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“Rustic Luxury with impeccable service for our babymoon”
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Ladera Resort
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Soufriere
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 22, 2011

From the moment when we walked down the mosaic tiled path to the steps to the open air reception we knew this was a very special place. As others have mentioned you are greeted with a refreshing Ladera Punch and a moist cool towel. We were a bit early for check in and went up to grab lunch at Dasheene (the only restaurant on the property but also rated one of the best on the island). The view was utterly breathtaking and the food was wonderful. With so many options for lunch, light bites and dinner you will never get bored. Their executive chef (Orlando) is classically trained at the Cordon Blue institute in France, so he fuses this with a Carribean base to create some sumptuous dishes.

Our room was ready and the reservations manager came to personally take us to our little slice of paradise. They took the liberty to upgrade us for free to the Gros Piton Suite. All 32 rooms of this resort have a spectacular views but we enjoyed being a bit further from the main area of the grounds as it gave us some more privacy. There was no reason to leave our room, other than to eat (and that wasn't even necessary as they have room service) as we had 4ft deep plunge pool with lounge chair, comfy couch facing the Carribean Sea and the Pitons and a plush bed with a pillow menu. The cross breeze from the mountians to the sea kept the room cool enough to sleep in the evenings and comfortable during the day.

The main grounds are well kept with whimsical touches throughout the meandering gardens up to the pool and the restaurant. The spa may be small but the services are well priced and relaxing. I had a prenatal massage and a facial, both were very nice addition to an already relaxing setting and kept me floating on for the rest of our stay.

Keep in mind this resort may not be for everyone as it is "Rustic Luxury." If you like to admire nature from afar this is not the resort for you but if you are looking for an escape from it all with amazing service, great food, with nature at your back door or lack there of with a little adventure, you will love Ladera! What you give up in modern amentities (flat screen tv, A/C, etc.) you gain back with such a spectacular view and exceptional service.

Tips- St. Lucia is very mountainous so heels are really unnecessary ladies. The property
is set upon this terrain so alot of up and down.
- If you are foodies and like to have a appetizer or dessert with your lunch/dinner
(breakfast is included) the
the meal plan is well worth it.
- No request is too big or too small, just ask. They are happy to accomodate.
- Take the cooking class with Chef Orlando he is fun as well as inspiring. You get to
eat what you have prepared in class.
- they provide bug spray but I have found that traveling to any Carribean island it is
worth investing in either Avon Skin So Soft Body Gel or California Baby Citronella
Lotion. Applying this after your shower will ensure virtually NO bug bites.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 22, 2011

We honeymooned in Ladera in August of 2009. It was the most beautiful, relaxing, special, unique, original, gourmet, talented, & luxorious place in the world. For honeymooners, please spend the money and stay here for 4 or 5 nights here (if you can afford it stay longer!) instead of going to an all inclusive like crappy sandals!. We make the mistake of spending a week at Ladera and then going to a sandals. If we could we would have just spent a week in Ladera. DO NOT GO TO SANDALS UNLESS you have 3 teeth and want to experience a 24/7 frat party! Please stay at Ladera, please, please, please. There are no words that can explain it - you just have to go and your honeymoone will be everything you expect it to be.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 21, 2011

Ladera is a very unique and beautiful retreat. Three nights spent there at the end of an 8-night St. Lucia vacation was perfect. The space is well-maintained and there are elements of carved wood and unique, colorful tiling. Everybody who works there greets you with a smile and a "hello." The large wooden "Housekeeping Please" Sign that can be flipped over and left outside the door is an example of the charm of the retreat. The swing over a private pool overlooking the Pitons was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Holly, who is the owners' liason, is a lovely and sweet woman who spoke in a welcoming, sincere tone. It is clear she loves Ladera and her guests. This is a romantic get-away location. This was the first time we've ever stayed in a hotel without a television or radio and it was entirely refreshing.

The Dasheene restaurant was indeed above average and we would definitely recommend the Tilapia. We ordered dinner in one evening and found that it was one of the best in-room dining experiences we've had. Dasheene also services in-room dining requests so you'll benefit from the great cuisine. In addition, when our meal was delivered, the staff took the time to set our kitchenette table with linens and place settings.

The nearby Volcano, Botanical Gardens and Waterfalls tour is highly recommended. If we had to do it over again, we would take taxis and transfers instead of renting a vehicle on the island of St. Lucia. Staying 2-4 nights at this resort is a unique experience that will be unforgettable. The view of a seemingly infinite ocean, two grand mountains and yachts beyond an open wall, the night sounds of frogs repeatedly calling Cho-Lit! and yes, the smell of the nearby sulfur springs, were memories to behold as opposed to any annoyance or inconvenience.

We did find that because of the open-wall concept and the shuttered doors and windows, it would be helpful if staff members servicing other rooms were made aware that their voices carry into the surrounding rooms. Also, we were surprised to see some young children at Dasheene at a Saturday evening dinner. The resort's guidelines state no children under the age of 10, but these children were 3-5 and unfortunately, rather disruptive to a romantic dinner.

As a tip, if you've made it to the pool and realized that you've forgotten your beach towel from your room, there is a basket of towels at the top of the stairs going to Dasheene that you can use. We missed those the first time and returned to our room to grab towels.

I would highly recommend Ladera for a portion of any St. Lucia Trip, as it is a worthwhile and special experience. The folks who own and operate Ladera should be proud of the personalized service they provide to their guests.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 19, 2011

We recently honeymooned at Ladera and could not have had a more beautiful experience. From the second we set foot on the resort we were treated like we were the only people there...the staff is incredible, the food is amazing, our room was gorgeous and immaculately clean, and the views are stunning. The whole time we were there we would find ourselves pausing to take in where we were and how lovely it all was---the whole experience was so amazing we are still in awe of Ladera and the time we had.
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If you want a romantic spot off the beaten Caribbean path, you can do no better than Ladera---our expectations were exceeded at every turn and we would not change one thing about our time there (except that we eventually had to leave!)

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank lauraewylie
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Reviewed February 15, 2011

My husband and I stayed at Ladera at the end of our 11 night St. Lucia honeymoon. We spent three nights there because we couldn't afford to stay longer than the three night minimum. We were looking forward to a quiet, romantic end to our trip.
When we went to check in, we were greeted with a juice drink, which was good, and we were asked for a copy of our itinerary which showed what room we had booked. We thought that was a little odd becuase we figured they should know that seeing as how we had a travel agent book it about six months ago. Anyhoo, they were very friendly, checked us in and showed us to our room. It was essentially 3 stories with the bed at the top floor with a bathroom up there, a sitting area at the middle floor and the ground floor containing a daybed, the pool and another bathroom. The room was lovely, exept for the fact that the stairs were extremely steep and the downstairs bathroom door didn't stay closed.
We found it kind of funny that our room was right next to the main pool for the resort but tried to make the best of it. We were able to see people walk over from the pool to where we could see their bodies through the lattices that were placed between our room and the pool. Needless to say, we weren't going skinny dipping in our pool.
We became more and more apprehensive as the night went on because we could hear people outside our room chatting while they were waiting for the shuttle bus to come pick them up from the resort. Later that night, the evening band began to play at the bar, which is right next to the main pool for the hotel, which was right next to our room with its louvered windows/walls. We sat in our bed, hoping for a quiet night and instead ended up hearing the band go loud and clear until about 10pm while smelling the sulfur springs that weren't too far away. It wasn't until the next day when I looked at our reservation again as well as the map of the resort when I realized we were put in a different room than what we originally reserved. When we went to the lobby area to ask if there were any other rooms available similar to what we reserved, they promptly said "You don't like your upgrade?" Had we been given the option to check out our "upgrade" before settling in it, we would have chosen our original, MUCH smaller room down at the other end of the rows of rooms. What's the point in checking someone's reservation sheet when checking them in just to change rooms on them and then not even say that's what they're doing?
So, we sat in our original room until about 4pm waiting for the other room to be cleaned and set up. We wanted to go into the resort's mineral baths while we waited but those weren't working because the resort for some reason isn't going to get the water from the volcano down the street since the hurricaine. It didn't make sense to us, but what can you do?
Our new room was much more quiet as it was almost at the very end of the chain of rooms but we were still able to hear our neighbors and the street down below.
The view was absolutely fantastic from the rooms and was a great experience in that regard. All in all, we didn't think the resort was worth the $600/night we paid when we still ended up spending a good $150 on food each day we were there, had bugs inside our mosquito netted beds, smelled the sulfur springs, heard road noise and had to change rooms because the first one was even more noisy than the second.
We were expecting the resort to be a relaxing reprive from the real world where we would have a luxurious pool to ourselves and not hear a single peep except for the birds and bugs. In actuality, we had a quiter room and better food for a cheaper price at the Sandals resort we had come from.
The people were really very accomodating, friendly and all about service. The view was fantastic as well. We just wish the actual rooms were more quiet and secluded like we had hoped for as we had seen on the website.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 13, 2011

We all know what comfort-food is...it's the traditional food we crave (especially when we are far from home) because it brings us contentment. In the same context, Ladera Resort is food for the soul.

From the instant my young adult son and I arrived, we were blown away by the genuine welcome smile of the gatekeeper. We were told to leave our luggage in the car and were escorted to a delightful open air reception area where we were greeted by name, offered warm lemon scented washcloths and a cool beverage. Checking in was painless...it was already taken care of so after ten minutes, were were escorted to our 'retreat' which was to be our 'home' for the long weekend ahead. Our luggage had already arrived. The resort is perched amongst tropical foliage that frames World Heritage Site....the Pitons...twin peaks if you will. The setting is such that trade winds breezed through our accommodation at a perfect temperature day and night.

Ladera is much more than either of us anticipated. Our two story space is best described as contemporary yet rustic townhouse with three walls...up and down, the area for a fourth wall is left open in order to take in the jaw-dropping vista complete with picture perfect viewing of the Pitons, the sea below, cruising yachts anchored below and golden silence.

Nothing was left out....the rooms are a constant source of pleasant surprises from binoculars and a star chart, to super decadent bedding....we felt as though we were sleeping on a cloud. The courtesy terry cloth slippers, the mini fridge stocked with our favorite beverages, great books, a fountain gurgling into our heated plunge pool and on and on. Clearly Ladera was designed with a lot of love, loads of whimsy (rooms equipped with water pistols to fend away any feathered friends) and a priceless silence. Ladera = contentment. No clocks, no radios, no television but for techno die-hards, Ladera is WIFI-ed.

Without revealing all, I'll leave you, the reader with this: You get tranquility in an earthy yet luxurious setting where you can commune with nature but also be perfectly in place dressed to the nines for late night dining--(a foodie's heaven, thanks to kitchen magician Chef Orlando Sachell). After dinner, mingle at the bar open to reveal the constellation.

Staff are gracious, genuine and low profile....it doesn't get better than this. Ladera gas become a celeb haunt--no paparazzi allowed!

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 9, 2011

This is such a hard review to write. Half of the disappointment isn't related to Ladera itself, as much as it is the island. Ladera is a beautiful place for those who are ready for less than upscale luxury, and want a very romantic setting with incredible views. Ladera supports nature and all it has to offer during your stay with views starting with the break of day, until the sunset paints the sky, and finishes with stars that are possibly the most beautiful I have ever seen. The trade winds blow through your room and keeps things comfortably cool while the creatures of the night create a chorus of sounds that have different ranges in volume. You have to be prepared for your stay and the environment that you are paying for; and for some it will be an incredible place for others it will be a struggle. We stayed 7 nights, and I am very happy to have experienced Ladera, but for me it was about 3 nights too long.

The staff as reviewed is the best. Everyone there accomodated our needs, and provided us with options that made our stay more enjoyable. The first room we were given did not meet our initial expectations and we were immediately accomodated with another option. That is service you don't see at most resorts.

The Dasheen Restaurant although highly reviewed as one of the best on the island, left me with a huge need to find diversity in my dining. The breakfast menu will be memorized by the third day and the nightly choices although presentation suberb...wasn't in my opinon the best. Granted I am a mid-west Chicago resident and I am use to walking out of a $100.00 plus meal feeling like I have added two belt sizes to my waist. A cautionary note here is that the dining diversity is a challenge due to high transportation cost. You have a limited few options within a $50.00 round trip taxi ride.
The restaurant Boucan that just opened across the street and the Jalousie Plantation offer better dining in my opinion.

The Jalousie beach and its spa are incredible gems. The service from the Jalousie staff and the beach menu for drinks and food are top notch. The beach is quite, clean and offers some great snorkeling. At the beach you will also find Randolph, who I think is the resident event/taxi planner and great guy. He can offer you water taxi rides and tours and did a great job for us, very nice and pleasent to deal with. Every taxi (land/water) driver there offers tour services, so choice carefully.

I could continue on, but the summary is: choose what is the most important to you; comfort, romance, dining, nightlife or adventure. Based on that, choose the place or places that are the closest to those desires. Ladera will give you romance, views and seclusion. I would recommend it to my friends with consideration of the above.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank timandlish
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Additional Information about Ladera Resort

Address: Rabot Estate, Soufriere, St. Lucia
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Location: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Soufriere Quarter > Soufriere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Soufriere
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Soufriere
#2 Luxury Hotel in Soufriere
#7 Romantic Hotel in Soufriere
Price Range: $559 - $1,281 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Ladera Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 32
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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