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Ladera Resort, A View with a Room
August 12, 2011
July 30th we took a transfer into Castries to the local market where locals sell their crafts and food items. Once we had done a little shopping we were taken over to Froggy Jacks Dock to meet our private boat transfer (water taxi) over to Ladera Resort. The boat transfer takes you along the coastline past Marigot Bay where the Rainforest Café sits and this is also where you’ll see about 15 Moorings cruise boats. The hotels sitting in this area do not have a beach as it’s more on the marina.
Once we arrived in the small town near Ladera we were met and transferred about 15 minutes up the mountain to the resort. Ladera is the first of its kind in this area. There are 9 villas and 23 Suites. The resort literally sits between the Pitons Mountains and has some of the most breathtaking views I’ve ever seen. The rooms are all unique; no two are the same shape or size. The common denominator is they all have only 3 walls with the opening facing the Pitons. Each room is open air with private plunge pools. We were in Suite B which is a Luxury 2 Bedroom Suite with pool. The pool and living room area opening out towards the mountains. You climb two sets of stairs to a bedroom with a King sized 3 poster bed with mosquito netting and stunning views. The bathroom had an open air tiled shower. There was also another King bedded room with private bath behind this one, and a small twin bedded room up another set of stairs. This could accommodate 4 adults and 2 kids.
The 4 Petit Piton Suites are very cute rooms with small plunge pools. The Gros Piton Suites are larger and usually more desirable with a slightly larger plunge pool.
They have one restaurant on property and their chef Orlando is WONDERFUL. He is very creative and accommodating for any requests made. One evening they had a fire dancer as entertainment. As you can imagine he drew quite a crowd!
There are different packages offered at Ladera which can include all meals and drinks with airport transfers and some sightseeing included.
The minimum age for children at Ladera is changing to 13 years old in 2012. This is definitely a VERY romantic resort where you really don’t want to leave your accommodation.
Ladera guests have access down to Jalousie Plantation’s beach with scheduled shuttle transfers down to the beach. The drive down to the beach takes a solid 15 minutes down a very curvy road. Once at the beach, Ladera clients have their own lounge chairs and umbrellas. You must either bring cash or credit card with you as it’s a different resort and they do not have charging privileges.
Wi-Fi access is complimentary throughout the property.
The owner Holly was very hand’s on and very personable. The staff at the resort was all very nice.
We got up early the morning we departed St Lucia and went down to the Sulphur Springs and the drive through volcano which are about 10 minutes from the resort. One piece of advice would be to wear a black swimming suit as the clay from the sulpher springs can stain lighter colors. The water was very hot in the springs but we got in and smeared the clay all over our face, arms and legs. It was definitely an experience everyone should try when in St Lucia.
They have a small spa (this is the only building at the resort that is air conditioned).
Ladera sits about 45 minutes to an hour from UVF the main airport on the island.
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Ladera is closed from August 29th – September 30th, 2011