My wife and I enjoyed 7 nights in St. Lucia on Ladera's "peak to beach" package, a joint booking with Cap Maison on the northern tip of the island. There is so much to enjoy at Ladera, so I will break it down by category:
The airport transfer: Ladera makes all the arrangements and sends a private car to pick you up and return you to the airport. The driver was great and showed us around the island on the way to the resort, pointing out things of interest along the way. I was nervous about this part, but it was very relaxing and comfortable (unless you get carsick...so be prepared)
The resort staff: The staff at reception is very courteous and professional. They welcome you with rum punch and show you around the resort and your room. The restaurant staff is just as friendly and welcoming every time you see them. They will learn your names and get to know you during your stay.
The room: As Ladera advertises, there is no other view like the one they offer. The open air concept with the view of the pitons will take your breath away every time. We were able to see 3 different rooms while we were there, and each was nicely furnished but very different. I had looked at the website every day for 3 months and seen the photos of the rooms so often that my expectations were a little higher than they should have been. The resort was originally built around the view and the five star accomodations followed, so I believe that the rooms got nicer and nicer over the years. Room B was our favorite, and we were fortunate enough to spend our last night in this room. Request it if you can!
The food: We couldn't stop eating all week! Chef Orlando is very talented and he will impress you with every meal. The menu is varied enough that you can try something different every night. You can also get the kitchen to pack you a lunch if you are going an adventure.
The beach: There are 2 beaches to which the Ladera shuttles will take you. We went to the Jalousie beach and decided that we didn't need to try the other. It was easily the most beautiful beach I have ever seen. The imported white sand sets it apart from other beaches on the island, and the majestic Petit Piton sits just beside the beach. This beach is shared with another resort, and the bar there isn't part of the all-inclusive plan. The bar at Ladera will pack a cooler for you though! This beach is definitely a must see.
The adventures: We climbed Gros Piton, which is a 30 ride from the resort and about 2 hours to the top. It was amazing and we needed the exercise after eating as much as we had. The hike was pretty strenuous but the view from the top was worth it. Ladera arranges everything from the shuttle to the guide and the sack lunch if you request it. They do the same for a number of other adventures all over the island.
The locals: One of my favorite things about St. Lucia was the people. I was blown away at how kind and friendly everyone is. If you venture out to the markets or city streets, you will see what I mean.
Bottom Line: This place is a must-see. Photos on the internet don't begin to do it justice. The view is breathtaking, the staff will do anything you request, the food is incredible and the rooms are a welcome departure from life with four walls. You will not want to leave.
- 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