First of all, we totally agree the views are stunning, the plunge pool in our suite (K) was not freezing like some other rooms and we dont mind the bugs--there were very few of these to be honest. Nightime temperature was lovely. However, the "award winning" chef and the team appear to have departed for pastures new, we spoke to no-one that had been employed in their posts for longer than about 3 weeks. Service was slow even by West Indies standards (3 hours to serve two courses at dinner? Come on!) The food was just awful, heavy handed on the spices in my view to cover up cheap, tough cuts of meat or poor quality fish, some dishes were just inedible or simply were not as described. We were "comped" a couple of times and finally threw ourselves at the mercy of Jalousie, who got us a lovely villa with nice views and staff that actually knew what the word service means. Yep, Ladera was just so bad. The so-called friendly staff? Yeah, they were friendly enough to locals sat up at the bar but didnt want to look tourists in the eye, let alone serve them a drink. That's not just us talking either, no-one in that resort when we were there over the age of 25 was having a good time, 3 other couples we spoke to were having similar experiences to us. Be warned, its a lot of money to spend to be so disappointed. Personally, I would check in for a night for the views, and that's it.
- 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