October 2019…// Nick and Karolin Troubetzkoy, owners of Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet, St Lucia, are delighted to announce the hotels’ have been re-certified for the internationally renowned Travelife Gold Certification for Hotels and Accommodations. The sister resorts are the only Gold Certified properties on the island.
Travelife, the sustainable tourism certification system, has re-assessed Jade
Mountain and Anse Chastanet’s performance in responsibly managing their socio-economic and environmental impacts. The resorts first achieved certification in 2017 and have worked hard to maintain the title.
To gain a Travelife Gold certification, Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet were assessed against 88 sustainability criteria that take into account the following environmental issues and positive social impacts. These include:
- Protecting the environment, through minimising the amount of energy, waste and water used
- Respecting and treating employees fairly Respecting the local community, including its residents and the safeguarding of children
- Protecting the local culture, heritage and wildlife of the destination
- Supporting the local economy and its businesses
Nick and Karolin Troubetzkoy said of the accolade: “We are absolutely delighted to
have achieved Travelife Gold Certification once again, as environmental efforts have
always been at the heart of our resorts. It is incredibly important to us that we
continue to commit to sustainability and to supporting the local community year-on-
Environmental concerns, sustainability and community efforts are at the epicentre of
Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet, with daily practices set up to conserve water
and energy and increase recycling efforts. These include but are not restricted to the
- The design of Jade Mountain reinforces the connection to the natural environment
with passive ventilation of the rooms and natural day-lighting. Heating and cooling
of the sanctuaries (rooms) is based entirely on the natural rhythms and cycles of
the world around us. Not being dependent on artificial cooling or lighting of the
rooms decreases the use of precious energy resources and minimizes the carbon
footprint of the resort.
- The exterior plaza of Jade Mountain was designed to capture all the rainwater in
Koi ponds and planting areas. The plants are then harvested for use in the resort’s
- A natural coral tile was used for exterior walkways and roof areas. It is highly
reflective and effectively diminishes any “heat island” effect in the local micro-
- Potable water for the resorts is produced by collecting it in a reservoir that was
originally constructed and used by the British and French to power the water
wheels that crushed sugar cane. The reservoir was repaired after decades of not
being used and now collects over 1.5M gallons of water annually that is gravity-fed
to a state-of-the-art water purification system.
- Only local, indigenous plants were used in the landscaping, which minimizes the
need for watering and protects a precious resource.
- The resorts were the catalyst behind the coral reefs of St Lucia being declared a
marine reserve to protect this valuable resource.
- The resorts provide alternative transportation for its employees. On a daily basis,
shuttles are scheduled hourly to transport workers from the resort to the local
community, keeping carbon emissions to a minimum.
- During the construction of Jade Mountain, any left-over construction materials were
distributed to the local work force for use on their own property.
- Construction materials that were used primarily came from the island, reducing the
use of fossil fuels for transportation and the resultant pollution. For example, the
wood used was harvested from a managed forest.
- During construction, the workers were protected through the implementation of an
Indoor Air Quality plan that minimised worker’s exposure to harmful air-borne
- Low emitting materials (paints, adhesives, etc.) were used throughout the resorts,
which effectively eliminated volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) that are
detrimental to a person’s health.
Guests are given the opportunity to learn about the resorts’ sustainability
programmes and actively participate through environmental activities such as reef
cleaning and tree planting.
Nightly rates at Anse Chastanet start from $375 per room based on double
occupancy. Rates are subject to 10% service charge and 10% VAT.
Nightly rates at Jade Mountain start from $1,080 per sanctuary based on
double occupancy. Rates are subject to 10% service charge and 10% VAT To book
Travelife is an international certification system, promoting sustainability within the
tourism industry. It helps tour operators, hotels and accommodations to manage and
monitor their social and environmental impacts, as well as communicate their
achievements to customers. It is an easy to use sustainability system which provides
members with a practical framework to improve their business.
Travelife provides a range of support to help its members prepare for their
independent audit. Hotel and accommodation members whose on-site audit shows
they fulfil the requirements of the Travelife sustainability criteria will achieve a Gold
certification. They can then feature on the Travelife Collection website and their
certification can be used in promotion by hoteliers and tour operators, alongside
other recognitions such as their star rating.
Travelife for Hotels and Accommodations is the only certification scheme that works
in partnership with tour operators, both in the UK and internationally, who use the
system to increase sustainability in the industry and communicate achievements to