Just got back from my first visit to St Lucia and a 3 nights stay at Ladera. I agree with most of the reviews I read, it is a very unique special place, the magic of being at 1100 ft with the ocean and the Pitons in front of you and with the forth wall missing does not compare to any other place I have stayed before.
It is very romantic, ambiance here is second to none, I love the layout of the resort, the way the suites have been designed, we stayed at a Gross Piton Suite with a seatting area and plunge pool downstair and a loft 2nd floor with a 4 posters bed, from every corner of the room the views were stunning. The sound of nature during the mornings and are night add magic to your stay, and if you add the sound of your pool waterfall....
Upon arrival we were greeted with a refreshing lemon /ginger drink in the gracious open air receiption, someone took care of our lugagge and later park our car in the parking lot. We were scortted to our room and briefly explained some basics, attention in the resort is courteus (not the best but not bad ). We changed, took a shower (the bathrooms are a bit outdated and there is not much water pressure) then dress to go to dinner at the famous Dasheene resort restaurant (people do dress a bit to go to Dasheene, a summer dress the ladies, pants and collared shirt men). We spent an hour in the bar /lounge area where we experience a beautifull sunset zipping champaign, after we proceeded to dine, the views from the restaurant are gourgeos as well, ask for a table in the edge, it's worthy, if not available wait for it! The food was good, there is a special menu that changes every day and there is the regular menu, a good variety and mix of flavors. I specially loved the Seventh Heaven Sweet Potato Soup (sweet potato and a ginger liqour are the main ingredients here)from the regular menu and a mahi encrusted in plantain from one of the daily menus, we ordered house wine every night and it was good as well. The cheff Orlando goes around the tables and graciously salutes and talk to his guests, a very nice note. Service in the restaurant is very island style, slow and not the best, but again with that view you don't care much!
After dinner friday and saturday there was live music for a while, though most of the guest retired early to their suites. Breakfasts were great, again the view in the morning, the birds...there is an a la cart menu (my room rate included breakfast though), you can go with a continental breakfast or what I ate every single day, a full breakfast, fruit platter, chesse platter, assorted charcurterie, eggs, sausage, bacon, fried sweet potato (i love it) pumpkin pancapes (my favorites), roasted tomatos, etc or you could have an omelette made to your taste. During the day there is no much to do in the resort but that is the idea to relax, read, enjoy the view and disconnect from the real world. There are shuttles that go during the day to the Jalousie beach or to Soufriere and Anse Chastanet beach, the take snorkle equipment and beach chairs for u.There is a spa, I did not go,there is a bath with mineral waters, and in the lounge/bar area there are a good selection of games and books. Overall this is a great experience to be done at least once in a life time, waking up to the sound of the birds and the smell of the morning, though even though you are paying the rate of a luxury hotel keep in mind, this is not luxury, is a great property ,has a great location, has every thing it needs to be the best.... but the service and attention to detail you find in a 5 star will not be found here, no fancy toilettries or towels, not a fancy stocked bar (you'll find it empty and have to go to reception from 9 to 5 to request to have it stock from a very limited selection ). In my case for example one chair was missing a cushion case, there was only one cream package to prepare coffe, that I consumed the first day and was never refilled, no chocolates with your turndown service, etc, etc.... but I do recommend it as overall it was a great experience, at least to be experienced once in your life..
- 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