I first read about Ladera years ago in a travel magazine and again years later read an article in National Geographic Adventurer about hiking the Gros Piton and it said that Ladera was the closest resort. When we discussed where to go for a honeymoon, it was the first place that came to mind. Then we decided, why not get married while there? It was the most stress free and fairy tale wedding ever.
Caroline, the wedding coordinator could not have been more accomodating. She took care of everything and even stood in with me as a witness. The best man was our bartender.
The property is without a doubt, the most unique and picturesque place I have stayed. The view from our swing over our private pool was to die for. The food was terrific. The servcice was the best of any resort I have stayed at.
After our ceremony, we had a private table at the pool deck over looking the Pitons and the Sea below to eat and watch the sun go down.
We were there the end of the rainy season and I was worried about that. It proved not to be a problem. We had daily showers but they passed and made for the most beautiful rainbows you can imagine.
The hike up the Gros Piton is much more than a hike. It is more like a rock climb, one of the more strenuous things I have ever done and I have ran 2 marathons and met my fiance skydiving but this was quite the trek. Our guide, I think her name was Margaret was great and took her time slow and steady or otherwise I would not have made it to the top. I was sore the next day but glad to be able to say I did it.
We split our week in St Lucia between Ladera and another resort. While the other resort was very nice, Ladera is so unique a property, the only thing I would change would have been to stay the whole week there.
- 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