My husband and I love to travel...and are fortunate to do so often....I read reviews frequently, but have never felt compelled to write a review - until Ladera! It's truely that special. The rooms are so unique and fabulous....the views are breath-taking....the staff is very attentive and professional....the food is delicious and beautifully presented. We booked the 3 Night Great Escape Package that includes all meals, drinks, airport transfers, and spa treatments. It was a great value and I would highly recommend it.
Bottom line - Ladera was our most romantic vacation in 28 years of traveling together and we look forward to going back next year!!
For those who would like a little more detail.... Ladera feels very personal and private. There are only 33 rooms with 4 of those under repair after damage from huricane Thomas last fall. (don't worry we never heard any construction noise from our room). The rooms are open on one side, facing west, for amazing views of the Pitons and sunset. It rains frequently for very short periods of time (5-10 mins) but the rain does not come into your room because the winds blow east to west. It's really tranquil to hear and watch the rain pass by as you enjoy the view from your room. The best way I could describe the room is to say I felt like I was in a 5-star tree house...but don't worry, I did not see a single bug.
The staff is very friendly and professional. From Holly, the owner's representative, to Michael, the restaurant manager, to Schol, the young man who showed us to our room, every one was very polite and personable.
The restaurant, Dasheen, was fantastic. We did not see any reason to go to any other restaurant while in St. Lucia. Breakfast, lunch and dinner all exceeded our expectation. It is expensive, so be sure to do the all inclusive.
While there, we did a little sight seeing. The botanical garden and Diamond waterfall were nice and worth the trip. I would skip the Piton waterfall and mineral bath...as I found them to be disappointing. We booked a sunset sail & snorkel on Mystic Man's Serendipity Catamaran through the hotel and it was well worth the $65 pp charge. Also, be sure to take the Laderia van down to the beach (a 10 min drive). You can check out snorkel equipment at no charge at Ladera to use in the designated snorkel area at the beach along the base of the Petit Piton.
Thanks to Holly and her team for making this one of most memorable and enjoyable vacations ever. We hope to see you again next year!
- 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