Open air room concept perfectly executed, with private plunge pool. For the first time probably ever, we felt no need to leave our room (meals can be delivered). The view from the rooms is awesome, the privacy complete. Forget TV, forget shopping, if that's what you want go somewhere else. If you want to leave the rat race behind and just get away, read a book, rediscover each other in an astonishing physical space, I highly recommend Ladera. It will rain at some point - probably several times - during every day, but the showers pass quickly and are very much a part of the experience. Service at the (only) restaurant can be slow, so it is best to leave metropolitan American expectations behind, but the food is as good as anywhere on the Island. Service apart from the restaurant is excellent, especially the Concierge desk, which can arrange anything you want to do away from the hotel. If you do venture out, you may want to stick to the resorts; Soufriere is not a tourist destination, it is an authentic Island fishing village, and you will need guidance and/or a sense of adventure (in addition to a cab to and from) to get to the supermarket or any of the harbor bars/restaurants. We took the Sunset Cruise, which was somewhat surprisingly on a smallish catamaran but great fun anyway, and visited the Sugar Beach complex (free shuttle from Ladera), which was fun but with too many people around (!). If we had stayed more than 6 days we might have felt a bit stir crazy, but that never happened in the time we were there - it was just all good and peaceful, and relaxing. Expensive, yes, but I don't regret a penny of it.
- 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