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Unique, beautiful , no kids so quiet and relaxing. Staff very friendly. Food good but way overpriced , but beautiful restaurant location. Sugar Beach is amazing but be prepared to be treated like non- resident!
I read some of the existing negative reviews before I started writing this. I can't speak to those who claimed their rooms were not well maintained or subject to car noise because ours (one of the hilltop rooms above the restaurant) was well maintained and we heard no road noise. But what I can say is that this is not the kind of resort some people might expect from its price point, and i think this is the reason for most of the unhappy reviews. The bathroom is "quaint" or "rustic" luxury, not perfect marble tiling, the suite walls were simple timber or rock, and the furniture is simple and comfortable. You do not get something that looks faultless, like an Aman or Four Seasons Asian resort, or over-the-top, like a luxury suite in a Miami Beach. Moreover, as the website makes absolutely clear, one wall of the suite is not there: it is completely open to the outside. Small finches will fly in and out looking for crumbs; I assume some creepy-crawlies can get in as well, although we saw only a few ants after I spilled something near the edge of the deck; and this is the tropics so without air conditioning (a fact I believe was made clear on the website) you are going to hear tree frogs and night birds from dusk to dawn. And yes there are no towels available at the pool as one writer complained, but that seems a rather petulant nitpick because there were large clean beach towels (clearly separate from the bathroom towels) placed in the room every day. Our take on Ladera - we loved it, not withstanding the price point.. We normally try something new each time we travel, but it would be easy to see coming back. Our view alone was worth the price, particularly as it changes while the sun moves and the clouds come and go. The seating area in our room was perfectly comfortable and the plunge pool looked and felt completely clean. The restaurant menus were diverse and we thought the quality was, on the whole, excellent. The staff were friendly and relaxed -- although if 19th century obsequiousness is desired, this is not the place. The wi-fi was fine for emails and social media; we can't speak to it for streaming video or gaming, but if one comes to Ladera, spending time on movies or games seems a case of misplaced priorities. Bring a couple of good books -- and earplugs if you don't like tree frogs.
Could not have asked for a more perfect location to unwind for the week with my sweetheart. From the moment we arrived, everything was awesome. The location cannot be beat and the views are to die for. Romance at its best!!Thoughts:Room: The space, character, pool and views were outstanding. We travel all over the world and have been fortunate to stay at some amazing spots and hotels. We loved the combination of luxury but with local tastes. Everything from the hand carved bed to the local touches throughout was just right. Splurge for the heated pool. Ours was at around 90 degrees for the week. The unheated ones are definitely going to be chilly. We slept incredibly well. The bed is firm, so depending on what you like will determine how you rate the comfort of the bed. We slept like babies in the fresh air. As far as bugs and other critters go, we were there for 7 days and had a tiny cute frog by our sink one night and some gnats and a few mosquitoes as well. We got bit a lot less here than in Dominican Republic where we had 4 walls. Leave the lights off at night and bug problem solved. The netting around the bed protects you. While the shower did not have a ton of pressure and took about 5 minutes to get hot, it was worth it for the open air amazing views. We stayed in Heritage Room F....F for Fantastic and Fabulous. Staff and Service: The majority of the staff at Ladera are wonderful. A special shout out to Caroline in concierge, Jennifer at the bar, Richie at the front desk, Rohan, Vianny (spelling?), the entire housekeeping staff who were very kind, professional and helpful. Our room was turned down every night and there were always ample towels. We had a personal driver Clyde from Christopher Taxi for most of the week. He is a definite character and will accommodate any needs you have. He was always on time and treated us VIP style. While it cost more to hire him and tip him out it was worth it. He stayed at the local bar in town the entire night of the super bowl with us to make sure we were happy and safe. He also took us to the Sulphur Springs baths twice and hooked us up. Just be clear with what you want to do.We used a delightful driver by the name of Peter to take us to and from the airport. He is an awesome guy and terrific photographer on the island. He shoots many Ladera weddings as he was recommended by the hotel. We only used him for the two drives as we didn't end up finding time to do a photo session. I highly recommend Peter as he charges the same $100 and picks you up in a spacious Mercedes, which was stocked with water, juice and beer. I'm sure the hotel transportation is solid as well, but we happily opted for Peter.Beach: As many others mentioned it is a quick and painless 12 minute (timed it ;)) ride down the hill to the beach. If you are expecting crystal blue waters, Sugar Beach is not that. Nevertheless, it is calm, clean and the surrounding Pitons and lush beauty make up for the lack of turquoise blue Caribbean seas. On the left part of the beach is the more upscale Viceroy property. The other side is more casual, cruise destination beach which has a cheesier feel with much less desirable lounge chairs. One thing that is annoying is the lack of partnership with Sugar Beach Viceroy concerning their beach chairs. We spent the $100 one day and then ordered an awful $80 lunch from Viceroy (beach menu versus restaurant menu). They actually stated that non guests usually have to sit on the back row of chairs. We nipped that one in the bud quickly and remained in the front row covered chairs. Order from the Viceroy restaurant menu, which is much better than the overpriced terrible pizza and coconut shrimp they served from the beach menu. It was tacky and annoying to be treated like a pariah being that we were not guests of Viceroy. Ladera management should figure out how to make this a more seamless and care free experience to use the nicer loungers. Maybe apply the food and beverage purchases towards the chaise rentals. That might be an incentive to spend more at Viceroy for food and drinks...just a thought. I understand if it is busy than Viceroy guests should have priority, but for the cost of Ladera, guests should never have to feel anything less than first class. We sat on our towels by the beach another day for free at the Viceroy and that worked out fine. The lunch, while expensive was much better from the restaurant which they brought to us on the beach (Sushi, guac and eggplant spread). There is good snorkeling right off the beach and try the smoothies and local cuisine that the locals serve on the less desirable, more touristy part of the beach. Blazes smoothie using soursop juice (delicious and used to fight cancer) hit the spot on a warm dayDasheene: The reviews for Dasheene are mixed for a reason. The view again is spectacular. Our food experience was all based on what we ordered. The fresh catch of the day for lunch was always delicious and we found it better than the dinner catch, although that was tasty as well. We loved the lunch preparation over a salad with wonderful flavors. Breakfast was solid. My eggs and bacon were good and the potatoes were a miss. The pancakes and French toast were good and the smoothies were delicious as well. The fruit plate was not impressive, but that might be because only a few fruits are in season in February. Our favorite meal of the week was at Mary's in the town of Soufriere and it was $15 a person. Local cuisine, buffet style served and cooked with love from Mary. Just go and enjoy out of this world chicken and lamb, rice and beans, cabbage salad and local starches with wonderful sauces and dressings. Orlando's (previous chef from Dasheene) in town was fantastic as well. We liked Hotel Chocolat for the cocoa experience, but once was plenty.Gym: Get your workout hiking and walking. It's a limited gym and there is no view. Hot tubs: We didn't use them, but if you like hot tubs, grab a bottle of champagne at night and check it out. It's a cascading hot tub, so a bit different. Activities: The concierge will hook you up with anything you want to do. You need to drive to any excursion, but there is plenty to do on the island from hiking, boating, snorkeling, zip lining, rain forest tours, cooking classes...etc. We truly enjoyed the cocoa tour at Hotel Boucan. Very interesting and fun and the guide was so passionate and sweet. We also loved how our skin felt after the pungent sulphur springs baths. It is not really an aesthetically pleasing spot to the eyes and does smell of sulphur, but the 100 degree water and the sulphuric mud does leave your skin feeling so soft. A unique experience. Overall: If you are looking to stay in one of the most relaxing and one beautiful settings in the Caribbean, it's hard to beat Ladera. The views are out of this world and the pictures truly don't do it justice. We look forward to returning someday and thank everyone for a memorable, relaxing and romantic week in paradise.
The views from the open-air room were worth every penny! The room was large with a couple of sitting areas to enjoy the view and a heated in-room pool with privacy. The housekeeping/grounds staff were great and Owner/Operator Holly made sure I had everything I needed. Dining at the resort was very pricey and the food was just ok. I highly recommend going offsite to dine. Dinner across the street at Hotel Chocolate was good and a better price. The resort has a complimentary shuttle to Sugar Beach resort which is by the beach below the resort. With the free ride and my own snorkeling gear I had a great afternoon at the beach and lunch/drinks there were reasonable. I used the provided driver from the resort and they made sure I had the same (Clyde) each time. He was from the nearby Soufriere and recommended dining spots as well as a stop at the grocery store for spirits to keep in the room. This form of transportation cost a bit more but having the same guy each time that got to know what I was looking for on the 45 minute drive from the airport made getting around easier during my stay.In short,I highly recommend this resort, this location, for a nice relaxing and romantic getaway! The Spa (no couples room) and food at the resort were average for the pricing. The resort sponsored activities were above average (especially the Rain Forrest hike/swim in the waterfall). Top notch house-keeping, but very hard mattresses. Definitely bring your bug spray! I will be returning to this resort.
Just spent a long weekend getaway at Ladera. Location is a must see! Overall an outstanding stay. Staff, rooms, grounds and food were on point. The beach at Viceroy is a 10-15 taxi ride complimentary of ladera. Another fantastic location. Staying at ladera and spending the day at the beach gives the best of both worlds. You won't be disappointed.
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- Welcome drink upon arrival
- continental breakfast
- afternoon tea
- twice daily maid service
- full use of resort facilities
- complimentary scheduled beach shuttle
- infinity edge pool, concierge
- fitness room
- High speed wireless internet access throughout the resort
- Gourmet restaurant and bar lounge serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with different live entertainment daily
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- PLUS 3 meals per day (including continental breakfast)
- All drinks by the glass (all alcoholic beverages are house brand)
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- 32 Rooms
- Infinity pool
- Common Area Wireless Access
- Gift Shop
- Barber/Hair Stylist
- Currency Exchange
- Car rental service
- Complimentary coffee
- Laundry Service
- Business center
- An open wall in each suite transports you directly into the midst of our surrounding hillside paradise, while offering complete privacy and safety
- Suited for two guests, Petit Piton Suites feature a spacious open-air bedroom with a four-poster queen bed
- en-suite bath
- comfortable seating area with Piton and Caribbean Sea views
- Plunge pool
- Mini bar with coffee & tea facilities
- Bathrobes robes for use
- Iron and ironing board
- Hair dryer
- In-room safe
- Ladera's Necessary Kit - equipped with binoculars, eye masks, slippers and a star chart for night sky enjoyment
- Dream Pillow Service- Pillow Menu Service which you can pre-select online www.ladera.com
- Maximum occupancy of 2
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Ladera ResortSaint Lucia,Saint Lucia
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Rabot Estate, Soufriere St. Lucia
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