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
We stayed at Ladera for 4 nights In May 2019 for an anniversary celebration. We booked the Heritage Suite and sent an email requesting specifically for Suite E few weeks before our arrival. We got there around noon time and just during the first few minutes of our arrival, we were already experiencing the quality of service that are being raved about in the TA reviews - from the greeting staff right at the entrance, cool refreshments, cool towel and a personal welcoming concierge. Special shout out to CAROLINE - who made all the extra effort to make Suite E available for us!!! It turned out that this room was not available on the first day of our stay because they were doing minor construction in the unit. She was giving us a different Heritage suite but sensing my despondence, she quickly halted the maintenance crew, requested the construction to be re-scheduled and had the unit cleaned up. She made all theses arrangements happened while we were enjoying our lunch at Dasheene that by the time we were done eating, the unit was already available for us to move in. Caroline - you are a true gem!! Thanks for accommodating our request.
It made a lot of difference on our stay at your resort.
The room and the view of course DID NOT disappoint!!! We were truly concerned with the issues on the bugs based on the reviews online and that's the reason why we chose Heritage Suite. There is a 2nd bedroom (with its own bathroom) where we can seek refuge(???!!!) if the insects really bother us. However we found out that they locked up this 2nd bedroom if it's booked for only 2 guests. There is a third small room with a single bed which is another option but Caroline let us use the 2nd bedroom. It turned out the insects were not really an issue if you follow the tips shared in the reviews - which we did. We left the mosquito netting of the bed down at all times. We turned off most of the lights when it started getting dark. So we ended up not using the bed in the 2nd bedroom but we used the enclosed bath room because the open air bath room in the main bedroom had issue with the hot water pressure. The birds were really noisy so you have to use the ear buds (also provided). It was warm during the night but it get comfortably cooler early in the morning. The ceiling fan plus an additional stand fan they provided solved this temperature problem.
I brought 2 mosquito bug killer/lanterns, 3 insect repellent sprays and a tube of insect bite cream. After this trip, I can honestly say that none of those items are worth bringing. The bug lantern/zapper is a stupid idea- it will only attract the insects more into the unit. There is a reading light inside the netting on both sides of the bed that can serve the purpose. The resort provides their own bug spray which smells better than the ones I brought (Cutter Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent). Same thing with their insect bite cream. I used it when I got bitten (BTW I only got bitten once and I'm not even sure if it's at Ladera or while on the horseback riding tour that we did) and it worked well.
We truly loved Suite E - the heated pool that starts right by the entrance door up to the front of the unit, we can see both the Pitons while lounging from the deck or from the pool, the spacious dining area, the double swings over the pool, the bedroom being on the 2nd level. The pictures of the units posted on their website are stunning but seeing them and experiencing them first hand are even better. We enjoyed it so much that we ordered our dinner to be delivered in our room mostly every night.
The food at Dasheene were very tasty and of course the view is just spectacular. The breakfast offers variety of choices and very filling. The service provided by the dining crew was impeccable and fast (especially at breakfast time).
I appreciate that the pool in our unit get cleaned every morning because we hang out their most often. The cleaning staff are friendly. I also enjoyed the complimentary foot massage. i wish I had more time to get a full body massage but the days gone by so quickly.
Thanks to the staff of Ladera for making our stay a very memorable one!!!
We just got back from our honeymoon at Ladera. This place is truly magical and we could not stop staring at the view. The staff were all so friendly and most of the time knew us by name. We felt like we were part of their family. We stayed in room E. Our private pool started at the front door and wound all the way back to the amazing open view. Also had 2 swings over the pool. You literally could stay in your room all day looking at the view and be happy. My only complaint about that was that if we wanted a drink, we either had to pay $10 each time for room service or get out and go to the bar for a drink. We did the all inclusive meal option. My biggest concerns before we went were (1) the noise of tree frogs at night (2) the open air being too hot to sleep (3) bugs and mosquitoes. So, the tree frogs are definitely loud. They provide ear plugs but those suckers are loud and you can still hear them. It was pretty warm at night. We asked for an extra fan and that did help but it’s still warmer than I like to sleep. Bugs were not an issue at all. We saw an occasional small bug inside but it’s open air so I guess it was to be expected to see some. Not an issue at all. My husband is a literal mosquito magnet and he did not have any issues with mosquitoes. They light this coil at night that is an amazing smell to come home to after dinner. We ate all our meals at Dasheene restaurant. Everything we tried was so good and they had specials everyday that changed. One night we had a chicken pasta dish with creamy basil sauce that was excellent! My husband doesn’t like fish normally but he loved the fish here! Drinks here were fantastic. Especially the rum punch! Others had said that service was slow. I would tend to agree with that but I think it’s more that we are used to fast service in the US. It would take about 2 hours for dinner. I didn’t mind because we would have a drink, watch the sunset, have fresh meals and dessert. Staff is super friendly, just a little slow to take drink orders and deliver those. Food delivery I thought was very appropriate for a nice restaurant. We had massages at the spa and they were really good. Overall I would highly recommend this resort. I’ve never had a more amazing experience. I wish we could have stayed longer and I was truly sad when we left. I hope we can come back for an anniversary trip in the future!
We travel alot and this was our favorite vacation ever! We're already planning our next trip back! Every detail of our stay was even better than expected. The staff is super friendly and helpful, the food is superb, the rooms are beautiful and the views are spectacular. If you want to relax and get away from it all it doesn't get any better than this!
I cannot say enough good things about my stay at Ladera. This resort is nothing short of magical! Obi helped me with all of my booking questions and with setting up excursions and she was absolutely fantastic. I stayed in two different suites during my time there - the Hilltop suite (Room X5) and the Heritage suite (Room E). I loved both of them for different reasons. Hilltop Room X5 had the most amazing view, and I actually loved how the pool was right against the skyline. Heritage Room E was incredibly unique, with the pool starting inside of the room next to the door with a little bridge over it to the upstairs suite. I don't know if I can pick a favorite room because I loved them both so much!! Also - I'm obsessed with the Ladera Punch (the welcome drink they offer you when you arrive) and wish I could drink it again right now. Pro tip - have Ladera help you set up excursions instead of trying to do it yourself. I didn't realize how far away things on the island can be and next time will just work with Ladera on anything I want to do excursion wise. HIGHLY recommend the private sunset cruise if you can afford it - Ladera will help you set up. Also loved being able to go to Sugar Beach on the shuttle. The $100 beach chairs were worth it. Also highly recommend heading to Boucan across the street for dinner off property one night during your stay. Phenomenal food and something different to try while you're there.
Me and my husband visited Ladera after booking and cancelling two other resorts in two different places. Ladera had everything we were looking for and more!
The setting, the staff, the rooms, the food- everything about Ladera was beyond amazing and we can’t say enough positive things about this resort.
Our honeymoon will be the best experience of our lives with many memories to share for the years to come!
If you can’t make up your mind- just go!
The only thing I was skeptical of before my stay here was our safety. Not once did I feel that my safety was jeopardized. Ladera is my new home away from home.