Jade Mountain Resort Rating: 5.0 Pearls
This boutique is arguably the most romantic, exclusive and unique property on St. Lucia. Through an innovative, open fourth wall, each of Jade's 29 enormous suites overlooks the sea from its chromatherapy-lit whirlpool tub, canopied bed, and private infinity pool. It offers great organic cuisine, doting service, unwavering silence (no TVs, radios, or children), and extraordinary design, which make the long drive from the airport worthwhile.
Ladera Resort Rating: 4.5 Pearls
This unique luxury resort in St. Lucia is made up of 32 one- and two-bedroom villas, each carefully carved into the surrounding hillside overlooking the island's iconic twin Pitons. The villas -- which have missing fourth walls, and in most cases, private plunge pools -- are a main draw, as are the spectacular views and lush grounds. The resort also features some fabulous amenities, such as an infinity lagoon pool, a gorgeous open-air restaurant and bar, a (tiny) open-air fitness center, and a lovely spa with black water soaking baths. Plus, it is still significantly cheaper than the ultra-glam Jade Mountain, which has a similar design and layout.
Cap Maison Resort & Spa Rating: 4.5 Pearls
One of the quieter and more subdued resorts on St. Lucia's northern end, this luxury boutique has a lot to offer -- a charming spa, waterfront yoga and tai chi classes, two mellow pools, an elegant cliff-top restaurant and bar with stunning views, a small beach, and rooms so gorgeous and comfortable guests will be hard-pressed to find a reason to leave at all.
Calabash Cove Resort and Spa Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Opened in 2009, this upscale 26-room boutique resort rests on a gently sloping hill above Bonaire Bay, providing stunning Caribbean Sea views from virtually everywhere. The property boasts a stunning infinity pool, an open-air restaurant and spa, a cozy library, and a lovely the private beach. Three very distinct room types create varying experiences for guests, though all feature elegant furnishings, modern amenities, and private balconies.
Stonefield Estate Villa Resort & Spa Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Stonefield Estate Villa is a rustic, upscale resort with 18 plantation-style villas set on 26 acres of gorgeous rainforest. Amenities include an exceptional spa, a cliff-top pool, and an open-air restaurant and bar. The property is deliberately unplugged -- meaning villas lack TVs, Wi-Fi, and telephones -- but the stunning atmosphere, and the villas themselves, are worth it for those who can go technology-free for a while. The best part, though, may be the private terrace connected to each villa, with a private pool -- and can't-be-beat views of Petit Piton.
Anse Chastanet Resort Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The 49-room Anse Chastanet Resort was one of the first properties to focus on eco-luxury design, and to deliberately shun technology such as TV, telephones, air conditioning, and Wi-Fi. The resort offers four open-air restaurants, two beaches, extensive water sports, a beachfront spa, and an outdoor fitness pavilion. Technology-free rooms have wrap-around terraces, many with views of the Pitons.