Us: We're two super busy professionals. We actually were hoping the Internet wouldn't work as well as it did, but we still were able to disconnect during our time at Ladera. Incredibly relaxing, beautiful place!
Our trip: We spent 4 days, 3 nights at Ladera in early December 2013. We stayed at Ti Kaye for the 5 days previous and wouldn't necessarily recommend it. . .but that's another review!
Overall notes: Yes, it's expensive. Yes, we thought it was absolutely worth it and was beyond just a hotel--- it was an EXPERIENCE! :) (Sidenote: I believe in paying for experiences, not stuff!)
Phenomenal. It felt like the staff was incredibly tight-knit and treated us like royalty. My boyfriend had broken his foot at the previous resort (Ti Kaye), and they went as far as to find him crutches, bring him ice, offered to call in the doctor, drove us over to our dinner reservations at Boucan (and other times, to Dasheene for meals). We were really amazed by them.
I really don't think you can go wrong picking a room here. They all have spectacular views.
My boyfriend tends to be mosquito-prone, so he picked up a few bites. We stayed under the mosquito net at night, used the spray for the room they provided, and kept the lights off at night to keep the bites to a minimum.
The food at Dasheene was great, don't get me wrong. But I was really craving some variety by the end of the week eating at the same restaurant. I wish there was a less expensive, more casual fare option at Ladera as well. Which brings me to transportation. . .
It's hard to get around and you really have to hire taxis for everything. I definitely wouldn't navigate the island with a rental car by myself (really windy roads, not everything is clearly marked, definitely wouldn't be easy to navigate at night if you don't know the area). That's not anything against Ladera though, just more a point I thought I'd bring up.
The one annoyance we had was that the front desk and restaurant never answered our calls when we tried to order room service or get questions answered. I kinda wonder if our phone wasn't working properly. . .but seriously, I really shouldn't complain about having to walk to get food. We were just feeling lazy and wanted to keep reading our books, staring at a magical view.
- 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