What We Love
- Hilltop location with mountain and ocean views
- Spacious suites and villas with private plunge pools
- The lush, colorful, jungle-like atmosphere
- Enjoying a rum punch at the Bar at Dasheene Restaurant while watching the sun set and listening to live entertainment
- An in-room massage surrounded by tropical gardens and sounds
- The hotel is located five minutes away from the mud baths and sulfur springs
What To Know
- The resort is not on the beach, but it does offer a free shuttle service to Sugar Beach, 10 minutes away
- Consider booking excursions with the concierge or renting a car if you want to explore the island
- No telephones or TVs in the rooms, but the resort does have free WiFi
- Shorts, tank tops and beach footwear are not allowed at dinner
- Children 17 and under are not permitted at the resort
- Adults Only
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
On a hillside 1,100 feet above the Caribbean Sea, Ladera Resort offers guests the chance to escape and unplug in luxury styled villas and suites. Villas are left open to the elements and have private cold plunge or heated pools, open-air showers and dead-on views of the sea and the famous Piton Mountains. Popular with honeymooners and couples, Ladera is a place for settling into a comfy lounge chair with a book, taking a nap, sipping rum punch, having a dip in the pool — and repeat.
Bed and Bath
Take two steps into your room and you’ll notice that something is missing: an entire wall. Walk past your private plunge pool and peer over the edge of the stone terrace, where a steep slope of foliage tumbles down 1,100 feet toward the Caribbean Sea. Directly in front of you are St. Lucia’s famous Piton Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, framed by walls covered with yellow and pink flowering vines that conveniently block out the neighbors. The interior spaces of the 32 suites are built from Caribbean timber, with vaulted ceilings, wood floors, wood-paneled walls and hand-carved wooden beams and columns. While the missing wall ensures an unobstructed view, it also means that air conditioning is replaced by cooling trade winds, and the jungle sounds cannot be shut out. Hummingbirds whirr and dart among the vines, and when the sun sets thousands of tiny tree frogs start a symphony so loud that sleep seems impossible. It’s not, of course, and the dreamy four-poster beds dressed with crisp white linens and swathed in white gauzy netting ensure a peaceful rest. For very light sleepers, the resort provides earplugs.
As tempting as it may seem to stay in your suite, the resort offers plenty of worthwhile activities. There’s a small spa and fitness room, sulphur mineral baths for soaking, an infinity pool perched on a cliff and a library at the Bar at Dasheene that features live music and a dangerously enticing menu of rum-based cocktails. Ladera also hosts cooking demonstrations, wood-carving exhibitions and excursions to Soufrière, the island’s oldest settlement. Breakfast at Dasheene is a great opportunity to sample St. Lucia’s array of fresh fruit, with everything from bananas to guava to soursop. At night, Executive Chef, Nigel Mitchel spices up his cuisine with native ingredients, putting a polished spin on traditional St. Lucian dishes such as his Dasheene Lucian lamb curry.
In the Area
Explore St. Lucia’s flora at Diamond Botanical Gardens, where meandering paths beneath a forest canopy set the stage for begonias, hibiscus, giant torch ginger and other colorful flowers. Active types should also save half a day to hike Gros Piton — the views from atop the 2,600-foot mountain are well worth the four-hour trek. You can also cruise the treetops of the island’s rain forest via a series of ziplines with Adventure Tours St. Lucia, or discover the beautiful underwater world on the southwest coast with Scuba St. Lucia, which offers courses and tours for all levels. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, hop a boat to the village of Anse la Raye for a traditional fish fry showcasing the catch and cooking skills of local fisherman.
How to Get There
The view is one of the most incredible I have ever seen. Lounging in a private plunge pool in your hotel room overlooking that view is pretty much as good as it gets. The wooden furnishings are all made in a shop on site, which was a really nice touch. The bathroom and shower were huge in the room we stayed in. Staff was incredible. Just keep in mind going into the experience that this is not like a modern luxury hotel- the rooms are rustic, and you are basically sleeping outdoors given that there is no fourth wall. It was hot when we were there and I didn't sleep well at all because of the heat, but I'd still do it again!
The view from your room is unparalleled. The service was spectacular. Dining at the resort was also fantastic. A very unique and relaxing vacation. Quite possible to never leave you room. Look forward to returning.
We celebrated our honeymoon for 7 nights at Ladera and it was an experience like none other. We were upgraded to the Heritage Suite complimentary which was so cool! My wife and I are very well traveled both domestically and internationally and have stayed at many high end 5 star resorts and hotels all over the world and I can honestly say that this place ranks at the top in terms of it's sheer beauty and overall atmosphere. The scenery is like none other as you are set at the top of a mountain directly in between the two pitons overlooking the water below. Truly a view that cannot be described with words.
The service from each and every staff member was 5 star as well. They truly go above and beyond to make sure your staff is just perfect.
The restaurant on site is pretty good although my wife and I preferred the Boucan restaurant across the street at Hotel Chocolat. We just enjoyed the food a bit more there. Price wise was about the same although the menu options are totally unique at the boucan.
The breakfast at the Ladera is wonderful. Super tasty and amazing view as well.
I would rank the entire stay as a 10 out of 10. The only thing I would say is that we did experience some bugs in the room here and there which of course is to be expected in the open air concept that Ladera offers. It wasn't as if the resort was doing a bad job keeping them out. You are just part of nature here and The netted beds do a fair job of keeping them away overall.
Waking up to the breeze and hearing the occassional sound of falling rain while you sleep is incredible and I would highly recommend this place to all people.