Ladera

Rabot Estate, Soufrière–Vieux Fort Hwy., 3 miles (5 km) south of town, Soufrière, Soufrière, St. Lucia

The elegantly rustic Ladera, perched 1,100 feet above the sea directly between the two Pitons, is one of the most sophisticated small inns in the Caribbean but, at the same time, takes a local, eco-friendly approach to furnishings, food, and service. Each tree house–style Piton Suite—and seven units categorized as luxurious Dream Suites—are decorated with colonial antiques and locally crafted furniture and decor; each unit also has an open fourth wall, with that dazzling Pitons view as a backdrop for a private plunge pool. The Ti Kai Posé Spa (Creole for "Little House of Rest") offers relaxing and therapeutic massages, beauty services, and restorative bathing pools, while an air-conditioned gym has the latest equipment. Dasheene, the open-air restaurant, has an excellent menu along with that stunning view. A complimentary shuttle runs to Sugar Beach throughout the day. In the winter season, the minimum stay is three nights.

PROS

  • local flavor and style
  • breathtaking Pitons vista
  • in-room pools
  • excellent cuisine
  • complimentary Wi-Fi

CONS

  • expensive
  • small communal infinity pool
  • open fourth walls and steep drops make this the wrong place for kids or those with disabilities
  • no a/c (but no real need)
  • car suggested

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 758-459–6600

HOTEL DETAILS

32 suites
Rate Includes: Closed Sept. All meals; Some meals

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