My husband and I chose to spend our Honeymoon at Ladera and Cap Maison in the Peak to Beach package (see my review for Cap Maison their page). I would absolutely recommend this package to travelers looking for a unique experience in St. Lucia that isn't a Sandals.
We arrived mid afternoon and took a taxi with another couple to Ladera. Its about 45 minutes from the airport and the roads are pretty winding, but you do get great views of the ocean and small towns. The taxi wasn't the greatest as we were driven in a private car (BMW) back to the airport from Cap Maison.
Once we arrived we checked in and met with Holly. We were taken to our room, which was lovely. Now, for those readers looking for a high end stay, while Ladera does offer this in a way, please note that you are missing a wall, which means you will have bugs and outdoor noises. I found it really funny reading some reviews before our stay about what a terrible time people had because of the noise, heat, bugs etc. The bugs were never bad and although I did sleep with ear plugs which Ladera provides, my husband didnt have a problem. If you are looking for four walls and ac, I would stay at Cap Maison the entire time. Ladera was the perfect way to begin our honeymoon.
My husband and I go camping every year and while its not my favorite trip, I do enjoy the outdoors. I would consider this luxury camping, I loved sleeping under the netting and all the furniture was very comfortable. We didn't use our plunge pool much because it was never too hot and the pool was cold. But just sitting in the chairs next to the pool with the fountain running and looking at the Pitons was amazing. I could have spend all day there.
We found the food at Ladera to be AMAZING. Between Cap Maison and Ladera, the food was excellent, but we thought Ladera was a little more authentic to the Island, which we liked. However, I thought the cocktails at Cap Maison were better than Ladera!
We ended up taking the shuttle to Jalousie Beach one day at the base of the Pitons. Its a great snorkling spot! However, you have a little climb to up a steep hill to and from the shuttle, so be careful if you not active. The weather at Ladera was rainy on an off. I do think this was because your in the rain forest. So we spend most of our time in our room or under an umbrella, which is why we were so delighted to head to Cap Maison for SUN SUN SUN! Ladera is the perfect resort to relax and enjoy the amazing rain forest and Piton views. The views and food made our stay completely worth it!
My only complaint was that our room was right above a little seating area which many workers tended to congregate. It got a little noisy at times but nothing that was unbearable. We ordered room service one morning (which you put your card out at night) and didnt receive our meal. Our neighbors had put theirs out and did get breakfast. We were baffled by this and decided to get breakfast in the dinning room the next day, only to come in while they were tearing everything down before they were supposed to. However they did provide us with breakfast. The chocolate croissants are fantastic!
Your stay at Ladera will not disappoint. The staff is very good, the food is amazing, the rooms are cozy and fun, plus the views are fantastic!
- 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