Ladera is located on the southern end of Saint Lucia, just outside the port town of Soufrière, approximately 40 minutes from Hewanorra International Airport. It sits on a forested ridge at 1,100 feet overlooking the volcanic Piton Mountains and the Caribbean Sea.
Ladera receives the highest awards and accolades as the best hotel in the Caribbean from the most discriminating leaders in travel, including Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, ForbesLife and Caribbean Travel + Life magazines. For the eighth consecutive year, Ladera has been included in the top 10 of the Best Caribbean Hotels, as voted by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler in the magazine’s 22nd Annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Ladera’s impressive score of 88.9 secured itself as one of the leading resorts in the Caribbean. In November 2005, Condé Nast Traveler readers voted Ladera not only the “Best Hotel in the Caribbean,” but gave it the highest score of any hotel in the world, ranking it the “Best of the Best” in the overall hotel category.
Ladera opened in November 1992 and has since been distinguished by a wide range of international publications, including being named one of the Caribbean’s “Ten Best Romantic Spots” by Caribbean Travel and Life. The Saint Lucia Tourist Board has awarded Ladera its “Best Small Hotel” and “Best Chef” awards.
Ladera’s accommodations cater to a maximum of 60 guests, ensuring the highest level of service, apparent from the first greeting at the airport to the personal attention given to each guest.
Perched above the port town of Soufrière, Ladera is a romantic and exclusive hideaway, featuring six villas and 26 suites. What sets Ladera apart is that each guest suite was intentionally built without a fourth wall, allowing astounding views of the island's two volcanic Piton peaks and azure coastline below. Yet the suites were cleverly designed to remain sheltered, safe, and completely private. Interiors are furnished with polished woods. The open wall in all suites and villas leads to a private plunge pool and lush tropical landscaping. Each villa and suite embraces the panoramic views and island ambiance through tropical design and the ultimate in open-air living.
The Ti Kai Posé Spa at Ladera provides guests with an array of relaxing wellness treatments in an intimate setting. The list of special treatments is inspired by Saint Lucia’s volcanic history and the lush rainforest that surrounds this unique retreat. In local patois, Ti Kai Posé means “little house of rest.”
Ladera opened new mineral pools adjacent to Ti Kaye Posé Spa . Drawn directly from the source at the Diamond Mineral Baths near Soufrière (French for sulfur), Ladera guests are able to soak up the restorative waters right on property, in the newly-built bathing pools. Guests may include a mineral soak as part of their pre- or post-massage routine, or simply use it to relax after a day hiking or spent at the beach. Originally built in 1785, just before the French revolution, with funds from King Louis XVI, it is rumored that Napoleon's Empress Josephine bathed in these same waters. The new Mineral Pools are complimentary to all guests.
The six villas and 26 suites, each with a private pool, overlook the famous Piton Mountains, a World heritage site, the Caribbean Sea and the Soufriére valley. Ladera is know for its distinctive eco-lodge architecture, built with Caribbean timbers and modeled on luxury tree-house living, and a relaxed, barefoot lifestyle. Villas and suites were intentionally built without a fourth wall, yet are designed to be sheltered, safe, and completely private. The design affords spectacular sunset views and unobstructed star gazing at night.
The luxurious, open-air Dream Suites were introduced in response to the high demand for more seclusion and special design features. Each of the Dream Suites is intentionally set apart from the3other rooms and provides an ultra-private escape, ideal for honeymooners. They feature Ladera’s signature unobstructed views of the Pitons and Caribbean Sea and are designed in the same elegant tropical architecture as all of the Suites and Villas, using polished hard woods, luxurious white linens and colorful tile work in the bath areas.
Guests who book one of Ladera’s Dream Suites or Dream Villas for five nights or more, needn’t wait a single moment for their carefree getaway to begin. Ladera’s exclusive Above and Beyond VIP Service expedites the airport arrival process and allows Dream Suite/Villa guests to experience the resort’s signature personal service from the moment they land in Saint Lucia. A Ladera representative will meet Dream Suite and Villa guests directly outside the customs exit and escort you to an awaiting private sedan for the drive to Ladera. Stocked with cold drinks and refreshing towels, the scenic ride will help guests feel restored after their flight and get a preview of the tropical paradise that awaits them at the resort. On arrival at Ladera, Above and Beyond VIP guests will be escorted directly to their Suite/Villa where check-in will be done at leisure. Upon departure, guests will travel back to Hewannora International Airport in equal comfort and style.
Dasheene Restaurant and the T’cholit bar (pronounced Choleet) offer some of the best dining in the Caribbean and by far the best views. The open-air dining room features breathtaking vistas of the rainforest, the dramatic Piton peaks and the Caribbean Sea below. Dasheene’s elegant decor uses natural fabrics and woods to complement the birds-eye view of the island from the 1,100-ft. ridge in southern Saint Lucia. The menu features innovative interpretations of Saint Lucian and Caribbean specialties, based on local produce, fresh fish and colorful presentations.
In response to an increasing number of requests for fresh and more health-conscious entrees, Executive Chef Orlando Satchell menu now reflects this idea which debuted in 2009. His signature favorites will remain on the menu, featuring the same emphasis on fresh, local products, while adding new, more health-conscious dishes, minus heavy sauces and eliminating butter. In mid-November, BETJ viewers got a special preview of Chef Orlando’s new menu during his appearance on the new cooking show, Urban Cuisine. Hosted by renowned Chef Marcus Samuelsson, Urban Cuisine premiered in Fall 2008 and includes celebrity chefs sharing their signature recipes alongside Marcus in his Harlem loft.
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