This resort is an amazing singular spot for your perfect Caribbean excursion, wedding, or honeymoon. The Ladera Resort St. Lucia represents the intersection between design, luxury, and the ideal location. Amenities include a full spa, a host of excursion experiences, and the ability to swing straight from a bench into the pool.
Saint Lucia is an Eastern Caribbean island nation with a pair of dramatically tapered mountains, the Pitons, on its west coast. Its coast is home to volcanic beaches, reef-diving sites, luxury resorts and fishing villages. Trails in the interior rainforest lead to waterfalls like the 15m-high Toraille, which pours over a cliff into a garden. The capital, Castries, is a popular cruise port.
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Whilst some have their beaches, some their diving and others their music, only one island has it all. So attractive she’s been nicknamed “The Helen of the West”. Saint Lucia is just 27 miles long and 14 miles wide, and lined with beautiful palm-fringed beaches. But beaches are just an introduction to the immense beauty Saint Lucia has to offer.
A thousand feet below, an intensely blue Caribbean Sea dashes against the volcanic Piton Mountains. Faintly scented tropical breezes cool your skin. Your private plunge pool beckons. Each offers fine linens, luxurious amenities and four-poster beds made of polished tropical hardwood. And each, deliberately without a fourth wall, invites the spectacular sunsets and astonishing views right inside, to be a part of your very private, very special retreat.
An emerald blanket spreads over much of the island, Ladera Resort covering plunging valleys and rising peaks in lush rainforest. It’s a spectacular setting for adventure. And in a culmination of scenic wonder in the south, the magical Piton Mountains rise majestically from the Caribbean Sea. These green-cloaked peaks have UNESCO World Heritage Status, and top the list as Saint Lucia’s most arresting attraction.
Thanks to its mountainous terrain and lush flora, St. Lucia’s beauty is unmatched by other Caribbean islands. Its culture is a unique fusion of French, British and African traditions, and its population of approximately 160,000 people brings the island’s beauty and rich heritage to life.
St. Lucia is 27 miles long by 14 miles wide (238 square miles). It is an independent member of the British Commonwealth. While the official language is English, the lingua franca is a mellifluous, French-based Patois that employs African vocabulary and structures. Similarly, the local cuisine blends French and Island tradition with the freshest island ingredients.
You can admire Saint Lucia’s good looks from afar. But there are many rewarding ways to experience the island close-up: From mountain biking through the rainforest, zip-lining over it or climbing a Piton to a visiting cocoa, sugar and banana plantations, sailing on a pirate ship or even driving into a volcano.
Ocean experiences are just as varied at Ladera Resort. An abundance of water sports are complimented by excursions to see dolphins and whales, or to visit neighbouring islands. Saint Lucia also has luxury marinas that play host to some of the finest yachts and are a playground for the rich and famous.
Each of the 37 rooms and suites has an “open wall” – the west side of each unit is left open to expose breathtaking views of the Pitons and the ocean, while the orientation of the rooms ensures complete privacy for all guests. All suites are constructed of tropical hardwoods, stone and tile and furnished with locally crafted wood furniture, fixtures and accessories and artwork.
Ladera was once part of Rabot Estate, one of Soufrière’s oldest and most famous cocoa plantations. In 1982 it was transformed into the unique resort it is today. Taking full advantage of its natural surroundings, Ladera offers a unique design in guest accommodations. The 32 suites all have an “open wall” – the west side of each unit is left open to expose the breathtaking view, and the orientation of the buildings maintains complete privacy. The suites are constructed of tropical hardwoods, stone and tile, furnished with 19th century French furniture or replicas, wicker and accessories crafted by local artisans. All units are decorated with local artwork and feature magnificent views of the Pitons and Caribbean Sea.
The most evident and exciting expression of St. Lucia’s culture is its festivals. Carnival is by far the biggest event, which takes place each year from the end of May through mid-July. Colorfully animated parties, calypso contests and parades radiate throughout the island.
With quaint towns, beautiful beaches and bays, mineral baths, and banana plantations, you won’t tire of exploring St. Lucia and Ladera Resort. You can even visit a volcano. Ladera’s tour desk will be happy to help you plan your explorations. The UNESCO World Heritage Piton Mountains: With quaint towns, beautiful beaches and bays, mineral baths, and banana plantations, you won’t tire of exploring St. Lucia. You can even visit a volcano. Ladera’s tour desk will be happy to help you plan your explorations. These two 3,000-foot volcanic peaks rising skyward from the Caribbean Sea are named Gros Piton and Petit Piton. In addition to guided hiking and mountain climbing tours, you will also find an Interpretive Center on Gros Piton, which offers information on local geography, geology, and plant life.
Diamond Botanical Gardens and Waterfall: Located in a protected valley at the base of the Pitons, this 2,000-acre site is home to the oldest botanical gardens on St. Lucia. In addition to exploring a nature trail, a historic mill and a waterwheel, you can take a dip in the warm King Louis XVI Mineral Baths, which are believed to possess therapeutic and curative powers.
Known as the world’s only “drive-in” volcano, Sulphur Springs features a road running right through the crater of the Soufrière Volcano, which roils with steam and sulfur and boiling mud and water bubbling just meters away from your window.
Located about 90 minutes from the resort, this 44-acre nature reserve has been home to Amerindian tribes, pirates, 18th century French and British soldiers and fisherman throughout its history. Today, the site features 18th century ruins and military fortifications, a museum and interpretation center, two small beaches, hiking trails and a lookout point atop 330-foot Signal Peak, where the sea views extend all the way to Martinique.
Each Friday night, Ladera guests are invited to travel by boat (weather permitting) to the quaint fishing village of Anse Le Raye to enjoy a traditional village Fish Fry – which showcases the skills of local fishermen and the abundance of their catch.
One of St. Lucia’s fastest-growing events is the annual, very hip, St. Lucia Jazz Festival, which takes place in Castries. In addition to these spirited happenings, there are also many other places to visit throughout the island all year long.
The Spa at Ladera features indulgent treatments inspired by Saint Lucia’s volcanic history and the lush rainforest that surrounds this peaceful retreat. The Spa offers four serene treatment rooms – all in keeping with the same intimate design and scale of Ladera’s suites.
Wedding & Honeymoon
What could be better than getting married on a deck overlooking the soaring world heritage Piton Mountains, a lush hillside rainforest, and the glittering, turquoise Caribbean Sea waters more than one thousand feet below? This truly memorable experience is surprisingly easy to arrange! Their wedding specialist will coordinate all the details to ensure your special day is truly memorable for you and your guests.
Guests and visitors flock to Dasheene to enjoy the spectacular views and award-winning cuisine. Best known for eclectic and innovative menu items, Dasheene is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a Sunday Brunch offering.
Dasheene sets itself apart by focusing on sustainable cooking sourced from locally harvested ingredients. Executive Chef, Nigel Mitchel’s kitchen, is dedicated to serving up fresh native ingredients from island farmers and neighboring plantations that grow their produce primarily for the resort.
Dining includes stylish interpretations of traditional St. Lucian dishes, such as sweet potato and coconut soup, Caribbean lamb salad, roast conch with pickled vegetables served in a yam basket, Cajun Creole vegetable bakes, jerk poulet sausage, plantain gratin with coconut rum sauce and more.
The Bar at Dasheene is open from 9am each day. It is a perfect setting for a pre-dinner cocktail or to enjoy a live music show. Part of Dasheene Restaurant, the Bar shares the same unobstructed sea views flanked by St. Lucia’s signature twin volcanic Piton peaks.
While Saint Lucia’s including Ladera Resort natural assets are its most striking feature, a big part of the island’s appeal lies within its rich culture and heritage. The island is widely regarded as one of the most welcoming in the Caribbean. And a vibrant mix of Carib, African, French and English culture and history influence day-to-day life. Whether it’s the French Creole patois spoken by the locals or the island’s distinctive local cuisine, which is a sumptuous mix of West Indian, Creole and French food. While delicious European dining is presented by internationally recognised chefs.
There’s a world-class choice of accommodation too. From candy-coloured cottages on plantations to high-end hotels with three-walled bedrooms featuring their own infinity pools – which offer an open invitation to experience the island’s natural delights. But wherever you stay, nature is present. At an alfresco breakfast a friendly hummingbird might join you, and as dusk settles a chorus of tree frogs will fill the air.
If you’re feeling romantic, Saint Lucia and Ladera Resort is an ideal location. The annual World Travel Awards have declared their feelings by awarding us as “World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination” an impressive eight times. But Saint Lucia is not an exclusive preserve of those wanting a romantic retreat.
The island loves to party, and does so every weekend in spirited fashion out on the streets of several fishing villages, and at the bars in Rodney Bay. At the same time, with a selection of family-focused hotels, safe-swimming beaches, pirate-themed sea adventures and a rainforest waiting to be explored, nowhere in the Caribbean surpasses Saint Lucia for all-round appeal.
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