We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Mother Nature's Home!”
Review of Ladera Resort

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 7 more sites!
Ladera Resort
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Soufriere
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 April 2011

After staying at Balenbouche estate and BodyHoliday LeSport (see other reviews) Ladera was the perfect way to end our holiday in St Lucia on a high. We stayed here for 3 nights (the minimum of stays there) in one of the Petit Piton rooms.
All the rooms have only 3 walls, which renders the most wonderful view onto the Pitons, St Lucia's iconic volcanic mountains.

There is no way you can be closer to nature here, the (very private) plunge pool in each room provides sufficient cooling, as well as given the impression of being sucked in by Mother Nature. Earplugs come in handy at the start, but it is addictive to go to sleep listening to the chorus of frogs and to see the stars and then to wake to the birds in the morning. We miss them since returning home!

We had breakfast in the Dasheene restaurant every morning with fresh bread and an excellent choice of omelets, eggs, or an (overlooked) cheese platter. Dinner at the Dasheene restaurant (be there well before 6:30 to see the sun set) was governed by the award winning "Shrimp Dasheene" dish, we just couldn't get enough of. There is also the possibility to have intimate in-room dining with the same dishes as the restaurant but be aware that everything comes at the same time. Hotel Chocolat's Boucan is literally across the road and a great alternative too.

Staff at Ladera were very kind and helpful and pro-active; every one on the estate made us feel welcome, including groundsmen, cleaning staff, and the shuttle bus chauffeurs. A daytrip to Anse Chastenet was worthwhile doing, and includes a shuttle bus trip and watertaxi trip, even though you have to take your own sunloungers. Made to feel much more welcome and better scuba/snorkelling than Jalousie beach too.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check-in / front desk
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank AmsterdamCheeseR
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review
Reviews (1,275)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

882 - 888 of 1,275 reviews

Reviewed 5 April 2011

We stayed at Ladera as part of the Peak to Beach promotion. A great way to sample St Lucia first time. The pick up from the airport was seamless and check in was really easy. We were upgraded to a Hilltop Dream Suite and we were very happy with our little 'treehouse'. The views were stunning. As we only had three days at Ladera we stayed on the resort to sample all it had to offer. We enjoyed staying in our room, swimming (or floating) in the pool and sitting in the swing taking in the view watching the wildlife. We also really enjoyed watching the sunset from the bar area sipping a cocktail. We found the food at Dasheen to be very good and the service impeccable. As we were on an all inclusive rate we had drinks by the glass and felt the wine to be OK quality but not much choice. The after dinner entertainment was great. Lastly the nights - we have never slept better! The bed and especially the pillows were so comfortable that we hardly heard the tree frogs, or our neighbours as we slept so soundly. Considering removing a wall at home as this fresh air approach obviously agreed with us, much better than air conditioning. The massages from the Spa were excellent too. There were a couple of negative things which would have improved our stay. Firstly cups instead of mugs - much better for tea. Secondly we had to go through the restaurant every time we wanted to go from our room to the rest of the resort. This was on occasions embarrassing for us.

Room Tip: Ask to see the rooms when you are on resort.
See more room tips
  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Janner05
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 31 March 2011

We spent 3 nights at Ladera as part of our honeymoon and opted for the Great Escape package in a Hilltop Dream Suite.

From the moment we arrived until we were dropped at the airport we were treated like long lost friends. Holly and Michael were really special. The food was the best we had in the Caribbean by a long way. The ambiance in the restaurant and bar was lovely. Our full body massages were a wonderful treat!

The suite we stayed in was truly something we are sure to never see again. The outlook was stunning and the extra touches of handwritten cards and extra champagne made us feel quite special. The amenities were all great and the overall feeling we had there was one of total relaxation.

I highly recommend it to anyone looking for that something extra special and if we didn't live so far away we wouldn't hesitate to return on our first anniversary.

Room Tip: Book direct
See more room tips
  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank KatyDaveSydney
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 30 March 2011

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!

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
2  Thank ejm226K
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 30 March 2011

Our first time to the Caribbean and we are in love with the Ladera resort! The other reviews are not exaggerating when they say that the view is unreal. Some cons: you don't have your own beach, if you want to go to a beach it is a car ride (they have scheduled shuttle rides). You are also only allowed to sit in a certain area of the beach, but it is stil very very nice. You are basically only five feet from the patrons of the beach hotel, so it's not a problem. The pros: EVERYTHING ELSE. the rooms are unbelievable. The view, your own private pool, the food is world class. The service is amazing. The owner Holly and the manager will know you by name from the minute you arrive. Chef Orlando is superbly talented at using the local ingredients to make a meal that you will remember. The buffet on Tuesday nights is amazing!
The way to go is all inclusive since meals are pricey and will add up fast. Dinner at dasheens will be about 100$ per person for 3 courses and glass of wine, lunch is about $50 per person. Definitely try the dasheen shrimp, and lamb curry. Bugs weren't too bad and you have a canopy bed so it's ok. Car ride to hotel was not bad at all and you learn a lot about the local area. It's about 30 min and windy but very doable.

  • Stayed: March 2011
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
2  Thank Lmahmood
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 29 March 2011

We had such a wonderful stay at Ladera. This hotel is very unique with it's three-walled configuration. Certainly more suited for the more adventurous traveller as your clothes do start to feel a little damp. All part of the experience however. We did not opt for the meal plan which was a huge mistake. We typically like to get out and explore a bit when traveling and so we try not to get locked into any meal plan at the hotel. However, we found the food at Ladera to be outstanding and far beyond the level of dining anywhere else that we tried and the drinks were expensive, so we would have been better off calling Ladera our final destination rather than constantly trying to leave the hotel. We did go to Anse Chastanet for a dive one day. The restaurant we ate at there was situated directly on the black sand beach which was fantastic, but the food was just okay. The property was far larger than Ladera, had tennis courts and a dive center. This is someplace I absolutely will go back to, but think 3-4 nights is plenty. This is a great spot for couples looking to have some quality one on one time or would be super fun with a group of couples looking to get away together. One last thing, my husband and I are very active and we signed up to hike the small Piton. This is a very rigorous hike. Not for the average hiker. I could not sit down for the remainder of the trip:) Good thing they made a mean run punch to help ease the pain...

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank beachbella6905
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 27 March 2011

We celebrated my wife's birthday. Stayed in Suite S. Terrific views and best staff on the island. Must like Nature -Open room layout and the chirping frogs at night and birds in the morning :> Rooms are tropical with a carved wood and netting over the bed. Romantic but not the Four Seasons. Which we liked. The grounds are well maintained. People are really accommodating and made the stay a treat. Mix of music every night !

Restaurant was good but had better dinner and lunch at the Jalousie Plantation down at the beach (which had better food prep but poorer service and staff attention) Spa was better at Jalousie Plantation

Need to travel to beaches. Jalousie beach was the best for us.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Kiddo2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Soufriere
2.7 mi away
Jade Mountain Resort
Jade Mountain Resort
#1 of 11 in Soufriere
955 reviews
0.7 mi away
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort
9.3 mi away
Marigot Bay Resort and Marina by Capella
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
2.8 mi away
Anse Chastanet
Anse Chastanet
#5 of 11 in Soufriere
1,183 reviews
1.0 mi away
Stonefield Estate Resort
Stonefield Estate Resort
#6 of 11 in Soufriere
736 reviews
19.7 mi away
Cap Maison
Cap Maison
#2 of 5 in Cap Estate
752 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Ladera Resort? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Ladera Resort

Address: Rabot Estate, Soufriere, St. Lucia
Phone Number:
Region: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Soufriere Quarter > Soufriere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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
#3 Family Hotel in Soufriere
#7 Romantic Hotel in Soufriere
Price Range: £385 - £886 (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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Odigeo, Expedia, Hotels.com, TripOnline SA, Ebookers, HotelsClick, 5viajes2012 S.L. and HotelQuickly so you can book your Ladera Resort reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Ladera Hotel Soufrière
Ladera Resort Soufrière
Ladera St Lucia
Ladera Resort St. Lucia/Soufriere

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing