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
This was the first time my wife and I stayed at a resort with an "open wall" room, and we loved it. The room and view were absolutely amazing, and very well stocked. All of the staff and butlers were great, and the restaurant, Dasheene, was excellent. Having a room with no fourth wall and our own pool was incredible. There was nothing about our room or stay that we would have changed. It was perfect.
My husband and I honeymooned to St. Lucia days after our wedding on May 18, 2018. We stayed 2 nights at Ladera Resort and the rest of our trip on the other side of the island at Sandals Grande. We used TripGuy.com to arrange our honeymoon because we wanted to make sure we planned accordingly for staying at two places. We highly recommend working with Mitch and/or Laurie from TripGuy!
Our experience at Ladera was so incredibly special. The Ladera staff truly make you feel like royalty from the moment you step out of the car and are greeted with cool mint scented towels and a refreshing beverage. An amazing hotel manager, whose name I so regret not writing down (lovely, young woman with a name beginning with an "I"), toured us around the property and our room, making us feel right at home. We stayed in the Gros Piton Suite, which is the smallest of the rooms. It was perfect. We couldn't believe there were "better" rooms on the property because our room was breathtaking--the view of the Pitons were surreal. Our room was decorated beautifully and champagne and a gorgeous local fruit plate was waiting for us to celebrate our honeymoon arrival.
We enjoyed two breakfasts (one in the room which was a magical way to start the day), one lunch, and two dinners at the resort's restaurant, Dashene. Yet again, incredible staff with such attention to detail. The food was fresh and delicious. Not as many bold flavors as we anticipated, but was nonetheless enjoyable.
We took the complimentary shuttle to Sugar Beach about 10 minutes outside the resort. To be honest, we weren't impressed by this resort and instead were reminded just how perfect Ladera was and were happy to head back after an hour on the beach. There were lots of vendors aggressively selling merchandise on the small, roped off free beach area we lounged in. If we wanted to be on the quieter, private beach, it cost $50 per person. We don't recommend visiting this beach.
Regarding sleeping in the "great wide open", it wasn't bad at all! We took Zquiyl both nights just to help us sleep through the noise of nature, and kept our pool's fountain on as white noise. And the stars at night...wow, indescribable! Not a single insect ever came into our mosquito net. The occasional bird would visit us in the daytime, which we welcomed, but that was it!
When our 2-night stay ended and we were departing for Sandals, it was bittersweet. We were SO grateful to have experienced such luxury (we're not the types of people to experience this level of travel, ever, and were humbled by the entire stay.) We did feel like we got everything we had wanted from this quiet, romantic, and scenic resort and were excited to experience Part 2 of our trip at Sandals. We're not sure we would have enjoyed staying at Ladera all 6 nights as we did splitting our trip up between both resorts.
If you're questioning doing a split trip just to experience this stellar resort, even for a couple of nights, DO IT. You won't regret it!
My wife and I stayed 4 nights in the Hilltop Dream Suite (X6) to celebrate our 20th Wedding Anniversary. This resort is in a great location on the southern end of the Island with close by access to several fun excursions and close enough to another great restaurant (Boucan) that you can walk there. The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful and handled all of our excursions and arrangements with grace and patience as we changed our minds several times. The layout of each room creates privacy and an incredibly romantic environment. The three wall atmosphere is incredible and creates a serenity and connection with nature that I've never experienced at another resort. We did hear noise from a neighboring room one night but we always have a private view of the Pitons and ocean below and could not see in (nor could they see us) any other rooms. The resort provides ear plugs and an eyes cover if you are a light sleeper and have concerns about the night time crickets, tree frogs, and early sunrise disturbing your sleep. I slept great every night and my wife, who is a very light sleeper still slept great as well. We had concerns about the heat and humidity but the design of the room allows for lots of air flow thru the bedroom/bathroom area and the entire space and it was never an issue.
We had the added bonus of staying at Ladera at the same time that the Marvel Universe Black Panther actor - Chadwick Boseman was also staying at the property. He's was kind enough to pose for a picture one day and was able to enjoy the resort's restaurant, common area pool, and more while still maintaining a fair amount of privacy.
Ladera is an amazing, unique resort with beautiful views and a friendly helpful staff - worthy of any romantic celebration!
My husband and I stayed here for our anniversary in July 2017. We stayed in a Heritage Suite and quite liked having such separated living and sleeping spaces. The unique set-up and location of this hotel, coupled with St. Lucia's natural beauty make this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
The view from the room was absolutely breathtaking. I loved waking up to the view every day. We spent a lot of time in our private pool and patio area, and had incredible views of Gros Piton, Petit Piton and the ocean beyond. We ate the majority of our meals at Dasheen and enjoyed the food and drinks there. The staff we interacted with were very helpful and friendly.
So why isn't this a 5 star review? The bugs were awful. We only travel with carry-ons and since many reviews (and the resort itself) claim mosquitoes are not a problem, we did not bring spray and really regretted it, as we got multiple bites a day. Worse than the mosquitoes though, were the ants. There was ant spray in the room in that we had to use multiple times a day. No food could be left sitting out as ants were immediately drawn to it (this made room service breakfast an interesting experience). The worst was when we were packing up to leave at the end of our trip: my husband went to pack his laptop (which had been in the closet in the bedroom the entire time), and when he took it out of his bag to repack the bag, there were ants inside the laptop! It rained a lot while we were there, so insects may have been worse than average, but it was a frustrating part of an otherwise perfect trip.
Travelling all the way from Australia, we can say that we found a piece heaven on earth on this beautiful island. This resort set on top of a mountain with picturesque view of the Pitons and the Caribbean Sea.
The staff are welcoming and hospitable, they are friendly and professional. They know how to make sure you enjoy the island life.
We’ll definitely returning back to this magical place. This is paradise.