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.
- 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