We stayed at Ladera for the first 3 days of our honeymoon and loved it. We were in dream suite X2, which was really gorgeous. The pool (including a swing) and dining area were on the ground floor, and then the bedroom, bathroom, and sitting area were on the top floor. We couldn’t have been happier. I had NO bug bites the whole time, and the lizards and birds were not a problem.
We did not go with the meal plan, and were really thankful we didn’t. Although we ate all of our meals and Ladera and ordered bottles of wine, stocked our fridge, and drank other cocktails while we were there, our total bill was only about half of what the all-inclusive would have cost us. Between the huge breakfasts, the snacks at afternoon tea, and the portions at dinner—we were totally satisfied. Although it is expensive, it wasn’t anything more than we would expect to pay at a nice restaurant in our home town. We also drank plenty! There were plenty of reasonably priced wines on the menu. We also cut down costs getting a bottle of rum before getting to the resort, and then mixing our own poolside drinks once we had the fridge stocked with cokes.
I can agree with some of the complaints voiced in other reviews, but I still think it’s the perfect place to spend a honeymoon!! As soon as we saw the huge van piled high with people going to a generic Sandals, we knew we had made the right choice to go somewhere that is really unique! Read these reviews carefully (we did, and took a lot of advice such as Dramamine for the taxi trip!) and decide if it’s right for you.
- 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