My husband found this resort after reviewing other places on St. Lucia. After reviewing the traveler reviews on this site and speaking to the resort ourselves we decided to do it. We found the staff to be very warm and welcoming from the time we arrived to when we left. Always smiling, helpful and accomodating to anything we needed. The weather while we were there was great...80s during the day and low 70's at night. Sunshine everyday with one or two days of passing showers. It did storm just about every night, sometimes waking us up but the rain never came in the room (if the storms were coming in off the water by the Pitons it would have been a different story). The week before our arrival we did hear some rooms were flooded from recent rains.
We stayed in Room O which had beautiful views of the Pitons and a great plunge pool (most rooms do) We found the birds and lizards entertaining....beware of leaving any food uncovered as the birds are not shy and will disappear with your english muffin. ;-) The lizards stay out of your way and don't bother anyone. The sun is up early along with the rest of the jungle so inevitably so are you. One review was quite harsh on how loud the insects were, etc. Its simply not true. We are "city" people and we didn't find it bad at all. Its different but you get used to it. They do supply you with eye covers to sleep with, ear plugs and water guns to deal with the "noise". Travelers need to understand that this resort is unlike most other resorts....very unique.
We did the all inclusive and enjoyed the option of choosing your meals on menu card, and leaving it in the Piton holder outside the door for the staff to pick up for the following morning. Very convenient!
Ladera is quite remote, not much to do.... and its difficult to get to the places where you do find something to do. Driving is not an option for most people due to the terrain. Taxi's are expensive. Shuttles run from the resort to the beach below. You can take a boat from there to the black sand beach nearby.
We were there for the Superbowl and the resort did bus guests to a nearby restaurant where they set up a huge large screen TV to watch the game. We arrived with a large group of other New Yorkers so there were quite a few people interested in watching the game. I thought this was a very nice gesture! (Ladera does not have TV's).
If there were any downside to this resort is that we did get tired of the same menu options at Dasheen after a while and also that "things to do" were limited. There is a able set up at the main house with sign up sheets for various hikes, water activiities, etc. We did the Petite Piton hike which I recommend only for experienced hikers or at least people who are in very good shape as this hike is about 4 hours (2 up/2 down) and gets very steep at times. The guides are like everyone else on the island...warm, welcoming and very interesting to talk with. We also signed up for the rain forest hike which was a great way to learn about the local people and vegetation on the island.
One very unexpected thing did occur as a result of the open air room and that was when we came home from dinner to find a tarantula in our room! I have this on video and may post it simply because it was hilarious (now that its over!). The staff was unalarmed and took care of it immediately! The next night while playing cards in our room we did have a possum wander just on the edge of the room. It was entertaining for a minute or two then we shooed him out and he did not come back. These two events may be very rare but travelers should come here knowing the possibilities so you are prepared. Remember you are in an open room!!!
This resort is best suited for those who can expect the unexpected, who are easy going and who are open minded. Travelers should come here ready to get to know the locals and take in the sites and sounds of this tropical place. We have no regrets on choosing Ladera for our honeymoon and would recommend it to our friends.
- 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