An authentic St. Lucian paradise
Honeymooners flock to Ladera Resort Saint Lucia resort for its commitment to providing an authentic local experience. The relaxing getaway, which is found right outside of the town of Soufrière, is hidden away at 1,100 feet above the Caribbean Sea. Situated perfectly with views of the mountainous volcanic peaks known as the Gros Piton and the Petit Piton, the property presents a seamless blend between its natural surroundings and its sharp service.
There are tons of things to love about Ladera. The 15-acre property, which was once a part of the Rabot Estate (one of the oldest cocoa plantations in Soufrière), offers 37 suites — each with a private pool. And every suite comes with an open wall (specifically, the west side of the room) so you can delight in the beautiful views of everything from the lush rainforest to the gorgeous shades of blue in the Caribbean Sea.
Ladera is located about 40 minutes from Hewanorra International Airport and is close to Diamond Falls (botanical gardens and mineral baths) and Sulphur Springs (mud baths) so there will be plenty to do while vacationing at the resort. You will also have access to a wide range of activities, including cooking classes at the luxury hotel’s Dasheene restaurant, rainforest walks with a local guide or daytrips to St. Lucia’s capital, Castries.
The Local Experience
What makes Ladera unique is its ability to offer you a true Caribbean experience. Each piece of furniture found on the property has been handmade by master craftsman and property manager, Eustace Augustin. The handy St. Lucian is responsible for the wood tabletops seen in Dasheene restaurant, the front and back bed boards in the suites, the coffee tables and more. Using a combination of mahogany, red cedar, pitch pine, blue mahoe, and green and purple heartwood from the forest, Augustin and his team make everything onsite at Ladera. And if you’re staying in the resort’s Paradise Ridge suites (more on this later), you can purchase items like a bedside lamp stand from its signature Honeymoon Collection and have them shipped to your home.
Savor open-air dining at Ladera’s restaurant Dasheene. Named after the dasheen leaf, which is grown locally on the island, the establishment prides itself on creating local dishes using ingredients from its very own botanical garden. Expect that any dish coming out of chef Nigel Mitchel’s kitchen will be fresh and native to the land. Beef, lamb and shrimp are the only goods that get imported. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant serves items like the St. Lucian Creole breakfast (roasted bakes — a delicious flatbread — saltfish, sweet peppers, cucumber salad) to the plantain gratin with coconut-rum sauce.
While at Dasheene, you might notice a water gun on your table. This playful tool is provided for you to protect your meal from the birds, as they might stop by for a little snack.
The New Suites
Paradise Ridge is the newest section of suites at the St. Lucia hotel, and they are reserved for top guests. These four suites and one 1,900-square-foot villa, which come with butler service, full breakfast and Jeep transfers, have tiled showers accented with colorful artwork (and Molton Brown amenities) and locally-woven textiles throughout. The open wall in the 1,400-square-foot suites allows you to see the Pitons from the room’s wicker chairs outfitted with plush green cushions.