5 Best Boutique Hotels - Platinum List 2017

Jade Mountain, The Inn at Little Washington, The Inn Above Tide, Le Sirenuse and Library Hotel
5 Best Boutique Hotels - Platinum List 2017

Each “sanctuary” at Jade Mountain has its own infinity pool overlooking the Piton Mountains

Jade Mountain
St. Lucia

With their splendid views of the Caribbean, the open-air suites at this cliffside property define tropical glamour

In Saint Lucia, halfway down the Eastern Caribbean island chain, the Jade Mountain resort offers an unusual level of seclusion in a part of the world known for its idyllic nooks and crannies. Set on a steep slope thick with tropical foliage, the boutique hotel is the kind of place that wows from within. After crossing a dramatic open-air catwalk, guests enter a modern hillside structure that looks to be part of the natural landscape.

The resort comprises 24 self-contained “sanctuaries,” each with its own look and feel, and each with an infinity pool overlooking the two spires of the Piton Mountains, which ascend dramatically from the Caribbean Sea. “The sanctuaries are … romantic,” says owner Nick Troubetzkoy with a mischievous smile.

Troubetzkoy, a Canadian architect who first came to the island on business in 1970, fell hard for the place and ended up staying. After buying and restructuring a handful of bungalows that would become the hotel Anse Chastanet, he began to formulate the idea of Jade Mountain, whose construction he supervised step-by-step. It was not a straightforward project: The remote mountainside location made it inaccessible to heavy machinery (local wheelbarrows racked up a lot of mileage). This same location, though, provides Jade Mountain with its sense of peace and unspoiled beauty, which Troubetzkoy honored through a commitment to ecologically sound design—it is the first Caribbean hotel to achieve LEED Gold certification status.

But, for Troubetzkoy, the harmonious design is not about scoring environmental points—rather, it is about making guests feel as if they themselves are part of the island, a feeling heightened by its sparing use of artificial boundaries like windows and walls. “In most hotels, you walk down a long prison-like corridor and feel condemned to your room,” he says. “Here, many of our guests won’t step out once during their stay.”

While Troubetzkoy insists that Jade Mountain “makes you not want to communicate with the wider world,” he is enough of a realist to accept that you cannot expect people to abandon their devices entirely. “Sure, they’ll inevitably take pictures that might make their friends envious,” he says. “But posting them can wait until they get home.”

jademountain.com


The Inn at Little Washington

Washington, VA

“It’s like an English country manor meets Alice in Wonderland,” says PL expert Samantha Brown. “Most people come for James Beard winner Patrick O’Connell’s cuisine.”

theinnatlittlewashington.com

 

The Inn Above Tide
Sausalito, CA

A favorite of chef and PL expert Maneet Chauhan, this intimate 31-room property on San Francisco Bay offers sweeping views of the skyline, Alcatraz and Marin County.

innabovetide.com

 

Le Sirenuse

Positano, Italy

Samantha Brown feels “like royalty” when she visits this family-owned seaside gem on the Amalfi Coast. “I still buy the hotel’s perfume, Eau d’Italie, so I can conjure my experience there.”

sirenuse.it

 

Library Hotel

New York City

From the Arts to Math to Social Sciences, the 10 guest floors at this charming hideaway are dedicated to categories of the Dewey Decimal System. More than 6,000 books add literary flair.

libraryhotel.com