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
- 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
We enjoyed Ladera hotel, our room and views of Pitons.
Food at Ladera needs an upgrade. Almost impossible to find fresh seafood dishes, salads and tropical fruits even though you are in a 5stars hotel located in tropics and paying top priced. Even an orange juice Ladera serves is from the concentrate.
Sugar Beach, where Ladera brings you twice a day, is the most gorgeous beach on the island. However, it belongs to Viceroy hotel and you need to pay $50.00 US dollars per chair ($100/two.)
I would not go back to St.Lucia for a beach vacation.
Ladera surprised us with its natural beauty, wonderful service, beautiful rooms and most stunning views. We spend 4 days there and were able to try every best experience that Saint Lucia can offer. The location is the best location on the island and if you want to experience Saint Lucia, don’t go anywhere else. For a second part of the trip we went to Sandals, which located at the north part of the island. You can’t compare experiences. Sandals is another resort that you can visit going to Mexico for way cheaper, any good excursions from Sandals will take you back to the south side of the island, which is more than an hour away. Ladera is the unique place that you won’t experience anywhere else in the world. Thank you for making our anniversary celebration so special.
Experiences, adventure, and the nurturing of love and romance. The Ladera Resort Suites embraces it all! The arrival experience seats you among the trees, hummingbirds, birds and natural vegetation, and garden where you will receive your welcome cocktail and begin your simulation into PARADISE.
Ladera is discreetly positioned showcasing the natural wonders of the Caribbean providing an indoor open to outdoor lifestyle in harmony with the surrounding environment. Our Gros Piton Suite featured outdoor covered spaces complete with lounge chairs, a private pool w waterfall, lush planting and a bird feeder that proved to be a continuous experience during our stay.The daybed and dining set up, bar area, small refrigerator stocked, coffee maker and sink...home sweet home. Upstairs is perfectly appointed bedroom and bathroom (double sinks), very spacious, again lush planting completely open privacy to enjoy the natural cool breezes and cross winds and VIEWS...no AC needed.Stay in your suite, or immerse in the Spa with the professionally trained therapists, we did not have time for this. We did however take the adventure to climb the Gros Piton, an experience like no other in the world. You can climb just as far as your able. A guide is required and an opportunity to support the locals. Be sure to take a sweat towel and water! When each day was complete we found great relaxation in the fantastic 3 leveled Hot Tubs...great for the body, mind, spirit, and aching muscles.
Ladera has it's very own Nature Trail. We explored all aspects of the breathtaking views and rope swings to relax during this adventure. We got a taste of the St. Lucia rainforest on this hike. The trails are very kind to the hiker and unique to this property. A waterfall is under construction and perfectly situated.
The restaurant Dasheen is highly recommended and the locals come due to the beautifully served and flavored cuisine and consistent excellence. The views from the restaurant and the Resort pool are Breathtaking! We adventured off the property to experience the many opportunities in St. Lucia, ie... learning to make a chocolate candy bar...fun and hard work and right across the street.
Finally, this all comes together with a staff accommodating your every wish. Beginning with the call to make the reservation Shay assured me we would have an exceptional stay and ending with every single employee and management team member greeting us along the way. St. Lucia is so clean and welcoming and so I hope you can find time to enjoy this Very Special Experience to Live Life to its Fullest!
Stayed at Ladera for 3 nights in March. I would definitely rate this as one of our best trips and Ladera as one of the best resorts we have stayed at. We travel a decent amount and the hospitality we received from the staff at Ladera definitely was above any other place.
The room was beautiful and we loved the open wall concept. I had slight hesitation with open wall and was slightly worried about the bugs. There were absolutely no issues with the bugs which was kind of unbelievable. We would definitely hear the birds chirping in the morning which I found absolutely beautiful.
The staff was great. My husband had an early morning hike planned out so Yvette the manager packed his breakfast to take on the hike. We found that gesture so sweet.
Breakfast was ok but dinner at dasheene was amazing. I would recommend shrimp and scallops btw
Overall amazing stay and we would definitely return
Holy moly where do I even start?! My husband and I spent the first half of our honeymoon at Ladera and it was nothing short of amazing. We did the Peak to Beach package with Cap Maison and were wowed by this resort! We were so glad we did not choose to stay at a crowded Sandals resort.
The service was outstanding. The food and drink were uniquely Caribbean and delicious. We had a couples massage in our room- so relaxing! My husband and I stayed in the Paradise Ridge Suites and let me tell you.. the accommodations were something out of a dream. The best part of our honeymoon was waking up to the beautiful landscaping of Saint Lucia and a dreamy breakfast provided by Ladera. We can't WAIT to return to St. Lucia, and specifically Ladera Resort.