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.
- 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