My wife and I were very excited to spend 4 nights at Ladera in Dec 2012 for our honeymoon (we got married in Jamaica!). The private car from the airport in Vieux Fort to Ladera was worth it. About a 45 minute drive to the resort. We were put into a different room than we actually reserved (which was ok with us as it was an upgrade) - Room G. This was a multi-level villa with 2 bedrooms plus a third sleeping area (loft) and 2 bathrooms. Very spacious balcony and living area. The pool was both on the main level inside and extended outside to the front of the villa. The positives: You won't find a better view on the planet. The villa was very comfortable and setup nicely. The restaurant on site (Dasheene) also had great views, the staff was very friendly and the food was good. We took a guided tour into the rainforest that was awesome. If you want to do this, make sure you ask for Tony. He is the BEST!! A native St Lucian, very friendly, knowledgeable and cares about your experience. The negatives: One of the biggest in-room ammenities we looked forward to (the pool), we didn't use at all. When it wasn't dirty (pool guy came every other day), it was freezing cold. Even in a tropical environment, you want the pool to be comfortable. Also, the lower level of our villa is used as a storage area for the grounds, so every day, multiple times a day the staff would congregate outside of our villa and actually inside the ground room of our villa to chat. This really took away from the private, romantic mood we were looking for. Ladera is supposed to restock your in room fridge daily with complimentary water, sodas and ice. We literally had to call to ask for this every day, sometimes multiple times. The fridge was more of a container as well as it did not make or keep anything cold. All in all I would recommend Ladera but I think they could tweak a couple of minor things to really put this resort into a class of its own.
- 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