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Ladera Resort
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Soufriere
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 November 2004

We have just returned from St Lucia, where we spent nine nights, the last two at Ladera. The hotel was everything we had hoped for, and more.

The room was unbelievable - much bigger than I had expected, with an incredible view of both Pitons. There was room for a giant four-poster bed - about 7ft square - a really comfortable sofa, two armchairs and a plunge pool. We didn't care that the pool wasn't heated as we only used it when we were really hot and wanted to cool down. Because of the opening where the fourth wall should be, you can sunbathe in your own hotel room (with nothing on, if you like, since no-one can see) and then jump in your own plunge pool. What a treat!

The food was gorgeous, the best we had in St Lucia. I recommend especially the lamb and the shrimp dasheene. It is expensive, but they didn't seem to care when we ate just a main course each for dinner. The servings were huge, so that was all we needed. The buffet brunch on Sunday is better value at $20 a head.

On Wednesday nights, there is a great party down the hill at Bang Restaurant, through the grounds of the Jalousie Hilton and out the other side. There are acrobats and fire-eaters and everyone ends up dancing. It's well worth a trip.

The staff were really friendly and helpful. Our only complaint was that our shower never ran hotter than lukewarm, which is fine on a hot day but not so good on a dark evening when a fairly chilly wind is whistling through your room. At these prices, you do expect hot water.

Otherwise, though, Ladera is fantastic: a real one-off. Even if you can only afford to go for one or two nights, I would definitely recommend it.

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Reviewed 21 November 2004

Being a later in life married couple on our honeymoon we were primed to experience St. Lucia as a remarkable place to visit by the comments of a recently married couple(much younger than we) who were our accquaitance. They had stayed at a resort near Ladera. After review with internet and Air Jamica we decided upon the Ladera experience--and how thankful we were. Being from the great Eastern Texas Forest we knew something of the nature scene. We wondered how the construction of Ladera would handle bugs, lizards, birds, frogs, flowers, fauna and flora. Boy- how was it handled! Wonderful!! As regards our trip: scored # 1-10
a. We recommend a villa. Ours was E. Words cannot describe the view, space, decorations, service and style. #10+
b. Shuttle on the hour to the Hilton Joluses beach #10
c,. Food at Ladera restaurant #9
d. Wine List #7.5
e. Ambience #10
f. Fellow visitors--We were accepted with kindness by our fellow guest--we being 30 years older than most #10
g. Botanical experience #10
f. Value of services#10
g. Monitary expense for food at Ladera _high but worth it.
h. self directed walking trip to Piton water falls from Hilton. We made arrangement to be picked up by Ladera shuttle. This is a MUST! #9
i. trip to Castries- Boat portion #10 City Portion #7
j. Self Directed Trip city of Soufriere. This was one of the highlights because the social structure, architecture, small individual owned stores, and monetary conditions reminded us of the condition of Southern Cities immediately before and after WWII. The people were accepting and accomadative especially at the restaurant "Green Room" Don't do this trip if poverty of materialistic things offend you. Do this trip if you enjoy the resilence of the human spirit to adapt to his environment. #8
k. Rum- Chairman's Reserve #8.5, Piton Beer #8
l. Main Course Fish Meals (Barracuda, Saltfish,Mai Mai, Marlin) #9
m.Plunge Pool- Location #10. Temp.-#1 Needs heating we opinioned.
n.Flight Air Jamica #8
o.Road trip from Vieux Fort to Ladera- 45 minutes
experience of the art of dodging holes, driving on the opposite side of the road, excellence of a driver to understand dangers, fall offs, short cuts through forest and the generalized art of driving over roads unknown to my wife and me-#10
p. Weather - had some rain, some sun, some light wind, some moon glow #9
q. Service and "Kindness of Stangers"at restaurant, bar, villa---#10
r. Ability to do "Our Own Thing at Our Time" #10
s. Absence of Radio, C.D, Internet, T.V., D.V.D., People magazine, Star, Newspaper, WSJ, Walmart, Gas Stations, e mail, #10+ ( yes the world still functions without these.)
t.. Desire to Return----- You have got to be kidding--- Probably within the next week!!!!!

  • Stayed: October 2004
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Reviewed 14 November 2004

We just got back from a week at Ladera. It was our favorite vacation ever. After reading ALL the reviews here i was only hoping for the best (cold showers, small rooms, managment). However, we were very pleasantly surprised all the way around --and I'm kind of picky myself. It was our first time in St. Lucia and I really believe that staying at Ladera made the visit what it was. We did see the whole island while we were there and Ladera seems to have the best view by far. As many have said, if you want a TV, quick walking access to beach, or are afraid of lizards it would not be the place for you. I don't go camping or anything and am by no means a nature woman--yet couldn't have asked for a more awesome experience. There is a big difference between types of rooms. We saw about 6 of them and loved our room best (Rm. B). I think if Ladera has vacancy they may upgrade you without you asking (like they did for us). But if you can afford the top room you'd be safer to just book it since the resort was almost full at all times. We were upgraded to the top category type of room--a 3 bdrm. villa and it was mind-blowing. Even the smallest rooms were still very cool but just didn't have much room in the plunge pool (You could swim in ours and it was warm) and not as much comfort I felt. Feel free to email me with questions.

  • Stayed: November 2004
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Reviewed 26 October 2004

We just came back from St. Lucia, where we stayed at Ladera Resort from 10/17-10/24. What an incredible place! We stayed in A-2; a two-story suite with a bedroom and bathroom on each level. The view from this room was breathtaking. On two separate mornings we woke up to a double rainbow over Petite Piton. Every night, the moon would sit in the sky, smack in the middle of the Pitons, and cast a moonpath on the sea below. We would sit in our plunge pool (which was heated—lots of comments here saying that they were cold...not sure if it has to do with having a lot of direct sunlight or not) and have drinks and listen to soft music (bring a cd-player, you'll be glad you did) and just enjoy the fantastic view.When I say this place is paradise, I mean it!

The weather was great, except for the day we hiked Gros Piton. We made it to the top with fine weather, and were rewarded with a beautiful view of the southern part of the island, but 15 minutes into our descent, the sky opened up with the most incredible downpour! We were soaked! I thought it was pretty exciting to be hiking down in the rain (not to mention, it cooled us off) but when the lightning and thunder struck, our guides (two very nice ladies named Virginia and Merle) covered their ears and shrieked!!! LOL It stopped raining about halfway down the mountain. When we got back to Ladera, we realized that the rain was coming into the rooms horizontally! The walls and bed linens were wet! Housekeeping was great—they went from room to room and took care of everything.

We ate most of our meals at Dasheene. The food here is second to none. The Shrimp Dasheene, Mojo Steak, and Seafood Rasta Pasta were our favorites. We were lucky to be there while their Executive Chef, Orlando Satchell, was in residence. What an amazing chef he is. We attended a cooking demonstration on Saturday morning which was incredibly fun and informative. Orlando is a true credit to his profession, and to Ladera.

We had lunch at the beach everyday—our favorite was the beachside restaurant at Anse Chastanet. I highly recommend the shrimp baguette, as well as their barbecue buffet. Delicious! Lunch at the beachside cafe at the Jalousie Hilton was fine, but nothing extraordinary. We ate at the Mango Tree at Stonefield, and were not impressed in the slightest. I don't know if it was because we were comparing it to Dasheene, but we found the food to be lacking in flavor and originality. It was basic fare, at best. The music they played was better suited to a disco.

We took a water taxi into Castries for shopping one morning, and that was great fun. There was a cruise ship in port, and it was enormous! The people in Castries are friendly, but overall, they didn't seem too happy around tourists unless they were trying to sell you something.

We met some wonderful couples at Ladera, and were made to feel as part of the group by everyone we came in contact with. I highly recommend staying here if you are looking for a relaxing vacation. True, there is no television, or telephone, but the view alone is worth giving up every single one of our modern day conveniences. It was so romantic, in fact, that my boyfriend proposed to me in the plunge pool, under the moonlight on our very last night there!

Ladera and the island of St. Lucia will forever have a place in my heart.
I wish we were still there.

Please email me if you have any questions or would like to see our pictures.

Thanks for reading!
Judith & Robert

  • Stayed: October 2004
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Address: Rabot Estate, Soufriere, St. Lucia
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Region: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Soufriere Quarter > Soufriere
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Soufriere
#1 Spa Hotel in Soufriere
#2 Luxury Hotel in Soufriere
#7 Romantic Hotel in Soufriere
Price Range: £427 - £746 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Ladera Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 32
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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