Consider this treat to top off your dream vacation: A gourmet, six-course dinner served poolside on a mountaintop resort looking out at one of the most spectacular views in the world.
Sound groovy? Wait, it gets even better. For instance, the pool is right in your room, running through it like a wide stream to an open “infinity” edge. And with lights you can set to accent your favorite colors.
Rimming the top of the mountain, the sanctuaries have stunning, unobstructed views of two volcanic peaks (the Pitons) soaring up from the Caribbean waters a whopping half-mile in the air.
What's more, the view takes the word “unobstructed” to new heights – because there's no wall or windows on the viewing side of the sanctuary, leaving nothing, absolutely nothing except air, between you and the peaks.
Now, picture the resort's executive chef whipping up a dinner like this for you and a loved one:
For starters, there's a “Caviar Kiss” amuse de bouche of smoked salmon crème and farm-raised caviar (paired with Moet Chandon Brut Imperial Champagne).
Next is Szechuan pepper-seared scallop with Kobe steak, kimchee and yuzu vinaigrette (with Comte Lafond Sancerre & Rose D'Anjou Rose).
The third course is Rougie foi gras of caramelized apple and Marcona almond crust (with Arthur Metz Gewurztraminer).
Right after that comes a plate of crispy goat's cheese with arugula, sun dried tomato and lemon basil (with a nice Nobilo Icon Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand).
Whoa, time to slow down a little...sip some pink champagne and mojito liquid gel.
Ready for the star of the show? It's your choice of either tropical red snapper served with luscious pearl cous cous, baby zucchini and champagne butter (with Chablis William Fevre Chablis) or dry-aged filet mignon with purple potato cake, grilled pumpkin, au poirve (with Don Melchor Cabernet).
You've saved a little room for dessert, haven't you? Good...because you'll finish off your dream dinner with Jade Mountain's signature “Sexy Chocolate Trio.” It's a heavenly (some say devilish) mix of dark chocolate and white chocolate truffles, chocolate souffle cake and raspberry Chantilly crème (all fittingly served with Moet Nectar Imperial).
Most visitors to Jade Mountain agree the view, the sanctuaries, the service and everything else up there are something to write home about. You'd expect a stay at the resort wouldn't be cheap, and it isn't. Nightly stays in a sanctuary start at $1,275 per couple, plus taxes.
Likewise the six-course dinner will set you back at least $300 per person, plus taxes.
For a few bucks more they'll toss in an acoustic guitarist to serenade you while you enjoy “the perfect evening.”