My husband and I stayed at Ladera for our honeymoon last May (2013). It truly was an unbelievable experience. This resort is without a doubt the most gorgeous thing I have ever seen. To make this review helpful, I'll list the major pros and cons of our stay at Ladera.
The first hand beauty is indescribable. The view is completely breathtaking. The staff was super helpful and informative about everything in the area. Dasheene (the restaurant) had AMAZING food. We had some of the best meals we have ever eaten at that restaurant. The continental breakfast is included in your stay, which is a basket of homemade breads and pastries, yogurts, their homemade granola, and fresh squeezed juice. And yes, all of those are DELICIOUS (esp. the pastries). Ladera has several other restaurants surrounding it within a very close distance, making it a super quick cab ride to get where we wanted to go. The shuttle down to the beach was conveniently timed. We never felt like we were stuck or anything. Ladera also offers a lot of excursions you can do through them, which is convenient, although pretty pricey. I suggest the Piton mountain hike (ONLY if you are reasonably in shape. It is VERY hard but very fun and the view is awesome). We also did horseback riding, a little nerve racking but a super fun experience. Skip the fish fry... we did it, the resort forgot to load the boat with booze (which they made up for the following day by giving everyone a bottle of rum), the boat ride was really fun (although it was choppy as hell!), but the city we went to was totally DEAD. It was supposed to be a party of some kind and local foods were served. We ate some of the local foods and had some cocktails, but there was definitely no party to be had.
Lastly, The nets around the bed REALLY do keep bugs out. And the bed was super comfortable. Literally, nothing more AMAZING than waking up and looking right outside over the Pitons.
You have to pay for them to deliver your free breakfast to your room... but if you go pick it up and bring it back to your rooms, it's still free. We were kinda annoyed by that considering the amount you pay to stay at the resort. Also, the restaurant will have the same options on the menu multiple times per week, which was a little disappointing to us. We probably would have eaten there for dinner more often if we could have guaranteed that it would be a different menu. For those of you who have a sensitivity to noise or sharing your room with lizards and frogs, you will not like this place!! I heeded the warnings of other reviewers about the ear plugs... but turns out I LOVED the noises. My husband, on the other hand, not so much. He struggled to sleep at night while I slept like a baby. I highly suggest the ear plugs just in case, but the ones they provide there are decent. Also, it was pretty warm in there at night, even with the fan, so I wonder if asking for an additional fan would've been wise. Oh, the pool in our room never made it in the sun, so it was really too cold for us to use the whole trip, which was kind of a bummer. Lastly, the bar closes down pretty early and there is not much to do in the evenings. We started to feel a little antsy after 4 or 5 days. If we could do it again, we may have split our time between Ladera and Sandals in Castries, just for a little more of an upbeat scene.
Overall, the place is unbelievable. We talk about it non stop and wish every day that we can go back!! I am jealous of whoever is planning their trip there right now!
- 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