My Profile: Male, 40's, business executive, travels 3 times/month, beautiful wife, 2 young kids
Luxury Resort/Hotel Stays: Over twenty (20)
Dates of Stay: July 9-13, 2014
My friends and wife who have traveled with me would likely say that I am high maintenance or demanding with the hotel/dining establishments that I frequent. I would agree as I expect alot especially on vacaton travel. For a luxury/romance experience, Ladera has truly differentiated itself and has a place (as evidenced by true luxury travel authorities such as Conde Nast, Travel & Leisure, Lonely Planet, etc) as one of the world's BEST resorts.
The Property: Perfectly positioned 1000 ft above the sea making the view absolutely spectacular bringing right into the room. Trust me, you will want to spend a fair amount of time enjoying the room with your companion because of the room amenities, view, privacy, and on-demand service.
The Location: 45 min drive from the airport (This is important as the roads are lousy with winding turns. 10 mins from the beach. 10 mins from the volcano, ziplining and the town of Soufriere where you meet the boats for cruising.
The Staff: The staff embraces the concept of "luxury service" by gracefully delivering almost anything you need, when you need it. Kudos to Oliver for running a world-class luxury resort staff. Special thanks to Obadiah, Caroline for arranging our excursions, and the guy who climbed the 50-ft coconut tree to get coconuts for my wife and me.
The Suites: We stayed at a Hilltop suite and I recommend paying a little more to get this slightly larger room and a HUGE HEATED pool. Although it's lovely, there's no need to use the main pool when you have your own with unparalleled PRIVACY. Our itinerary included two days in our room with room service from fabulous Dasheene. We had 4-5 meals there during our stay and Boucon (set on a cocoa plantation) across the street from Ladera was delicious.
The Suite Concept (no 4th wall): I will admit that I was CONCERNED about staying in such an open environment. The room was a little warm only the first night, but the staff added a fan which made sleeping quite cool, even chilly for my wife. Plus being up 1000 ft made for wonderful breezes. Just pop-in the earplugs, have a nightcap and you will have a very pleasant sleeping experience. The king bed is as good as it gets.
The Ease of Scheduling Excursions: The Concierge handled the scheduling of our four excursions. All we had to do was show-up and I found in most cases that it was the same or even less than scheduling directly with the tour companies. (I highly recommend the sunset cruise and the water taxi to Castries market. A phenomenal shopping experience)
Negative reviewers: I specifically want to call out the negative reviews by "scirrek" (Brooklyn), "sunsandsail84" (Toronto), and "Asa 1." I find it hard to believe and in some cases difficult to substantiate their claims of poor service, bugs in room, pool lacking chairs, etc. It's really nitpicking and almost incredulous when considering the uncommon requests I made of the staff which they accommodated with grace.
Would I stay at Ladera again? 100% yes and would stay for more than a week.
Did I feel that I received good value in exchange for what I paid? Absolutely. It's not inexpensive, but no luxury resort should be. You can even use $US for everything.
BOTTOM LINE: If you enjoy luxury travel, and do not stay at Ladera, then you are missing out!
- 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