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
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.
My husband and I stayed in a Heritage Suite for 7 nights in early March, and it was truly a most amazing experience. I echo the other reviewers in commending the beauty and spaciousness of the rooms and the astonishing, ever-changing view. What is hard to capture in a photo is how the sky and the sea are always changing: the Pitons are lovely bookends to an ever-changing slide show. It never got old.
We decided to simplify things and eat most meals at Dasheene. We never regretted the decision. It allowed us to get to know the hostess and our servers by name, and the food was fresh, healthy and changed daily. I had the soup of the day and the catch of the day every night for dinner and it was wonderful. My husband had the tenderloin, and it was unusually good. Our waiter, Gibson, was excellent in every way and we were treated with authentic kindness, enthusiasm and care.
But, for me, breakfast was the standout. I avoid gluten, wheat, dairy and eggs, which rules out most breakfast foods. Cynthia and her entire team of servers went above and beyond to make me feel cared for and well-fed. She brought me mangos from her own garden and Jorma brought me guavas from hers. They showered me with fruit plates, juice, fruit smoothies and arranged to have gluten-free muffins made for me every morning. I have never, ever experienced this level of genuine warmth and caring at any hotel, resort or restaurant before. Money can't buy this loveliness. It brings tears to my eyes remembering it.
The only area in which the service seemed lacking was the concierge. We had a great deal of difficulty finding out what exactly the trips consisted on. We went on an expedition, and it went well, but we were very severely underinformed as to what to bring, what to expect, etc. I don't know if we just drew a bad week, but the service through the concierge was about three notches below the service at Dasheene.
The spa was the only facilities disappointment. We had a couples massage in our room, which was wonderful. We also took a trip with Gabina (who did my massage and has wonderful hands and a friendly demeanor) to the Sulphur Springs for a mud bath, and that was also well worth it. But later in the week, I had a massage in the small spa building, and it was a little, well, ratty. I felt a bit uncomfortable. Definitely not up to the standards of the rest of the resort. My understanding is that they're building a new spa building, so this will likely be remedied soon.
Quibbles aside, Ladera is an astonishing beautiful, caring place, and I highly recommend it.
Although I am single I was curious about this place due to the price and positive reviews. As expected, my room was quite amazing in terms of the view and the decor. It had all of the creature comforts yet was seemingly set right in the middle of nature added to which one entire side was open so that one could fully experience the breathtaking view and the sounds. While I opted for the room with the small pool, I still took a dip in it and enjoyed the refreshing experience.
While the room and the view were no doubt impressive, what particularly impressed me were the professionalism and attention to detail by the staff. Each staff member addressed me in a professional manner and treated me like I was important. More impressive was how housekeeping took the time to not only clean and turn over my room, but to place each of my items in an ideal location and organized manner.
On my final day I had an early flight to catch (they took all my flight information well in advance) and requested a wake up call. After settling my bill, the staff prepackaged a sizable breakfast for me that included sliced fruits, oats, and pastries that I could eat or take with me the following morning. On that morning, when I did not respond to my wake up call, one of the staff knocked on my door to make sure I would wake up. It reminded me of when I was in Kenya and missed an early flight back home because the hotel staff there was more concerned about disturbing my sleep. Once I had all my things, he gave me a ride right to my car where I then departed.
Overall, for me it was this attention to detail and looking out for my best interest that has earned them a 5-star rating from me. I am not even a 'resort' kind of traveler and typically back pack in hostels. I wouldn't even say this is an ideal place for a single person like myself and is probably more suited to couples as they've advertised. But to experience such stellar service means a lot to me and if my single status should change, I will most certainly consider Ladera as a future vacation resort.
There was one minor issue where I had a bunch of bananas and, some of my bags were placed on the same table next to the bananas, and a number of ants that congregated around the bananas also got into the other bags. While it was a minor setback (I just cleaned out the bags), it was a minor oversight that anyone could have overlooked. I don't doubt that if I brought the issue up to the staff, they would have taken care of it right away.