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Historical Traveler Reviews Ladera Resort Soufrière
Magical stay at Ladera & Ti Kaye
My husband and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary this past May at both Ti Kaye and Ladera. I have dreamed of going to Ladera for over 8 years and it didn't disappoint.We stayed first at Ti Kaye in our own cottage. Mosquito netted king size bed, outside shower, porch with rocking chairs and 2 person hammock. NEED I SAY MORE??Romantic, relaxing, beautiful - right overlooking the water. The food was very good.Downside - you have to walk like 100 steps down to the beach (and of course then you have to wlak up those same 100 steps coming back from the beach). Beach is black sand - "cool" but very hot! The beach had alot of rocks in the water, but the snorkelling right off the beach was excellent.Ladera was soooo beautiful - flowers, trees, fruit trees everywhere. In fact they have a book put together of all the different foliage on the property. Very private and quaint setting.The rooms are rustic and very interesting. The views were SPECTACULAR! My husband and I could have just sat in our chairs and looked out at the view for days at a time. I can still picture it and when I do it relaxes me. The food was EXCELLENT - especially the creme brulee (3 different flavors). Everything was sooo good.We were disappointed the bed was only queen size, especially after having king size at the other resort. The rooms are very private - we laid out (clothing optional) every day in our room. Get a heated plunge pool though, because we didn't and it was COLD! We forced ourselves to go in one day just to say that we did!Overall St. Lucia is a BEAUTIFUL island - Ladera and Ti Kaye both beautiful. But, if you're looking for "action" and activities these are not the resorts for you. If you're looking for quiet, relaxation, romance then these ARE the resorts for you!
Quirky but Absolutely Beautiful
Fabulous setting, wonderful service ( possibly the best in the Caribbean), exquisite food ( bar the awful managers buffet) but beware some of the rooms! Each room is different, and some are quirky to say the least. For the best view of the Pitons make sure you have a room where the bed is raised, and not sunken! There's no beach, but a trip down to the Jalousie Hilton is recommended - don't bother with Anse Chastenet - the beach is overrun with day trippers and divers ( guest beach is separate but still crummy). All we wanted to do was stay in the hotel, enjoy the peace and quiet, watch the hummingbirds, dip in the hotel pool, and take in the view. I wouldn't go anywhere else in St. Lucia and we visited all the major hotels to check!
We stayed at Ladera for 5 nights, wish it was for 50. We are seasoned travlers and can honestly say we never enjoyed a hotel as much as Ladera. We were there between June 4 - 10th 2003. We were married there and they did suberb job in everything. Room "X" is unbelievable. A one bedroom suite with a huge plunge pool and private tower overlooking the pitons and rain forest. We were married in the tower. Food, service, staff and entire facility is great. The views could be the best in the world. The road from Souffrere is under construction and is frustating but it is worth the trouble. The peolpe of St. Lucia are the best part of the island. Watch Superman 2 for pictures and film of the Pitons and the resort. Enjoy.
Best service ever!
I've worked in the hospitality industry for 10 years and have stayed at some of the most reputable hotels in North America. My wife and I have never experienced such exceptional service as we did when we honeymooned at Ladera for 3 nights in June 2003. Everyone from the gatekeeper, to the housekeeper, to Chef Orlando knew us by first name after only an hour or two of being there. The rooms are magnificent with the most spectacular views you will ever experience in a lifetime. Although rustic in nature, the rooms are purposely designed to be a part of the environment. Dasheen was the best restaurant on the island for creative cuisine and atmosphere. Personal service and a delightful menu kept our palates pleased and our tummies full. Ladera is a remarkable hotel that must be experienced if your travel takes you to St. Lucia.
I chose the Ladera Resort for our wedding ceremony on a whim. I had searched first of all, for the perfect island, then the perfect setting. We were not disappointed on either choice. The staff at the resort are amazing, no detail overlooked, no request too great. The view is breathtaking from your open air suite. My husband and I had the X suite, the highest and the most private, and amazingly 3 1/2 floors (levels) to romp and play in. Our bedroom on the first floor had a set of French doors that opened to another amazing view. Our kitchen area had a large bar with 2 swings suspended from the ceiling. A half floor below us was a small villa with a shower and deck off the bedroom. On the second floor was our pool which was wedged between two cliffs with the Pitons in full view, the third level was our "lookabout" for that 360 view. I had to laugh, my husband refers the walk from the restaurant to the room as the "Green Mile", always a beautiful journey. The gardens are beautiful, the pools well maintained, the food that Orlando and Nigel prepare is second to none. You will come to know the ever helpful Samantha (behind the desk), Caroline can arrange the most spectacular wedding bouquets, Desney will be glad to assist in anyway and Jo is an excellent hostess at the Dasheene. We were there 5 days and 4 nights and believe me when we left, it was like leaving friends, there were tears and hugs. This place is like heaven on earth, you don't need entertainment when you are here, the view is the entertainment. We can't wait to get back there next year for our first anniversary.Glenda and Henry Rector
Just got back from Ladera for our honeymoon, and we would go back in a second. It truly is heaven on earth - nestled in the mountains, overlooking the Caribbean through the Pitons, and surrounded by nature. We arrived late at night (around 1:00 AM), and there were several staff members ready and willing to help us into our rooms. When we arrived, we were so excited to be there and so awed by our room that we stayed up for another 2 hours drinking the complimentary Piton beers that awaited us in our mini-fridge!We called it "fancy camp." You wake up every morning to a fresh, dewy smell and go to sleep at night to the sounds of the birds and crickets. Just like camp when you were a kid, but with all of the amenities of a 4-star resort. Wonderful. Dasheene is great - especially at dinner. If you are lucky to be there when Orlando the chef is (he spends only certain months of the year at Ladera), be sure to spend some time talking to him. He is a fascinating person and an incredible chef - one of only four in the entire Caribbean who have been invited to cook at the James Beard House in New York. Can't say enough good about the place. Feel free to email for more details.
The Best - St. Lucia & Ladera Resort
I am sorry this is not more up to date, but we stayed at Ladera eight years ago and found it hard to leave to see other attractions. The views were breath-taking, the people (both on and off the resort) were wonderful, and the food was incredible. We could have gone anywhere on our honeymoon, but all I wanted was sleep, good food and beaches, and St. Lucia and Ladera provided them all, and then some. I was begging for recipes for banana jam by the time we left and trying to find ways to move to St. Lucia. I have been to many European countries and several Carribean islands, and have found nothing that compares to St. Lucia in sheer beauty, food and quality of service. Be prepared for nature, because it is all around you - not bugs, but birds, rainbows, mountain goats, and beautiful flowers.If you are ever lucky enough to go, I hope you enjoy and treasure this place the way that I do.Sincerely,Lynne Johnson
A dream come true !
What can I say! My wife and I spent 3 nights (half of our stay) at Ladera on our honeymoon in Oct 2001. Before booking the trip I did a tremendous amount of research. There is a lot of info throughout the Internet about Ladera. I soon found none of the information did it justice.We arrived at the Airport & were promptly greeted by a shuttle driver. He had our name and exactly where we wanted to go. This was a surprise because the 1st impression of the Airport was that it was unorganized. Our driver was an elderly man who was a native of the island. The age of the driver turned out later to be very significant. The drive to the resort is 45-50 mins from Hewenorra Airport and its treacherous. The roads are in surprisingly good shape but the terrain is unbelievable. You get to see much of the island I had read horror stories about the drive when conduction my research. As it turned out, the drive to the resort was not bad at all. When we arrived a pleasant staff greeted us. Check in was effortless and our luggage was taken immediately to our room. We were escorted to our room and given a brief overview of the resort. When the doors to our cottage opened up, the view was nothing less then amazing. We had reserved a private Villa with a private hot tub. The villa was three sided with the front side open completely to a view of the Piton Mountains. None of the photos could prepare me for the view. The bedroom sat on the backside sunken down led with 3 stairs. There is a canopy bed beautifully accented. The bathroom had stonewalls with a giant shell as a sink. The backside of the room has a balcony shielded by 3 louvered doors. If the doors are opened fully, you essentially are shielded by only two sidewalls. The villa was extremely private. It would be impossible for anyone to see in your room. The hot tub was elevated built inside a stone frame. It was large and could easily accommodate two people. I would recommend turning it on as soon as your entire the room so it has a chance to heat up. I can be a little chilly. Its also accented with a waterfall. There was a couch, chair, covered table with chairs, refrigerator, coffee pot and a safe. No TV, phone or clock. The outlets are 240v but converters are available at the desk. A short walk from our room is a beautiful pool built into the side of the mountain. The view is spectacular. Unfortunately for us, it was the rainy season so we didnt get a chance to enjoy the pool. The Restaurant Dasheene is top notch with breathtaking views to match. They serve breakfast and dinner. There is also a large bar area that offers equally breathtaking views. The staff was very accommodating. With no phone, room service requests had to be made by walking to the front desk. We often times put in beverage orders prior to taking a walk and the fridge was full upon our return.While staying at Ladera you have full access to the Hilton Jalousies beach, which is a short shuttle ride to the base of the mountain. We split the trip up and spent 3 nights at the Hilton. This was also a beautiful resort.With very little to do it was amazing how fast the days went by. We hated to leave. Which brings me to the trip to the airport. An option available is a helicopter ride back to the airport. I would highly recommend it. We had no idea how fortunate we were on the trip to Ladera until the return trip. Our driver was very young. He drove like most teenagers. For him, Im sure it was quite normal. For us, we had to pull over 3 times so my wife could get sick. Another few miles and I would have joined her. It was miserable. Other then that, it was a dream come true and an experience we will always cherish.
Far away from every care in the world. That was our goal for a spring vacation. Our requirements were met and exceeded by everything Ladera had to offer: extraordinary beauty, solitude, romance, and the feeling cultivated by the staff that we were the most important guests at the lodge. The food was exceptional, creative, and had a strong carribean accent. Ladera staff ensured that when we wanted to explore, there were plenty of options. Without question, however, the highlight was being surrounded by Pitons, the ocean and the majesty of the isalnd, right in your open air room. We'll be back.
The Most Beautiful Place on Earth
We recently spent our 15th anniversary at Ladera. We never had a Honeymoon, so we put a lot of thought into where we wanted to go. Ladera was perfect. It is somewhat difficult to get to as the roads are winding and bumpy, but it's worth the ride. We had a two room suite with 2 plunge pools and a connecting waterfall. One side of your room is completely open so you can see all of the maginificent view of the ocean and the Pitons. Birds and geckos occasionally find their way into your room, but that's part of the charm. You have complete privacy and romance. At night we draped netting over our four poster bed to keep the bugs away, but there weren't that many. The beach below is beautiful and clean. Ladera offers a free shuttle several times a day. The hotel also supplies snorkling gear since the snorkling at the base of the Pitons is fabulous. All of the furniture is made locally and the rooms are all different, but equally beautiful. The hospitality of the St.Lucian people is overwhelming and the staff at Ladera is first rate. The food at Daschene is beyond excellent. They grow their own fruits and vegetables and the presentation is beautiful. It's a quiet, restful piece of paradise. We are the parents of 5 children and we desperately needed this vacation. We returned well rested and full of peace from being in such a maginifcient place. I would go again tomorrow. There is very little nightlife. Ladera provides local music several times a week, but there are no dance clubs. Peace, quiet and beauty are what they offer. It was just what we needed.
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... art studio, which was highly recommended in my Lonely Planet book. I can see why. The carvings themselves are amazing. Some look like items I've seen in the Hirshorn. The owner himself was on-site and was happy to show people how to care or their pieces.Further on the way, I saw a sign for a Rum factory tour. The guard at the gate let me in and told me where to go for the tour, but they weren't running tours that day. They basically just got me into a ...
... was built in 1876 I might start doing tours!
Back on the bus we were next taken to a view point overlooking Marigot Bay, but there was only a small viewing platform as most of the space was filled with souvenir shops. The next stop was supposedly in a quaint fishing village called Anse le Ray, but this comprised of a rather tatty beach lined by yet more tacky souvenir shops all selling the same stuff. We did buy 2 bottles of the local ...
... pretty ordinary by world standards.
From here we went back into Soufriere, and down to the beach, where one of Spencer's speedboats was waiting to take us to Jalousie beach, between the two Pitons, with a large resort, and small public area with its own change room and loo.
After the pretty good Creole lunch provided by the tour, and snorts of a particularly savage rum punch for those who could handle it, we snorkelled out into the ...
... its plants and animals. Our first stop was the St Lucia Volcano which is about 20 minutes out of town. The volcano gave Soufriere its name – Soufriere means sulfurer in French - and is billed as the only drive-in volcano in the world. The Pitons are actually two huge volcanic plugs that form part of the caldera. It’s currently considered dormant and hasn’t erupted for over 200 years.
We started at the Interpretation Centre where we watched a ...
... click the videos to see what else we did in Soufriere.
Getting out of that little fishing village was a bit hairy. Why? Remember that thing I mentioned about the bus not leaving until it was full? Well, by the time we finished our walkabout and made it to the bus stop to get back to Castries, it was about 3:30. The ride takes a little over an hour and we had to be back onboard by 5:30. Sounds like plenty of time right? Not if it takes 30 minutes for the bus to fill up! ...