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
I honestly thought there was no place on earth that existed like this! It was absolutely unbelievable. My husband and I went for two nights at the end of our honeymoon in St. Lucia. The only thing we would've changed would've been a few more nights at Ladera! It's the epitome of peaceful and romantic. It's absolutely stunning. And we had the best meal of our life the last night we were there...the "catch of the day" at the restaurant, overlooking the Pitons as the sun was setting...it was unreal. I would highly recommend anybody looking for their dream honeymoon spot to go to Ladera.
Ladera was unlike anything we have experiences before. It combined breathtaking views, privacy, and complete relation with friendly service, great dining, and the option for local activities / excursions and experiences. Would 100% recommend to any couple looking for a relaxing getaway - can't think of a better place to disconnect and unwind.
Just got back from an amazing trip to Ladera Resort. We stayed four nights at the all suite resort. The hospitality that you receive is simply amazing. Not one time when we were walking around the resort for the four days, did the staff not greet us. Every day or night they call you by name and ask how things are. Very personal touch. You feel like family there. We were meet by Melissa who took us to our room PR6 ( Paradise Ridge). Last room at the end next to were they are building new spa. Took time to go over every thing in your room . They give you a cell phone while at the resort for anything you may need, just call and they will gladly take care of it.Views from any suite from this place are amazing. Once visit and you will see why. Breathtaking. On site they have a game room, hot tub area, workout gym. yoga instructor that come once a week, plus star gazing platform. Also a hiking trail at end right next to our suite to walk thru and get a different view of the Pitons. Just to mention, our suite did not have A/C, but you really don't need it as you get a constant breeze with the rooms sitting on a mountain ridge. Only one night was a little uncomfortable, and this was Aug. This trip was one we won't forget,to many people to thank, but a few we remember are Melissa, Schoel,Jenny and Caroline,Thank you so much and hope to see you soon. Best Wishes. One more thing, they due have a spa which we used, but a new one being built. They have a restaurant, called Dasheene. little expensive as all are on island. have to expect that, but good food all around.