We have just had 3 days at Ladera as part of a silver wedding celebration. Although we enjoyed our time there, the experience was patchy. The Petit Piton suite was small but adequate. The plunge pool was too cold to use but the stars were lovely and I liked the noise of the frogs.
We had partly chosen Ladera for the food and were so disappointed initially that were contemplating eating elsewhere, despite the fact that we had paid for full board. It was difficult to drink wine by the glass with the meal as it tended to arrive after the relevant course.
However, the lunches were much better and fresher tasting than dinner although the slowness of service made it difficult to get the afternoon shuttle to the beach. Full board is better value if you want to stay at the hotel but not if you want to do other things. Food seemed to be better when Orlando, the chef, was around.
The whole place is quite quirky and not for those who want everything just right. However the setting is fantastic and we much preferred Soufriere to Castries. It is easy to walk to Sulphur Springs from their and if you go late on, you have the place to yourselves. If you want to visit other places, it is cheaper and more flexible to do it yourself although we did enjoy the company of our rainforest guide. Snorkelling at Jalousie was excellent although there were some tiny jellyfish.
- 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