Hotelier Nick Troubetzkoy Awarded Saint Lucia Medal of Honour
Photo: Troubetzkoy’s Jade Mountain resort opened in 2006. (Photo by Brian Major)
In a February ceremony, Nick Peter Troubetzkoy, owner of Saint Lucia’s Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain resorts, was awarded the country’s national Medal of Honour by Pearlette Louisy, Saint Lucia’s governor general and chancellor of its National Societies of Honour. Troubetzkoy was honored in recognition of his “outstanding contribution to the development of the tourism industry in Saint Lucia,” according to local press reports citing government officials.
Troubetzkoy’s adjacent luxury resorts are designed to express Saint Lucian culture and feature prominent displays of original local artwork and interactive guest activities including chocolate manufacturing from the raw, organic cacao grown at the neighboring Emerald Estate. The properties are frequently cited for offering world-class accommodations including hillside suites featuring open fourth walls that overlook the Piton mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Troubetzkoy has in addition played “an important role” in the creation of the Soufrière Foundation and the Soufrière Marine Management Authority, which work to preserve the island’s reefs and coastal waters.
Troubetzkoy has sought to re-invest resort proceeds in the Saint Lucia community, providing employment and training for local residents. "There is an immense pool of talent here and I wanted to ensure this enormous amount of skill could be put into a resort which they could feel well connected to," said Troubetzkoy in a statement.
Jade Mountain was completed in 2006 through the efforts of more than 1,000 local craftsmen and laborers, said company officials. The resort and its sister property, located in different parts of the same mountain, had an “enormous impact” on the local community of Soufrière, providing “long-term economic stability in one of the lesser developed areas of Saint Lucia” according to resort officials. The resorts employ a combined staff of more than 500 people.
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