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
Some of my friends have asked how my hubby and I liked our two nights of “glamping” on Saint Lucia...in my opinion, they are missing half of what this resort is all about.
My hubby and I stayed in Paradise Ridge #3 for two nights to celebrate our wedding anniversary. It was a PERFECT choice with the heated pool and the butler service. Of course, the tree frogs are quite noisy at night and we slept under a mosquito net...we expected that. The pleasant surprise was the lack of critters and insects...NO problem.
The surroundings are heavenly, however the experience was made perfect by the staff. Our main butler Jenny was SO wonderful as was our evening butler Schol.
Shekina in the restaurant was such a sweet hostess and Eva kept our room spotless.
The ride from Rodney Bay to the West side of the Southern part of the island to get here is not for the weak of heart nor tummy. You can take a water taxi or a helicopter if you prefer.
Two nights were perfect for us, but honeymooners should stay longer.
Can’ t rave enough about this place. Everything is perfect starting from the beautiful grounds, amazing views, breathtaking sunsets, nature sounds, lush landscape, mountain& sea views, the heated pools, the chic design of the furniture, etc.
Even a few months after visiting this place, my husband and I find ourselves talking frequently about it. It has made quite an impression. You simply have to experience it yourself, videos and photos just don’ t do it justice.
- try one of the heated pool rooms, it will change your experience completely. Totally worth it!!
- bring bug-spray. It’ s lush and beautiful but the bugs also love it.
- try the restaurant across the resort just for a change.
I had the opportunity to stay at Ladera during my visit in St. Lucia for my birthday. The service was nothing but impeccable. Everyone was non-judgmental and very welcoming. From the time I got on the property till the day I left I was treated with the utmost respect. First let me just say that the property is very safe, quiet and elegant. With everything hand crafted and nothing short of luxury. I recommend the hilltop rooms with stunning views & nice private heated plunge pools and they’re the closest to the restaurant. Everyone was extremely nice and helpful. The wonderful manager Yvette with her team Rahim, Isha, Lorne, Jamal, Jenny, Lee, Suzy just the name a few run the resort like a true paradise on earth. Whether you’re traveling solo, on a romantic getaway, or any occasion. You should make Ladera your next stop. Trust, you won’t be disappointed.
The resort has breath taking views!! We stayed in the hill top suite, pictured below. If we did not have the view of the hilltop suites (I was told by other guests not all rooms did) I would NOT spend the money to stay here. The suite came with a heated pool, which was amazing, you can turn the heater off if you don’t prefer it. The staff is also very friendly and as accommodating as possible. The resort is also kept tidy. There is NO A/C and the beds are not the most comfortable. The wood work and view are the only reasons I would visit this resort and for two days max due to the heat. If you go for dinner, or any meal, be prepared to spend at least and hour and half the service is SLOW for sub par meals. We ordered room service and the meal we received was lacking quite a few items that were in the description. The menu is also expensive for what you get, the lunch menu is the only reasonably priced option that is actually better than the dinner options in my opinion.
Activities: I would not recommend booking any tours through the hotel, as they are over priced and even though they do not tell you upon booking, your tour may be cancelled or you will be charged twice the already expensive amount quoted if a minimum guest count is not achieved. For example, we booked the fish fry event (which I will address later) and we were called an hour before departure and told we would have to pay $280 when we were quoted $180 because no one else signed up. We also booked the Gros Piton hiking tour, do not go unless you are fit and determined to make it to the top. It was raining quite heavily and we called to cancel. We were told we would still be charged 50%, even though there are cancellation fees for tours but this one with quite a few others were listed with no cancellation policy. So we hiked in the rain, making the already STRENUOUS trail slippery and dangerous. My companion almost fell off the mountain because of the conditions and a handrail breaking on the trek down.
Where to book tours: there is a complementary shuttle that takes you down to Sugar beach, which is a public beach, so when the viceroy employee asks you to move, you do NOT have to (their resort takes up 90% of the beach so sit where you want). There are tons of boats that will come up and offer the same tours but at discounted rates, you can also haggle and don’t be afraid to!
The fish fry event was ok.. it is a long boat ride for an even longer street festival. This would be fun for young couples who plan on being extremely intoxicated. The food was delicious!!! The drinks were also cheap. Those are the only two perks, it was a complete waste of 5 hours (you don’t get back until atleast 11:00pm). I would suggest taking a boat taxi, that you can also snorkel with, to Anse La Ray where you can experience local food and drink very inexpensively. (Our captain only charged $100 for the two of us and im sure I could’ve talked him down more, this included snorkeling, rum punch and Piton beer, along with the boat ride).
I had lunch it was good and the view was perfect, service was on point.
Very Friendly staff.
Great vegetarian options, price ok
just an excellent experience,
great little shop managed to pick up a beach top
I would for sure return