‘Heaven’ is a place on earth… and it’s in St Lucia
No cellphones, no children and no distractions other than the balmy sea breeze – well, what else would you expect from a spa named ‘house in heaven’?
Nestled into the hillsides of St Lucia, Kai en Ciel Spa (which is Creole for ‘house in heaven’) is the tiny in-house spa of the luxury Jade Mountain resort. Consisting of just two rooms, every treatment is tailored for the client’s needs, resulting in the most intimate spa experience imaginable.
Try the resort’s signature ‘Forget the Outside World’ treatment. Over the course of 105 minutes you are treated to a full body massage, facial masque, facial massage and reflexology – guaranteed to fast track even the most stressed out professionals to relaxation.
The spa specialises in couple’s treatments, including ‘The Alchemy of Two’ – a romantic ritual which includes a soak in the hot tub, simultaneous massages and, erm, a poetry recital. Perhaps this is one for die hard romantics only…
St Lucia is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world, and it is not hard to see why. The tiny Caribbean island has everything – lush green jungle rolls down the sides of the stunning Piton Mountains, creating a diverse tropical landscape full of hidden waterfalls, colourful birds and scented flora.
Where the jungle ends, the beaches begin – all powdery white sand, which continues well into the warm Caribbean Sea. Jade Mountain overlooks the private beaches of Anse Chastanet, which has some of the best coral reefs on the island – look out for dolphins, reef sharks and sea turtles while you snorkel.
If all this sounds too good to be true, it almost is. To experience the luxury of Kai en Ciel Spa, you must be a guest of the resort. There is no such thing as a budget holiday to St Lucia, and Jade Mountain is no exception.
This is a resort which boasts 24 en-suite infinity pools, each one paved with locally-sourced glass tiles and filled with purified water. At Jade Mountain, you don’t stay in a ‘room’; you stay in a ‘sanctuary’, and TVs, phones and radios are banned so that guests can fully experience the sensory elements of the resort.
It may be out of the price range of your average couple, but for a once-in-a-lifetime, push-the-boat out romantic retreat, you can’t go far wrong with a place called ‘heaven’.