize your taste buds and senses to the flavors of paradise.

Day 2, Saturday

From 09:00 to 11:00, go to a once in a lifetime mango tour of Nick Troubetzkoy's Emerald gardens hosted by chef Allen Susser. Starting off with a walking and tasting tour of the organic garden at Emerald Estate to see first-hand the from-the-farm-to-the-plate Jade cuisine concept. You will see the sultry natural habitat of the mango fields and learn why mangos are the most popular fruit in the world. Enjoy a relaxed tropical snack and more mangos on the back porch of the farmhouse.

At 13:00, at the Jade Club Lounge, chef Allen will share his vision of cooking with mangos in Chef Allen's Mangos Rule!, a live interactive cooking demonstration, where you will see why mangos drenched with exotic beauty and exploding with flavor, nourish both the body and soul. At 19:00, join A night of 1,000 mangos. This will be a luscious, silky, and rich five-course mango dinner, with a seasonal and sustainable menu matched with wines. (Regular a la carte dining will also be available).

Day 3, Sunday

Sunday should be a day of rest and tranquility. Let Jade Mountain set a luxurious table overlooking the Pitons for your breakfast in the club. The menu for Sunday morning is light and refreshing, fresh and exotic featuring seasonal exotic fruits, mangos, freshly baked breads, artisan cheeses, and freshly brewed St. Lucian native coffee or teas.

From 16:30 to 17:30, attend a mango mixology class at the beach bar. For those who enjoy Caribbean rum, explore the fine craft of mixing mango cocktails using basic techniques and tricks of Jade Mountains bartenders. Learn how to make mango mojitos, mango coladas, and Jade Mountains most popular Coco Doo. If you already have a favorite from their cocktail menu, they would love to show you how it is made.

Day 4, Monday

Take a resort shuttle boat over and enjoy a leisurely lunch, grilled under the palm trees and mango trees. The menu is simple and delicious featuring freshly caught fish, mangos, and salads (A la carte rates apply). At 13:45, tour the plantation at Anse Mamin with Meno, your special guide. Jade Mountains grounds include an old and tropical plantation called Anse Mamin. The plantation was originally a sugarcane plantation in the 18th century, until changing hands turned towards cocoa plants. The cocoa plants are still numerous on the grounds for guests to see and for Jade Mountain to produce their own estate chocolates.

In Anse Mamin, you can find turmeric, cashews, tamarind, mango, avocado, oranges, tangerines, guavas, papaya, coconut, breadfruit, yams, and sweet potatoes. See the mango trees throughout the plantation. The superior taste and quality of the ingredients, as well as the connection to the earth, is the culinary motivation. By happenstance, Anse Mamin is a wonderful organic resource. From 15:30, enjoy a mango chutney workshop located at the Treehouse Restaurant, where you will learn how to preserve the exotic flavor of mango with spices in the age-old tradition of chutney making. Enter the mango, preferably a fresh picked one (any variety will do), and imagine your paradise.

There is no clever chemistry in detecting ripeness. It's about a feel (gently) and a smell (go to town). Color has less bearing here than in the real world and that is as it should be. The mango-pantone is rich, filled with green, red, purplish-red, yellow, spotted, or any combination of the above, and comes in all shapes and sizes. This will be a hands-on workshop with sample jars for you to take home. From 17:30 to 18:30, go to the Celestial Terrace for exotic, tropical and mango cocktails, and passed hors d'oeurves that reflect the wonderful flavors of 1001 mangos at the Monday evening managers mango greeting cocktail party.

Day 5, Tuesday

At 17:30, join Cooking in Paradise, an interactive mango cooking class at the Jade Club Lounge hosted by chef Elijah; he will teach you some of Jade Mountain trade secrets such as cooking with mangos. As a Caribbean chef, he spends a lot of time hand picking his own ingredients available all over the island and he likes to share his experiences with his guests.

  • Allen Susser

    Allen Susser's personal culinary viewpoint has been established since 1986 upon opening his groundbreaking Miami restaurant, Chef Allen's. The New York Times called Allen the "Ponce De Leon of New Florida cooking". Chef Allen's new world cuisine is fresh and flavorful, like a tropical vacation on a plate. His vision of what the future holds is a culinary fusion of cultures that share similar landscapes, tropical ingredients and diverse spice boxes.

This culinary holiday will take place in Soufriere, in the island country of Saint Lucia.

Nearby places

  • Anse Mamin beach - 10 minutes
  • Jade Mountains helipad - 5 minutes
Activities
  • Bird watching
  • Boating
  • Cooking classes
  • Diving
  • Fitness center
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hot spring nearby
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping
  • Shopping nearby
  • Spa
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
  • Tennis court
  • Yoga
  • Zip lining
General
  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Butler
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • In-room safe
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
Services
  • Beauty salon
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free Wi-Fi / computer
  • In-room dining
  • Library
  • Meeting room
  • Mosquito net
  • Toiletries
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding

You will be served breakfasts and dinners during your stay, while the lunches are left at your own pleasure and choice. According to chef Allen Susser, Jade cuisine is a celebration of the bold flavors of the world's tropical cultures in his kitchen at Jade Mountain. The cooking is fresh, simple, and succinct. There is always flexibility for the seasons, and availability of local products.

Jade Mountains organic farm, Emerald Estate in the Soufriere hills, plays a major role in bringing farm to table ingredients. These ingredients range from, vanilla beans, bay leaf, nutmeg trees, cinnamon trees, to numerous varieties of mango, sour oranges, and coconut trees. Emerald farm also grows leaves, micro greens, vegetables, and herbs for the restaurant. Jade Mountains close relationship with many fishermen in town and on the coast gives them access to the freshest and most pristine fish in St Lucia.

Dining at Jade Mountain's sister resort, Anse Chastanet

Jade Mountain guests can also dine at the restaurants of Anse Chastanet located directly below Jade Mountain and easily accessible by foot or by resort shuttle. Enticing selections of menus are available in a number of intimate hillside and beachside locations. Also, you can pre-book private dining arrangements at the water's edge on Anse Chastanet beach.

Whether you fancy fine tropical Caribbean cuisine, exotic Creole flavors, or simple grilled fare, you will find it all and more. Culinary options include St. Lucia-East Indian menu titled Apsara, a wholly vegetarian restaurant called Emerald's and, last but not least, the Jungle Grill for day time laid back dining on the second beach, Anse Mamin. All of them receive organic produce from the resort farm Emerald in the Soufriere hills.

Jade cuisine at Jade Mountain Club

Wrapped around an infinity pool with a dazzling kaleidoscope of colors, the Jade Mountain Club caters exclusively to resident guests, celebrating James Beard award winner, chef Allen Susser's Jade cuisine. Drenched in exotic beauty and erupting with flavor, Jade Mountain nourishes both the body and soul. Its Jade Cuisine, created by James Beard award winner, chef Allen Susser, is a brave new world of tropical flavors. His cuisine is exotic and delicious with a history of fusion, taking Saint Lucia dining to new heights, in many ways.

The Jade Mountain Club is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is live entertainment on selected evenings, ranging from one of the island's foremost jazz musicians to a classical acoustic guitarist. The Jade Mountain Club menus reflect seasonal changes of flavor with influences throughout the Caribbean. Jade cuisine is a modern fusion cuisine with cultural influences and unique techniques resulting in wonderful taste adventures.

The Celestial Terrace

Hovering in space above the Jade Mountain Club is the Celestial Terrace, perfect for sunset cocktails or stargazing. One of the most breathtaking locations imaginable, the Celestial Terrace offers an unforgettable sunset panorama. Once night has fallen, watch the night sky and look out for shooting stars. A private dining experience on the Celestial Terrace can be arranged.

Exclusions

  • Night of 1,000 Mangos dinners wine flight per person

Beaches

Jade Mountain rises majestically above a 600-acre lush tropical resort estate, considered to be one of the Caribbean's most unique and scenically spectacular settings imaginable, near the St. Lucia's famous Piton Mountains, a UNESCO world heritage site. Part of the 600-acre resort estate are two beautiful, natural, soft sand beaches with an abundance of pristine coral reefs right offshore.

Anse Chastanet Beach. The Anse Chastanet Beach is the quintessential Caribbean resort beach where you can laze the day away on a cozy beach chair in the shade provided by a private beach hut while your every need is taken care of by the resort team. Minted cool spray, towel service, fruit kebabs, and sorbet, are all part of the daily beach experience. Should you be lured by the rhythmic waves rolling ashore, snorkeling, and water sports are but a few paces away.

Anse Mamin. The resorts second beach, Anse Mamin, is located to the north and can be reached by complimentary resort shuttle boats or a ten-minute stroll along the scenic coastline. With a well-earned reputation as one of the most beautiful and exotic beaches on island, Anse Mamin is the perfect location for guests who desire a more laid back romantic atmosphere. With the rustic Jungle Beach Bar & Grill on hand, the resort team will ensure a memorable day is enjoyed by all.

Birdwatching

Home to the magical Piton Mountains, lush landscapes, unspoiled rainforests, and palm-fringed beaches, Saint Lucia is the beautiful Caribbean island that has it all and more. From a birding point of view, Saint Lucia is very accessible being just 27 miles long and 14 miles wide and is probably one of the most important of the Lesser Antilles as it holds six single island endemics.

Saint Lucia has six endemic species, one of which is the islands national bird, the Saint Lucia Parrot (Amazona Veriscolor), a species that recovered from dangerously low population numbers in the early 1980s. The other endemics are the Saint Lucia Pewee, Saint Lucia Warbler, Saint Lucia Oriole, Saint Lucia Black Finch, and Sempers Warbler. This gives Saint Lucia the distinction of having the highest number of endemic birds in the eastern Caribbean region.

Complimentary activities

Other complimentary activities available at Jade Mountain are chocolate sensory tastings at Emerald Restaurant on Tuesdays from 10:00 to 10:30. Creole history classes in the Beach Bar on Friday at 11:30, daily live entertainment in the Piton Bar except on Tuesdays, when entertainment takes place in the beach bar, History, benefits and uses of aromatherapy presented by Jade Mountains spa manager at the Beach Bar, on Thursdays from 15:30, an underwater slideshow in Beach Bar, on Wednesdays at 19:00 and the use of the library located in the Piton Bar with Wi-Fi internet connection and a complimentary guest computer.

Diving

The Anse Chastanet reef starts just 15 meters beyond the water's edge and can be enjoyed as a shore dive. The reef's remarkable ecosystem offers an amazing profusion of unusual tropical marine life in 20 to 140 feet of calm, clear water.The Anse Chastanet Reef, which is home to more than 150 different species of fish, makes for an amazing dive, day or night. In the shallow areas be sure to keep your eyes open for peacock flounders, octopus, needlefish and turtles or drop down a little deeper over dense coral growth to see puffers, moray eels, parrot fish, lobsters, and even sea horses.

It truly is a unique dive site for all abilities and especially good for macro photography. Closer to home for the afternoon boat trips but no less spectacular sites, divers can explore Fairyland, Turtle Reef, Grand Caille, Trou Diable, Pinnacles, and much more. Night dives are offered twice weekly on the reef, which really comes alive at night with many interesting crustaceans on the move, large basket stars, sleeping parrot fish, octopus, and squid.

Excursions

As the resort is located in the midst of what is arguably the most scenic region in all the Caribbean, Jade Mountain guests are assured of a holiday filled with unsurpassed visual beauty. There is also a profusion of Saint Lucias most important attractions located nearby which include a full array of sightseeing, historic, and cultural excursions available to fully enjoy everything the island has to offer. The sulphur springs, Diamond falls and botanical gardens, rainforests, Jade Mountains renowned marine park, the majestic Pitons, and so much more, are all nearby to enhance your holiday experience.

In addition, a full variety of activities is available to be enjoyed within the 600-acre resort property such hiking, snorkeling, biking, and bird-watching. And, of course, the waters of the blue Caribbean are perfect for diving, sailing, kayaking, whale watching, and sport fishing. If your holiday goal is to simply relax, you can be pampered in the mud baths or layback on a Champagne sunset sail. For active guests, zip lining, a trek deep in the Rainforest, or climbing to the top of Gros Piton are certain to provide a fun challenge. Jade Mountains concierge and guest services staff is delighted to assist in creating your perfect tropical holiday experience and are available at your beckoning. All of Jade Mountains exclusive excursions can be enjoyed on a private basis as well.

Scuba diving

Perfectly situated in the heart of St. Lucia's world-renowned marine park, the resort's dive operation, Scuba St. Lucia has established itself as one of the Caribbean's top diving destinations. The longest established dive center on island, Scuba St. Lucia is a 5-star dive resort, SSI dive resort center, and DAN partners in dive safety facility. Located at the south end of the Anse Chastanet Beach, Scuba St. Lucia offers great diving and comprehensive facilities for divers of all levels as well as a complete range of training courses taught by one of the most experienced dive professionals in the region.

Perfectly set up for both beach and boat dives, Scuba St. Lucia offers modern and well maintained equipment, guests gear storage, a well-equipped retail store and an underwater photo center. To maximize diver safety and enjoyment, all dives offered by Scuba St. Lucia are guided by an experienced instructor and or dive master. The marine park policy is to look but don't touch. Even empty shells should be left on the seabed and great care must be taken to not touch or kick the corals so the reefs diversity is preserved for future generations of marine life and divers enjoyment.

Shopping

Find in Jade Mountains boutiques an exotic array of candles, soaps and other mango delights and souvenirs celebrating Jade Mountains month of mango. Boat shopping trips to the capital, are also available.

Walking and diving

To fully enjoy the exquisite tropical beauty of Jade Mountains 600 acres, the surrounding west coast, or Saint Lucias central Rain Forest Reserve, you can enjoy an array of walking and hiking tours which provide an opportunity to experience the magnificent scenery the island is famous for. Many of these exclusive tours are led by trained resort guides who provide interesting information along the way.

The most popular tour is the Anse Mamin plantation walk, which visits the lush coastal jungle adjacent to the resorts second beach, Anse Mamin. You are sure to be dazzled by the guides narrative on the ruins of an historic sugar plantation and a great variety of tropical foliage and birds. Other walks visit the higher mountainous sections of the resort and nearby communities or lead to the historic town of Soufriere. For those who are seeking a more physical challenge, hikes in the central Rain Forest Reserve take participants into one of the wettest places on earth.

Water sports

Taking full advantage of the resorts more than half mile of blue Caribbean waterfront on the calm leeward side of the island, a full array of enjoyable water sports activities is available to you on a complimentary basis. Included are stand up paddleboards, sit-on-top kayaks, windsurf boards, and sunfish sail boats.

Yoga classes

The classes by Jade Mountains resident yoga instructor are non-competitive and open to complete beginners as well as to those more advanced. More challenging variations can be offered to more experienced students. The instructor is also available for private yoga sessions which are excellent if you have chronic physical pain or chronic mental stress and would liketo learn some take-home techniques for relief.

Kai en Ciel Spa

Your stay at Jade Mountain will not be complete without having enjoyed a spa experience at the spas or inside your sanctuary. Kai en Ciel (Patois / Creole for house in heaven) is part of Jade Mountain, featuring two air conditioned rooms in addition to hair, manicure and pedicure stations. Kai Belt (Patois / Creole: house of beauty) is located at beach level between the Trou au Diable Restaurant and the scuba center. There are five air conditioned treatment rooms, an open air hair and nail salon as well as our open-air cabana Kai Mer overlooking the Anse Chastanet reef.

Respect for the uniqueness of each individual is the foundation of the spa experience. The professionally trained and licensed therapists are committed to excellence, infused with enthusiasm and take pride in delivering a personalized and dedicated service. Jade Mountains therapies combine both ancient and contemporary techniques in a natural manner. They are designed to bring balance and equilibrium to meet the needs of each individual. Jade Mountains product range includes natural ingredients from our organic farm Emeralds, aromatherapy products from Aromatherapy Associates and Ayurvedic products from Tara.

Aromatherapy Associates products are rich in precious essential oils and active botanical extracts, designed to soothe and calm the mind, bring the emotions into balance and ease strains, tension and blockages in the body and skin. Tara products have been developed by faithfully following Ayurvedic traditions and principles. Ayurveda is a 5000-year-old healing science from India that utilizes the therapeutic properties of herbs and essential oils to help restore balance and well-being.Jade Mountains therapists have undergone intensive Ayurvedic training learning the philosophy, history and beliefs of Ayurveda. They are qualified to assist clients in learning more about Ayurveda and their own specific dosha as well as the Ayurvedic treatment modalities.

  • 1 cooking demonstration
  • 2 cooking classes
  • 4 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Access to Anse Chastanet beach with beach chairs and beach towels
  • Complimentary use of non-motorized water sports
  • Complimentary use of tennis court and equipment
  • Guided excursions as per the itinerary
  • In-room Wi-Fi
  • Live entertainment at Jade Mountain Club on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday
  • Mad mango cocktail party
  • Mango chutney workshop
  • Mango mixology class at the beach bar
  • Monday Evening Managers Mango Greeting Cocktail Party

Arrival by airplane

Please arrive at Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) or at George Charles Airport (SLU).

Distances

  • Hewanorra International Airport (UVF),18 miles - 60 minutes
  • George Charles Airport (SLU), 30 miles - 75 minutes