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“One of the most interesting and luxurious places we've ever stayed”
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Ladera Resort
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Soufriere
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“One of the most interesting and luxurious places we've ever stayed”
Reviewed 31 March 2012

Ladera was extraordinary. The views from our room were a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The food at the restaurant was delicious. The staff were unfailingly polite, professional, and warm. We did three nights here and two nights at another resort (Cap Maison) across the island, and, although we liked Cap Maison, Ladera was far better.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 March 2012

This was our first trip to Ladera as well as St. Lucia.
The expectation of our room was met! We arrived late and our reception was warm and greeted with some of the best grilled fish I have ever had. With the open room, the breezes are quite cool and refreshing. The smell of the sulphur springs quickly disappears. The resort is small and therefore only has one restaurant and bar. Do not expect to dance all night: the music shuts down early, and the emphasis on the 'quiet' resort is well noted. The food is pricey, but compared to the prices in town, and the quality of the food, we opted to eat at Ladera. I was a little disappointed by the bed and the linens: there was no fitted sheet and the mattress was less than luxurious. Also, you have to be shuttled to the beach and there are only two beaches to choose from (one shuttle and beach per hour) Overall, the sounds, breezes and views are outstanding!

Room Tip: We had loungers at the front of the room, some had swings. The resort supplies bug spray and coils...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 23 March 2012

A few days ago, as my wife and I exited the airport, we were warmly greeted by the sun, and by our driver, who, with a rich, deep, warm Caribbean accent, welcomed us to St. Lucia, the place he’s called home his entire life. He took our luggage, and escorted us to his SUV. For 30 minutes, as he drove us through the island’s mountainous terrain, along its winding roads, and around an occasional cow or goat, he gave us a brief overview of the island's culture. When talking about our resort, he said, "You are staying at a nice hotel. It has a nice restaurant and a very nice view."

If “nice” is the best word he could use to describe the Ladera Resort, then either he needs to travel more, or he needs to learn more adjectives. This place is not just nice, it’s paradise (I know that's not an adjective - don't start! =) ). When we pulled into the hotel’s tiny cul-de-sac, there was a woman waiting for us. Velma introduced herself to us, and told us to follow her. She walked us past some very clear, lilly-padded ponds, over a small bridge, to a very tranquil open-air check in area. Standing on the other side of the bridge was another woman who looked like she’d been waiting for us too. She gestured for us to take one of the small, white face towels, stacked in a perfectly symmetrical pyramid, off of the silver platter she was holding. The 80-something degree weather, with very little humidity, wasn’t unbearable at all, but my face and neck were still both very grateful for the cold dampness of the towel, as well as the cool, gentle breeze that was blowing through the resort. After we sat down at the small, round table that looks like one of those tables in a cafe near the Eiffel tower in Paris, another woman handed us two small glasses of the hotel’s signature, punch, on the rocks. Shaken, not stirred, and virgin, of course. ;-)

After such a fantastic reception, sweet, professional Velma showed us to suite “S,” our home for the week. The room is on a ladera- a hillside- overlooking the Piton mountains (pronounced PEE-ton). Our shellacked wooden front door has a little man carved into it. He is wearing a straw hat, and is seated on a small boat. With the resort's atmosphere being so welcoming, it felt like even he, the little carved man, was glad to see us.

We opened the door, and behold! One of the most breathtaking views we have ever seen! Straight ahead was our comfy living room; to our left was a sunken bedroom with a cozy, net-covered canopy bed; and, to our right was our very own plunge pool with a waterfall, and a spectacular view of the sparkling blue waters of the Caribbean. Most remarkably, the side of our room that faces the ocean and the mountains is wide open- it does not have a wall.

We travel 150 days a year and we've been to hundreds of cities around the world (Berlin, Amsterdam, London, Paris, Spain, Italy, Greece, Hong Kong, Africa, Caribbean, and almost ever state in the USA), and this resort marries openness with privacy, and nature with luxury better than any place we've been.

So, with our wall-less room, for 24 hours a day we can, again and again, in awesome wonder, be smitten by the splendors of this heart-stopping view.

The view NEVER gets old: not in the morning when all that exists seems to sit silent before God; not in the afternoon, when the sun is all aglow in this cloudless clime; and, not even in the evening, when the frogs, crickets and critters serenade the evening sky. Here, the fresh air is cleaner, the night's sky is bluer, and the evening stars shine brighter.

The staff- especially Velma, Maylisa, Kishmur, Michelle, Shekina, Cynthia, Gibson, Vianniey, Nigel, and Ain- were outstanding. and all of the housekeepers were so very kind. They are the kindest, most professional, and helpful we've ever met. Unfortunately, they are much kinder than the ones we met across the street at Chocolat, unfortunately- but I'll save that for another review.

We had breakfast in bed every morning. The omelets are the best breakfast item. The food at Dasheen, the resort's restaurant is very good too, and a bit pricey. They bring in some local bands to perform during dinner. They were good too.

If you want some really good Roti (a local cuisine), go down to Piton Peaks in the city, which is 15 min. taxi ride away. Food is sumptuous, and more affordable too.

But more than anything else, the room, with the view, and the peace that comes with it is incomparable. This place, with all of its beauty, summons the child in you to come forth. Here, away from the busy-ness of day-to-day living, the pure, simple beauty of nature woos you into recapturing the wonder of life.

Book your trip, and enjoy!
Yours,
M. Scott

Room Tip: Room S is perfect for a couple. If you have children, you may need a bigger room. I believe they ar...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Niskayuna, NY
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Reviewed 23 March 2012

After a week stay at another resort, we worked our way over to Ladera. Our first surprise was that the resort is right off a main road, I was expecting a little more seclusion. We were greeted and taken to reception, being served a delicious welcome drink. A quick tour as we were walked to our room through the beautifully landscaped grounds. We were brought to Hilltop suite x8, which is an end unit. Wow, what an unbelievable room and views that cannot be beat.
An open air living space, a separate bedroom that opens on both sides to the Pitons and the countryside, bathroom with outdoor shower. Then you have a full flight of stairs that ascends to your own rooftop pool, deck, and covered gazebo. There is no swing on this pool, but not needed with the 360 views and privacy that comes with it. It really was breathtaking! We were especially happy with the furniture that is all made on property with natural products.

I was looking forward to sleeping with ear plugs from the "nature" noises. I did need the ear plugs, but it was to shut out the noise of the trucks and motorcycles driving the main road right outside the resort. I am surprised this has not been mentioned before on tripadvisor.
We had no problem with mosquitos using the netting over the bed.

The staff is polite, but not what we are used to in the islands. As I would introduce myself to many of the staff, they never introduced themselves back. No-one ever referred to us by name. If we did not greet them, they did not greet us. We went to every meal at the restaurant, each time we were asked our room number 3 times during the meal. It is not a big resort and I believe they should know their guests a little better.

Chef Nigel was very nice, we enjoyed our trip to market with him and our cooking lesson.
The food at the restaurant is good. However, after reading the rave reviews, good is not what we were expecting. We were on an all inclusive, so we did eat every meal there, otherwise we would have ventured elsewhere. We certainly could tell the night Chef Nigel was off as the standards were not the same. The breakfast buffet that is included with all packages is weak, so make sure you order an additional item off the menu. The banana pancakes were great.

Spa treatments were included in our package. They were fine, but without the inclusion I would advise booking elsewhere.

We have been to many resorts though out the Caribbean, this by far has the best views.
I just wish I did feel the "Welcome Home" feeling that they advertise.

Room Tip: Hilltop suite x8, at the end of the resort. Amazing room and views!
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Reviewed 18 March 2012

We stayed at Ladera for our 25th wedding anniversary trip. Ladera was actually not our original hotel choice in St. Lucia. We were to stay at TiKaye who contacted us 2 weeks before we were to leave that they had an overscheduling issue. So last minute we selected one of the Hilltop Suites at Ladera and did so because we thought Ladera's "3 wall" room with pool would make the trip memorable.

My wife and I agree, Ladera made our trip memorable. (I heard that Jade Mountain has copied Ladera's format.). We had a 2 level suite with pool and swing (X7) which is the last suite on one side. Bedroom and bath on top floor. Bar area, sitting areas below. A little odd to get to the room because you had to walk through the bar and restaurant area. The room was amazing though. I think we enjoyed the no phone or TV in the room. They give you this little FireFly phone to connect to front desk and room service. Though with WiFi you stayed connected anyway. I would read the "IPAD news" with my coffee in the room and we watched a few movies on the IPAD at night. You can not complain about the views across the valley and of the Pitions. My wife who likes to sleep in late didn't like the construction noice that usually started both in front and behind us at about 8AM. Hint: if you like to sleep in late, probably not your hotel anyway since no curtains :-)

The resort provides you with eye patches and ear plugs which I found as the week progressed was less needed at night. I just needed to get used to the night noise. A rooster in the morning as an alarm clock made for a very different exprience. As for bugs and getting bitten, take it from somebody who usually gets eaten alive, you can avoid it. I would apply bug spray (provided in the room) at dusk. Then I would light the mosquito coils they provided and place in front of the bed. I brought on the trip one of the personal Off fans that I used and hung on the headboard of the bed inside the mosquito netting. I left with a few bites but all tolerable.

The restaurant was great for breakfast and lunch. The included continental breakfast was nothing spectacular but for $6 US more, eggs benedict and omelets. The dinners were Ok. We had our best restaurant meal at Boucan at the Hotel Chocolate across the street from Ladera.

We never went to the beach area at Joulaise (sp?) which because there was no easy access to a beach was one drawback with Ladera. However, that was not critical for us and we would sun at the main pool or back at the room.

Would I stay at Ladera again, probably not. But if somebody asked me for a memorable place to stay in St. Lucia, I would recommend Ladera.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Ladera Resort
Address: Rabot Estate, Soufriere, St. Lucia
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Region: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Soufriere Quarter > Soufriere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Soufriere
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Soufriere
#2 Luxury Hotel in Soufriere
#3 Family Hotel in Soufriere
#7 Romantic Hotel in Soufriere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €€€€
Hotel Class:5 star — Ladera Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 32
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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