We booked our 6 night stay all-inclusive (early December) a full year in advance, and checked off every day in anticipation of an incredible experience, as most of the reviews would indicate...it did not quite work out that way. We thought we did ourselves a favor by going inclusive, as previous reviews had encouraged, but I think that was the problem. Our service (at the bar in particular) was terrible. Maybe twice during our entire stay did someone take a drink order, which was frustrating because most of the time there were only about 3 or patrons in the bar and at LEAST 2 bar staff, let alone the fact that we were only drinking cokes. I believe that the fact we weren't tipping, we were sort of singled out being inclusive, and I don't think there were many other guests that were all-inclusive. A couple of the staff were friendly however, but a couple of others that were just short of rude.
Nearly every meal at the Dashnee was good, but if you are all inclusive plan on spending roughly 6 + hours per day there. Seriously. We realize that service is slower in the Caribean, but it is ridiculously slower here. The chairs in the restaurant take a toll on your back, I would half -jokingly tell my wife on a few occasions that we may have to skip dessert as my back only had 20-30 minutes left before I needed medical attention, which wasn't far from the truth.
Overall, the resort was nice, bugs were scarce, a few roaches (to be expected) the island is beautiful, the Jalouise beach is unbelievably beautiful, we would probably not return to Ladera, which could have and should have been a better experience. We knew it was the Carrribbean, and didn't expect superb service by any means, but for 6 grand we definitely expected more...
- 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