We just came back from St. Lucia, where we stayed at Ladera Resort from 10/17-10/24. What an incredible place! We stayed in A-2; a two-story suite with a bedroom and bathroom on each level. The view from this room was breathtaking. On two separate mornings we woke up to a double rainbow over Petite Piton. Every night, the moon would sit in the sky, smack in the middle of the Pitons, and cast a moonpath on the sea below. We would sit in our plunge pool (which was heated—lots of comments here saying that they were cold...not sure if it has to do with having a lot of direct sunlight or not) and have drinks and listen to soft music (bring a cd-player, you'll be glad you did) and just enjoy the fantastic view.When I say this place is paradise, I mean it!
The weather was great, except for the day we hiked Gros Piton. We made it to the top with fine weather, and were rewarded with a beautiful view of the southern part of the island, but 15 minutes into our descent, the sky opened up with the most incredible downpour! We were soaked! I thought it was pretty exciting to be hiking down in the rain (not to mention, it cooled us off) but when the lightning and thunder struck, our guides (two very nice ladies named Virginia and Merle) covered their ears and shrieked!!! LOL It stopped raining about halfway down the mountain. When we got back to Ladera, we realized that the rain was coming into the rooms horizontally! The walls and bed linens were wet! Housekeeping was great—they went from room to room and took care of everything.
We ate most of our meals at Dasheene. The food here is second to none. The Shrimp Dasheene, Mojo Steak, and Seafood Rasta Pasta were our favorites. We were lucky to be there while their Executive Chef, Orlando Satchell, was in residence. What an amazing chef he is. We attended a cooking demonstration on Saturday morning which was incredibly fun and informative. Orlando is a true credit to his profession, and to Ladera.
We had lunch at the beach everyday—our favorite was the beachside restaurant at Anse Chastanet. I highly recommend the shrimp baguette, as well as their barbecue buffet. Delicious! Lunch at the beachside cafe at the Jalousie Hilton was fine, but nothing extraordinary. We ate at the Mango Tree at Stonefield, and were not impressed in the slightest. I don't know if it was because we were comparing it to Dasheene, but we found the food to be lacking in flavor and originality. It was basic fare, at best. The music they played was better suited to a disco.
We took a water taxi into Castries for shopping one morning, and that was great fun. There was a cruise ship in port, and it was enormous! The people in Castries are friendly, but overall, they didn't seem too happy around tourists unless they were trying to sell you something.
We met some wonderful couples at Ladera, and were made to feel as part of the group by everyone we came in contact with. I highly recommend staying here if you are looking for a relaxing vacation. True, there is no television, or telephone, but the view alone is worth giving up every single one of our modern day conveniences. It was so romantic, in fact, that my boyfriend proposed to me in the plunge pool, under the moonlight on our very last night there!
Ladera and the island of St. Lucia will forever have a place in my heart.
I wish we were still there.
Please email me if you have any questions or would like to see our pictures.
Thanks for reading!
Judith & Robert
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ladera is the pioneer of the open air three-walled concept in St. Lucia and has since been distinguished by a wide range of international publications, awards and accolades from Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Forbes Life Caribbean Travel and Life, Brides Magazine and countless others. Ladera was once part of Rabot Estate, one of Soufriere's oldest plantations, which still borders the resort. In the late 1960's a parcel of land was sold and developed into a small cluster of condominiums and christened Dasheene, named after the thousands of large, glossy-leafed dasheen plants (also known as elephant ears) harvested on the site. In 1982 it was transformed into a unique resort and changed hands a number of times before emerging as Ladera under the current private ownership. The mission has always been to offer an unparalleled guest experience that is quintessentially Saint Lucian, one that embraces the magnificent views and offers harmony with the surrounding natural beauty and rich bounty of the island. Today, that commitment to sumptuous authenticity is evident in everything from the innovative renderings of fresh local dishes at Dasheene restaurant, to the use of Caribbean timbers, stone and tile work used in the guestrooms and public areas. Yet it shines through most effectively with warm and welcoming Saint Lucian staff. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ladera Hotel Soufrière
- Ladera Resort Soufrière
- Ladera St Lucia
- Ladera Resort St. Lucia/Soufriere