Ladera Resort Rating: 4.5 Pearls
St. Lucia

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Pros

  • Stunning Piton views from public spaces and all suites
  • Dramatic “fourth wall missing” tree house-style villas
  • Private plunge pools in most units
  • Infinity lagoon pool
  • Small, lovely spa with black water baths and outdoor treatments
  • Open-air restaurant and bar
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • No TVs, A/C, or telephones in rooms (a pro for some)
  • Open-to-the-element rooms might be too outdoorsy for some
  • Not located on the beach (though free shuttle to/fro provided)

Bottom Line

This unique luxury resort in St. Lucia is made up of 32 one- and two-bedroom villas, each carefully carved into the surrounding hillside overlooking the island’s iconic twin Pitons. The villas -- which have missing fourth walls, and in most cases, private plunge pools -- are a main draw, as are the spectacular views and lush grounds. The resort also features some fabulous amenities, such as an infinity lagoon pool, a gorgeous open-air restaurant and bar, a (tiny) open-air fitness center, and a lovely spa with black water soaking baths. All of this comes at a price, but Ladera is still significantly cheaper than the ultra-glam Jade Mountain (rates are often around half as much). Ladera is within close range of several of the island’s best tourist destinations -- notable cocoa plantations are within walking distance, the pristine white sands of Jalousie beach are a short drive away, and tourist hot spots like the volcano and Tet-Paul nature trails are both nearby.

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 Scene

Views, views, views -- up close and personal with the Pitons from almost everywhere at this resort

View from hotel at the Ladera
View from hotel at the Ladera

The first resort in St. Lucia to introduce the concept of “the missing fourth wall,” Ladera is responsible for creating a benchmark in luxury on the island. Since opening in 1998 with its trademark open-air tree house-style villas situated an arm’s length away from the iconic twin Pitons, this 32-suite resort has held firm to its status as one of the island’s most exclusive and stunning properties.

From the moment you arrive at the hilltop resort, you’ll find everything perfectly executed. A late night arrival or early morning departure warrants just as much attentiveness as any other time of the day, with a fresh cocktail waiting and in-room check-in whisking you right away to your private sanctuary. Once inside your private villa, you'll take in all the details -- a private plunge pool just off the living room, which features jaw-dropping views of the Pitons; intricately hand-applied mosaic tile showers in the bathroom; and a second-floor bedroom with open-air balconies providing additional dramatic views.

It’s undoubtedly hard to drag yourself from such idyllic surroundings; however, the rest of the resort is indeed worth exploring. The multi-level Dasheene Restaurant is quite simply mind-blowing, with tables perched on the edge of a balcony for near-eye-level views of the Pitons. One level below, the Ti'Cholit Bar overlooks the same stunning vistas, as well as a cliff-top pool. Additional features are welcome surprises, like the soothing black water baths nestled in a thicket of jungle just below the small spa, and the stunning lookout point set at the top of a steep hill. Weddings are often performed here, as are private spa treatments.

 Location

On the southern side of the island near major tourist destinations and at near-arm’s length from the Pitons

Ladera is one of few resorts that can claim the ideal positioning of being located right between St. Lucia’s iconic twin Pitons. As such, virtually every aspect of the resort takes advantage of the stunning vistas. Despite lacking any beach access of its own, the resort offers a free shuttle to and from nearby Jalousie Beach, also known as Sugar Beach for its perfectly white, fine sand. Additional hot spots are a short drive or even a walk away, including several of St. Lucia’s best restaurants, the Tet-Paul nature trail, the Diamond Falls and botanical gardens and waterfall, and La Soufriere Sulphur Springs and volcano. However, shopping is virtually non-existent in this area -- all nearby experiences are strictly tourist destinations.

Be aware that many attractions require a drive through the main town of Soufriere, which can be seedy in many parts -- not to mention extremely challenging to drive. Even more daunting is the long drive between the south and north sides of the island, which is filled with hairpin turns, massive potholes and serious inclines. Exercises caution if you plan on renting a car.

  • 30-minute drive to St. Lucia Hewanorra Airport
  • 70-minute drive to George F. L. Charles Airport
  • 2-minute walk to Boucan Restaurant and cocoa plantation (at Hotel Chocolat)
  • 5-minute walk to Fond Doux Holiday Plantation’s restaurants and cocoa plantation (with several daily tours)
  • 10-minute walk to the Tet-Paul nature trails
  • 15-minute walk to La Soufriere Sulfur Springs and volcano
  • 5-minute drive to Jalousie Beach (free shuttle offered)
  • 5-minute drive to the Great Room restaurant (at Jalousie Plantation resort)
  • 7-minute drive to Morne Courbaril Estate zip line tour
  • 15-minute drive to Diamond Botanical Gardens and Waterfall

 Rooms

Unique tree house-style villas with jaw-dropping vistas of the Pitons

The Two-Bedrom Villa with Plunge Pool at the Ladera
The Two-Bedrom Villa with Plunge Pool at the Ladera

Resembling open-air tree houses, Ladera’s 32 suites were the first to introduce the “missing fourth wall” concept to St. Lucia. At first glance, the all-wood structures without A/C, TV, or telephones might appear austere, but a closer look reveals stunning details. The wooden columns are hand carved, the soap dishes resemble little animals, and the tables are topped with hand-mosaic tiling. Handcrafted details create major wow factors at every turn, with beautiful mosaic scenes and conch shell faucets in the bathrooms and one-of-a-kind bamboo couches and chairs throughout. The real pièces de résistance though, are the private plunge pools at cliff’s edge, featuring stunning views of the Pitons and found in almost every villa.

Some guests might feel apprehensive at the idea of having no means by which to close off the outdoor elements from Ladera’s villas. However, rather surprisingly, the hilltop positioning makes for breezy evenings, rendering A/C unnecessary. Other guests may shy away at the idea of having no television or telephone. The resort makes concessions for those requiring connectivity at all times with free Wi-Fi in all rooms, portable DVD players available at the front desk, and pre-programmed cell phones connecting guests with the front desk and the restaurant.

  • Private tree house villas are open to the elements, with one wall "missing"
  • Bathrooms feature colorful hand-mosaic tiled showers, Gilchrest & Soames Forest Essentials Collection toiletries
  • Four-poster beds with mosquito nets
  • Private plunge pool (except in the Dream Suites)
  • Minibars with free bottled water, soda, and Piton beer
  • Choice of specialty pillows via Ladera’s Dream Pillow menu
  • Shake Awake silent alarm clock
  • 220-volt outlets (adaptors and converters supplied)
  • No telephones (a small pre-programmed cell phone is provided to guests on request)
  • No A/C or TV (portable DVD players available at the front desk)
  • Oscillating fans in all bedrooms
  • French press and teakettle with free tea and coffee
  • Villas farther up the hill are closer to the main highway and may get some traffic noise

 Features

Eat, drink, and swim -- while taking in a view of the gorgeous Pitons

Pool at the Ladera Resort
Pool at the Ladera Resort
  • Beautiful cliff-top pool and sundeck overlooking the Pitons
  • Multi-level open-air restaurant and bar with wine cellar and library overlooking the Pitons
  • Boutique selling wine, beach attire, handmade local wares, and other souvenirs
  • Spa with four treatment rooms and additional outdoor treatment pavilion
  • Black water sulphur baths located within the jungle just below the spa
  • Spacious lookout point/pavilion ideal for weddings and other events
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • One computer in the lobby with free Internet
  • Free shuttles to and from Jalousie Beach/Sugar Beach
  • Fitness center with cardio and strength-training machines
  • An extensive library of books and board games at the bar
  • Free snorkeling gear and beach towels
  • Free daily breakfast and afternoon tea
  • Free use of portable DVD players on request
  • Free parking
  • View full list of amenities

 Bottom Line

This unique luxury resort in St. Lucia is made up of 32 one- and two-bedroom villas, each carefully carved into the surrounding hillside overlooking the island’s iconic twin Pitons. The villas -- which have missing fourth walls, and in most cases, private plunge pools -- are a main draw, as are the spectacular views and lush grounds. The resort also features some fabulous amenities, such as an infinity lagoon pool, a gorgeous open-air restaurant and bar, a (tiny) open-air fitness center, and a lovely spa with black water soaking baths. All of this comes at a price, but Ladera is still significantly cheaper than the ultra-glam Jade Mountain (rates are often around half as much). Ladera is within close range of several of the island’s best tourist destinations -- notable cocoa plantations are within walking distance, the pristine white sands of Jalousie beach are a short drive away, and tourist hot spots like the volcano and Tet-Paul nature trails are both nearby.

Things You Should Know About Ladera Resort

Address

  • Po Box 225 Soufriere

Room Types

  • Gros Piton Suite
  • Hilltop Dream Suite
  • One Bedroom Villa
  • Petit Piton Suite
  • Two Bedroom Villa

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 25
Pool: N/A
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: St. Lucia
Address: Po Box 225 Soufriere
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