My husband and I just got back from our St. Lucia 10 day honeymoon. We stayed in the Rodney Bay area for a week (loved the Landings!) and Ladera for 2 nights at the end. Ladera is so different and I'm so glad we got to experience it. The reception staff is very welcoming. We paid for a petit piton suite and were upgraded to a 2 BR suite (which actually had 3 bedrooms). It had an amazing treehouse feel and we felt like excited kids even though we're in our 30's. Its very expensive. $725/night with tax but worth it for a few nights. That price included an EXCELLENT huge breakfast made to order as well. So good--locally grown veggies in my omelette, warm breads with banana preserves, and banana wheat pancakes were mouthwatering. I understand that some people may think it doesn't have a 5 star feel b/c its so treehouse/cabin-like, but you have to expect something a little different here. You really are in nature and I think they've kept the rooms in sync with that which I love. The way they keep nature and 5-star in the same sentence here is by giving you a great 4-poster bed and luxurious sheets, and a comfy white couch and a french press for your coffee, a heated pool with a fountain, all the organic bath products including lip balm you could ever want. They even give you a cell phone to call for room service or for any other needs. And the outdoor shower that overlooks the pitons--wow. The reception staff is extremely accommodating and when you walk on the grounds everyone sincerely asks how you are.
Our room was 2.5 floors, and had a decent size pool which was pretty warm and we enjoyed it a lot as we looked at the incredible Piton mountains and drank a Piton beer. The bed was VERY comfortable and the bugs weren't a problem but I did OFF spray my body 2x a day since I'd been bitten a lot earlier in the trip. The kitchenette area is helpful and the bar stocked with water and soda daily (complimentary) was nice. We loved the welcome baskets with slippers, star charts, masks, bug spray and other helpful stuff. The robes (which you don't get to keep) were so soft and cozy I meant to buy one.
The property is gorgeous. We hiked the trail there and it was about 45 minutes of fairly strenuous walking hanging onto trees so we didn't fall. Really fun. We also did the Tet Paul hike which was a waste of time and money--really awkward guide--don't do it. The food at Dasheene was amazing. We really enjoyed the fish entrees, steak, conch fritters and lava cake. We did not go all-inclusive and thought the prices were very reasonable but we live in Manhattan so we are unfortunately used to paying a lot for meals. $130 US inc. tip for 2 fantastic entrees (entrees include sides), 2 very full glasses of wine, an appetizer and dessert. Some of the wait staff was great but a few waitresses were a little short with us we thought. One night a great band played in the bar area as well and we really enjoyed that too. Didn't hang out at the pool since we had our own and we were only there for 2 nights but it seemed fairly quiet. Even the books of activities, info and tours are written for you in a lovely personal way.
They could make the hotel more Ritz-like, but it would lose the charm and the friendliness and certainly the natural feel that is captured everywhere you go.
All that said, since we had 10 days to spend in St.Lucia I really enjoyed the North as well. The restaurants at Rodney Bay were great. From the Landings we could get in a cab and be somewhere in 10 minutes and the beach there was fantastic and you can sail, snorkel and kayak free as well as grocery shop since your suite has a full kitchen. I think a few nights at Ladera (3-4 maybe) and a few nights in the north works well if you are the type that likes to relax but also can't sit still too long and needs a change of scenery. I'd recommend it to anyone and I definitely can't wait to go back. I'm really sad the trip is over :(
- 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