Jade Mountain Resort Rating: 5.0 Pearls
There’s no other hotel on St. Lucia like the Jade Mountain. This quiet, isolated property has 29 enormous suites with an innovative, open forth wall which allows for jaw-dropping views of the Pitons from its chromatherapy-lit whirlpool tubs, canopied beds, and private infinity pools. Top-notch amenities include a dedicated butler, an organic restaurant with unparalleled views, and a small spa and fitness center.
Ladera Resort Rating: 4.5 Pearls
This unique luxury resort 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. All of this comes at a price, but Ladera is still significantly cheaper than the ultra-glam Jade Mountain, which has a similar room design.
Discovery at Marigot Bay Rating: 4.5 Pearls
This quaint boutique hotel tops the competition in many ways, with warm service; excellent food; beautiful, modern rooms with contemporary décor (some even have private plunge pools); an excellent spa, and a gorgeous fitness center. And though the beach is a short water taxi ride away, there are two pools on-site, one with a swim-up bar.
Cotton Bay Village Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Quiet, sophisticated, and stylish, this luxury resort doesn't skimp on amenities -- it boasts a beautiful Olympic-size pool, an exceptional spa and fitness center, an extensive kids’ club, and a secluded beachfront with open-air restaurant and lounge. The resort’s 75 stately residences range from sizable one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom villas of impressive proportions -- each with a private balcony or terrace and a full kitchen.
Cap Maison Resort & Spa Rating: 4.5 Pearls
One of the quieter and more subdued resorts on St. Lucia’s northern end, the luxury Cap Maison features plenty of opportunities for pampering and serenity. Rates are about where they should be (high) for a luxury boutique with so much 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
This upscale 26-room boutique resort boasts gorgeous Caribbean Sea views from virtually everywhere -- whether at the stunning infinity pool, the open-air restaurant and spa, the cozy library, or on the private beach. All rooms feature elegant furnishings, private balconies and distinct amenities in every room type that create different experiences for guests.