During June, known as the “Month of the Mango,” Guests Will Enjoy Organic Fruit Tastings, Cooking and Mixology Classes, Five-Course Feasts, Mango-Themed Spa Treatments, Estate Tours and More
May 2017… St. Lucian sister resorts Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet are pleased to reveal details of their fun, fruit-focused Month of Mango, happening this June. The resorts’ Chef Allen Susser, the author of The Great Mango Book, an authoritative mango cookbook, will lead this celebration of St. Lucia’s luscious tropical delicacy. Special events will include a “mad mango” cocktail party, cooking and chutney-making classes, a five-course mango-themed dinner, mango-themed spa treatments, estate tours and a mixology class devoted to rum drinks. The festivities will culminate with the six-day Mango Madness Festival from June 27 through July 2, featuring different daily culinary events.
Nick and Karolin Troubetzkoy, owners of Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain, are long-time champions of local St. Lucian ingredients like these succulent mangoes. Not only did the couple help jumpstart the movement to stop importing produce that can be grown locally, 40 percent of the ingredients used at the two resorts are grown at the properties’ 600-acre organic estate. In June, St Lucia’s 24 different types of mango ripen and the farm-to-table festivities begin.
Throughout the month of June guests will have the chance to work with the resorts’ expert mixologists to learn how to craft mango-flavored martinis, mojitos and daiquiris. These skilled bartenders can incorporate mango into just about any cocktail—with delicious results.
Weekly mango-tasting sessions throughout June will showcase the versatility of this tropical fruit. Serious foodies will also have the option of booking a spectacular, five-course mango tasting dinner.
Guests can also visit the hotels’ organic farm with Chef Susser and meet Pawan Srivastava, the estate manager and horticulturist who has introduced several different plant species to the farm. Not only will they have the chance to see the mango trees in bloom, they’ll also learn about other home-grown produce like kale, asparagus, mushrooms, vanilla beans, nutmeg and cinnamon. The tour will also touch on the healing properties of certain produce items, as well as fun bits of trivia, like the answer to the question, “Why is cocoa the most intelligent plant?”
For an alternate excursion, guests can wander through Anse Mamin with Meno, one of the island’s local guides. This sprawling estate is currently home to mango trees and cocoa plants, but it was once a sugarcane plantation and has a troubled—but important— history of its own.
Of course, besides all the eating, drinking and exploring, it’s also essential to schedule time for relaxation. At Jade Mountain’s Kai en Ciel spa and Anse Chastanet’s Kai Belte spa, guests can can indulge with body scrubs, wraps and massages that incorporate fresh mango and mango-scented products. Those spa products, as well as mango-themed candles, jams and chutneys, will all be sold at the resort boutiques, for guests looking to bring back reminders of St. Lucia’s unforgettable tropical essence.
ABOUT JADE MOUNTAIN & ANSE CHASTANET
Rising majestically above a private 600-acre estate with 2 beaches, Jade Mountain is an architectural marvel celebrating St. Lucia’s stunning scenic beauty. The 24 open-walled sanctuaries are grand sweeping spaces each with an extravagantly sized private infinity pool floating out into nature and to amazing views. Jade Mountain and its sister property, Anse Chastanet enjoy one of the Caribbean’s most scenic settings, nestled in a 600-acre estate with two soft sand beaches bordering pristine coral reefs. Jade Mountain was recently voted “Best Caribbean Resort” by 10Best, one of USA Today’s travel web sites, and its restaurant was also also named one of the Top 10 Caribbean Restaurants. Both hotels have been named among the world’s top Caribbean hotels by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure.
Nightly rates at Jade Mountain start at US$ 1,110 in a Sky Jacuzzi Sanctuary. Price is based on two persons sharing a Sky, Star, Moon, Sun or Galaxy Jacuzzi Sanctuary. All rates are subject to 8% tax and 10% service charges.
Nightly rates at Anse Chastanet start from US $390 per night in a Standard Room based on two people sharing.
There are free night promotions available at both properties offering up to 2 nights free this summer. Guests traveling in August or September 2017 will also be eligible for a free basic wedding package, details can be found on the resort websites.
All rates are subject to 10% VAT and 10% service charges.